Story and Photos by Connie Morrison —
The town, businesses, and homeowners all contribute to the festive atmosphere on Chincoteague.
The island’s light tour begins downtown, with the lighted Christmas by the Sea sign and the town Christmas tree in Robert Reed Waterfront Park. Across the street, atop Bill’s Prime Seafood and Steaks restaurant, Santa and his sleigh are pulled by lobsters instead of reindeer.
Continue south along Main Street, enjoying the many decorated homes and yards. Turn left on Bunting Road, and watch for a well-lit house on the left between Dodd and Kingsberry. Take the next right (Lekites), which turns into Fisher Drive. Turn left on Main Street and drive slowly, savoring multiple displays on Main Street between Fisher Drive and Grace Street.
Turn left on Beebe Road, then left on Ridge Road all the way to Church Street. Turn right on Church, which becomes Eastside Drive. Turn left onto Piney Island to the light show grand finale: Christmas Manor, 7150 Piney Island Drive. Christmas Manor lights are on from 5 to 11 p.m. nightly through Jan. 2.
Also worth a visit is the municipal complex, on Deep Creek Road, for its manger scene. Across the street is the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Co. station decked out in lights and wreaths.
Special thanks to Katie O’Shea for checking the route.