Gardens’ light show and activities brighten holiday evenings

By on November 27, 2017

Like illuminated gems setting the night ablaze with lights, The Elizabethan Gardens’ WinterLights adds sparkle to the crown jewel of Outer Banks attractions in Manteo.

The lush greenscape of the year-round garden has once again been bedecked with millions of lights that blaze on winter nights from November to January. The seasonal display opened Saturday and runs special nights and weekends through Jan. 20.

WinterLights is presented by Southern Bank and funded in part by the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau. “With assistance from our supporters, we are all equally excited to unveil this seasons’ displays,” said Carl Curnutte, executive director of The Elizabethan Gardens.


“That’s why we are continually tweaking and adding more magic,” added Linda Davenport, a member of the The Elizabethan Gardens’ board of directors. “We want to offer folks a little something new each year in The Gardens.”

Since 2010, lights, holiday sights and other events have been part of the month-long spectacle of WinterLights.

The Garden will be open for the display from 6 to 9 p.m. the following evenings:

In November, Saturday, Nov. 25, and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 28 – 30
In December, Tuesday through Saturday evenings
In January, Friday and Saturday evenings, from Jan. 5 through Jan. 20 (Jan. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20)
Tickets are $11 for adults, $9 for youth (age 6-17), and $6 for children (age 5 and younger). Extended passes are available. Tickets must be purchased before 8:15 pm.

Music performances will be held on select Friday and Saturday evenings of the holiday light show. Visit The Elizabethan Gardens for more details.


Advance tickets may be purchased online at The Elizabethan Gardens. You may also call (252) 473-3234 for advance tickets and more information.

To view photos and learn more about the event, visit the Elizabethan Gardens on Facebook.


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