The Poulus House in Kill Devil Hills. The best local Christmas light display.

It’s not going to be a white Christmas this year. . . certainly not on the Outer Banks and probably no where east of the Mississippi. Except the tip of Maine, probably.

Of course if we did have snow for Christmas on the Outer Banks, that would be front page news. In fact, the last time it happened it probably was front page news. From December 22-24, 1989 one of the largest East Coast snowstorms every recorded blanketed the region with over a foot of snow. 

Since that time, there doesn’t seem to be any mention of snow at Christmas around here. Which is to be expected. Toward the end of January or February we have had a couple of snowstorms the last couple of years, but nothing at all like the folks up in Philadelphia or NYC get.

But snow is not needed for the Christmas spirit—what would they do in Australia if that was the case? The spirit of the season is certainly very much alive and well here on the Outer Banks. 

The Poulus house is lit up on the road to Nags Head Woods—turn at Pigman’s Barbecue. For anyone who is a first time visitors to the Outer Banks at this time of the year, take the time to check it out. It is a remarkable thing that the Poulus family does every year. There is a donation box by the hot chocolate. Drop a dollar or two in—it goes to offsetting the power bill that runs into the thousands.

There’s a great light show also at the Elizabethan Gardens where Winter Lights will be on display through January. A wonderful way to spend an evening strolling among the twinkling lights of the pathways and trees. Take marshmallows with you; the fire pit in the middle of the Gardens is available for roasted marshmallows and s’mores.