1st: Bell Tower and Honor Garden Dedication and Chamber Ribbon Cutting, 1:00pm at the New Bern Fireman’s Museum. Call 252-637-3111.
1st: Ladies Only Holiday Sip and Shop, 6:00pm – 8:00pm at Mitchell Hardware. (Bring in “Mac & Cheese” and/or “Spaghettios” and receive 10% off your purchase on Dec 1st.- benefiting RCS). Call 252-638-4261.
1st: “Treasure Seeker” A Community Wide Women’s Christmas Event, doors open at 6:00pm, starts at 7:00pm at Temple Baptist Church.
1st: Chamber Music by Candlelight performed by UNC Wilmington’s Early Music Consort, 7:00pm at Tryon Palace. Call 252-639-3500.
1st – Dec 24th: Beary Merry Christmas throughout Downtown New Bern. VisitBearyMerryChristmas.com for detailed event information.
1st – 3rd: A Christmas Carol., Fri – Sat: 8:00pm; Sun: 3:00pm at the Masonic Theatre. Presented by RiverTowne Players. Call 252-633-3318.
2nd: Breakfast with Santa presented by Carolina East Foundation at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center. Call 252-633-8247.
2nd: New Bern Farmers Market, 8:00am – 2:00pm at 421 S. Front St. Call 252-633-0043.
2nd: 2017 A Coastal Carolina Christmas, Arts, Gifts and Crafts Show, 9:00am – 4:00pm at the Craven County Fairgrounds.
2nd: Tryon Palace Gardens Lecture Series, 10:00am at the North Carolina History Center. Call 252-639-3500.
2nd: Christmas Parade, 3:00pm in Downtown New Bern. Presented by the Craven County Jaycees. Call 252-636-0303.
2nd: Havelock Christmas Tree Lighting Jubilee, 3:30pm – 5:30pm at the Havelock City Park. Call 252-444-6400.
2nd – 3rd: “Noel, Noel” – Antonio Vivaldi’s “Gloria”, 3:00pm, Orringer Auditorium at Craven Community College. Presented by Craven Community Chorus 252-670-0230.
2nd: 33rd Annual Coastal Christmas Flotilla, 4:30pm -7:30pm. at Union Point Park. Presented by New Bern Parks and Recreation. Call 252-639-2902.
3rd: Medieval Games Workshop – Oblong Chess, 1:00pm at Bear’s Lair Games located at 2680 Dr. MLK Jr. Blvd. Call 252-635-5247.
3rd: Holiday Open House at New Bern Bed and Breakfasts, 2:00pm – 5:00pm. Call 252-634-1776.
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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