Christmas in Manteo – Celebrating all things merry and bright!

By on November 27, 2023

Town of Manteo

Tradition, sparkle, laughter, and goodwill all wrapped up with holiday spirit.  There is something so very special about Christmas in Manteo!  It is a time of festivities, celebrating community, and simply spreading Christmas cheer!

Kicking off the holiday season and keeping with tradition, the Town Christmas tree will shine ever so bright with a little bit of help from Santa at the Tree Lighting event on Friday, December 1, 2023.  Christmas carols, dancing, hot cocoa, Christmas cookies, reindeer games, and a special guest reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas by Mrs. Claus will surely make for a great time.  The grand finale is Santa himself lighting the Town’s Christmas Tree!  Afterwards, Santa will greet all the little ones and listen to all their wish lists  while family captures that sweet memory.  Catch a glimpse into this sweet traditional holiday event on the Town’s YouTube channel at

The fun continues on Saturday, December 2, 2023 at 10:30 a.m. with the annual Christmas parade!  The parade route winds its way through the streets of downtown beginning at Manteo High School and ending on the other side of the new College of the Albemarle campus.  Fabulous floats full of holiday cheer and wonderful community spirit are always something to see each and every year!  Enjoy some of the 2021 parade fun on the Town’s YouTube channel at

Christmas decorations throughout Town added a little extra sparkle each and every year.   The Town is excited to  bring back the “Making Storefronts Bright” contest!  Local businesses and organizations are invited to participate in the “Making Storefronts Bright” contest by decorating their storefront in the spirit of the holiday season.  Contest participants are entered into a random drawings for prizes.

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  • Linda Cheeseman

    Please include:
    16th Manteo Preservation Trust HolidayTour of Homes is on Saturday, Dec.2. Tickets available starting 10am at108 Budleigh, Manteo. Homes open touring 1-6 pm.

    Monday, Nov 27 @ 3:53 pm