New Bern to Light Up the Season

1. Light Up the Season

Light Up the Season, the kickoff to downtown New Bern’s Beary Merry Christmas season, is from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday on the 200 block of Middle Street and Bear Plaza in downtown New Bern.

It includes Santa’s Arrival Celebration, the seasonal illumination of Bear Plaza with thousands of lights and the opening of the Santa House for children of all ages. Activities include holiday music, dancing, and crafts for the children.

The kickoff also includes the Annual Downtown Christmas Open Houses, with many stores open late. Downtown merchants will have their stores decked out for the holidays with decorations, free refreshments, live Christmas carolers and other attractions.

For more information, go online to bearymerrychristmas.com.

2. New Bern Tree Lighting

The Community Christmas Tree Lighting in New Bern is at 5 p.m. on Saturday at the traffic circle at Broad and East Front streets.

A new addition this year is free sledding from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. There will also be food and beverages available at 4:30 p.m.

3. The Grinch

The Carteret Community Theatre has scheduled The Grinch at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. on Sunday.

The live action and movie event is a Whoville Christmas Celebration, with the Grinch serving as host. Tickets are $10 each.

For more information, call 497-8919 or go online to www.carteretcommunitytheatre.com.

4 Christmas Vacation

Celebrate the holidays with the Griswolds at an 8 p.m. showing of “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” on Saturday at the North Carolina History Center, 529 S. Front St. New Bern.

The movie, rated PG-13, with Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo has become a holiday comedy classic. Admission is $5 for children up to age 12 and $10 for adults, age 13 and older.

For more information, call 639-3524 or go online at tryonpalace.org.

5. Crystal Coast Oyster Festival

The Crystal Coast Oyster Festival is scheduled from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Big Rock Jib in downtown Morehead City.

It includes a variety of vendors and live music from the Band of Oz from 1 to 4 p.m. and the band Liquid Pleasure performing from 5 to 8 p.m.

Pints for a Purpose, a nonprofit group with the goal of conservation and support of sustainable oyster farming, puts on the event with proceeds going to the N.C. Shellfish Growers Association.

General admission is $5, while VIP tickets that include all you can eat shucked raw oysters while supplies last as well as a waterfront deck area and private raw bar are $35.

For more information, go online to www.ccoysterfest.org.