Welcome to holiday time on the Outer Banks.

If you’re not here, you probably wish you were. Santa is here and there, lights are filling the night sky, and Christmas tradition is upon us. Young, old, athlete or actor…there is something for everyone.

This weekend there are three great events and it’s possible to do all three.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the Theatre of Dare stands Christmas tradition on it’s head taking to the stage to perform every Christmas story ever told—with just three actors.

The Theatre of Dare has moved, at least temporarily to the Dare County Arts Council in the old Dare County Courthouse as repairs are done to the COA theater on the Dare County Campus. Although as a cautionary note, it is possible the COA theater cannot be brought back to life.

Saturday is the big day, starting with the 5th Annual Festivus 5K and 10K a the Market Place in Southern Shores. There’s a nice little fun run for kids as well.

Later in the day, St. Nicholas is coming to Island Farm on Roanoke Island.

Island Farm is a restored early 19th century farm and St. Nick will be arriving by oxcart—not the usual entrance by any means.

And if there is a any time left over, a visit to Winter Lights at Elizabethan Gardens is always a nice way to end the evening.

Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some)
 Theatre of Dare

Dare County Arts Council

300 Queen Elizabeth Ave.


December 8, 9 – 7:30 p.m.

December 10 – 2:00 p.m.

Tickets: $12 Adult/ $9 Season Ticket Holders/ $6 Student

5Th Annual Festivus Road Race The Market Place Shopping Center 
Southern Shores

December 9


& JINGLE Jog 1 mile


 St. Nicholas Arrives At Island Farm
Island Farm

1140 US Highway 64


Time: 12:00 noon

St. Nicholas will arrive by ox-drawn wagon at 12pm. Visit with him by a warm fire in the farmhouse. A photographer will be on hand to capture your visit with St. Nicholas. Photographs will be available online and downloadable for free. Take an ox-drawn wagon ride around the farm’s trails from 12pm until 2pm. Enjoy hot apple cider and ginger cookies at the visitors center. Click here to learn more about our Holiday Rentals in Outer Banks!