Outer Banks December Activities For Kids 2016: Winterlights


Winterlights In Manteo

Light up the season with the Winterlights in Manteo at the Elizabethan Gardens. Enjoy thousands of lights and displays through the gardens. Many people bring their children year after year to see them.

The Winterlights at the Elizabethan Gardens are an Outer Banks Tradition for both kids and adults. It is a great place to bring the whole family. December is a magical time for children here in the Outer Banks and just about everywhere else. Summer may be long gone but things like the Winterlight display in Manteo bring magic to the season..

Where is the Manteo Light Show

The light show is set against the backdrop of the gardens, which are well groomed and beautiful in all seasons.

The Elizabethan Gardens
1411 National Park Drive National Park Drive
Manteo, 27954
United States

The night sky will be lit up for twenty two incredible nights. Besides the elegance of lights set against the pristine backdrop of the Manteo gardens, here are some additional things you will get to do while you enjoy the lights:

  • Enjoy Holiday Food and Drink in the Embellished Hall
  • Warm up around fire pits
  • Visit a holiday themed gift shop
  • Enjoy musical entertainment on certain nights

How much are the Winter lights at the Elizabethan Gardens


One visit: $14


6-17: $8

0-5: $6


Special Night Entertainment During Winterlight

In addition to the Evening Lights, firepits, and manicured evening gardens, special events will occur throughout the holiday season. Here is a breakdown of some of those events. For more information go to the Elizabethan Garden website

Winterlight Holiday Buffet
December 3
6:00 pm & 7:30 pm

You can’t have the Holiday without a holiday buffet. And you can’t have one at the Winterlights at the Elizabethan Gardens unless it is first class gourmet. Prepare to fill up on:

  • Chicken
  • Delectable Ham
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Gravy
  • Green Beans
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Baked Rolls
  • Multiple Desserts
  • Multiple Appetizers
  • Assorted Drinks

Ladies Night
December 5-12

This gathering is exclusively for the ladies offering champagne and appetizers. This a perfect place for some holiday pampering.

Here is a schedule of other events on certain nights

Learn how to make holiday centerpieces

December 10
10 am to 12 pm

Centerpiece instruction (same as above)

December 13
5 to 8 pm

Learn how to make holiday wreaths

December 17
10 am to 1 pm

Dinner with Santa

If you have little kids this is a must attend event
December 17
6-9 Pm

Thank you Santa

Bring your thank you letters for official delivery to the big man himself
December 28
6 pm to 9 pm

More Information About Winterlights

What’s Near The Winterlights?

Looking to plan a family day with the kids around your Winterlights adventure at the Elizabethan Gardens in Manteo? Well here are a few attractions nearby you may want to check out. These might be the perfect midday or afternoon activity before you enjoy the Outer Banks Holiday Light Show at the gardens. The attractions are:

  • Fort Raleigh National Historic Site
  • North Carolina Aquarium
  • Dare County Civil War Heritage Trail

In the spirit of the holidays, here are some other events you want to visit as part of your family holiday celebration in the month of December 2016.

Outer Banks Holiday Parade

No holiday would be complete without a beautiful Outer Banks parade. This years sponsor is Wanchese. Bring the family for music and a beautiful visual display.

Wright Brother Commemorative Celebration

Come celebrate one of the greatest discoveries of the 20th Century…Flight. Celebrate the Wright Brothers historic groundbreaking test that changed the world. No this is not very Christmas oriented, but it is a celebration of American history and something that would be neat to attend.




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