Holiday Happenings in New Bern December 11-19, 2016


Symphony’s ‘Holiday Pops’

The N.C. Symphony’s “Holiday Pops” will return to New Bern on Tuesday, 12/13 at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center. The doors open at 5 p.m., with the performance at 7 p.m.

Bring the family to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with this sparkling holiday spectacular. General admission is $51 per person, with student tickets at $11.

On the web: Call 877-627-6724 or 919-733-2750, 



‘Messiah’ concerts slated at Centenary

Conductor James Ogle returned to New Bern for the 34th performance of George Friderick Handel’s “Messiah.” The awe inspiring concert took place on Monday, 12/12 at Centenary United Methodist Church, New and Middle streets. An Open Rehearsal was held at 3 p.m., and a performance kicked off  at 7:30 p.m. 





RiverTowne to conclude ‘White Christmas’

The RiverTowne Players of New Bern will conclude its presentation of Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas the Musical” this weekend. Shows are at the Masonic Theatre, 514 Hancock St., New Bern. Show dates are Friday, 12/16 and Saturday, 12/17 at 8 p.m. Tickets: $16 in advance, $19 at the door. They are $10 for students. On the web: . Tickets are also available through The Bank of the Arts, 317 Middle St., New Bern, 638-2577, or SnapDragon, WayCoolToys, 214 Middle St., call 514-6770.


“A Celtic Christmas in New Bern” was presented Monday, 12/12 at 7:30 p.m. in Cullman Performance Hall at the North Carolina History Center, 529 S. Front St., New Bern.

The Jennifer Licko Band’s “A Celtic Christmas” returned with a new Christmas album release.

All the traditional carols were sung in English, and audiences also will hear songs in Scots Gaelic, Irish Gaelic and French.


Ghent Neighborhood Luminarias is an annual event that is slated for Saturday, 12/17, 2016 in New Bern. It will begin at sunset and continue until the candles burn out. All the Christmas lights will be on and the luminarias will be lit for people to drive or walk through the neighborhood. The Twin Rivers YMCA will be hosting hayrides for their members, and Santa will be in the neighborhood. It a free event, sponsored by the Ghent Neighborhood Association.

Contact April Adams at 229-0043




The City Laundry, 901 Pollock St., New Bern, has several holiday events planned, beginning with a Saturday, 12/17 evening show with John Van Dyke. Van Dyke will host a 7 p.m. Jazz Jam session with some of his favorite musicians. The event includes local crafters and artists such as Andrea Owens from Red Shoe gallery and crafters from New Bern Candle and Soap. There will be beer and wine available as well as so food. There is no cover charge. Call 876-7007.


The Pamlico Flutes will present a flute concert for Fairfield Harbour and surrounding communities on Sunday, 12/18 at 3 p.m. at the Fairfield Harbour Community Center.

The Fairfield Harbour Community Center is located by the volunteer fire station, 585 Broad Creek Road. The Flutes will offer an eclectic Christmas program, including classic carols from around the world, ranging back to the 15th century, as well as 20th century favorites made popular by Bing Crosby and others. These musicians collectively bring more than 200 years of musical experience to the program. The Flutes members include Tara Howard-North, Michelle Noevere, Caroline Paul, Denton Dodd and Janis Rott. Call Karen Dodd at 229-2033 or Michelle Noevere at 617-7405.

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