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Dec 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Temple Baptist Church
PLEASE NOTE: Due to Hurricane Florence and the restorative efforts still in effect at the New Bern River Front Convention Center, this event has been relocated to Temple Baptists Church! Join the North Carolina Symphony for this spectacular holiday celebration filled with joyful symphonic arrangement of holiday classics including Christmas at the Movies, White Christmas, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – plus our popular sing-a-long!  
Dec 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Bangert Elementary School
t’s that time of year again! DECORATE THOSE BIKES! There is no better way to experience Christmas lights than on a bike with friends! This will be a fun, slow ride through the Canterbury Road area well known for those amazing lighted globes hanging from the trees. There is a requested donation of $5 for Local Hurricane Relief to be distributed by the Bike Box Project (501c3 nonprofit) . Please pay at Flythe’s Bike Shop (2411 Trent Road) by Thursday December 13th, or pay at our tent before the Ride. We will park on Canterbury Road in the spaces in front of Bangert School. Bangert’s address is 3712 Canterbury Road in Trent Woods. Upon return we will have Hot Apple Cider and Cookies! Cyclists must wear helmets and have a headlight and tail-light. Flythe’s has a wide selection. Younger children in baby seats or trailers are welcome. All Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a legal guardian who is responsible for their actions.
Dec 14 @ 11:00 am – Dec 15 @ 4:00 pm Craven County Fairgrounds
Two Exciting Shows Under One Roof!  The annual event showcases new trends and products in home improvement, technology, home decor and more.  Tour local and National vendor products & demonstrations, shop the local crafts and complete your holiday shopping with unique gifts for everyone on your list!  Local food trucks, music, hourly prizes, kid activities, and Santa round out the event! Friday, December 14th 11 am – 5 pm Saturday, December 15th  9 am – 4 pm Hosted by ENC Media Live, The Sun Journal, The Daily News and The Free Press. Admission $3 per person, Under 12 Free For exhibitor information contact Julie Alley at julieencshows@gmail.com or 970-590-0383.
Dec 14 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm Downtown New Bern
Come to downtown New Bern to participate in the festivities at the local ArtWalk businesses.  Downtown art galleries and restaurants stay open for extended hours and sponsor special events every second Friday of the month!
Dec 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm The Flame Catering & Banquet Center
Join us for a time of fellowship and great food as we celebrate the season!
Dec 15 @ 7:00 am – 10:00 am Morgan's Tavern & Grill
Looking for the perfect way to have a delicious pancake breakfast before visiting Santa in Bear Plaza, taking in some shopping, and enjoying the many activities happening during the holiday season in beautiful, historic downtown New Bern? Join us for Pancakes for PIE at Morgan’s Tavern & Grill, 235 Craven Street. Breakfast will be served Saturday, December 15, from 7:00 – 10:00 am to benefit Partners In Education, the local education foundation for Craven County Schools. Morgan’s will be festively decorated for the holiday season and is the perfect setting to start your day with pancakes, bacon, sausage, fruit cup, orange juice, coffee, and water. All this for just $7 per adult, and $5 for children 12 and under. Reservations are not required as this is a pay at the door event. Debit, credit cards, checks, and cash are accepted. In order to expedite seating, please have checks or cash ready.
Dec 15 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am Christ Episcopal Church
Enjoy live music while you take in the sights and smells of the thousands of homemade cookies for sale. The Cookie Walk Café will offer sandwiches, savory snacks, and your favorite beverages. Come early to get the best selection. All proceeds from this event go to local charities. Helping our community, one cookie at a time.
Dec 15 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm O'Marks Building
Grab those cozy jammies and head on over to the O’Marks Building in Downtown New Bern for the very first Bernie’s Pajama Dance & Laser Party! Music and a spectacular laser light show by Emerald Owl Production. And it’s free! Hold your spot by picking up your tickets anytime after December 1st at Mitchell Hardware or Bear City Fudge Company. Brought to you in partnership by Beary Merry Christmas and The New Bern Area Chamber of Commerce. Each party will be 1.5hrs long. Pick from 2 different party times, 5:30 or 7 o’clock Complimentary milk & cookies for kids in attendance.  
Dec 15 @ 6:00 pm – Dec 16 @ 2:00 am Downtown New Bern
SantaCon is simply a gathering of people dressed as Santa! This is an Unofficial Bar Crawl! You are responsible for yourself and yourself alone! Nobody else is responsible for you at this “event.” SantaCon is free to attend. Guidelines * IMPORTANT * The following guidelines are to help you and everyone enjoy SantaCon. They are not rules. SantaCon has no rules except that you must dress like Santa but if you take heed of the friendly advice below it will help keep you safe, warm and on Santa’s Nice list. For the purpose of SantaCon, “Christmas” is the name of a popular secular holiday and has no religious connotations (much like the word “holiday”). This doesn’t mean we don’t respect religious views. It simply means that taking part in SantaCon doesn’t imply you support any particular religion or doctrine. It’s just silly fun. Dress up! A Santa hat alone is not enough. You don’t have to dress exactly like Santa but the theme is red. That having been said, unusual interpretations of Santa-ness are often appreciated and Christmas trees, elves, reindeer themes etc. are all good. Any December Holiday (Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe, St. Lucia Day, Boxing Day, Omisoka, Yule, Saturnalia, etc) themed is great! Anything winter themed is great too! Have fun. Don’t get drunk. Address your fellow Santa as “Santa.” Watch out for elves. Elves work hard for Santa all year and especially hard during the holiday season. Santa loves his elves except when...
Dec 16 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Christ Episcopal Church
Christ Church invites you to join them as they celebrate A Special Musical Service of Nine Lessons & Carols. The service will include scripture readings, lovely choir music, and traditional carols.   This event is free of charge
Dec 21 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm New Bern Trolley Tour
All aboard New Bern’s Polar Express Enjoy a one hour tour aboard the New Bern Trolley filled with caroling, Christmas lights and a visit with the Conductor and Santa’s Elves. Plus a Believe sleigh bell for each guest. Advance ticket purchase is required. Seating is limited. Departure Dates and Times: December 7 & 8 at 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm December 21, 22, 23 at 5:00, 6:00 and 7:00 pm.   Ticket Prices: First Rider: $25 Additional Riders: $15 Children: $10 Purchase tickets at www.NewBernTours.com
Dec 21 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm New Bern Trolley Tour
All aboard New Bern’s Polar Express Enjoy a one hour tour aboard the New Bern Trolley filled with caroling, Christmas lights and a visit with the Conductor and Santa’s Elves. Plus a Believe sleigh bell for each guest. Advance ticket purchase is required. Seating is limited. Departure Dates and Times: December 7 & 8 at 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm December 21, 22, 23 at 5:00, 6:00 and 7:00 pm.   Ticket Prices: First Rider: $25 Additional Riders: $15 Children: $10 Purchase tickets at www.NewBernTours.com
Dec 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm New Bern Trolley Tour
All aboard New Bern’s Polar Express Enjoy a one hour tour aboard the New Bern Trolley filled with caroling, Christmas lights and a visit with the Conductor and Santa’s Elves. Plus a Believe sleigh bell for each guest. Advance ticket purchase is required. Seating is limited. Departure Dates and Times: December 7 & 8 at 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm December 21, 22, 23 at 5:00, 6:00 and 7:00 pm.   Ticket Prices: First Rider: $25 Additional Riders: $15 Children: $10 Purchase tickets at www.NewBernTours.com
Dec 21 @ 8:00 pm – 12:00 am City Stage
Dueling Pianos is at City Stage! Join Tony Basford and friends as they make you laugh, sing and dance the night away. Premium seats fill up fast for this amazing show so come early! Doors open at 5pm and food and drinks will be available as always throughout the night. General Admission Tickets – $5.00 Reserved Seating Tickets – $7.00 Tickets available at www.citystagenewbern.com
Dec 22 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Downtown New Bern
Downtown stores open their doors with awesome holiday sales and SEASON EXCLUSIVE HOURS while our snow machines work to keep the sledding lounges going for hours. Sledding will be on the corner of Craven and S. Front Street as soon as you arrive over the drawbridge! Other activities like bounce houses, crafts and fun are available too. Be sure to bring your coats, gloves, and holiday spirit for this fun event!
Dec 22 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm New Bern Trolley Tour
All aboard New Bern’s Polar Express Enjoy a one hour tour aboard the New Bern Trolley filled with caroling, Christmas lights and a visit with the Conductor and Santa’s Elves. Plus a Believe sleigh bell for each guest. Advance ticket purchase is required. Seating is limited. Departure Dates and Times: December 7 & 8 at 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm December 21, 22, 23 at 5:00, 6:00 and 7:00 pm.   Ticket Prices: First Rider: $25 Additional Riders: $15 Children: $10 Purchase tickets at www.NewBernTours.com
Dec 22 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm New Bern Trolley Tour
All aboard New Bern’s Polar Express Enjoy a one hour tour aboard the New Bern Trolley filled with caroling, Christmas lights and a visit with the Conductor and Santa’s Elves. Plus a Believe sleigh bell for each guest. Advance ticket purchase is required. Seating is limited. Departure Dates and Times: December 7 & 8 at 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm December 21, 22, 23 at 5:00, 6:00 and 7:00 pm.   Ticket Prices: First Rider: $25 Additional Riders: $15 Children: $10 Purchase tickets at www.NewBernTours.com
Dec 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm New Bern Trolley Tour
All aboard New Bern’s Polar Express Enjoy a one hour tour aboard the New Bern Trolley filled with caroling, Christmas lights and a visit with the Conductor and Santa’s Elves. Plus a Believe sleigh bell for each guest. Advance ticket purchase is required. Seating is limited. Departure Dates and Times: December 7 & 8 at 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm December 21, 22, 23 at 5:00, 6:00 and 7:00 pm.   Ticket Prices: First Rider: $25 Additional Riders: $15 Children: $10 Purchase tickets at www.NewBernTours.com
Dec 23 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm New Bern Trolley Tour
All aboard New Bern’s Polar Express Enjoy a one hour tour aboard the New Bern Trolley filled with caroling, Christmas lights and a visit with the Conductor and Santa’s Elves. Plus a Believe sleigh bell for each guest. Advance ticket purchase is required. Seating is limited. Departure Dates and Times: December 7 & 8 at 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm December 21, 22, 23 at 5:00, 6:00 and 7:00 pm.   Ticket Prices: First Rider: $25 Additional Riders: $15 Children: $10 Purchase tickets at www.NewBernTours.com
Dec 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm New Bern Trolley Tour
All aboard New Bern’s Polar Express Enjoy a one hour tour aboard the New Bern Trolley filled with caroling, Christmas lights and a visit with the Conductor and Santa’s Elves. Plus a Believe sleigh bell for each guest. Advance ticket purchase is required. Seating is limited. Departure Dates and Times: December 7 & 8 at 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm December 21, 22, 23 at 5:00, 6:00 and 7:00 pm.   Ticket Prices: First Rider: $25 Additional Riders: $15 Children: $10 Purchase tickets at www.NewBernTours.com
Dec 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Bear Plaza
Enjoy a special Christmas snow in Bear Plaza.
Dec 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm New Bern Trolley Tour
All aboard New Bern’s Polar Express Enjoy a one hour tour aboard the New Bern Trolley filled with caroling, Christmas lights and a visit with the Conductor and Santa’s Elves. Plus a Believe sleigh bell for each guest. Advance ticket purchase is required. Seating is limited. Departure Dates and Times: December 7 & 8 at 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm December 21, 22, 23 at 5:00, 6:00 and 7:00 pm.   Ticket Prices: First Rider: $25 Additional Riders: $15 Children: $10 Purchase tickets at www.NewBernTours.com
Dec 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm City Stage
Expect the unexpected as we celebrate the final Saturday of 2018 with a night of improv comedy games that are inspired by your suggestions. LAUGH in all caps or whatever style hat you prefer. Don’t be late. Be punctual! Exclamation point here! Sometimes silly and occasionally cheddar, every show is new and different, and yes … and.
Dec 29 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm O'Marks Building
Looking for an event to sum up your year with other like-minded adults? Want to network with other Business Savvy intellectuals such as yourself? Need a place to unwind with feel good music? We’ve heard your requests and decided to team up to bring you “Weekend Groove”. These pop up events are designed to help you relax, enjoy good music, pitch ideas to other progressive individuals, barter services, and expand your network and business goals. This is a collaborative effort of four minority entities with a vision to assist in connecting dreamers, believers and doers. All proceeds will go towards future collaborative efforts, to include community events. We look forward to grooving with you all.
Dec 31 @ 5:30 pm – 12:30 am Downtown New Bern
The City of New Bern is pleased to announce a new holiday event, our New Year’s Eve Block Party, presented by Toyota of New Bern. Join us Monday, December 31st in front of City Hall at the intersection of Pollock and Craven streets. The fun begins at 5:30pm. First, our New Year’s Eve Block Party kicks off with family-friendly activities, dancing in the streets, a Kids Fun Zone with games and inflatables, and much more. All kinds of good eats will be available through a variety of local and regional food trucks. Adult beverages will be available through local restaurants and small businesses downtown. Then, Adam Pitts takes the stage at 6 o’clock. Pitts is well known for his one-man band performances where he uses an array of instruments to play hit songs from all genres. Next, Love Tribe takes the stage at 9 o’clock. This five man “party machine” features songs from the 80s, R&B, new country, and the best party and pop radio hits. Any finally, we’ll wrap up our New Year’s Eve Block Party at the stroke of midnight with a lighted “Bear Drop” to ring in the New Year! “This is an all-new event. We’ve been planning it for a long time and we could not do it without the support of Toyota of New Bern,” said Foster Hughes, Director of Parks & Recreation. “We hope residents and visitors will join us at City Hall for the New Year’s Eve Block Party!” For additional information, visit...
Jan 1 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm Stanly Hall Ballroom
Welcome the New Year in style on New Year’s Day at the Stanly Hall Ballroom. Appetizers, soft beverages and spiral ham will be provided. Bring a covered dish. BYOB
Jan 5 @ 9:30 am – 8:30 pm New Bern Art & Wellness Center
We are hosting a Winter Wellness Open House at the Center! Saturday January 5th 8:30am – 7pm *Free Classes & Workshops All Day* *Door Prize Raffles* *$30 New Student 5 Class Pass – (Normally $40)* *10% off all other class passes & workshops* Class & Workshop Schedule 8:30am – 9:30am | Mindful Flow (regularly scheduled class) | Cait Nolan 9:45am – 10:15am | Gentle Yoga | Carol More 10:30am – 11am | Restorative Yoga | Carol More 11:15am – 11:45am | Flow & Yin Yoga | Heather Noto 12:pm – 12:30pm | Yoga Basics | Darian Dennis 12:45pm – 1:15pm | Better Digestion: Using Kitchen Spices, Seeds and Herbs | Carol More 1:30pm – 2:00pm | Chair Yoga | Heather Noto 2:15pm – 2:45pm | What the Kundalini | Jennifer Pittman 3:00pm – 3:30pm | Yin Yoga | Heather Noto 3:45pm – 4:15pm | Taichi for Health| Elainia White 4:30pm – 5:00 | Beginner Pilates | Leslie Anthony 5:15pm – 5:45pm | Celestial Communication: Movement Meditation | Jennifer Pittman 6:00 – 6:30pm | Cleansing, Blessings & Gratitude | Gwendolyn Natusch
Jan 9 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm The Chelsea
One of New Bern’s proud historic districts listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the Ghent neighborhood has a lively and vibrant past.  The Historical Society’s former Historian, John Leys, will take us back to the days when the neighborhood was developed from the Rhem family plantation and grew with the introduction of the trolley.  You’ll learn interesting details about architectural styles, notable neighborhood residents, and the significant influence of the Ghent community in New Bern.  Leys’ will share stories of the Casino with sports events, dances, rides and concessions, and reminisce about the fun the children had with the coming of the circus. Lunch & Learn starts at 11:30 a.m. at The Chelsea Restaurant, 335 Middle Street, New Bern. The cost is $17 for Historical Society members and $22 for non-members; lunch is included. Advance reservations must be made by calling the New Bern Historical Society at 252-638-8558, or can be ordered at www.NewBernHistorical.org/tickets. Lunch choices: Low Country Pork Tips, Rosemary Roasted Potatoes, Broccoli with Lemon Butter Or Shrimp and Broccoli Alfredo and Chocolate Tuxedo Cake.
Jan 12 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm The Chelsea
Yoga & Brunch @ The Chelsea! 60 minute all levels yoga flow with Kate MacDonald followed by a wholesome prix fixe brunch! Mac’s on the Move is bringing Yoga & Brunch to New Bern! Welcome in the New Year with a 60 minute yoga flow led by Kate MacDonald followed by a wholesome prix fixe brunch with a warm & friendly community! Doors open at 9:30am. Class starts at 10:00am. BYO yoga mat is encouraged, but we’ll have rentals if you need one! Booking ahead is essential as space is limited. RSVP on our eventbrite page with your menu selection by Jan 9th to save your spot! Menu Options: *Chicken Salad over Mixed Greens with Fresh Fruit and Housemade Banana Bread *Vegetable and Cheese Quiche with Fresh Fruit and Housemade Banana Bread *Shrimp and Grits with Fresh Fruit All options include Iced Tea and Coffee. While not included in the prix fixe, a cash bar for mimosas and bloody marys will be available!  
Jan 12 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm North Carolina History Center
Join New Bern Heart Ball Chairs Joe and Laura Peters, our sponsors, volunteers and guests in being a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives at the 2019 New Bern Heart Ball at the North Carolina History Center, Tryon Palace. The Heart Ball promises to be an engaging evening of fun and passion bringing the community and philanthropic leaders together to raise funds and awareness for heart disease and stroke research and education. Guests will enjoy a live and silent auction, the music of local favorites Spare Change Band and more.


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