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3rd Annual Gingerbread Contest Display

November 26 @ 8:00 am - December 20 @ 5:00 pm
Downtown New Bern New Bern, NC 28560 United States + Google Map

For the past two years, gingerbread houses scattered in windows throughout the downtown area have delighted the shopping crowds. Displays made by all kinds of folks from children’s groups to professional bakers have enlivened the holiday season and added to the Beary Merry fun. The New Bern Historical Society is pleased to do it again this year. Everyone is invited to make their own gingerbread creation and enter it in the contest. Don’t delay, the deadline to enter is November 11, 2019. Completed houses will be displayed at selected downtown merchants November 26-December 20. There will be four categories for contestants: Youth (up to 14), Adults, (age 15 and up), Family (a combination of Youth and Adults) and Professionals (bakers, chefs, caterers, cooks, professional engineers, artists etc.) People can enter as a group, or as an individual. There will be cash prizes up to $150 and all who enter will receive a hand-crafted pottery ornament. In addition to an award in each category, there will be a $200 prize to the entry that best reflects the “Historic New Bern Christmas” theme. That award, the Nancy Chiles Heritage Award, is named in honor of long time Board member and Gingerbread supporter, Nancy Chiles. There is also a People’s Choice Award. The public will be asked to vote on their favorite, and the prize will go to the entry with the most public support. The deadline to enter is November 11th. Information and entry forms are found at

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4:30 am

Beary Merry Christmas Kickoff

November 29 @ 4:30 am - 9:00 pm
Downtown New Bern New Bern, NC 28560 United States + Google Map

November 29th 4:30pm-8:30pm Community Tree Lighting at 4:45pm - Union Point Park Parade to Santa House at 5:15pm - S. Front & Middle Street Santa's Arrival at Bear Plaza at 5:30pm Crafts in O'Marks Building at 5:30pm Sledding on Middle Street at 5:45pm Food Trucks, Games & Entertainment All Evening!

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7:00 pm

Pie a Local Celeb Fundraiser

November 29 @ 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Downtown New Bern New Bern, NC 28560 United States + Google Map

Join us for our Religious Community Services (RCS) Food Drive at Light Up the Season! Bring a canned food item to the event in exchange for a raffle ticket for a chance to pie the celeb of your choice! You can also purchase raffle tickets for $1 each with funds going to directly to RCS. Participating Celebs: Chip Hughes - Craven County Sheriff Chris Segal- Executive Editor of The Sun Journal Kevin Roberts - Chamber of Commerce President Chad Sittig - State Farm Insurance Agent Matt Montanye - Director of Public Works Brooks & Amy - Radio Personalities Kate Hussey - WCTI Anchor More Celebs TBA

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Tim Bivans

November 29 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St.
New Bern, NC 28560 United States
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Acoustic Covers & Original Music

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7:30 pm


November 29 @ 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St.
New Bern, NC 28560 United States
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High energy party band, music from the 60's to the present. Come out and party on the deck!

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8:00 pm

Lip Sync Battle – Beary Merry Edition

November 29 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

We are bringing the popular Lip Sync Battle challenge to New Bern for Light Up the Season on 11/29! Think you've got what it takes to win? Go solo, grab some friends or volunteer someone to hit the stage with their favorite holiday tune! Sign up by 7:30pm at Light Up the Season to battle. It all begins at 8pm at the BMC Middle Street stage across from Beary Plaza!

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