OBX must-see Christmas Houses

By on December 7, 2022

The Borzellino house (Photos courtesy of Paul Borzellino)
The Borzellino house (Photos courtesy of Paul Borzellino)
Paul Borzellino getting ready for Christmas. (Photos courtesy of Paul Borzellino)
The Borzellino house (Photos courtesy of Paul Borzellino)
Carla and Paul Borzellino. (Photos courtesy of Paul Borzellino)
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The Borzellinos of Southern Shores

(Part of a continuing series)

Getting ready for Christmas at the Southern Shores home of Paul and Carla Borzellino home typically begins in October. At least, that’s when the boxes come out.

Filled with more than 100 holiday inflatables, Christmas villages, lights and sparkling decorations, the boxes are unpacked over the next weeks at their home at 16 7th Avenue in preparation for the opening night of their display that goes live on Dec. 15.

While everything about their display is eye-catching and a celebration of the season – the stars of the show, hands down, are the inflatables, some that tower as high as 20 feet. From the Star Wars cast and Santa Claus taking sail in their backyard pool, to favorite Frozen characters Olaf and Elsa and Frosty and the Grinch, the Borzellino collection is a must-see each holiday season.

This year marks a decade that the Borzellinos have been putting on their Christmas show on 7th Avenue. That’s when they moved to Southern Shores from Warrenton, Va. While the couple decorated with inflatables back in Warrenton, the obsession has since grown to what it is today.

Paul explains why the number of inflatables keeps increasing each year. “For one thing, I get a kick out of these inflatables, the way they come in a little box, and you inflate it, and they are these giant things. It’s amazing…I just find it magical.”

He said that this year, the display has expanded to include about 30 additional inflatables and the miniature villages have increased from two to four with the names Candy Cane Lane, Christmas Carnival, Disney Fantasyland and Americana.

The display is open for visitors to walk through from Dec. 15 to Jan. 5, weather permitting.

This year, the Borzellinos are accepting donations for the Outer Banks SPCA. Two years ago, the couple put out a collection box to raise money for Toys for Tots and last year, they partnered with the Outer Banks Center for Dolphin Research to raise money for its cause.

For the Southern Shores couple, the excitement of setting up the displays and the smiles of the young and young at heart really are what motivate them each year.

“Visitors tell us in person and in the guest book how much the display means to them,” Paul said. “Many have made it an annual tradition for their family, office and neighborhood to relive the joyful childhood memories together. They especially enjoy taking group pictures at the Christmas photo background wearing holiday hats, antlers and tiaras.”

Paul, who says he and Carla also enjoy the creativity required and challenge of putting it all together, added, “Everyone goes home with a different experience that helps them enjoy the spirit of Christmas again.”

“I love seeing people happy,” Carla asserted in an earlier interview, adding that children often gaze in the windows of the elaborate Christmas villages she sets up. Also at the Borzellino home, there are also plenty of Christmas cookies and candy canes.

Paul said that last year, they received a generous donation by Crumbl Cookies and are hoping that they will donate again.

“And like last year,” he added, “we will have an area for kids’ letters to Santa and after January 1, that changes to thank you notes to Santa.”

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See what people are saying:

  • Glenn

    That’s awesome! Thank you for posting these notices…our family enjoys visiting/driving past these homes. And, thanks to all the families/persons who have put up lights this Christmas season! From a few lights/decorations to thousands of lights…all efforts to spread the Christmas cheer are appreciated. Thanks so much & best wishes to all!

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