A month-long event held in downtown New Bern. Our downtown area is transformed into a magical Winter Wonderland with a number of exciting events planned to enhance your holiday experience. Throughout the month of December celebrate the season by taking a trolley ride to see the festive lights, go ice skating in Union Point Park, experience the holiday magic with the NC Symphony Holiday Pops concert or a local theatrical holiday show! Enjoy our traditional parade and flotilla , check out our live window displays and so much more! New Bern sparkles with the magic of Christmas! Enjoy extended shopping hours downtown till 8 pm on Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 14 and 21.
Santa’s holiday home in Bear Plaza is typically open Thursday - Sunday during the Christmas season, allowing children to visit with Santa and have a photo. Dates and times subject to change.
Check out the website for a full list of holiday events!
December 10, 2023 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
Join us at the North Carolina Symphony for a festive concert full of holiday favorites you know and love!
December 9, 2023 10:00 am-3:30 pm
The Holly & Ivy Holiday Home Tour offers you the opportunity to see the interiors of beautiful homes built in a range of styles and dates, decorated for the holidays in the downtown historic district of New Bern.
December 8, 2023 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
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. Windows will be judged and a trophy awarded to the winner!
December 2, 2023 5:30 pm-6:30 pm
Join us for the 39th Annual Coastal Christmas Flotilla at Union Point Park! Decorated boats will parade along the Trent and Neuse Rivers providing a festive holiday show. Vendors will be onsite providing food, hot cocoa and other sweet treats.
December 22, 2023 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
Musician Simon Spalding offers a fresh perspective on the season with a holiday music lecture-concert like no other! Simon’s program will explore the stories behind some of our most cherished seasonal music.
December 15, 2023 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
A night of traditional Christmas Music with Craig Woolard and the Embers. A great evening for the entire family. The Embers bring their signature sound to all of your favorite Holiday Tunes! Expect to see Santa and a few of his holiday friends!
December 16, 2023 8:30 am-10:00 am
Join us for our annual celebration of our furry four legged friends in the spirit of Christmas! We will be meeting at the corner of South Front Street and Craven Street. 8:30 am: Sniff and greet 8:45 am: Photo 9:00 am: Parade