Candlelight, Crafts & Cheer: Christmas in Corolla

November 5, 2021

The holidays bring families together, and this year there’s no better place to celebrate a destination Christmas than Corolla and the Currituck beaches. Not only do we offer beach vacation rentals large enough to accommodate extended families gathering for a holiday reunion, but temperatures in the northern Outer Banks aren’t so cold that you can’t enjoy outdoor activities this coming season. 

Walk the beaches, see the horses, sing a few carols, and enjoy our favorite holiday events starting Thanksgiving weekend through mid-December. 

Festivities in Historic Corolla kick off on November 26 at 11 am with the 6th Annual Christmas Craft Village. Start your holiday gift shopping on the beautiful, lush grounds of Whalehead. This popular one-day event features arts and crafts, fine arts, handmade cosmetics, baked goods and other unique treasures from local artists and vendors. 

Throughout the day, you can also take in the sights of Historic Corolla Park on a free carriage ride! Santa and Mrs. Claus will also be in attendance for photo ops and to hear Christmas wishes. If you crave something to eat besides turkey leftovers, enjoy unique snacks and fare from area food vendors. The Christmas Craft Village runs through 4 pm, but the holiday spirit doesn’t end here…

The Candlelight Christmas Tours at Whalehead begin November 26, with the first tour at 5 pm. Step back in time to the 1920’s decor 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. 

Admission is $20 per person and masks may be required to attend. Reservations are strongly recommended, as these tours sell out quickly every year. For details or to reserve your tour in advance, please call 252-453-9040. See the Visit Currituck event page for the complete schedule of tours.

Once the tour is over, continue your festive cheer in Historic Corolla Village! Lights, floral delights, and holiday sights are all part of the inaugural Corolla Christmas Village, a holiday wonderland that brings the spirit of Christmas to an area landmark.

Stroll up and down Corolla Village Road to the spectacle of thousands of lights, trees, and holiday displays. In the spirit of the Whalehead candlelight tour, the ghosts of both Christmases past and present will be on full display with sights and sounds guests of all ages will love. Each weekend will include special events and performances, with refreshments and unique shopping opportunities at the various village merchants.

The Corolla Christmas festivities in Historic Corolla Village happen every Friday and Saturday evening from November 26 through December 18, courtesy of Twiddy & Co..

We look forward to spending a very beachy Christmas with friends and visitors to Corolla and the Currituck Beaches. For more ideas on how to spend your holidays here, download our visitors guide or get the Corolla OBX App!