It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Yes, the holiday season is in full swing in New Bern. We have so many events and activities to enjoy in our magical downtown. Here are a few highlights:

A Holiday Dance

When you hear that mesmerizing music, you know it must be the holidays! I am so excited to see my favorite tradition, The Nutcracker Ballet, at the Athens Theatre. With marching toy soldiers, sugar plum fairy, mouse meanie and a nutcracker brought to life, what more could a girl ask for? Performances run on December 8, 9 and 10, and tickets are only $20. For more details, click here.

A Holiday Event

If you enjoy visiting Tryon Palace throughout the year, you must experience it during this season! Candlelight, held on two Saturdays, December 9 and 16, is resplendent with spectacular décor. Tickets include tours of the Governor’s Palace, Stanly House and Dixon House, plus lots of holiday festivities and activities on the historic site grounds. Tours run from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. on both nights, with tickets going quickly. In addition to the tour, you will enjoy special activities, fife and drum performers, and of course the black powder fireworks! Get your tickets here.


Be sure to take time to see all the shop displays, including The Pepsi Store, during the holidays!

A Holiday Shopping Spree

Black Friday and Cyber Monday have passed, however the best shopping still awaits! Every Thursday up through December 21, the downtown shops are open late until 8 p.m. to find that perfect gift. In addition to the shopping, be sure to stop by Santa’s House and the “ice” skating rink at Union Point Park. For a complete list of Beary Merry Christmas events, click here.

Downtown New Bern is a wonderful place to be all year long. During the holiday season, it becomes a winter wonderland of magic for the entire family.