'Twas the Month Before Christmas

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'Twas the Month Before Christmas

Get the scoop on Ocracoke's holiday and December events!

Plan your Christmas season, with all the events listed in one convenient place, with links for more information!

And we'll update it all month long, as needed! If I omitted your event, please let me know and I will add it! 

Check out the Ocracoke Current calendar for more events and information!   

Friday, December 1st: 

Martin Garrish & Friends "Playing Your Ocracoke Memories" @ Coyote Music Den, 7:30pm (doors open at 7). Cultural Heritage Award winner, this is an evening of songs and stories from a lifetime on Ocracoke Tickets $12 adults/6 kids.

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Saturday, December 2nd:

Breakfast with Santa! @ Gaffer's, 9–11am. Kids 10 & under buffet $5, adult buffet $15. Includes picture with Santa and storytime with Ms Juju. Proceeds benefit Ocracoke School Cheer Club and Ocracoke Library's children's programming.

Holiday Historic Homes Open House, 3–5pm. This fun holiday tradition features four houses this year! Have you ever wanted to see the inside of a mysterious or renovated historic island home? Now is your chance! This is a festive event complete with finger food and beverages. Questions? Call 252-928-7375. 

Live Music at Ocracoke Oyster Company! Martin and Friends will play 6–9pm. Good times, great tunes!

Monday, December 4th:

Home Middle School basketball games, 4pm in the school gym.

Hyde County Commissioners meeting, 6pm in the Ocracoke School commons.

Tuesday, December 5th:

OPS Wassail Party and Community Tree Lighting. 3–5pm (please note time change) at the OPS Museum. Enjoy performances by the Ocracoke Christmas Troupe, and delicious wassail and treats. OPS will draw the winning ticket for the 2017 Quilt Raffle! Shop at the Museum gift shop for great holiday gifts. Free and festive!

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UMW Christmas Dinner at Ocracoke Community Center, 6pm. All the women in the community are invited to join the potluck. It's one of the loveliest evenings of the year! Please come and bring your favorite dish and a small gift to exchange. Donations welcome for one of the many special causes supported by the UMW.

Thursday, December 7th: 

Pictures with Santa!! 3–5pm @ the Variety Store. The Jolly Old Elf will pose with kids from 3–5pm. Photos are a gift from the Variety Store. 

Community Christmas Concert, 7pm at Community Center. Performers of all ages! Admission is a non-perishable food item for the Bread of Life food pantry. Bring some cash – Ocracoke School's 4th & 5th grades will be having a bake sale. They will also draw the winning ticket for their 50/50 raffle to benefit their spring field trip, and there will be a special fundraiser for Puerto Rico.

Friday, December 8th: 

Special Christmas concert with Martin & Friends @ Coyote Music Den, 7:30pm. Doors open at 7. Featuring Jennifer Starr (Ocracoke) and Jay Turner (Richmond, VA) – LAST SHOW OF 2017 Tickets $12 adults/6 kids.

Saturday, December 9th:

Library Cookie Swap, 1pm at Ocracoke Library Bring a dozen or more cookies to share; take home the same amount of assorted goodies! Yum! Pre-swap entertainment will be provided by the Ocracoke Christmas Troupe.

Island Christmas Potluck and Dance with the Ocracoke Rockers! At Ocracoke Oyster Company; eating starts at 5pm; dancing to the live music starts at 6pm. Cash bar (no outside drinks), and bring a dish to share!

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Sunday, December 10th:

Ocracoke Shopping Day! Noon–4pm. Shop local! This event is sponsored by OPS. Ocracoke School's 1st and 2nd grade classes will have a gift wrapping fundraiser at the OPS Museum for you holiday wrapping needs. More details TBA.

Monday, December 11th:

Home Middle School basketball games, 4pm in the school gym

Thursday, December 14th:

Ocracoke School Christmas program, 7pm in the gym. Singing, dancing, acting, cuteness overload and holiday cheer! Also, tasty treats!

Friday, December 15th:

Holiday Basketball Tournament @ Ocracoke School gym. Details and game times TBA.

Joyful Band of Singers Concert, 7:30pm, @ Ocracoke United Methodist Church. Christmas choral music featuring musical styles from the 12th century to the present. Public Radio East’s classical music host, Finley Woolston, will direct his Joyful Band of Singers in this FREE holiday event, sponsored by Ocracoke Alive. Everyone is welcome! 

Saturday, December 16th:

Holiday Basketball Tournament @ Ocracoke School gym. Details and game times TBA.

Sunday, December 17th:

Christmas Program at Ocracoke Assembly of God Church, 6pm. The annual Christmas program features music and worship offered by the kids and adults. Lots of tasty treats afterward to fill you tummy. Great fellowship, too! All are welcome!  

Wednesday, December 20th:

Christmas Caroling, meet at Methodist Church at 5pm. Chili supper after the caroling, hosted this year at the Methodist Rec Hall. Join in the singing and spread the Christmas joy! 

Saturday, December 23rd:

Live Nativity in front of the Methodist Church 5–6pm. A beautiful, silent tableau of the Holy Family, Angels, Shepherds, and Three Kings.

Sunday, December 24th:

Special Hatteras-Ocracoke holiday ferry schedule: 


  • From Hatteras: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11 a.m., 12, 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 9 p.m., and midnight.
  • From Ocracoke: 4:30, 6:30, 7:30, 8:30, 9:30, 10:30, and 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, 4:30, 5:30, 7:30, and 10:30 p.m.

Christmas Eve service at the Methodist Church, with the children's Christmas pageant @ 7pm. 

Monday, December 25th: 

Special Hatteras-Ocracoke holiday ferry schedule:

  • From Hatteras: 5, 6, 8, 9, and 11 a.m., 12, 2, 3, 6, 9 p.m., and midnight.
  • From Ocracoke: 4:30, 6:30, 7:30, 9:30, and 10:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, 3:30, 4:30, 7:30, and 10:30 p.m.

Merry Christmas!! 

Tuesday, December 26th:

Festive Holiday Wine tasting at Zillie's Island Pantry, 6pm. Wine tastings pair five great wines with delicious hors d'oeuvres from the pantry. Space is limited, so make a reservation, and sign up at zillies.com.

Friday, December 29th:

Zillie's Wine Dinner @ the Berkley Manor, 6pm. Five-course Chef’s Tasting Menu and Wine Dinner. On-staff chef Christopher Johnson will be pairing delicious traditional and not-so-traditional courses with a superb wine selection from the racks of Zillie’s Island Pantry. Reservations for this very special evening are limited to 40 guests at $75 per ticket. Space is limited, so make a reservation, and sign up at zillies.com.

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Saturday, December 30th:

Ocracoke Working Watermen's Oyster Roast, starts 2pm at the Ocracoke Seafood Company Fish House. Steamed oysters, steamed shrimp, Vince & Rudy's Famous Fish Stew, raffle items, and live music! Hot cider and homemade dessert around the woodstove at the Working Watermen's Exhibit, 3-6pm.  

Saturday, December 31st:

No Football Zone Party @ Books to Be Red. Raffles, refreshments, and sales! 1pm–4pm.

Live Music! Ring in the New Year at Ocracoke Oyster Company with the Bryan Mayer Band!





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