Manteo celebrations kick off the Christmas season

By on December 2, 2023

Manteo Christmas tree—a huge fir tree by the waterfront. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
Santa Claus makes his appearance on Friday night just in time to countdown the seconds to the Manteo Tree lighting. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
Mrs. Santa Claus reading The Night Before Christmas. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
The combined choirs of Manteo Elementary School and Manteo Middle School greeted Santa Claus. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
Manteo Middle School choir performing You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
Island School of Dance performed at the Manteo Tree Lighting Celebration on Friday, Dec. 1 (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
The Manteo High School marching band. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
Dancers took to the streets of Manteo. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
Dare County Dancers were part of the parade. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
First Flight High School Marching Band. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
Cape Hatteras National Seashore gets high marks for innovation as the three lighthouses of the National Park are represented. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
The colonists of the Lost Colony wandered into the parade. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
Even the Grinch made an appearance at the parade. (Photos by Kip/Tabb-OBV)
The Radio Flyer float. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
Kitty Hawk United Methodist Church was one of a number of churches that were on hand. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
OBX Dance Academy. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
Santa Claus makes his appearance at the parade in Manteo. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
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Manteo Christmas tree—a huge fir tree by the waterfront. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
Santa Claus makes his appearance on Friday night just in time to countdown the seconds to the Manteo Tree lighting. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
Mrs. Santa Claus reading The Night Before Christmas. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
The combined choirs of Manteo Elementary School and Manteo Middle School greeted Santa Claus. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
 Manteo Middle School choir performing You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
Island School of Dance performed at the Manteo Tree Lighting Celebration on Friday, Dec. 1 (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
The Manteo High School marching band. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
Dancers took to the streets of Manteo. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
Dare County Dancers were part of the parade. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
First Flight High School Marching Band. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
Cape Hatteras National Seashore gets high marks for innovation as the three lighthouses of the National Park are represented. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
The colonists of the Lost Colony wandered into the parade. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
Even the Grinch made an appearance at the parade. (Photos by Kip/Tabb-OBV)
The Radio Flyer float. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
Kitty Hawk United Methodist Church was one of a number of churches that were on hand. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
OBX Dance Academy. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
Santa Claus makes his appearance at the parade in Manteo. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
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Photos by Kip Tabb | (Outer Banks Voice)

It’s been a hectic time for Santa in Manteo these past two days, something even he acknowledged by telling the Voice, “It’s been busy.” Asked what the rest of the month held in store, he responded that it will also be “busy” given that “there’s lots of good little girls and boys.”

Santa’s weekend on the Outer Banks began on the evening of Friday, Dec. 1 as he was welcomed to town with dancing, songs and Mrs. Claus reading Clement Moore’s classic holiday poem The Night Before Christmas.

With Santa on stage in front of the Dare Arts building, he counted down for the lighting of the Manteo Christmas tree—a huge fir tree by the waterfront.

With the tree lights turned on, the focus turned to the Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 2. Led by floats, dancers, marching bands from First Flight High School and Manteo High schools and much more, Santa made his appearance riding atop the Roanoke Island Fire Department ladder truck.

With smiles and waves from children and adults, the holiday season has officially taken hold on the Outer Banks.



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  • Glenn

    Such a fun evening…my spouse and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Well done by the City of Manteo & event organizers/volunteers.

    Saturday, Dec 2 @ 7:05 pm