This shop is marvelous. Obviously you expect to find Christmas merchandise here, but they sell so much more than just Christmas decor and ornaments. You will find coastal-themed wall art, as well as the canvases with little lights built into them (at reasonable prices, too). They have a room upstairs that has charming everyday decor. They carry jewelry, and some stuffed toys, too. You just never know what you'll find in this shop, and it's never just ornaments.
The experience I had here today that causes me to love this store the most is as follows: Last summer my family and I visited Christmas Mouse as we do every vacation. I saw these amazing horse heads and fell in love with both (they came in black or white finishes). Since we were having a house built, I decided I wouldn't purchase them and decided to go back this year and hoped they'd still be there. I walked in and asked the woman at the counter about them. She instantly knew what I was talking about, and she sent me with another employee to find them (upstairs). I was delighted, and they carefully wrapped the heads up for me and kept them at the counter while I shopped for at least another half hour or more. While shopping, my niece found an ornament she loved that was scratched (it was the last of its kind). The shopkeeper offered kindly to discount it, which surprised me. And we had numerous kids with us, and they were never scolded for touching things, or treated poorly just because they were kids. The people at Christmas Mouse are wonderful! Highly recommend this shop when you're visiting the outer banks!