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Welcome to the 2016 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
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Holiday events on Ocracoke Island

Saturday, Dec. 3:
Ocracoke Preservation Society Historic Homes Open House, 3 to 5 p.m.

Tour-goers will have two historic homes to view this year. Homeowners Tammy and Phil Perdue and the Susan Barksdale Family will showcase the newly renovated “Blue Harbor” house (235 Silver Lake Drive) and the Barksdale Cottage (269 Silver Lake Drive). Both homes will have an OPS flag out front. There is no charge, but donation jars will be on site so you can contribute to the OPS. Call 252-928-7375.

Tuesday, Dec. 6:
OPS Wassail Party and Community Tree Lighting. 4 to 6 p.m. at the OPS Museum. Live music, wassail and treats. OPS will draw the winning ticket for the 2016 Quilt Raffle.

Saturday, Dec. 10
Community Christmas Concert in the Community Center, 7 p.m. Featuring performers of all ages. Free, though attendees are asked f to bring donations of non-perishable food items for the food pantry. Ocracoke School's fourth and fifth grades will have a bake sale and will also draw the winning ticket for their 50/50 raffle to benefit their spring field trip to the mountains. Sponsored by OCBA.

Sunday, Dec. 11:
Christmas Program at Ocracoke Assembly of God Church, 7 p.m.  

Thursday, Dec. 15:
Ocracoke School Christmas program, 7 p.m. in the gym.

Island Christmas Potluck and dance with the Ocracoke Rockers.  Bring a dish to share at the Ocracoke Oyster Company; eating starts at 5 p.m.; dancing to the live music starts at 6 p.m. Cash bar (no outside drinks).

Wednesday, Dec. 21:
Christmas caroling, meet at 5 p.m. at the Ocracoke United Methodist Church. Chili supper after the caroling, hosted this year at Methodist Church.

Saturday, Dec. 24:
Live Nativity in front of the Methodist Church at 5 p.m.

Combined Choir will present Christmas Cantata

The United Methodist Combined Choir of Hatteras Island will present the Christmas Cantata, "When Earth Received Her King," during December.  The schedule is:

• Little Grove UMC -- Sunday, Dec. 4 at 8:15 a.m.
• Buxton UMC -- Sunday, Dec. 11, at 9:30 a.m.
• Hatteras UMC -- Sunday, Dec. 11 at 11:15 a.m.
• Cape Hatteras Baptist Church -- Sunday, Dec. 18, at 6:30 p.m.

Island Christian Fellowship plans post-parade party

The Hatteras Island Christian Fellowship will be bringing the joy of Jesus' birthday party to Hatteras village this year!  Immediately following the Hatteras Village Christmas parade on Saturday, Dec. 10, free food and fun will be offered on the grounds of the Hatteras Medical Center.  There will be hamburgers, hot dogs, baked goods, inflatables, and more -- all free!  Come celebrate.

Free winter Lighthouse Climb is Dec. 10

The National Park Service will offer a free winter climb of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in Buxton on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 9 a.m. until noon. Children must be at least 42 inches tall to climb the lighthouse. Children under 12 must be escorted by a person at least 16 years old. Climbing the lighthouse is strenuous -- equivalent to climbing a 12-story building. For more information on what to expect, check the park website.

The annual Holiday at the Museum will be on Dec. 10

 The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum will host its sixth annual Holiday at the Museum on Saturday, Dec. 10, from noon to 5 p.m.

Folks can drop in to the museum either before of after the annual Christmas Parade, which is scheduled for 2 p.m. and will be broadcast live on Radio Hatteras.

 Children and adults alike will marvel at Winter Wonderland train display by master model builder Charlie Klein.  There will be a children’s holiday craft table and letters to Santa, which are almost certainly to receive a reply. 

 Live entertainment will be provided by local choral groups and individual performances by local musicians, as well as professional musical entertainment throughout the day.  Refreshments will include a variety of hot soups, ham biscuits, holiday cookies and punch.

 There will be multi-themed fully decorated holiday trees, and shoppers will continue to receive an additional 5 percent off purchases when they bring a donation for the island's food pantry. 

“This is our fifth annual Holiday at the Museum and is quickly becoming a holiday tradition,” stated Melanie Schwarzer, administrative director of the Friends of the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum.  “The museum's celebration of the Hatteras Island community and its resilience was begun to boost everyone's spirit after the devastation of Hurricane Irene” she said.

 The event, including the entertainment and refreshments, is free to the public and is sponsored by the Friends of the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum.  For more information, visit or call 252-986-2995.

 The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum is located at 59200 Museum Drive, Hatteras, NC 27943 near the Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry dock.

Annual tour of  homes is Dec. 3 in Manteo

The Manteo Preservation Trust's 12th annual Holiday Tour of Homes is just around the corner!

This year's homes tour will be 1-6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, and will begin at the Outer Banks Distilling at 510 Budleigh St. (across the street from Coastland Times) in Manteo. Tickets are $20 and will be sold at the distillery beginning at noon on the day of the tour.

A framed watercolor -- "Christmas Sunset - Downtown Manteo" --  by local artist George Cheeseman will be raffled off.  Cheeseman is a well-known artist and his work graces many homes in the area and beyond.

Tickets are $10 and the drawing will be at 6 p.m. on Dec. 7 at Outer Banks Distilling where it is on display. Do not have to be present to win. Winner will be notified and arrangements made for pick-up or delivery.

Eleven homes will be included in this year's tour. Some are historic, others are newer and still others are remodeled. All are interesting, fun and will give tour-goers many decorating ideas to take home and try out in their own abodes.

For information, call 473-7336.

A Guide to Dining Out During the Holidays

The weather is much cooler, the days are getting shorter, and there are noticeably fewer visitors on Hatteras and Ocracoke. And as a result, some of the islands’ restaurants have already closed and others will be closing shortly.

However, visiting during the holidays is much more popular with tourists than it once was.  Spending Thanksgiving or Christmas by the ocean when there is less hustle and bustle is appealing to many, and there are some restaurants and stores open to help you feed the crew!  Read More

Youngsters can get photos with Santa on Dec. 3

The Hatteras United Methodist Preschool will host Cookies and Photos with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9 until 11 a.m. at Hatteras United Methodist Church in Hatteras village. Pictures with Santa will be by Daniel Pullen Photography, and Christmas cookies will be available for all.  There will also be "make it and take it" Christmas crafts and a 50-50 raffle.

This event will take the place of a larger photo and breakfast with Santa event that had to be cancelled this year because of damage from Tropical Storm Hermine and Hurricane Matthew.  Donations will be accepted at the door at this event, which is designed to "bring smiles to the faces of Hatteras Island families and to support the preschool."  All proceeds will benefit the preschool.

Hatteras village prepares for its 25th Christmas Parade....WITH VINTAGE VIDEO

The community spirit rebounds -- and rebounds with gusto -- after a traumatic hurricane or storm, and this year, the surge of community spirit is more important than ever as many Hatteras village residents are rebuilding after the Hurricane Matthew-Tropical Storm Hermine one-two storm surge punch in the village, all within a month's time.

For this reason, as well as the fact that it’s a landmark year for the event, the organizers of the Hatteras Village Christmas Parade, sponsored by the village's Civic Association, are hoping that this year’s festivities will be better than ever. Included with this article is a video of the very first parade in December 1991.  
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The 24th annual Hatteras Island food drive is underway

The annual island-wide food drive to stock the shelves of the Hatteras Island Food Pantry is currently underway.  Residents and visitors are asked to participate in this drive as contributions of both food and money are badly needed. Without them, organizers say that the pantry will be unable to meet the needs of the community, which was devastated by Hurricane Matthew. Read more