Winter Lights brighten the night at Elizabethan Gardens

By on November 11, 2022

Elizabethan Gardens
Winter Lights
November 25, 26, 27(*Virginia Dare Night), 29, 30;
December 1-4, 6-11, 13-18, 20-23, 27-30

6:00-9:00 pm

The Elizabethan Gardens’ annual WinterLights event opens Friday, November 25, 2022 and will run on designated nights through Friday, December 30, 2022 from 6-9p. Guests are invited to stroll along illuminated garden paths to discover the joy of the season with lights that transform the ten-acre gardens into a winter wonderland. Sponsored in part by Southern Bank and The Outer Banks Visitors Bureau, the event has become an annual holiday tradition with all proceeds benefiting the Gardens. Guests are encouraged to visit the Gardens’ website at for a listing of scheduled entertainment and evenings with Santa.


Timed-entry tickets must be reserved online at and are non-refundable unless a scheduled evening is cancelled by The Elizabethan Gardens.

Adults: $16; Youth (between 6 to 17) $12; Child: (between 2 to 5): $8; Child (under 2): FREE; Dog (one per adult): $5.

If inclement weather or other conditions prevent the lights from occurring, a notice will be sent out to all anticipated guests by 2 pm.

*Virginia Dare Night Sponsored by Dominion Energy, WinterLights Virginia Dare Night for Dare County, Currituck County, and Ocracoke Island residents is on Sunday, November 27, 2022. Locals are invited to attend WinterLights for free with donations of non-perishable food items benefiting Roanoke Island Food Pantry. Virginia Dare Night tickets are limited, therefore, reserve tickets online early. In addition to the food or dry goods donations, residents are required to show proof of Dare County, Currituck County or Ocracoke Island residency, such as a driver’s license or utility bill. Pre-opening donation collection begins at 5:00 PM.  Recommended items for the food drive include canned vegetables, fruits, meats, soups and beans; tomato and pasta products; cereals; toilet paper and paper towels.  There are no rain checks with these free tickets.


Guests must park in designated spaces. Overflow parking will be available at the National Park Service parking lot. A shuttle will transport guests from/to this lot on Friday and Saturday nights from 530p-930p.

About The Elizabethan Gardens

Over seven decades have passed since the Garden Club of North Carolina adopted The Elizabethan Gardens as a project in 1951. It remains a growing testament to the women who adopted the project and the valiant Elizabethan explorers they intended to honor. The Gardens is dedicated to sharing its unique history, providing educational opportunities, enhancing the quality of the visitors experience and preserving its beauty and tranquility. The attraction is located on the north end of Roanoke Island at 1411 National Park Drive Manteo, NC 27954. For more information on happenings at The Elizabethan Gardens call 252.473-3234 or visit

Entertainment Schedule:

  • November 25, 26, 27
  • December 3, 5, 7, 9, 10, 15, 20, 21, 22, 23
Children’s Face Painting by Ms. Sheila
  • November 26
  • December 9, 10
Outer Banks Choir Carolers
  • December 2, 3
Solo Musicians
  • November 25
  • December 9, 15, 20, 21, 22, 23
Theatre of Dare Holiday Storytime at the Firepit
  • December 7, 21

Visit the Elizabethan Gardens Winterlights website for updates and added events.

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