Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Christmas is Coming to Ocracoke!

Ocracoke is not simply a tourist destination. It is a year 'round village of almost 800 folks, and we get into the spirit of the season like everyone else. Here is a list of upcoming island holiday events. If you are on the island, we'd love to see you at any or all of the following:

December 6th Pictures with Santa!

Santa Claus will be at the Variety Store from 10 – Noon, collecting toys to benefit Hyde County children. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy or $4 to get a photo with Santa.

December 9th OPS Wassail Party

The Ocracoke Preservation Society will be hosting their annual Wassail Party and Community Christmas Tree Lighting from 5 – 7 pm at the OPS Museum. All are welcome to enjoy the hot, delicious wassail and yummy cookies during this free event.

December 11th Ocrafolk Christmas Concert at the Community Center

The annual Ocrafolk Christmas Concert will be held at the Community Center this year, with free admission. The show starts at 7 pm and will feature local talent including some of our youngest musicians. Everyone is welcome to attend this free event.

December 13th Friends of the Library Cookie Swap

Ocracoke FOL welcomes you to join them for their annual Cookie Swap at 11 am at the Ocracoke Library. Bring 2 dozen cookies (or more!) to share and take home an equal amount of assorted cookies. Drinks will be provided by FOL, and music will be provided by the Ocracoke School Music Club.

December 14th Children’s Christmas Party

Books to Be Red is hosting their 10th annual Children’s Christmas Party at the Community Center from 3 – 4:30 pm . Kids of all ages are invited to come out and enjoy holiday games, crafts and treats at this free event.

December 18th Ocracoke School Holiday Program

The kids in grades pre-K through high school welcome the community to their holiday spectacular starting at 7pm in the school gym.

December 19th Christmas Caroling

Meet at the Methodist Church at 5 pm for Christmas Caroling throughout the village. The church will also host a chili supper for carolers later in the evening.

December 20th Live Nativity

Ocracoke United Methodist Church hosts a “drive-by” Live Nativity scene from 6 – 7 pm. Look for the luminaries lining the road to lead you to the stable.


Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the fascinating story of the 1940-1941 Artists' Colony. Click here to learn more about this interesting story: Ocracoke Artists' Colony

Philip's new book, Digging up Uncle Evans, History, Ghost Tales, and Stories from Ocracoke Island, was published in mid-November. Based on his popular "Down Point" Ghost & History Tour, the book is a compilation of fascinating island history, creepy ghost tales, and other local legends. Click HERE to go directly to to learn more, read the first chapter, or place your order.


  1. Anonymous7:00 AM

    Wassail---- what is the Ocracoke traditional Wassail recipe? does Nathalie Dupree have anything to do with it? Ms. Dupree featured Ocracoke on her PBS show during one epidode. I don't remember if she lives there vacations or what--- I associate Ocracoke Island with Ms Dupree-- the fantastic cookbook writer and Entertaining expert.

  2. Maybe someone from OPS can share the wassail recipe. I don't have it. As for Nathalie Dupree...I'm sorry but I've never heard of her. But then I live a sheltered Ocracoke Island life.

  3. Anonymous7:25 PM

    Well Phillip, all of Nathalie Dupree's fans--and there are legions of them --- they all have heard of Ocracoke Island ---as her wedding occured there!!! Do a google search and see-- just type in her name and Ocracoke!!!

  4. Anonymous2:21 AM

    I thought Kenny Ballance was the keeper of the wassail recipe!