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Ocracoke Island is a hidden gem in the winter

The holiday season is a magical time to be on the island. Enjoy holiday light displays and a quiet holiday with loved ones away from the hustle and stress of daily life. 

Known for its pristine beaches, this iconic summer destination is often overlooked as the weather becomes cooler. But locals know that the best time to be here is throughout the fall and winter months when the crowds dissipate and the temperatures remain pleasantly mild. Ocracoke Island boasts beautiful cool, but not too cold, temperatures through the winter months. The average high in December is around 57 and the low is 43. Winter days can offer calm winds with bright blue clear skies or occasional windy conditions, so come prepared with layers. 

Plan a winter getaway to Ocracoke Island to celebrate the holidays this season.

While the calendar isn't nearly as full as it normally is this time of the year, be sure to enjoy Ocracoke Village decorated in holiday lights and the annual parade of boats.   

 Holiday Events on Ocracoke Island

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Parade of Boats

Friday, November 27

The Ocracoke Parade of Boats is the perfect island holiday event. This seasonal parade features boats donning lights displays throughout the waters of Silver Lake Harbor. All kinds of vessels are welcome here, including commercial and pleasure boats, jet skis, rafts, and kayaks. You can watch the holiday display from the docks or join in on the fun with your own display. This event takes place Friday, November 27th at 5:30pm.

Things to do in December on Ocracoke

old oak tree on ocracoke island

Hiking and Biking

With the temperatures averaging in the high 50s, this time of the year is perfect for enjoying the outdoors of Ocracoke Island. Plus, you'll find few people out on the trails. The walking trails at Springers Point Nature Preserve and Hammock Hills Nature Trail are great spots for hiking. Biking to Springer’s Point is the perfect plan as there is no parking available at the preserve. A paved multi-use trail runs from Ocracoke Village to the National Park Service Campground beach and Hammock Hills Nature Trail. Along the way, you will pass two additional convenient beach access areas to explore.


The beaches of Ocracoke Island are perfect for quiet and solitude during the winter. Enjoy listening to the crash of the waves with virtually no one else in sight. 

Plan Your Winter Getaway to Ocracoke Island

Get to the beach this holiday season with Ocracoke Island Realty. We have a wide variety of accommodations to make your family feel at home. Choose from our pet friendly rentals, waterfront rentals, or browse through our entire inventory of Ocracoke Island vacation rentals.

Find the Perfect Holiday Vacation Home on Ocracoke