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.
- We will continue the option for advanced reservations for the 2022 season. Click here for reservations.
- Please arrive no more than 15 minutes prior to your appointment time.
- 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
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
SUNDAY, DEC. 5: NOON-6PM
THURSDAY, DEC. 9: 4PM-7PM
FRIDAY, DEC. 10: 12PM-3PM; 4PM-8:30PM
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
Snow Schedule Fridays & Saturdays 6pm-8pm during season.
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.