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Ocracoke decks the halls for the holidays

Austin house along Lighthouse Road

Austin house along Lighthouse Road

Text and photos by Connie Leinbach

Holiday lights on island homes and business’s will be in competition tonight (Dec. 16) for the Ocracoke Civic and Business Association-sponsored “Island Celebration.”  

For this event, holiday-lighted homes and businesses will be judged in three categories–Best Theme, Most Traditional and Most Original. 

Teresa O’Neal, who is a member of the OCBA, recruits some disinterested judges during the day (typically visitors). Then she and her husband Albert drive  around at night with the guest judges, who choose the winners. Those with winning displays will know they have won after O’Neal places signs on their properties.

Below are a sampling of of some of the holiday decor on the island.

Styron house along Lighthouse Road

Styron house along Lighthouse Road

Holiday decor at Ocracoke Oyster Co

Holiday decor at Ocracoke Oyster Co

 

 

 

The Thurston House B&B

The Thurston House B&B

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Since he came back to live on the island a few years ago, John Simpson hangs the Christmas wreath on the Ocracoke lighthouse. His father was the last light keeper before the lighthouse was automated. “I’m honored to be able to do this,” he said recently.

The Ocracoke Preservation Society has the community Christmas tree.

The Ocracoke Preservation Society has the community Christmas tree.

A nautical theme on Cutting Sage Road in Oyster Creek

A nautical theme on Cutting Sage Road in Oyster Creek

 

Along Lighthouse Road

Along Lighthouse Road

Along Jackson Circle.

Along Jackson Circle.