Winter Lights at the Elizabethan Gardens Manteo, NC

Would you like a little bit of Christmas light history? The tradition of using small lights to brighten a Christmas tree dates back to the middle of the 17th Century. At first small candles were used, then lanterns, and then in 1890 the first string of electric Christmas lights was invented by a man named Edward Johnson. A tragic fire from using candles on a tree challenged a man named Albert Sadacca to invent safe electric lights for Christmas trees. The idea took off and his company became the largest Christmas lighting company in the world.

We certainly cannot continue talking about holiday lights without mentioning the incredible Winter Lights display at the Elizabethan Gardens in Manteo, NC. The Outer Banks is a fantastic spot to visit during the holiday season as so many local places and businesses truly get into the spirit of the holidays and put on some wonderful events. The gardens are transformed into an illuminated winter wonderland with spectacular holiday displays and traditional décor. The entire display is simply magical and truly embodies the Christmas spiritit is just a great place to spend the day. Admire miniature snow globes, gingerbread houses, a beautiful nativity scene, and more. Roast marshmallows around the fire pit on the Great Lawn, enjoy live music performances, and stroll around the Twelve Days of Christmas displays located throughout the gardens. Winter Lights will be open from December 2nd, 2014 January 3rd, 2015 and the tickets are $10/adults, $8/children 6-12, and $5/children five and under.

Visiting the gardens at Christmas time has become a tradition for many people and tickets can go quickly so advance purchase is encouraged. Make some new memories and traditions this year by staying with us at the White Doe Inn Bed and Breakfast. Our inn in Manteo is just a short drive to the gardens and a host of other great restaurants, shops, and things to do and see. We are tucked in the private shores of Shallowbag Bay so we also offer total peace and privacy if you are looking for a place to relax and retreat from the hustle and bustle. We have a great winter season package – view our accommodations and check availability online or feel free to contact us at 252-473-9851 if you need further information about our inn or the area.


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