22nd Annual Hotlines Festival of Trees
The Pearl Restaurant at the Sea Ranch Hotel, Kill Devil Hills. Noon to 9 p.m. Fundraiser of donated Christmas Trees, holiday items, with seasonal musical performances, a visit from Santa, including an auction to benefit crisis intervention programs of the Outer Banks. (252) 473-5121 or obhotline.org.
Christmas Sights and Sounds
Fort Raleigh, Roanoke Island. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Enjoy holiday sights and sounds with The Lost Colony. This seasonal celebration is complete with horse and carriage rides, Santa Claus, holiday music performances, hot chocolate and other Christmas-tide events. Visit the upside down Christmas tree at the Lost Colony Office Building for hors d’oeuvres and more fun. (252) 473-3414 or thelostcolony.org.
Downtown Manteo Waterfront. 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. First Friday is a fun-filled, family-oriented street festival. firstfriday-roanokeisland.com.
Santa at the Roanoke Island Maritime Museum
5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Come visit with Santa! Free. (252) 475-1750 or roanokeisland.com.
December 3 – 4
Town of Manteo Christmas Tree Lighting and Parade
Tree Lighting will be December 3rd at 6 p.m. with Santa visiting with the children afterwards at the Maritime Museum at the Creef Davis Boathouse. The parade will be December 4th at 11 a.m. in downtown Manteo. manteo.govoffice.com.
Marshes Light Marina Open House
Visit our new Welcome & Sales Center and future Ship’s Store. Located on the waterfront, off of Uppowoc Street, in front of the College of the Albemarle’s Professional Arts Building. 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Manteo Preservation Trust Holiday Tour of Homes9th Annual Manteo Preservation Trust Holiday Tour of Homes. 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.10-12 houses, Inns and/or historic structures (some properties not handicap accessible). Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased the day of the tour at the Dare County Courthouse (located in downtown Manteo) which is also the first stop on the tour. For more information contact Grizelle Fearing 252-473-7336.
The Jazz before Christmas
Comfort Inn North Oceanfront, Kill Devil Hills. Mix, mingle and celebrate the holidays with jazz! A Semi-Formal Affair Hosted by Gwendolyn Meekins. Performance by Chante Moore. Live Jazz Band. Catering by Basnight’s Lone Cedar. Heavy hors d’oeuvres. One specialty beverage. Full cash bar. Admission: Advance Purchase – $50, Door – $65. For additional information, call 252-573-1014 or email GM.Events@live.com. Ticket and Semi-Formal Attire Required for Admission.
December 4 – 5
Nights in Rodanthe Holiday Open House
December 4 from 10am – 6pm and December 5 from 1pm – 6pm. The Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation and the new owners Ben and Debbie Huss of Newton, NC, will host a Holiday Open House at Serendipity. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $15 from HICF board members or at the Midgett Realty office in Hatteras village, Buxton Village Books in Buxton, Vacation Traditions and Island Convenience in Rodanthe and the Dunes Restaurant in Nags Head. They can also be purchased through PayPal on the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation web-site at http://www.hicf.org/events.html.
December 3 – 31
Holiday Art Show
Dare County Arts Council Gallery, Manteo. Over 500 works of art to fit every budget, including original paintings, pottery, glass, jewelry, fiber, metal, mixed media and wood. darearts.org.
RIFP Performance Series Christmas at the Park with Elizabeth City State University
7 p.m. Indoor Theatre The performances are free and open to the public. (252) 475-1500, roanokeisland.com.
December 5 – 29
Kitty Dough Botanical Drawings and Nature Art, Jim Fineman- Clay Vases and Basketry
Art Gallery at Roanoke Island Festival Park. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Mon-Fri) 10 a.m. 4 p.m. (Sat). Enjoy botanical drawings and nature art by this certified botanical illustrator, Kitty Dough and stoneware vases and basketry by Jim Fineman. Reception: Dec. 5, 2-4 p.m. (252) 475-1500 or roanokeisland.com,
Hatteras Connection Seafood Dinner
Hatteras Village Civic Center. 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Local fish, chowder, sides and dessert. $10 plus one non-perishable food item. Benefits Hatteras Island Food Pantry and Hatters Meals. (252) 995-4131.
Join The Elizabethan Gardens as we kick off ten nights of lights and floral displays at The Elizabethan Gardens, featuring holiday foods and festive drink in the Embellished Hall. Also featured are fire pits on the Great Lawn, where guests can roast marshmallows, drink hot cocoa and be entertained by Dockside Theatre Company and others. Special holiday promotion is planned with many gifts under $15.00 and plant sales will feature winter annuals; ornamental vegetables; forced bulbs; rosemary Christmas Trees; and conifers with bows. Please call The Elizabethan Gardens at 252-473-3234 for more information or visit elizabethangardens.org.
Home and Gardens Workshop ~ The Art of Wreath Making
Wreath making workshop by Kim and Wes Stetson of Holiday House Weddings will be held in The Embellished Hall at The Elizabethan Gardens. Class is limited to 25 participants. The Elizabethan Gardens will provide the wreath base, greening pins and cuttings from The Gardens. Participants may bring in ribbon, ornaments or anything from home to make it uniquely you. This workshop is open to Friends for $20 and to Non-members for $25. Light refreshments will be served. Call 252-473-1554 to register for class.
Dinner with Santa
Celebrate the holidays with your child by dining with Santa in the magically decorated Embellished Hall at The Elizabethan Gardens. Culinary delights will be provided by Ortega’z, and Santa will be available throughout the evening. Traditional holiday decorations. Ticket includes dinner, Santa and WinterLights. Dinner seating is at 6 pm, 7 pm, or 8 pm.. Call 252-473-1554 to register.
107th Annual Celebration of the Wright Brothers First Flight
Wright Brothers National Memorial. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The daylong anniversary tribute will be held at the site of Wright’s first flight. Visitors to the site experience a replica of the Wright Brothers’ 1903 encampment and majestic, 60-foot tall granite monument perched atop a 90-foot hill that serves a striking and lasting reminder of the important historical achievement that happened on this site a century ago.
Kid’s Craft Day
Elizabethan Gardens. Let Mom and Dad go shopping, while we entertain the children! This is a special day for children 5 and up. We will have an arts and crafts activity, healthy snacks, lunch, story time and a special stroll through The Gardens. Space limited to 30 children. Friends’ $15; Non-members $20 call 252-473-1554 to register.
Happy Holidays Everyone!