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Thanksgiving Weekend Roundup: Things to do in and around New Bern

Holiday Season New Bern NC23rd: Lewis n Clark Live, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Annabelle’s Restaurant. Call 633-6401.

23rd: Santa’s Arrival – Light Up the Season, Christmas Tree Lighting and More!, 5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. in Downtown New Bern (Union Point Park, Bear Plaza, O’Marks Bldg… Presented by Beary Merry Christmas.

23rd: Rick Huff Live, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at The Brown Pelican. Call 252-631-5008.

23rd: Wannabees and Trainwreck, 7:00 p.m – 11:00 p.m. at Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant and Bar. Call 252-635-3322.

23rd: Marron Chaplin, 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at the The Bruin Craft Beer and Wine. Call 252-675-7486.

23rd: Dueling Pianos, 8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. at The City Stage. Call 252-631-5122.

24th: Holiday Craft & Vendor Fair, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Cornerstone Assembly Church of New Bern. Benefiting True Justice International. Call 252-638-1052.

24th: The Muppet Christmas Carol, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the North Carolina History Center. Call 252-639-3524.

24th: “Elf” at Tryon Palace, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the North Carolina History Center. Call 252-639-3524.

24th: A Family Affair, 8:00 p.m. at the City Stage. Call 252-631-5122.

23rd: Marron Chaplin and Jim Kohler Live, 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at The Brown Pelican. Call 252-631-5008.

Check out Jungle Jump of New Bern – it’s an indoor bounce arena with an obstacle course and arcade games (772-3742); watch a movie at the Bear Town Cinema 6 (638-1820); go skating at Rollerland (633-3804), solve a mystery at the Bear Towne Escape Room (919-288-4764), or try paramotoring with ParaFlight (703-963-7389). Do you prefer ballroom dancing? Visit the Rivertowne Ballroom (637-2003).

Take advantage of over 20 parks and recreation facilities maintained by New Bern Parks & Recreation (639-2901) and Craven County Recreation & Parks (636-6606). Introduce your dog(s) to new friends or just let them run around at the Down East Dog Park at Glenburnie Park, please know that you need to register first and receive the gate code before you can enter (639-2901).

Visit the New Bern-Craven County Library as they have a lot of fun programs, events, and resources! They offer children’s programs, computer usage and technology workshops, book clubs, writer’s workshops, open mic night, live music, children’s theatre, movie screenings and rentals, meeting rooms, historical and genealogy research, and much more! (638-7800).

Learn more about our town by taking a self-guided walking tour or have locals take you on a tour: African American Heritage Tour, Architectural Walking Tour, and Churchs & Cemeteries Tour, Historic Homes Tour, Revolutionary War Heritage Tour, and Walk to Remember Tour (based on Nicholas Sparks books) (637-0250); Bear Town Bears self guided tour; New Bern’s Civil War Battlefield Park (638-8558), Scenic Airplane Ride by Tradewind Aviation (636-0716), and Trolley Tour (637-7316).

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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