The Village Craftsmen on Howard Street captures Best Business with its depiction of ‘A Christmas Carol’ all along its porch. Photo: C. Leinbach

Observer staff report

The “Wow” factor in many of the holiday lights displays on Ocracoke was key in deciding who won the annual competition sponsored by the Ocracoke Civic & Business Association.

“We’re totally impressed at the effort people put out,” said one of the judges after judging ended. “People put in a lot of work.”

Another judge noted the creativity.

“The creativity and innovation that is characteristic of this tiny barrier island of Ocracoke really shines through during this quiet time of the year,” she said.

Three anonymous judges selected the winners, who receive the glory of winning in one of five categories, designated by signs placed in front of their properties.

Winners were Best of Show: Allison and Bobby O’Neal; Best of Show Business: Village Craftsmen; Most Traditional: Sue and Vince O’Neal; Most Original: Janie Garrish & Clifton Garrish; Best Theme: Dave and Kari Styron.

Among the notables the judges considered were the following homes and businesses: 328 Middle Road, Jim and MaryEllen Piland, Melinda and David Scott Esham, Debbie & Neal Leonard, 328 Jackson Circle, Mickey and George Roberson, Trudy Austin, home of Chrisi Gaskill & Charles Temple, the Ocracoke Post Office, the Castle B&B, 1718 Brewing Ocracoke and Zillie’s.

The home of Janie Garrish & Clifton Garrish, with its numerous wooden cutouts by Clifton, wins Most Original. Photo: C. Leinbach
A partial view of the Best in Show home of Allison and Bobby O’Neal at O’Neal Lane and Cutting Sage in Oyster Creek. Photo: C. Leinbach
Sue & Vince O’Neal’s display on Cedar Road is Most Traditional. Photo: C. Leinbach
A display of a myriad of critters at the Styrons on Lighthouse Road is Best Theme. Photo: C. Leinbach
The second part of the Village Craftsmen porch depicting the three ghosts that visit Ebenezer Scrooge on Christmas Eve. Photo: C. Leinbach
Ocracoke Postmaster Celeste Brooks puts finishing touches on her outdoor holiday decorations, many of which she created from scratch. Photo: C. Leinbach
The home of Jim and MaryEllen Piland on Trent Drive. Photo: C. Leinbach
The home of Rachel O’Neal on Lighthouse Road includes music from ‘The Nutcracker.’ Photo: C. Leinbach
Home of the Esham’s on Cutting Sage. Photo: C. Leinbach
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  1. What fun! What a delicious community. No wonder so many love to visit you all. Happy Holidays and may 2023 be a great year for you all 🎅🏼 🎄🎄🎉 Barbara C.
    PS I love reading all about your village island life.

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