The Outer Banks’ best and brightest Christmas lights displays

By on December 16, 2018

Characters dot the lawn at the Lunar Drive lights display. (Kari Pugh)

Christmas lights are twinkling all along the Outer Banks so grab the kids, and this list, and head out for some bright holiday cheer.

Know of a lights display not listed here (hello Hatteras Island!), email kari@outerbanksvoice with an address, and photos if you have them.

5111 Lunar Drive, Kitty Hawk

Lots of colorful lights and glowing inflatables tucked in a quiet neighborhood on Lunar Drive.

206 Clamshell Drive, Kill Devil Hills

Hands of Gold Home Improvements and the Beach Food Pantry have paired up to bring a dancing lights show to the Mennicucci family home on in Kill Devil Hills, for a good cause.

The synchronized display on Clamshell Drive in Kill Devil Hills is for a good cause. (Kari Pugh)

Stop by and bring non-perishable food, personal care items or a donation for the Beach Food Pantry. Lights are on from about 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. each night. All donated items will be given to the pantry on Dec. 26.

Aviation Park, Kill Devil Hills Town Hall, Veterans Drive

The frog pond at Aviation Park is decorated with festive lights, reflecting off the water for an especially nice effect.

The Outer Banks Christmas House, Ocean Acres

For 49 years, since they were newlyweds, Jim and Ann Poulos have turned their home into a winter wonderland for Christmas. The Christmas display in their yard on Ocean Acres Drive just outside Nags Head Woods Preserve continues this year in honor of Ann, who died earlier this year.

Downtown Manteo, Roanoke Island Festival Park

Manteo is dressed up for Christmas, with lights twinkling on boats at the marina, strung between buildings and wrapped in trees. Across Shallowbag Bay shines the Elizabeth II at Roanoke Island Festival Park, lined in white lights.

The Elizabeth II lit for Christmas at Roanoke Island Festival Park. (Kari Pugh)

959 Wingina Ave., Manteo

It’s a Dillon Christmas on Wingina Avenue in Manteo. Lights timed to music, with additions every year. Check out the family’s Facebook page here.

Manns Harbor Post Office

An elaborate display set to music lights up the night in Manns Harbor, with houses across the street decked out in their Christmas best, too. Worth a drive over the bridge.

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  • Kati

    Disappointing that you didn’t put Seventh Ave in KD on this list.

    Monday, Dec 17 @ 8:07 am
  • Joel Newton

    You should include 16 7th Ave in Southern Shores with your listing of Christmas decorations to see. It’s got to be the largest display of Christmas inflatables on the OBX! These photos don’t do it justice.

    Tuesday, Dec 18 @ 7:18 pm
  • Joel Newton

    In my previous post about 16 7th Ave I should have noted it is in Southern Shores.

    Tuesday, Dec 18 @ 7:20 pm