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Dec
14
Fri
ENC Live Home Improvement & Holiday Gift Show
Dec 14 @ 11:00 am – Dec 15 @ 4:00 pm
ENC Live Home Improvement & Holiday Gift Show @ Craven County Fairgrounds | New Bern | North Carolina | United States
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.
Holiday ArtWalk
Dec 14 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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
15
Sat
20th Annual Cookie Walk
Dec 15 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
20th Annual Cookie Walk @ Christ Episcopal Church | New Bern | North Carolina | United States
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.
Bernie Bear’s PJ Dance & Laser Party
Dec 15 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

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.

 

2018 New Bern SantaCon
Dec 15 @ 6:00 pm – Dec 16 @ 2:00 am
2018 New Bern SantaCon @ 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 they show up to his red-themed event dressed in green. Traditionally, elves are abused at SantaCon.
Not all these guidelines should be taken seriously.
Some of these guidelines should be taken very seriously. If you can’t work out which ones they are then you are not intelligent enough to take part in SantaCon.
Don’t get drunk in public. Being drunk &/or disorderly in public will tarnish Santa’s reputation. One bad Santa can ruin things for an entire location because we’re all dressed the same, duh. Also, it’s an offense and will get you arrested. Remember that there is no “bail fund” for incarcerated Santas and if you cross the line you’ll be on your own. Don’t be that Santa.
Santa does not make children cry. Does this really need to be said? Seriously, if you see kids, don’t do anything to freak them out. Give them a nice smile and possibly a gift of some kind…
Optionally, bring gifts: Nice things to give children; nice or naughty things for adults.
Do not throw your gifts at anyone, especially if those gifts are raw Brussels sprouts.
Santa dresses for all occasions. If it’s cold outside, wear multiple costume layers. Dress to maximize merriment whether singing carols in the snow or swinging from a stripper pole in a hot nightclub.
Santa doesn’t whine! Some SantaCons are supremely well organized and others fall apart within the first 5 minutes. Some involve a lot of walking. Sometimes Santa has been turned away. It’s all good fun if you choose to have a positive attitude.
Santa does not mess with security. This includes the police. Security staff are there to ensure everyone’s safety – it’s an important & necessary job. Most venues welcome Santa but some security staff will see you as a potentially dangerous mob wearing disguises (which, let’s face it, is probably true). If you are turned away, don’t argue – just move on to somewhere Santa is more welcome and can have fun.
Make sure you always tip the good people who are serving you. We want to be able to do this again next year so be polite and cultivate the goodwill of the local community.
Please pay for your refreshments as you go. Santa gets tired of waiting on other Santas to clear their tab before being able to move on. Ideally, this entire adventure should be cash only.
No Santa left behind! Don’t think only of yourself – Santa cares about his fellow Santas. Pick a few people you know and keep an eye out for them especially when it’s time to move to another venue. If you don’t see them, speak up so other Santas know to wait a moment. Every Santa should have at least 2-3 other Santas they look out for and 2-3 that look out for them in turn.
Stay with the group. It’s not just a case of “the more, the merrier” – Santa is safer with large numbers of fellow Santas and what one Santa can’t achieve (or get away with) is a possibility for a posse.
Santa doesn’t drink & drive. If you’re going to drink you must make sure that you can get safely home without driving yourself. Check public transport, carpool with a designated sober driver, make arrangements to sleep over at someone’s place etc. Organizers sometimes try to coordinate transportation for Santa – check the event details to find out if this is being done in your area.
Santa doesn’t talk to the press. Even “ho, ho, ho” is controversial these days. Seriously, no-one speaks for Santa – not you, not me, not even Santa. You can express your opinion but, since you’re dressed as Santa, the media might treat it as Santa’s opinion.
Read these guidelines one more time.
If you have reached this rule, it means you didn’t get locked into a loop reading the guidelines over and over again as per the previous rule. You are therefore probably intelligent enough to take part in SantaCon!
Have a very merry Christmas!

Dec
21
Fri
New Bern’s Polar Express
Dec 21 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
New Bern's Polar Express @ 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

New Bern’s Polar Express
Dec 21 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
New Bern's Polar Express @ 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

New Bern’s Polar Express
Dec 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
New Bern's Polar Express @ 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

Dueling Pianos at City Stage
Dec 21 @ 8:00 pm – 12:00 am

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
Sat
Beary Merry Christmas: Sledding Sunday
Dec 22 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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!

New Bern’s Polar Express
Dec 22 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
New Bern's Polar Express @ 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

New Bern’s Polar Express
Dec 22 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
New Bern's Polar Express @ 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

New Bern’s Polar Express
Dec 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
New Bern's Polar Express @ 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
Sun
New Bern’s Polar Express
Dec 23 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
New Bern's Polar Express @ 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

New Bern’s Polar Express
Dec 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
New Bern's Polar Express @ 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

SNOW in Bear Plaza
Dec 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
New Bern’s Polar Express
Dec 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
New Bern's Polar Express @ 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
Sat
Improve Comedy Night with Walk-In Bathtub
Dec 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

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.

Weekend Groove with the Joe Brown Band
Dec 29 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

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
Mon
New Years Eve Block Party
Dec 31 @ 5:30 pm – 12:30 am

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 us online at www.NewBernNC.gov, or contact New Bern Parks and Recreation at (252)639-2901.



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