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The holiday season is upon us! The Community Christmas Tree is lit, and Beary Merry Christmas is underway in Downtown New Bern. We are celebrating 10 magical years of this month-long hometown event. Here are three activities to bring you comfort and joy in December.

Beary Merry Rides

During the holidays, our town takes on a whole new look with decorations and lights throughout. We think the best way to experience this splendor is a horse-drawn wagon or carriage ride. While the wagon allows for a larger group, the carriage is ideal for small families or couples. Either way, you will see the beautiful sights of our spectacular town in a whole new way. Wagon rides are $12 per person; carriages are $75 per ride. Tickets for upcoming weekend tours may be found here.

Beary Merry Sights

On Friday, December 9, the downtown shops and restaurants are all live on stage, or shall we say, in window? The Live Window Display takes place 6 – 8 p.m. Bring out the entire family for an evening of window shopping while enjoying a cup or two of hot cocoa. Surf, Wind and Fire took top honors last year, and we are sure they will be trying for a repeat! Grab dinner either before or after your stroll at New Bern’s extensive restaurant offerings, including The Chelsea, Poppy’s Bites and Barrels or Captain Ratty’s.

Beary Merry Shopping

Want to get in some shopping, support local businesses and enjoy the sights and sounds of the holidays? You are in luck, as every Thursday up through December 22, you can do all of this and more. Downtown shops offer extended hours until 8 p.m. Plus, you can delight in the magic of snow, ice skating, live music and Santa! Of course, stopping by Bear City Fudge or Cow Café will be a must!

This year’s Beary Merry Christmas is set to be the biggest and brightest yet. It would be absolutely unbearable to miss it!