Just Playing Dixieland performed at the Town of Duck crab tree lighting.

The holiday season is officially here on the Outer Banks. Sure, Thanksgiving mostly marks the beginning of it, but what really says, “Christmas is coming,” are the tree lightings—and Santa sightings at Manteo and Duck.

The weekend is now complete—Friday night Manteo turned the lights on for their tree, and yesterday afternoon, Saturday, Duck lit up its version of a holiday tree lighting. Duck, which always seems to go its own way, gives the holiday lights nod to crab pots stacked up to suggest a Christmas tree.

The Duck celebration is about as different from Manteo as it could be, yet there is still a wonderful feeling of the best of small town life. 

The event is centered around the Town Green. Music for the past few years has been provided by Just Playing Dixieland and this year it looked as though there were a few high school musicians in the mix. The First Flight High School Advanced Choir stopped by and they were very impressive, performing a number of songs with just their voices.

The Duck Crab Tree Lighting is always very dog friendly—and that includes a visit from the Dare County SPCA. This year they had two dogs ready for anyone who could take home good friend.

There’s hot chocolate, coffee, cookies and treats. Fishbones Raw Bar was on hand with a wonderful conch chowder.

Best of all, though, the when Santa comes to the Town of Duck, there is a bounce in his step and a hearty laugh that lets kids of all ages know Santa Claus has come to town. Click here to learn more about our Holiday Rentals in Outer Banks!