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Things to Do & See in New Bern: December 5 – December 12, 2019

Holiday Season by Victor Montgomery
Photo by: Victor Montgomery

Arts Around Town

5th: Craven Community Chorus Presents: “Appalachian Christmas”, 7:00 p.m. in Orringer Auditorium at Craven Community College. Call 252-670-0230.

5th – 8th: Miracle on 34th Street, The Musical, Thurs – Sat: 7:30 p.m.; Sun: 3:00 p.m. at the Masonic Theatre. Presented by RiverTowne Players. Call 252-633-3318.

6th: A Family Christmas, “Home For The Holidays”, 7:30 p.m. in the Orringer Auditorium at Craven Community College. Call 252-560-6581.

7th: Tucker Creek Middle School Band to Host Winter Gala, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Tucker Creek Middle School.

7th: Craven Community Chorus Presents: “Appalachian Christmas”, 3:00 p.m. in Orringer Auditorium at Craven Community College. Call 252-670-0230.

7th: A Family Christmas Concert with Strung Together, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. at the New Bern Civic Theatre. Call 252-634-9057.

8th: Craven Community Chorus Presents: “Appalachian Christmas”, 7:00 p.m. in Orringer Auditorium at Craven Community College. Call 252-670-0230.

8th: Statewide Holiday Pops with Conductor Wesley Shulz, 7:00 p.m. at Temple Church. Presented by The North Carolina Symphony. Call 919-733-2750.

12th – 15th: Miracle on 34th Street, The Musical, Thurs – Sat: 7:30 p.m.; Sun: 3:00 p.m. at the Masonic Theatre. Presented by RiverTowne Players. Call 252-633-3318.

Live Music

Visit the New Bern Music Calendar Facebook page created by Joanne Friedman.

Santa House by Ronald Cousino
Photo by: Ronald Cousino

Community Events

5th: Ribbon Cutting for Crema Brew & S.L. Revival, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at 914 Broad St. Presented by the New Bern Area Chamber of Commerce. Call 252-637-3111.

5th: Jingle Bell Trot, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at A. H. Bangert Elementary School.

7th: Pancakes for PIE, 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. at Morgan’s Tavern and Grill. Call 252-514-6321.

7th: Breakfast with Santa, 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Garber UMC. Presented by CarolinaEast Foundation. Call 252-633-8247.

7th: Breakfast with Santa, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at Broad Creek Christian Church. Presented by Creekside Recreational Therapy Services. Call 252-349-0220.

7th: Christmas Parade, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in Downtown New Bern. Presented by the Craven County Jaycees. Call 252-636-0303.

7th: 35th Annual Coastal Christmas Flotilla, 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Union Point Park. Presented by New Bern Parks and Recreation. Call 252-626-1430.

8th: Pet Photos with Santa Fundraiser, 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Craven Animal Hospital. Call 252-637-4541.

8th: Bed & Breakfasts Holiday Open House, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in Downtown New Bern.

Step Back in Time

6th: Chamber Music by Candlelight, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the Tryon Palace. Call 252-639-3524.

7th: Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day: Free Film and Lecture, 11:00 a.m. at the North Carolina History Center. Call 252-639-3500.

10th: Behind the Scenes: Museum Technology, 2:00 p.m. at the North Carolina History Center. Call 252-639-3500.

11th: Discovering Tryon Palace: Holiday Décor, 9:15 a.m. at Tryon Palace Gates. Call 252-639-3500.

11th: Lunch & Learn, The Great Fire of 1922 by Carol Becton, 11:30 a.m. at The Chelsea Restaurant. Presented by the New Bern Historical Society. Call 252-638-8558.


– Sign up for Fall Sports Leagues with Craven County Recreation and Parks or the City of New Bern Parks and Recreation.

– Go fishing!

– Play disc golf at Glenburnie or Creekside Parks

On the Big Screen

ENC Cinemas: Bruin Theater at 2500 Neuse Blvd. or Bear Town Cinema 6 at 2806 Trent Rd.

Around Town…

Walk the streets of Downtown and check out the Gingerbread Houses in participating businesses! For details visist the New Bern Historical Society website.

Check out the Swiss Bern Christmas Village at the New Bern Arts & Wellness Center.

Check out Jungle Jump of New Bern – it’s an indoor bounce arena with an obstacle course and arcade games, 252-772-3742

Go skating at Rollerland, 252-633-3804

Solve a mystery at the Bear Towne Escape Room, 919-288-4764

Axe Throwing? Check out Beary The Hatchet, 252-634-2933

Do you prefer ballroom dancing? Visit the Rivertowne Ballroom, 252-637-2003.

Take advantage of over 20 parks and recreation facilities maintained by New Bern Parks & Recreation.

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, 252-639-2901

Craven County Recreation & Parks. 252-636-6606.

New Bern Farmer’s Market is open for business Saturdays: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Tuesdays: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Stop, shop and enjoy the day meeting the vendors.

Visit the New Bern-Craven County Library! 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! Call 252-638-7800.

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, Churches & Cemeteries Tour, Historic Homes Tour, or Revolutionary War Heritage Tour.

– Bear Town Bears self-guided tour

– New Bern’s Civil War Battlefield Park. 252-638-8558

– Scenic Airplane Ride by Tradewind Aviation. 252-636-0716

– Trolley Tour, 252-637-7316.

Take a walk in the woods in the Croatian National Forest. The forest’s habitat has carnivorous plants like the Venus flytrap, pitcher plant, sun-dew, butterwort, bladderwort among other exotic plants. The Croatian 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 Croatian National Forest’s Ranger’s Station on Hwy 70 E, 252-638-5628.

Listen to our latest podcast show from November 21, 2019 to find out what’s happening in New Bern and Beyond:

If you don’t have time to listen to the entire episode, click here to see the show notes and listen to parts of the episode.

Our next show will be held in the Greater Good Gallery inside the Isaac Taylor House on Thursday, November 5 from 1 – 2 p.m. so you can watch us live. You can listen 24/7 with show notes that will be published on Friday, November 6 on NewBernNow.com, on our Libsyn ChannelITunes, Radio.com, and numerous other platforms.

Please let me know if you have any questions or if we’re missing something by sending us an email or call 252-259-6853.

Have fun!

Wendy Card