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Welcome to the holidays on the islands, and let us hear from you

Welcome to the 2017 Christmas on the Islands Page, which features holiday shopping tips and information and news about events during November and December.
We hope our readers will shop locally for their holiday gifts and other needs.  Our small, locally owned businesses need our support all year-round.
Most of the advertisers in our holiday shopping guide have websites, so you can shop even if you won’t be here.
The Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays are a great time to be on the islands. Have a terrific holiday season and enjoy
We will be happy to list your event.  Please send information to [email protected].


A Guide to Dining Out During the Holidays

The weather is getting much cooler, the days are getting shorter, and there are noticeably fewer visitors on Hatteras and Ocracoke.

However, visiting during the holidays is much more popular with tourists than it once was.  
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Chicamacomico LIfe-Saving Station Thanksgiving Week Events

The Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station has some exciting events going on next week:

  • Special Beach Apparatus Drill - Tuesday, Novmember 21  at 2 p.m.  Free with admission to Chicamacomico site.
  • Pig Roast Fundraiser - Tuesday November 21 at 5 p.m. Held at the RWS Community Building $12 per person
  • Santa on Friday, November 24 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Apple cider and cookies served. Admission on Friday is a donation for our Local Food Pantry.

Thanksgiving on the Islands: What’s Open for Turkey Day

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and ‘tis the season to make a single big grocery store trip while consulting a detailed and carefully planned list, followed by running around like mad on Wednesday and Thursday to pick up the countless items that you somehow forgot anyways.  

But if you’re sticking close to home on Thanksgiving, then you’re in luck.  Read More

Annual Hatteras Island Toys for Tots Pie Sale is Nov. 22

The Annual Hatteras Island Toys for Tots Pie Sale is Wednesday, November 22 from 9 a.m. - 12 a.m at Frisco Rod & Gun/Frisco Shopping Center.

Please come and support the local children of Hatteras Island. If you would like to give a monetary donation please contact Dolphin Realty or drop by the Pie Sale.

6th Annual Surfin' Turkey 5k and Puppy Drum Fun Run will be Nov. 23

The 6th Annual Surfin' Turkey 5k and Puppy Drum Fun Run will be on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 23.  It is hosted by Hatteras village and presented by the Hatteras Island Youth Education Fund and Midgett Realty. The Youth Education Fund is dedicated to helping the children of Hatteras Island in memory of islander Kenny Oden.

The start and finish will be at the Hatteras Civic Center, 56658 NC Highway 12 in Hatteras village. The Surfin' Turkey 5k starts at 8 a.m., followed by the Puppy Drum Fun Run at 9.
You can register online at or on-site registration will be available during packet pickup at the Civic Center on Wednesday, Nov. 22, from 4 until 6 p.m. and on the morning of the race between 7 and 7:30, also at the Civic Center.
 Everyone gets breakfast after the race-- hot pancakes. Carolina Brewery will also provide fresh microbrew beer for participants over 21 who would like to enjoy it.

This is a family fun event. The race is all on the paved road that loops around the historic fishing village of Hatteras. If you want to know your time, wear a watch or make sure you look at the clock at the finish line. Parents are encouraged to come out and run with their children.

Before Nov. 10, the cost for the Surfin' Turkey is $30 plus a $3 sign-up fee and includes goody bag with a T-shirt. After Nov. 10, the cost is $35, and on-site sign-up is $40. The Puppy Drum Fun Run is $15 (plus a 2.50 fee) with a T-shirt and breakfast ahead of time, and $20 on-site. Children 10 and under are free for the run or walk, but will not receive a T-shirt.

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Free Winter Climb Day

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse will be open to the public for a free Winter Climb on Saturday December 9, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Volunteers from the Outer Banks Lighthouse Society and Cape Hatteras National Seashore park rangers look forward to greeting local residents and visitors at the lighthouse. Children who wish to climb the lighthouse must be at least 42” tall, and children under 12 years of age must be escorted by a person at least 16 years old. Climbing the lighthouse is strenuous and is equivalent to climbing a 12-story building.  For more information on what to expect, check the park website

“This opportunity to climb Cape Hatteras Lighthouse free of charge is one of many ways to welcome in the holidays along the Outer Banks,” stated Dave Hallac, Superintendent of the National Parks of Eastern North Carolina.

This lighthouse climb is part of the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau OBXmas Weekends initiative highlighting Outer Banks holiday events.

National parks are public lands managed by the National Park Service. They offer experiences and educational opportunities for all to enjoy.

Buxton United Methodist Church Annual Holiday Craft Show and Bake Sale is Nov. 18

Buxton United Methodist Church is hosting their annual Holiday Craft Show and Bake Sale on Saturday, November 18 from 10 am - 2 pm at the church fellowship hall.  There will be local crafters and artists offering their creations, as well as homemade cakes, pies, cookies, and confections made by ladies of the church.  For the early crowd, there will be breakfast casserole and coffee.  Hot dogs and a variety of homemade soups will be available for lunch.   Come join the fun and pick up some Christmas gifts and baked goods for the holidays!  Located across from Cape Hatteras High School. 

Holidays On Hatteras At The Graveyard Of The Atlantic Museum Is Dec 9

The 7th Annual Holiday at the Museum will be held on December 9 from 12pm – 5 pm at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum.  Originally, this event was intended to boost spirits in the community after the 2011 devastation caused by Hurricane Irene.  Since then it has become a tradition.  This year, the Museum is partnering with the Hatteras Village Civic Association, local churches and crafts people to create “Holidays on Hatteras” - a perfect time to enjoy the Hatteras community.  You don’t have to leave the island to see elaborate decorations. The Museum will be decked out with multi themed trees and holiday embellishments. Enjoy Charlie Klein’s “Winter Wonderland” Train Display which always carries seasonal treats.   Karen Serfling’s miniature house, “J. Daughter’s Delight” is a new feature this year. The 10 room, electric lighted house is a family project established in 1988 by Janet and her four daughters:  Karen, Belinda, Julia and Cynthia.  Each designed a room in their personal style.  Even husbands, cousins and friends contributed over the years.  Look at what “miniature enthusiasts” can do and how they enjoy the holiday season.    Continuous music will be provided by local choral groups and individual musicians will perform.  Don’t miss the spontaneous public sing along at the end of the afternoon. Cookie decorating, ornament making, holiday cartoons, and letters to Santa (almost certainly to receive a reply) will entertain us inside.  Hot soups, chili, cookies and punch are enjoyed by all (while they last).  Everyone who brings a donation for the local food bank will receive a 5% discount in the Meekins Chandlery Gift Shop.  View the parade from our porch at 2 pm and enjoy hot chocolate, cotton candy and listen to announcements of the parade and door prize winners at 3 pm.  You are welcome to view exhibits in the Burrus Couch Midgette Gallery during the event.  All activities, food and exhibits are free and are appropriate for all ages. For additional information call 252-986-0720.

Hatteras Village Christmas Parade is Dec. 9

The Hatteras Village Civic Association will sponsor the annual Hatteras Village Christmas Parade and dance on Saturday, Dec. 9th, in Hatteras village.

The parade will begin at The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum at 2 p.m. The parade route continues through the village and ends at the Hatterasman Drive-In. Everyone is invited to the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum after the parade for home-baked cookies, hot chocolate, cotton candy, kids activities and to hear the announcement of the winners.

Later that night, there will be a dance at the Civic Center from 9 p.m. until midnight, featuring live music from the Wilmington-based band Machine Gun. Admission is $5 a person and light appetizers and setups will be provided. The Civic Association is providing transportation to and from the dance, with Island Hopper Shuttle Services. You must call Island Hopper to make your reservations.

Anyone interested in entering the parade, please call Dennis Robinson at 252-475-4388 or send an e-mail to [email protected].

Have Breakfast with Santa on December 2

The annual Breakfast with Santa will be on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 8:30 a.m. - Noon at the Hatteras Civic Center in Hatteras village.

Daniel Pullen Photography will be there to take your picture with Santa. There will be crafts for the kids and several must have raffle items. Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for children age 12 and under.

Tickets will be available at the door or in advance through Hatteras Preschool.

If you are interested in breakfast only and want to show your support, you can grab your breakfast to-go at the Grab-and-Go side door located alongside the building.

Arts & Craft Guild Holiday Show is Nov. 24 and Nov. 25

The Hatteras Island Arts & Crafts Guild will have its 2017 Holiday Art Show, which highlights local art and craft work, on Thanksgiving weekend, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 24 and 25. It will be held at The Cape Hatteras Secondary School on Highway 12 in Buxton. Hours are 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day.

Admission is free. Raffle tickets will be for sale to benefit the guild scholarship program. Prizes for the raffle are a variety of art/craft pieces donated by the artists.

The Hatteras Island Arts & Crafts Guild is a non-profit that was started over 20 years ago to help promote local arts and crafts. The guild also gives out college scholarships to local students who are continuing their education in the art field.

Hatteras Island Angel Gift Program Seeks Sponsors, Donor and Applicants

The coalition that implements the Hatteras Island Angel Gift program is seeking sponsors, donor and applicants for the upcoming holiday season.  The program is provided in collaboration with individuals, businesses, churches and other organizations committed to providing Christmas joy for children on Hatteras Island.  Dare County Department of Health and Human Services works with these organizations to provide referrals, administrative support and identity family needs, as well as to help protect the  privacy of the request.

Most of the giving is from local businesses, organizations and individuals.  In addition to Donation Boxes and Angel requests located in businesses for donors to sponsor, monetary and toy donations are also excepted. Angel Gift volunteers will do shopping after the cutoff date for donations passes, which is on December 4, 2017.

For those families in need of assistance this Christmas, applications for Hatteras Island Angel Gift are available to pick up at the Dare County  Department of Health and Human Services Frisco campus, Hatteras Island United Methodist Church, and local post offices.  Application dates will run from October 4, 2017 - November 3, 2017.

Participants do not need to be a client of the Department of Health & Human Services to receive Angel Gift.  Participants must live on Hatteras Island, and gifts are provided only for child(ren) in the custody of the applicant.  In person interviews will be required to verify information and assess needs once completed applications are submitted.  Children 2-14 years of age eligible for sponsorship.  Other children in the home with eligible children may be included if under 16 years of age and enrolled in school.  For families that have received Angel Gift for three consecutive years, the application will be reviewed by the committee and sponsorship is not guaranteed. 

For questions regarding the program, or to make a donation please contact the program coordinator, Linda Oneal, with Hatteras United Methodist Church at 252.986.2149 or Ashley Jackson at 252.475.9345.

25th Annual Island-Wide Food Drive is Now in Progress

The 25th Annual Island-wide Food Drive to stock the shelves of the Hatteras Island Food Pantry is now in progress.  Only with your support will this non-denominational, non-profit outreach be able to meet the needs of our community and get through the winter, the period of greatest demand.  Whether you donate unopened non-perishable food, personal care items, cleaning supplies, dog food, cat food, kitty litter, or money, 100% of all donations goes to assist island residents. 

Here are this year's convenient drop-off locations:

1. Hatteras Realty in Avon (daily 9 am-5 pm)
2. Our Lady of the Seas Catholic Parish Social Hall in Buxton (24-hr. drop box on porch)
3. Frisco Shopping Center in Frisco (daily 6 am-9 pm)
4. Surf-or-Sound Realty in Avon and Salvo (daily 8:30 am-5:30 am)
5. Midgett Realty in Hatteras in Avon (daily 9 am-5 pm)
6. Hatteras Village Public Library (Tues., Thurs., Fri. 10:30 am-5:30 pm; Wed. 1-7 pm; Sat. 10 am-12:30pm)
7. Outer Beaches Realty in Waves, Avon, and Hatteras (daily 9 am-5 pm)
8. First South Bank in Buxton (Mon.-Thurs. 9 am-5 pm; Fri. 9 am-6 pm)
9. OBX Attitudes in Food Lion Shopping Center, Avon (Wed.-Sat. 10 am-4 pm)
10. Sun Realty in Avon (daily 9 am-5 pm) 

Do you live off-island or don't have time to shop?  Consider making a monetary donation.  No amount is too small, and all are tax deductible.  Checks may be written to United Methodist Men, the group that manages the pantry, and sent to Hatteras Island Food Pantry, PO Box 1591, Buxton, NC 27920.

This is the largest food drive of the year and will run through December 31.  If you have questions or would like more information, please contact food drive organizer, Linda Browning, at (252) 995-3662.

Ocracoke Preservation Society Events

December 2, 2017 Ocracoke Preservation Society will sponsor the 2017 Ocracoke Historic District Holiday Home Tour.  Come out and join our Historic Home Tour featuring homes along the British Cemetery Road. Tour several historic homes, learn the unique history of the home and enjoy some holiday spirit!  The Tour is from 3 -5 pm.
December 5, 2017 Ocracoke Preservation Society’s Wassail Party.  Join in the holiday spirit at the Museum for the Wassail Party and 2017 Quilt Raffle Winner announcement. Time: 4-6 pm.

For questions and information please call 252-928-7375 and check keep checking our Facebook page for more information.