For the first time ever, the Bodie Island Lighthouse has opened for adventurous climbers on two dates in December, and while the first climbing event was already held on Dec. 2, visitors have a second chance to climb the lighthouse this Saturday, December 16.
The first December 2 climb included representatives from the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, the Outer Banks Lighthouse Society, and a surprise guest appearance by Santa Claus himself, who took a break from holiday preparations to greet visitors at the top of the tower.
Associates of Mr. Claus have it on good authority that he enjoyed the trip to Bodie Island and is planning to attend the December 16 climb as well, although he may leave the reindeer and the sleigh – which would have made the trip to the top easier – behind.
Traditionally, the Bodie Island Lighthouse is open seasonally for climbing from mid-April until mid-October, and closes to the public in the winter months. 2023 marks the first time in memory that wintertime climbs have been available to the public.
Climbing tickets for December 16 will go on sale at 7:00 a.m. and may only be purchased on the same day of the climb. Climbing will be available from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., and tickets are available for purchase online at: https://www.recreation.gov/ticket/252034/ticket/10087143.
“We’re grateful for park volunteers and members of the Outer Banks Lighthouse Society – OBLHS, who will be onsite supporting operations and assisting visitors,” stated the National Seashore in an earlier online update. “Come and conquer the 219 stairs while exploring new heights and breathtaking views this winter!”
For more information on Bodie Island Lighthouse climbs and what to expect, visit https://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/lighthouseclimbs.htm.