WinterLights focuses on Local Giving this Holiday Season

By on November 20, 2023

The Elizabethan Gardens’ annual WinterLights event will run on select nights through Saturday, December 30, 2023 from 6-9pm. This season, the Gardens’ invited local nonprofits to decorate a tree that conveys their mission. Each tree has a QR code or information to support one of the thirteen participating local charities – Lily’s Camp; Beach Food Pantry; Hotline; Community Care Clinic of Dare; SPCA; OBX Room in the Inn; Crossroads OBX; Outer Banks Relief Foundation; Coastal Humane Society; The Lost Colony; NC Aquarium Society; Children & Youth Partnership; and Roanoke Island Food Pantry.

Sponsored in part by Southern Bank and The Outer Banks Visitors Bureau, WinterLights 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.

Remaining Event Dates:

November 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30

December 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

6:00-9:00 pm


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

Adults: $18; Youth (between 6 to 17) $14; Child: (between 2 to 5): $8; Infant (under 2): FREE; Dog (one per adult): $6.

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


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 November 24, 25 and December 1, 2, 8, 15, 16, 23, and 26.


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

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