OBX Holiday Markets & Happenings 2023

Get ready for holiday shopping! Discover the best local holiday markets and events happening on the beautiful Outer Banks.

Westside Athletic Club Autumn Market 2023



The Westside Athletic Club is hosting an Autumn Market on the 11th of November from 12 pm to 4 pm. With various vendors on site, you will be sure to find some amazing items that will be perfect for your fall decor and more. Shop with friends and family and take advantage of the beautiful autumn weather. From fall-themed home decor to artisanal jewelry pieces and all the baked goodies and snacks in between, you’ll undoubtedly find something unique to your tastes.



Southern Shores

The holiday season is fast approaching, which means it’s time to start thinking about gift-giving and decorating. If you’re looking for unique and meaningful gifts for your loved ones, you won’t want to miss the 19th annual All Saints Church Holly Days Bazaar & Arts Festival. This event promises to be bigger and better than ever, with a wide variety of handmade jewelry, pottery, original art, frozen casseroles, and much more.

The Holly Days Bazaar & Arts Festival will take place on November 15th and 16th at the All Saints Episcopal Church in Southern Shores. This event has become a beloved tradition in the Outer Banks, attracting locals and tourists alike with its festive atmosphere and unique gift items. Whether you’re in the market for jewelry, home decor, or tasty treats, you’ll find something to suit your tastes at this exciting event.


Dowdy Park Holiday Markets 2023Christmas in Nags Head
Experience a magical holiday season at Dowdy Park, where you’ll find festive cheer and exciting activities. From enchanting light displays to heartwarming community gatherings, our lineup of events promises to make your holidays truly special. Check out the upcoming events below. For more information, visit the Dowdy Park Events webpage.

Farmer’s Markets:
Saturday, November 11 | 9 am – 12 pm
Saturday, November 25 | 9 am – 12 pm
Thursday, November 30 | 4 pm – 7 pm
Saturday, December 9 | 9 am – 12 pm

Candy Cane Hunt:
Thursday, December 14 | 4:45 pm

Decorating Contest:
Entries must be received by 5 pm Monday, December 18

Tree Lighting Ceremony with a Santa Visit:
Saturday, November 25 | 5-7 pm

Find Dowdy Park at 3005 South Croatan Highway, and parking is available at Nags Head Elementary School. Don’t miss out on these unforgettable holiday events!


Holiday Bazaar 2023


Get ready for the ultimate holiday shopping experience at the 11th Annual Outer Banks Entrepreneurs Holiday Bazaar! On Saturday, November 25th from 9 am to 5 pm, join more than fifty vendors as they showcase their incredible handmade and ready-made items for sale. But that’s not all – throughout the day, we’ll be giving away amazing door prizes! And the best part? You don’t even have to be present to win!

Get into the festive spirit with holiday music and browse through the unique creations of the talented women of OBE and other local artists and crafters. From one-of-a-kind gifts to delicious food and live music – this event has it all. So mark your calendars and bring your entire family along for a fantastic day of holiday shopping, entertainment, and fun!

But that’s not all! In the spirit of supporting local businesses, we invite you to shop with us on Small Business Saturday. Join us for this family-friendly and completely free event. We can’t wait to see you there!


Soundside Holiday Market 2023



Get ready for the Nags Head Soundside Market! Join us for a unique holiday market experience on the first three Sundays in December (12/3, 12/10, 12/17) at the Soundside Event Site in Nags Head.

Don’t miss out on photos with Santa Claus, encounters with the Grinch, a cozy campfire, festive music, delicious food trucks, and over 50 local makers and artisans from the Outer Banks. This is the perfect opportunity to finish all your holiday shopping in one place and spread some holiday cheer with us. See you there!



First Flight Holiday Market 2023

Kill Devil Hills


Mark your calendars for the First Flight Holiday Markets happening on Saturday, November 18th, Tuesday, December 12th, and the grand finale on Saturday, December 16th at Aviation Park in Kill Devil Hills. With an impressive lineup of around 65 local vendors, delicious food trucks, and the occasional live music, this event guarantees a fantastic shopping experience. Discover a treasure trove of unique and special items ranging from delectable treats to exquisite fine art, jewelry, handmade crafts, and much more. Don’t miss out on finding perfect gifts for yourself and your loved ones!



Christmas in ManteoCelebrating all things merry and bright!

Christmas in Manteo, 2023Tradition, sparkle, laughter, and goodwill all wrapped up with holiday spirit.  There is something so very special about Christmas in Manteo!  It is a time of festivities, celebrating community, and simply spreading Christmas cheer!

Kicking off the holiday season and keeping with tradition, the Town Christmas tree will shine ever so bright with a little bit of help from Santa at the Tree Lighting event on Friday, December 1, 2023.  Christmas carols, dancing, hot cocoa, Christmas cookies, reindeer games, and a special guest reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas by Mrs. Claus will surely make for a great time.  The grand finale is Santa himself lighting the Town’s Christmas Tree!  Afterward, Santa will greet all the little ones and listen to all their wish lists while the family captures that sweet memory.  Catch a glimpse into this sweet traditional holiday event on the Town’s YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/0pJ5Z_8ol9s.

The fun continues on Saturday, December 2, 2023, at 10:30 a.m. with the annual Christmas parade!  The parade route winds its way through the streets of downtown beginning at Manteo High School and ending on the other side of the new College of the Albemarle campus.  Fabulous floats full of holiday cheer and wonderful community spirit are always something to see each and every year!

Christmas in Corolla

Schedule of Events:
Friday, November 24, 2023 – 8th Annual Corolla Christmas Craft Village
Friday & Saturday Evenings November 24 through Dec. 16, 2023 – Whalehead’s Candlelight Christmas Tours
Friday & Saturday Evenings 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm (November 24 – December 30) Corolla Christmas Village
Dates and Times are Below (November 24 – December 31) Ice Skating in Historic Corolla Park

Whalehead’s Candlelight Christmas Tour
Fridays and Saturdays, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. — November 24 – December 16, 2023 (All Dates are Sold Out)
Please reserve your spot early as these tours fill up quickly.  Whalehead in Historic Corolla

Update: All dates for the Candlelight Christmas tours are sold out.

Step back in time to the 1920s décor and customs taking place during Mr. and Mrs. Edward Collings Knight, Jr.’s time in Corolla. The Whalehead mansion is beautifully decorated in the tradition of the times with greenery, Christmas trees, music, luscious food, fruit, candy and nuts. This special tour will feature a live performance on the original one-of-a-kind Steinway piano – custom designed for Mrs. Knight – along with a few traditional Christmas carols. Tour participants will explore this magnificent mansion including the newly designed Starkey room exhibit. Guests will also enjoy a holiday treat at the conclusion of the tour.

Admission is $20.00 per person and reservations are required. Tours are limited, sell out quickly and are non-refundable. For details or to reserve your tour in advance, please call 252-453-9040.

Tours begin promptly at 5:00 p.m. 


8th Annual Christmas Craft Village
Friday, November 24, 2023 (11 am-4 pm)
Whalehead in Historic Corolla Park
1st Friday after Thanksgiving annually

Start your holiday gift shopping on the grounds of Whalehead in Historic Corolla Park. Enjoy arts and crafts, fine arts, handmade cosmetics, baked goods and other unique treasures from local artists and vendors. The 8th Annual Christmas Craft Village is a one-day outdoor show that also includes additional fun to help you get into the holiday spirit. Take in the sights of Historic Corolla Park… Santa and Mrs. Claus will also be in attendance to hear Christmas wishes and provide an opportunity for photos. Kids will get to enjoy free pony rides and a petting zoo. There will also be food vendors for those hungry for more than a hot beverage. Ring in the holiday season in Corolla!

2023 Christmas Craft Village Vendor Concession Agreement

2023 Christmas Craft Village Application

For more information follow us on Facebook at @CurrituckOBXevents

Ice Skating in Historic Corolla Park
November 24 – December 31, 2023

Days and Hours of Operation:
Friday and Saturday – 2-9 pm
Sunday – 12-6 pm

Additional Skate Days:
Tuesday – Dec. 19, Dec. 26 – 12-6 pm
Thursday – Dec. 21, Dec. 28 – 12-6 pm

Location: Historic Corolla Park. Between the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education and the Currituck Maritime Museum, 1160 Village Lane, Corolla, NC 27927

FREE! No Charge.
Free Skating for up to 76 Participants at a time.
Be advised you may have to wait your turn.
Suggested Skating Time: 30 minutes – 1 hour

Skates will be provided. You must wait for your skate size to be available for use.

You may wear your own skates as long as they are NOT figure skates with toe picks.
Only Hockey style skates.

Waiver: An adult must fill out and sign the waiver prior to entering the rink. It is recommended that you print, fill out and sign the waiver prior to coming to the Ice-Skating Rink. Forms will be available at the Ice-Skating Rink. Without a completed waiver you are not allowed to put on skates or enter the ice-skating rink.


Outdoor Ice Skating on Glice Synthetic Ice
Skating Rink Dimensions: 97’x42’

Corolla Christmas Village
Friday and Saturday Evenings (5:00 pm-8:00 pm)
Dates November 24 – December 30
Historic Corolla Village

The 3rd Annual Corolla Christmas Village brings lights, floral delights, and holiday sights. Historic Corolla Village is transformed into a wonderland that delivers the holiday season spirit. Take a stroll through the sparkling village, where Christmas joy fills the crisp evening air. Each weekend features food trucks, delectable beverages at The Kind Cup coffee shop, and unique shopping opportunities at various Corolla Village merchants. Perfect for the entire family, there is no admission fee for this self-guided event.