Various Dates December, 2016 Annual events of New Bern's Coastal Christmas Celebration during the month of December include the downtown merchants' special First Friday event, staying open late and offering fantastic bargains. Caroling, musical performances, prize drawings and other events round out the evening. Then, Craven County Jaycees' festive parade in downtown New Bern, and on to the Craven Regional Medical Center Foundation's Festival of Trees Gala, including the popular Breakfast with Santa for children. Centenary Methodist Church hosts the annual Messiah chorus with a guest conductor and singers coming in from miles around to participate in rehearsals and two concerts.
The New Bern Women's Club hosts its annual "The Holly and the Ivy" Homes Tour. Santa Claus also hears the Christmas wishes of good little boys and girls in his Santa House on the corner of Broad and Middle streets, and Tryon Palace is ablaze with historic scenes appropriately decorated for the season. Performers from Down East Dance offer The Nutcracker ballet every other year, and the old goes out with both private and public celebrations on New Year's Eve. Call the numbers above for specific information about these traditionally annual events.
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