When it comes to Christmas on the Outer Banks, few seasonal attractions are more festive—or more famous—than the spectacular holiday lights display created each year by the Poulos family of Kill Devil Hills. Featuring tens of thousands of lights and dozens of holiday-themed decorations that are sprinkled across the lawn, stationed along the roof and even strung throughout the tall trees dotting the property, the Outer Banks Christmas House has become a must-visit destination during the nearly 40 years since its inception.
Nestled along the northern edge of Ocean Acres Drive, less than a mile from the bypass, the Outer Banks Christmas House is owned by Ann and Jim Poulos, who purchased the property in 1981—and they’ve been lighting it up in a one-of-a-kind way ever since. Setting up such a huge and intricate display is no easy task, and the couple often begins bringing out the first round of decorations as early as August. After about 12 weeks of stringing lights and setting up the 80-plus Christmas scenes that can be found in various locations throughout property, the Outer Banks’ most popular holiday lights display is typically ready to be lit for the first time each season around Thanksgiving.
Unlike the vast majority of holiday light displays held at private residences, the Outer Banks Christmas House offers visitors a chance to hop out of their vehicles and explore the festivities on foot rather than simply driving by for a few short seconds. A handful of parking spots are available directly across from the house, and visitors are invited to take a stroll and spend a considerable amount of time walking around the winter wonderland the Poulos family has created. A stereo system that sends the sounds of popular Christmas tunes across the property is sure to put you in the holiday spirit as you tour the amazing display of lights that been featured on HGTV and even earned the title of the Today show’s “Best Decorated House in America” back in 2005.
Whether you’re visiting the Outer Banks for the holidays or you’re a local resident in search of a little bit of holiday cheer, there’s no better spot to feel the Christmas spirit right here on the barrier islands than the Outer Banks Christmas House on Ocean Acres.
DIRECTIONS TO THE OUTER BANKS CHRISTMAS HOUSE:
The Outer Banks Christmas House is situated in the heart of Kill Devil Hills at 622 Ocean Acres Drive, making it easily accessible for anyone wishing to stop by and experience the spectacular display. To access this must-visit holiday attraction, head west on Ocean Acres Drive (turning at the stoplight at McDonald’s on the bypass) and follow the road through the neighborhood for about 3/4 of a mile. As you round a small bend, the road will turn to gravel, and you won’t be able to miss the thousands of bright lights and the assortment of festive decorations that lie right in front of you, letting you know that you’ve officially reached the most spectacular Christmas display on the Outer Banks of North Carolina!