OBX’s must-see Christmas houses   

By on November 29, 2022

The Mennicucci Christmas House in all its glory.
The Mennicucci Christmas House in all its glory.
Deborah and Dave Mennicucci.
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The Mennicuccis of Kill Devil Hills

First in a series

For the past nine years, Deborah and Dave Mennicucci have been spreading holiday cheer while also raising money for the Beach Food Pantry by lighting up their yard at 206 Clamshell Drive in Kill Devil Hills. And this year, the Mennicuccis hope to beat last year’s donations that totaled $4,833 and 1,108 pounds of food.

“We are most excited that the North Pole heard about our donations for the Beach Food Pantry and Santa has made time in his busy schedule to come to our display and help us get donations,” Deborah said. Santa, she added, will be in their driveway on Friday Dec. 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. helping to collect both non-perishable and cash donations for the pantry as well as listening to wishes and taking photos.

The display, called the Hands of Gold Christmas Lights, includes approximately 70,000 Christmas lights connected by two miles of extension cord. Beginning on Thanksgiving night and through New Year’s Eve, visitors to the home are treated to the thousands of lights dancing to 14 different holiday songs that Dave, who begins setting things up in October, programs on his computer.

The display is on until 9 p.m. and a little later on weekends. Heavy rains or winds can force the display to be shut down for the night.

Visitors can either hear the music from speakers in the Mennicuccis’ yard, or they can tune in to FM 107.9 in their cars when they visit the home.

While Deborah and Dave, and their two sons, Eric and David, have been decorating their home for a number of years now, they began collecting donations for the Beach Food Pantry beginning in 2015. The first year, the family raised $100 and 200 pounds of food. Since then, the display and fundraising efforts have continued to grow.

Visitors are welcome to drive by and walk in the driveway, but they are asked not to enter the yard.

“We are very excited to see everyone this year,” Deborah told the Voice. “We love this time of year and look forward to seeing everyone, seeing new faces and being with the community. This world needs happiness right now and it makes our day to bring a smile to the community and bring in donations for the Beach Food Pantry.”

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  • Cindy Swoope

    Can’t wait to go see this house, and help our local Beach Food Pantry.

    Wednesday, Nov 30 @ 9:34 am
  • Stephanie

    The article title says houses, but speaks of only one house? I thought it would be a gallery of the many holiday homes. The one written about of course is the most beautiful bodacious and such sweet generous people!

    Thursday, Dec 1 @ 3:26 pm
  • Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

    Hi Stephanie, as the story noted, this was the First in a Series. Stories about other Christmas Houses are in the pipeline.

    Thursday, Dec 1 @ 7:51 pm