Crab pot Christmas Tree in Duck.

There is something magical about a small town Christmas celebration.  For the most part, towns along the Outer Banks are spread out and don’t have much of a town center, but the Village of Duck and Manteo are the exception–and both towns have wonderful and unique tree lighting ceremonies.

Duck is going to have to move festivities inside this year because of the weather, although the crab pot Christmas tree on the Town Green is still outside and will get lit tonight.
Manteo held their tree lighting last night and since the town is the Dare County seat and the festivities have been going on for years, it draws a huge crowd. Taking place on the steps of the old Courthouse, which is now home to the Dare County Arts Council, the gathering is as much a love fest for small town life as it is a Christmas party.
There’s lots of music, dancing–the young troopers were great, the older hoofers were probably a bit more spry 20 or 25 years ago–they burn a Yule tide log and of course, Santa makes an appearance
Then the switch is thrown on the lights that decorate the 40’ evergreen on the waterfront, the sky is lit up with Christmas lights and the lines form to see Santa. 

And everyone goes home feeling pretty good about the season.