1st – Dec 24th: Beary Merry Christmas throughout Downtown New Bern. Visit BearyMerryChristmas.com for detailed event information.
15th: Lunch and Learn: Holiday Traditions, 12:00pm at the North Carolina History Center. Call 252-639-3500.
15th: Savoureux – Meet the Artist, 5:00pm – 8:00pm at The Sanctuary Gallery. Call 252-571-8562.
15th: 2nd Marine Aircraft Band Christmas Concert, 6:00pm – 9:00pm at the MCAS Cherry Point Two Rivers Theatre and Event Center. Call 252-466-2330.
15th: Holiday Wine Tasting, 6:30pm – 8:30pm at Cravin’ Wine. Call 252-514-2675.
15th: Arson Daily returns to New Bern for Hurricane Relief Concert, 7:00pm at The City Laundry. Call 252-876-7007.
15th – 16th: Home and Holiday Gift Show, Fri: 12:00pm – 6:00pm; Sat: 9:00am – 4:00pm at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center. Call 970-590-0383.
15th – 16th: A Christmas Carol., 8:00pm at the Masonic Theatre. Presented by RiverTowne Players. Call 252-633-3318.
16th: New Bern Farmers Market, 8:00am – 2:00pm at 421 S. Front St. Call 252-633-0043.
16th: Santa Paws Pet Parade, 8:45am assemble on the corner of Craven and S. Front St.
16th: Wreaths across America Dedication Ceremony, 12:00pm at the New Bern National Cemetery.
16th: 19th Annual Cookie Walk, 10:00am – 1:00pm at 311 Middle St. Presented by Christ Episcopal Church. Call 252-633-2109.
16th: Havelock Christmas Parade, 10:00am. Call 252-444-6400.
16th: Christmas Extravaganza, 12:00pm – 5:00pm at Rhems United Methodist Church. Call 252-638-2248.
16th: Candlelight Christmas Celebration (Night Two), 4:30pm – 9:30pm at Tryon Palace’s, historic grounds, Commission House, Stanly House, and Dixon House. Call 800-767-1560.
16th: New Bern Santacon, 6:00pm – 2:00am at 300 Pollock St.
16th: Santaland Diaries and Santa Responds, 8:00pm at The City Laundry. Call 252-876-7007.
There are also all kinds of things to do in and around town. To name a few, take advantage of over 20 parks and 3 recreation centers maintained by New Bern Parks & Recreation and Craven County Recreation & Parks. Play disc golf at Glenburnie Park and Creekside Park, roller skate at Rollerland, go horseback riding at Equidae Farms (288-9706), or check out the Bear Towne Escape Room.
Visit the New Bern-Craven County Library for free classes, reading programs, movie rentals, etc.
Watch a movie at Neuse Blvd Cinema or Bear Town Cinema 6.
Take a self-guided walking tour or have locals take you on a tour: Pedi-Bear Tours (649-3839); Scenic Airplane Ride by Tradewind Aviation (636-0716); Tugboat of New Bern Cruises (919-306-5712); and Trolley Tour (637-7316). Call New Bern Tours for more options (637-7316).
Tour the New Bern Civil War Battlefield Park. It’s not only for Civil War Buffs, but it’s a perfect place to take a walk in the woods (with your dog), picnic, or sit on a bench and watch the wildlife.
Take a walk in the woods in the Croatan National Forest. The forest’s habitat has carnivorous plants like the Venus flytrap, pitcher plant, sundew, butterwort, bladderwort among other exotic plants. The Croatan spans approximately 160,000 acres and is located in New Bern’s backyard. It’s a sanctuary for black bear, deer, wild turkey, quail, coyote, bald eagle, beaver, bobcat, porcupine, American alligator, red-tailed hawk, and other wildlife you may see. For maps and more information, talk to the people at the Croatan National Forest’s Ranger’s Station on Hwy 70 E (638-5628).
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