Holly & Ivy 2023 Tickets


Join us for the 24th annual “The Holly & The Ivy Holiday Homes Tour” in charming New Bern. Visit five homes decorated for the holidays in the historic district. This year we’re featuring a “Christmas in the Country” location just minutes from downtown.

Tickets will be available to purchase online through PayPal starting Nov. 1st and at the New Bern Harris Teeter stores on Nov. 18th.

The PayPal Tickets are “Will Call” tickets which you can pick up on December 9th starting at 10 am at the First Presbyterian Church, Sessions House, located at 400 New Street, New Bern.

Tickets purchased through PayPal will have a convenience fee.


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As you visit these beautiful homes and two places of worship, seven musical groups will be entertaining you on the porches with holiday music.

Docents will be giving guided tours inside these charming properties. At our special “Sugar Plum Treats House” homemade cookies and hot cider will be served.

This year Holly & Ivy will be featuring a “Christmas in the Country” location just minutes from downtown. Walk through this welcoming home sitting on a multi-acreage property, visit with the homeowners and sit a spell on the wrap-around porch listening to a “pickin and grinnin” band.

Tour Guidance:

  • This is a self-guided walking/driving tour.  There is no guide or bus.
  • You will be met by docents in each house who will share information about the home.
  • Your ticket contains your map. Houses are numbered on the map but may be visited in any order.
  • Dress for the weather because you may wait in a line outside.
  • Wear comfortable shoes. No high heels are permitted as they damage wood floors.
  • These are private homes which owners graciously open to the public. Please treat them respectfully and do not touch anything belonging to the homeowners.
  • Historic homes cannot accommodate strollers or wheelchairs and often have uneven walkways and steep steps.  Please use caution.
  • This tour is not recommended for young children as most homes contain fragile items.
  • No smoking, either in houses or while in line outside.
  • No pets, food, drink, photography, or recording allowed in the homes.
  • Please silence all electronic devices while waiting in line outside and during the tour inside the homes.


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