Every town has a few holiday traditions, and the Outer Banks is no exception! For the past 49 years, Jim and Ann Poulos have made their house into a winter wonderland every Christmas season! The first 10 years in Virginia Beach, and the last 39 years in Kill Devil Hills. And we’re not talking about a few lights… they have received national recognition many times for their display!
However, this will be the first season without Ann, who sadly passed in August. Before she passed, she didn’t make her husband promise to do the lights, instead she told him, “You’re going to do it.” And that is just what the family is doing! This years lights were officially lit the night of Thanksgiving and will run every night after sunset until the first of the year. It’s been a Christmas tradition for decades for many Outer Banks families and even a few famous people too! The display includes hundreds of thousands of lights, inflatables, hand-made figures, and even flying reindeer! This year, the community pulled together to make sure that the lights would be set to light on Thanksgiving night. To read more about the The Poulos Christmas House tradition, you can visit the Outer Banks Voice article here. The “Christmas House” is located on Ocean Acres Drive for all to enjoy!
If you’re familiar with Manteo, you may know about the hidden gem, The Christmas Shop. It has been open since 1967 and spreads Christmas cheer throughout the year, even in the warmer months! From ornaments, to lights, to local art, and more, the Christmas Shop is another local favorite that draws guests in from near and far!
When you have the ocean right in your backyard, you should always use that to your advantage! In this case, you will find that many OBX locals love having a holiday oyster roast since the oysters are at their peak! While the oysters are always fresh here and great to eat, it is also a social activity that can be enjoyed with family and friends. If you’re looking for a new tradition for your family, this could be it! Enjoy this Southern Living article on hosting your own oyster roast. Dig in!
So whether it’s roasting some marshmallows (or in our case oysters!), picking the perfect Christmas tree, or visiting a lights display – be sure to enjoy this Holiday Season with those you love!