It’s hard to believe but Thanksgiving is a just one week away. It’s a great time on the Outer Banks…well anytime is a great time on the Outer Banks, but the holidays especially highlight the community spirit that is so much a part of local life.

That sense of community comes out in some wonderful traditions and events. Some of them perfect for the family, some for adults, some in the best tradition of the season and of them a little bit whacky but fun.

For adults, looking for something very different and lots of fun, check out the Outer Banks Brewing stations Tipsy Turkey 1 Mile Beer Run on the day before Thanksgiving. The object is to run a quarter mile, stop and drink a 12 oz. beer then on to the next quarter mile. It is a timed race, so trophies to the fastest man and woman.

Winter Lights at Elizabethan Gardens is a real favorite of ours—absolutely beautiful. And the Garden has been redoing everything this year so we should get a different look and feel.

To really get in the holiday spirit, on Sunday November 26 check out the performance of Handel’s Messiah at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Kitty Hawk. Conducted by John Buford, who is the First Flight High School choir director, this could be a real treat.

We’ll research our Santa Claus visitation schedule for our next blog. Right now, though here are a some upcoming events to get things going.

Tipsy Turkey 1 Mile Beer Run

Limit 100 participants

11 AM Wednesday, November 22nd 

Drink, Run, Drink, Run, Drink, Run, Drink, Run, Party

Join the Brewing Station crew for a Thanksgiving themed beer mile. Backyard party, chip timing and T-shirt included.  This is an adult 21 and over only social run. Prizes to the fastest male and female overall. Wear your Holiday finest, costume contest judging for most creative.

This is a Mass start event.  Beverages are 12oz and Runs are ¼ mile.

Garden To Hearth; Heritage Cooking And Food Preservation

Island Farm 

1140 US Highway 64


November 24- 25

Island Farm interprets fall food traditions and show how Roanoke Island families prepared for winter during the 1850s. Some activities will include: hearth cooking, food preservation, candle making and ox-drawn wagon rides from 10am – noon. Bring a nonperishable food item and receive $1 off the standard admission. Goods will be donated to the Roanoke Island Food Pantry.

Winter Lights

Elizabethan Gardens, Roanoke Island


6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Tuesdays to Saturdays in December; Friday and Saturdays in January.

Stroll along enchanted garden paths and discover the joy of the season with holiday lights, sights and sounds transforming The Elizabethan Gardens into an illuminated winter wonderland. The radiant glow of the gardens, traditional holiday décor and fantastical displays are a true spectacle to behold.

Kites With Lights

Jockey's Ridge State Park 

Nags Head, NC 27959

November 25

4:00 PM

Enjoy this amazingly unique Christmas light show in the sky featuring giant display kites decked out in the holiday spirit! Warm up with delicious treats at Kitty Hawk Kites, with the proceeds benefiting the Beach Food Pantry.


OBX Catholic Parish – Holy Redeemer By the Sea

Kitty Hawk Road, Kitty Hawk

Sunday, November 26 

4:00 p.m.

275 years ago, Handel wrote the Messiah. And this November we present our 4th performance of a portion of this work.