Christmas in New Bern

Beary Merry Christmas is 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. Our signature event “Light Up the Season & Santa's Arrival” kicks off the festivities the day after Thanksgiving with games, crafts, live entertainment and SNOW!

Santa’s holiday home in Bear Plaza is typically open Friday through Sunday during the Christmas season allowing children to visit with Santa and have a photo.  Dates and times subject to change.

BMC Kickoff 202023
  1. We will continue the option for advanced reservations for the 2022 season. Click here for reservations.
  2. Please arrive no more than 15 minutes prior to your appointment time.
  3. One reservation per family, please.

Please note that the schedule is subject to change due to the availability of volunteers and inclement weather.

Santa Experience 2022

SCHEDULING COMING SOON!

 

FRIDAY, NOV. 26: 10AM-3PM; 4PM-9PM
Mistletoe Market 12pm-until
Light Up the Season 5pm
Community Tree Lighting 6pm

SATURDAY, NOV. 27: 10AM-3PM; 4PM-8:30PM
Mistletoe Market
Small Business Saturday
Aeroshell Aerobatic Team Night Show - 4:45
(Union Point Park)

SUNDAY, NOV. 28: NOON-6PM 

FRIDAY, DEC. 3: 4PM-8:30PM
Live Window Displays 6pm-8pm 

SATURDAY, DEC. 4: 10AM-3PM; 4PM-8:30PM
Mistletoe Market
Flotilla 5:30pm


SUNDAY, DEC. 5: NOON-6PM

THURSDAY, DEC. 9: 4PM-7PM 

FRIDAY, DEC. 10: 12PM-3PM; 4PM-8:30PM
Art Walk
Pajamarama Extravaganza
Holiday Movie: The Polar Express

SATURDAY, DEC. 11: 10AM-3PM; 4PM-8:30PM

SUNDAY, DEC. 12: NOON-6PM  

THURSDAY, DEC. 16: 4PM-7PM 

FRIDAY, DEC. 17: 12PM-3PM; 4PM-8:30PM
Ugly Christmas Sweater Party!
JingleBell Jam featuring: Nashville Recording Artist Bryan Mayer

SATURDAY, DEC. 18: 10AM-3PM; 4PM-8:30PM

SUNDAY, DEC. 19: NOON-6PM

MONDAY, DEC. 20: 4PM-8PM

TUESDAY, DEC. 21: 4PM-8PM

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 22: NOON-3PM; 4PM-8PM 

THURSDAY, DEC. 23: NOON-3PM; 4PM-8PM 

FRIDAY, DEC. 24: 10AM-2PM
Christmas Eve 

Snow Schedule Fridays & Saturdays 6pm-8pm during season.

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Bear Plaza is under 24 hour Elf Surveillance once decorations go up. Please don't touch or steal any of our decorations, our team works hard to make the area enjoyable.