New Bern Celebrates 9th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting!

Hundreds gathered at the DoubleTree by Hilton on New Bern’s Waterfront for the 9th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting celebration as local groups sang, danced, and enjoyed festivities!

Event Coordinator, Judy Stasinopoulous teamed up with the DoubleTree by Hilton again this year and it was an event to remember! Although we didn’t have an official count, it was obvious that tonight’s celebration surpassed past attendance.

WCTI News Channel 12’s Anchors Anna Bulszewicz and Les Still entertained the crowd and introduced numerous performances. The New Bern High School Band was playing from the start!

The evening started off with the Presentation of Colors by the New Bern High School ROTC. We enjoyed performances by Temple Baptist Church’s Chorus:; Wanda Kay’s School of Dance:; New Bern High School’s Dance Company:; St. Paul Catholic School Choir:; and John Van Dyke and Friends.

Sabrina Bengel, New Bern Mayor Pro Tem welcomed everyone and Alderman Victor Taylor along with a large group of kids joined her for the countdown to light the Christmas Tree.

I want to thank everyone who made this special event happen! We are so fortunate to live in a friendly, small town. I really enjoyed seeing everyone have a great time tonight.

Tonight’s event is one of many Christmas and Holiday celebrations throughout December! Visit a Berry Merry Christmas website or New Bern Now’s Community Calendar to find out the latest happenings.

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