21st: Free Classic Christmas Cartoons Showing, 5:00 p.m. at the Bank of the Arts. Call 252-638-2577.
21st: Around the World in 80 Carols with Simon Spalding, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Bella’s Café and Catering, 323 Middle St. Call 252-633-7900.
21st: Trainwreck Live, 7:30 p.m. at Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant. Call 252-635-0322.
22nd: 12th Annual Santa Paws on Parade, 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. at the corner of Craven and S. Front Sts. Presented by Nauti Paws Pet Boutique and Bakery. Call 252-637-0247.
22nd: Free Crafts & Music: Clay Ornaments and Hans Werner, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Bank of the Arts. Call 252-638-2577.
22nd: Sledding Shopping Sunday, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Craven St. Presented by Beary Merry Christmas.
22nd: Hot Buttered Grits Sexy Soulful Christmas, 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. at The City Stage. Call 252-631-5122.
22nd: Pelican Christmas in New Bern, 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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