Tryon Palace gardens will be open for free during MumFest weekend, Friday through Sunday, Oct. 11-13 in historic downtown New Bern. Hundreds of mums and a variety of fall blooming plants will be on display throughout the 16 acres of gardens of Tryon Palace during Garden Lovers’ Weekend. Gardens will be free and open to the public Friday, Oct. 11, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 12, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 13, from noon to 6 p.m. Interior tours require the purchase of a ticket.
Come join the Tryon Palace coven at the North Carolina History Center for fun and free activities, treats, maybe some tricks, and to watch one of our favorite Halloween movies, Hocus Pocus! The amusements will begin at 5:30 PM in Mattocks Hall and the movie will start at 7. We encourage you to dress in your best disguise and enter our costume contest! Winners will be announced and prizes will be awarded just before the movie begins. After moving to Salem, Massachusetts, Max Dennison explores a creepy, abandoned house with his sister Dani and their new friend, Allison. After dismissing a story Allison tells as superstitious, Max accidentally frees a coven of evil witches, the infamous Sanderson sisters, who used to live in the house. Now, with the help of a magical cat, the kids must steal the witches’ book of spells to stop them from becoming immortal. “It’s a Hocus Pocus Halloween” is sponsored by The Black Cat Shoppe and Ghost of New Bern! This film is rated PG and runs approximately 1 hour and 36 minutes. Admission is free and seating will be determined on a first come, first served basis.
Kristie Lynn is a Wilmington based singer/songwriter. Her influences include everything from Tanya Tucker to Stevie Nicks. While growing up in New York, Kristie’s family was filled with musical talent which sparked her passion for writing and performing at a very young age. Her music, while hard to classify under any one genre, delivers an acoustic rock/country and sometimes even bluesy feel. Come out and hear some of her new original music! Frank’s Franks food truck 5 to 9 pm
Help us kick off the season with the annual Home & Holiday Gift Show. Returning to the newly remodeled Riverfront Convention Center in beautiful downtown New Bern on Friday, November 15 from 11 am – 5 pm & Saturday, November 16 from 9 am – 4 pm. This event features over 90 exhibitors offering unique gifts, holiday treats and lots of shopping opportunities! Plus, stop by the Home Expo for new ideas to brighten and remodel your home – inside & out. As an added bonus, tour new RVs, Autos and Sports Equipment at the semi-annual RV, Auto & Sports Show taking place just outside! Hourly prizes, festive atmosphere and Santa make this event extra special!
Beary Merry Christmas 2019 in New Bern officially kicks off Friday, November 29 with the Annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting & Santa’s Arrival. After we light up the Christmas tree we will all parade down to Middle Street where we will “Light Up the Season” and kick off the annual block party. The 30ft artificial tree is sponsored by the generosity of the greater New Bern Community and will be located at Union Point Park. “Light up the Season” is an annual family event with Santa’s Arrival. We illuminate Bear Plaza with thousands of lights and open Santa House to kids of all ages. The seasonal block party will take place along the 200 block of Middle Street and will include holiday music, dancing and crafts for the children. Downtown We shops will stay open late so parents and grandparents can get a head start on their holiday shopping. Don’t miss this wonderful small town Christmas tradition!
Downtown shops participate in this annual event to have their self-made live window displays for visitors and residents to stroll through the historic district and view. There will be a judging and trophy awarded to the winner! Baker’s Kitchen took home in trophy in 2018, who you think will win this year?!
The annual Downtown New Bern / Craven Jaycee’s Christmas Parade. Every year the Craven County Jaycee’s and the City of New Bern work together to bring in the Christmas season and to bring Santa Claus into town! For the 2019 Parade we would like to have a float competition, so we are announcing the event early! Plenty of time to plan and build your float. Show us your idea of how to celebrate the season, or what Christmas means to you. The proceeds from the parade are always donated to needy families in the Craven County area. Your entry fee or other donation will be used to make sure as many families as possible have a great holiday.
Come to the waterfront of Downtown New Bern to join us for our 35th Annual Coastal Christmas Flotilla! Come see boats decorated and ready for Christmas. This is going to be a great year! Flotilla will begin at 5:30 pm. Registration for the 2019 Flotilla will begin on October 1.
The Ghent neighborhood will be lit up in grand fashion! All the regular decorations will be out all season, but for one night only the luminaries will be burning bright. Santa and Mrs. Clause will be at 1618 Spencer Ave. So come out and ride or walk through the neighborhood and enjoy the lights. Rain date: December 15