>26th Annual Coastal Christmas Flotilla

>New Bern Parks & Recreation is pleased to bring you the 26th Annual Coastal Christmas Flotilla on December 4th.

The Flotilla was founded in 1984 by The Swiss Bear and a number of boaters from the Eastern Carolina Yacht Club. These groups, in association with the avid boaters of the New Bern area, have made this one of the premiere holiday events in Eastern North Carolina.

This tradition has been carried on by the Lower Neuse Initiative, and for the past 8 years, New Bern Parks & Recreation. The flotilla features various types of water craft, from small boats to large yachts, all decorated in their own unique way.

As a special treat this year, in addition to single boat entries, the New Bern Yacht Club will enter 14 boats, displaying a combined theme of “The 12 Days of Christmas”.

The parade of boats will start at the Eastern Carolina Yacht Club, sail down the Trent River past the Hilton New Bern/Riverfront approximately 6:00pm, then on to Union Point Park, Council Bluff Green Park, and then return to the Hilton. Throughout this day full of festive events, the downtown stores will be open to Christmas shoppers.

The 26th Annual Coastal Christmas Flotilla would not be possible without our dedicated supporters. New Bern Parks & Recreation would like to express our thanks to: The Hilton New Bern/Riverfront, WCTI-12, and the local boating community.

Submitted by: Nicole Dewar, New Bern Parks & Recreation