• Advice 5K Turkey Trot
    Run, walk or TROT in this annual community fundraiser for all abilities. Thanksgiving morning, 9am. Scarborough Lane, Duck. 252-255-1050  www.advice5kturkeytrot.com
  • Garden to Hearth; Heritage Cooking and Food Preservation
    11/24/2017 - 11/25/2017
    Discover fall traditions from the 19th century at a working, interpretive farm, with family activities and live animals. Admission $8. Children 5 and under free. 10am-4pm. Island Farm, Manteo. 252-473-6500  www.theislandfarm.com
  • Grand Illuminations
    Debuting the return of WinterLights, a 22-night of brilliant holiday display that stretches all around the Gardens. Enjoy festive food and drink among the decked halls and toasty fire pits. Tickets: $14 Adult, $6 Child. Elizabethan Gardens, Roanoke Island. 252-473-3234  www.elizabethangardens.org
  • Hanging With Santa
    11/24/2017 - 11/25/2017
    Meet the elves while trying out some of the North Pole's latest toys, before posing for that anticipated annual pic with St. Nick. Fri. 10am-2pm, Sat. 1-4pm. Free. Kitty Hawk Kites, Nags Head. 252-441-6800  www.kittyhawk.com
  • Kites With Lights
    Get into the holiday spirit with a free, illuminated kite show on the dunes, along with the lighting of the Jockey's Ridge Tree. Sat. 4-6pm. Jockey's Ridge State Park, Nags Head. 252-441-4127  www.kittyhawk.com
  • Ocracoke Parade of Boats
    On-Going Event: 11/25/2017 - 11/25/2027
    Watch local ships of all sizes gleaming in this festival annual procession along picturesque Silver Lake.  Silver Lake, Ocracoke. 252-921-0260  www.ocracokealive.org/general-info.html
  • The Big Curri-shuck
    Sat. 12-5pm. An afternoon of live music and all-you-can-eat steamed oysters, crab and BBQ (while they last). Tickets $40. Sanctuary Vineyards, Jarvisburg. 252-491-2387  www.sanctuaryvineyards.com/events
  • WinterLights
    11/25/2017 - 11/30/2017
    See the celebrated Gardens dazzling in holiday radiance, during a seasonal stroll along enchanted garden paths. Admission: $11 Adult, $6 Child. 6-9pm. Closed Sun. Mon. and holidays. Elizabethan Gardens, Roanoke Island. 252-473-3234  www.elizabethangardens.org
  • First Friday
    The final First Friday of the year! Join the merchants of downtown Manteo for an evening of music, shopping and special presentations. 6-8pm. Downtown waterfront, Manteo. 252-473-2133  www.townofmanteo.com
  • Manteo Christmas Tree Lighting
    The community gathers around the festive courthouse to observe the town's annual tree lighting, while sipping hot chocolate and listening to the carols of local children. Downtown waterfront, Manteo. 252-473-2133  www.townofmanteo.com
  • WinterLights
    On-Going Event: 12/1/2017 - 12/30/2017
    See the celebrated Gardens dazzling in holiday radiance, during a seasonal stroll along enchanted garden paths. Admission: $11 Adult, $6 Child. 6-9pm. Closed Sun. Mon. and holidays. Elizabethan Gardens, Roanoke Island. 252-473-3234  www.elizabethangardens.org
  • Duck Yuletide Celebration & Elf Hunt
    Get your Elf Hunt passport stamped at participating shops. Then indulge in cocoa and live music at the lighting of Duck's crab pot tree from 3-5pm. Duck Town Park, Duck. 252-255-1286  www.townofduck.com
  • Manteo Christmas Parade
    A hometown holiday procession starring local school bands, association floats, vintage cars, horses, and more! The finale is Santa, who will later pose for pictures at the boathouse. Downtown waterfront, Manteo. 252-473-2133  www.townofmanteo.com
  • Historic Home Tour, presented by the Ocracoke Preservation Society
    Annual tradition showcasing some of the finely preserved homes in Ocracoke's historic district, all decked out for the holidays. Historic District, Ocracoke. 252-928-6711  www.ocracokevillage.com
  • St. Nicholas Arrives at Island Farm
    Stoke your Christmas spirit at a 19th-century interpretive farm, serving apple cider, ginger cookies and snapping photographs with Santa. Admission $8. Children 5 and under free. 12-3pm. Island Farm, Manteo. 252-473-6500  www.theislandfarm.com
  • Wings Over Water Encore
    12/8/2017 - 12/10/2017
    A winter weekend of birdwatching trips to several local National Wildlife Refuges. Various locations. 252-216-9464  www.wingsoverwater.org
  • 7th Annual Holiday at the Museum
    An afternoon of yuletide activities for the whole family, including live music, children's crafts and letters to Santa. Purchase handmade holiday d?cor, such as wreaths and themed trees. Free. 12-5pm. Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, Hatteras. 252-986-2995  www.graveyardoftheatlantic.com
  • Dinner With Santa
    Come all ye hungry to feast upon holiday family favorites, featuring a guest appearance from Saint Nicholas. Adults $40, Youth/Child $20 (discount for members). 6-9pm. Elizabethan Gardens, Roanoke Island. 252-473-3234  www.elizabethangardens.org
  • 113th Annual Celebration of the Wright Brothers First Flight
    Take part in this yearly tribute honoring the achievments of the Wright brothers, at the very spot of their celebrated first flight. Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hills. 252-441-1903  www.firstflight.org
  • Working Watermen Oyster Roast & Shrimp Boil
    Hundreds of seafood fans converge under the winter sun to shuck oysters, peel shrimp and warm up with some old-fashioned fish stew. Eat till you're full, but save room for dessert! Community Square, Ocracoke. 252-928-6711  www.ocracokevillage.com