Things to Do & See in New Bern: December 12 – December 19, 2019

Waterfront Christmas by Victor Montgomery

Waterfront Christmas by Victor Montgomery

Arts Around Town

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.

13th: ArtWalk – New Bern, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., presented by the Craven Arts Council at the Bank of the Arts, Greater Good Gallery, and numerous locations in Downtown and around New Bern. 252-638-2577.

13th: Christmas Movie in the Park: Polar Express, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Union Point Park. Presented by New Bern Parks and Recreation. Call 252-639-2901.

13th: Dayton Vesper Piano Concert, 7:00 p.m – 8:15 p.m. at the Bank of the Arts. Call 252-638-2577.

14th: Book Signing with Author Leslie Tall Manning, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at The Next Chapter Books and Art. Call 252-633-5774.

16th: Craven Messiah Chorus presents 37th performance of George Friderich Handel’s Messiah, Open Rehearsal: 3:00 p.m.; Performance: 7:30 p.m. at Centenary United Methodist Church. Call 252-638-2577.

19th – 21st: A Christmas Carol, Thurs – Sat: 7:30 p.m.; Sun: 2:00 p.m. at Temple Church. Presented by the New Bern Civic Theatre. Call 252-633-0567.

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

Community Events

The Holly and The Ivy Tour

The Holly and The Ivy Tour

12th: New Bern Parks and Recreation Public Input Meeting, 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at West New Bern Recreation Center. Call 252-639-2901.

12th: Canterbury Christmas Light Ride, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at AH Bangert Elementary School. Hosted by Flythe’s Bike Shop. Call 252-638-1544.

14th: Craven Smart Start Holiday Hustle, 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at Union Point Park. Call 252-636-3198.

14th: 21st Annual Cookie Walk, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Christ Church’s Harrison Center, 311 Middle St. Call 252-633-2109.

14th: 21st Annual “The Holly & The Ivy” Holiday Homes Tour, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at numerous homes located in Downtown New Bern. Presented by the New Bern Woman’s Club.

14th: Wreaths Across America, 12:00 p.m. at New Bern National Cemetery. Call 252-529-9119.

14th: SantaCon, 6:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. in Downtown New Bern.

17th: Join the New Bern Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America for Yearly Social, 11:00 a.m. at McCarthy Court Apartments, Common Room, 1325 McCarthy Blvd. Call 252-626-6864.

18th: Coastal Women’s Forum Networking and Dinner, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the New Bern Golf and Country Club.

Step Back in Time

Tryon Palace Wreath by Jeanne Julian

Tryon Palace Wreath by Jeanne Julian

14th: Christmas Belles: A Candlelight Celebration (Night One), 4:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. at Tryon Palace. Call 252-639-3524.

17th: Behind the Scenes: Conservation Lab, 2:00 p.m. at the North Carolina History Center. Call 252-639-3500.

18th: Discovering Tryon Palace: Holiday Décor, 9:15 a.m. at Tryon Palace Gates. Call 252-639-3500.

Fun Around Town…

Gingerbread Houses - Laura Johnson and Colleen Roberts

Gingerbread Houses – Laura Johnson and Colleen Roberts

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

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

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

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 (252-639-2901 and Craven County Recreation & Parks. 252-636-6606.

– Play disc golf at Glenburnie or Creekside Parks

– 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

New Bern Farmers Market

Bill Rust at the New Bern Farmers Market

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.

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

Enjoy the Great Outdoors

Croatan National Forest

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 The Podsquad’s last show on location from the Greater Good Gallery 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 at the New Bern Arts & Wellness Center on Thursday, December 19 from 1 – 2 p.m. so you can watch us live on Facebook page. You can listen 24/7 with show notes that will be published on Friday, December 20 on, on LibsynITunes,, 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

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