The 36th annual Coastal Christmas Flotilla returns to New Bern on Saturday, Dec. 5.

The Flotilla will be held at Union Point Park, 210 East Front Street in downtown New Bern. Activities kick off at 4:30pm with the AeroShell Aerobatic Airshow. The flotilla will begin around 5:30 p.m. Food vendors will be on site.

“The annual Flotilla is a holiday tradition and we are excited to offer the event this year ,” said Foster Hughes, Director of Parks and Recreation.

Due to COVID-19, the city is offering the opportunity to view the Flotilla virtually on Facebook at the following pages: @CityofNB and @NewBernPR. For those who wish to attend in person, social distancing guidelines will be in place.

Flotilla Applications will be accepted through Thursday, Dec. 3 for any boaters interested in being a part of this year’s event. Applications are available on our parks and recreation page online at

The 36th Coastal Christmas Flotilla is sponsored by New Bern Grand Marina Yacht Club and DoubleTree New Bern – Riverfront. This event is presented by New Bern Parks and Recreation. For additional information contact New Bern Parks and Recreation at 252-639-2901.

Prior to the flotilla,

The AeroShell Aerobatic Team will be in New Bern on Saturday, Dec. 5 to perform a night air show. The show will be held over the Neuse River and can be viewed from Council Bluff Green, the Riverwalk, and Union Point Park. The event is scheduled to begin around 4:30pm. Admission is FREE! This event is sponsored by Wendy and Buddy Stallings.

The AeroShell Aerobatic Team was founded in 1984.  The team performs tight, awe-inspiring formation aerial maneuvers in front of millions of airshow fans all over North America.  With Mark Henley, team lead; Bryan Regan, right wing; Steve Gustafson, left wing; and Jimmy Fordham, slot; this four-ship of T-6 Texan aircraft perform a series of loops, rolls, and bomb bursts in close formation for a classic aerobatic routine.  The show will last approximately 35 – 40 minutes.  This will be a thrilling event.

Social distancing guidelines will be in effect. The show can also be viewed virtually on the following facebook pages: @CityofNB and @NewBernPR.

The 36th Annual Coastal Christmas Flotilla be held after the airshow. For additional information please call New Bern Parks and Recreation at 252-639-2901, or visit our parks and recreation page online at

Click links to view the team in action:

1 Comment

  1. And I thought we were incouging people to stay at home and be safe….Damn city doesn’t care about us.

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