Holiday Events In the Triad
By Judie Holcomb-Pack
Get your calendar out – it’s time to start penciling in all the wonderful holiday events that happen during “the most wonderful time of the year.” Below are highlights of a few of the events and activities that are sure to get you in the holiday spirit.
Kick off the holiday season with a trip to view the amazing light displays with over one million lights at
Tanglewood’s Festival of Lights
6 p.m. until 11 p.m. Nov. 16 through January 1
Over 100 separate displays spread over a four-mile route, a light-and-motion-filled adventure. Stop at the Barn and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate while you toast some marshmallows over an open fire. Bring your dogs and walk through the displays at Paws in the Park on Nov. 12. $5 nights on Nov. 19, 20, 26 and 27. Regular tickets are $15 per family cars, vans or trucks. For more information, visit Forsyth.cc/parks/tanglewood/fol
Enjoy the beauty of a Victorian Christmas at
Wednesdays – Saturdays Nov. 23 – Jan. 5, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sundays 1 – 5 p.m.
413 S. Main St. The 1880 home of artist Jule Gilmer Korner will be transformed with floor to ceiling garland, lights and Christmas trees. Self-guided tours will include 22 decorated rooms. Tickets are $12 adults; $8 children 6 – 18 (under 6 free).
Cirque de la Symphonie is returning this year to deliver acrobatic artistry and family fun as part of the
Winston-Salem Symphony’s beloved
Triad Holiday Tradition: A Carolina Christmas!
Saturday, Nov, 24 at 7:30 p.m. & Sunday, Nov. 25 at 2 p.m.
With Jessica Morel as the conductor and WXII 12 News’ Lanie Pope as master of ceremonies, A Carolina Christmas! is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season. Reynolds Auditorium, 301 N. Hawthorne Road. Tickets start at $20 for adults and $16 for children ages 2–12 and are available by calling the Symphony Box Office at 336-464-0145 or online at WSSymphony.org.
Annual Candle Tea
Nov. 29, 30 and Dec. 6, 7 and 8 and 9 from 1 – 8:30 p.m., and Dec. 1 and 8, 11:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Hosted by Home Moravian Church in the Single Brothers House, 600 S. Main St. in Old Salem. Sing carols, observe volunteers making beeswax candles for the Lovefeast, enjoy a cup of Moravian coffee and sugarcake, and hear the Christmas story read while viewing a miniature scene of Bethlehem. Tickets are just $5 for adults and $1 for children 12 and under.
The Christmas Puppet Show: The Night Before Christmas at Korner’s Folly
Nov. 30 at 6 p.m., Dec. 1 at 10 a.m., and Dec. 7 at 6 p.m.
Come hear the Korner’s spin on the classic 1820’s poem by Clement Clarke Moore. The Puppet Show is followed by a visit from Santa so bring your camera! Tickets are $5/person.
Winston-Salem State University Department of Music will present their annual
Dec. 2 at 4 p.m.
K.R. Williams Auditorium. The Singing Rams, composed of the WSSU Choir, the Burke Singers, and Singing Madonnas, will present a music program with the theme “Let There Be Peace on Earth.” The concert is free, but donations will be accepted.
An annual Christmas tradition is
“A Christmas Carol”
Nov. 30 through Dec. 23.
Triad Stage’s holiday classic by Charles Dickens. The performances will be held at Hanesbrands Theatre, 209 N. Spruce St. Travel through the past, present and future with Ebenezer Scrooge. For dates and ticket information, visit Triadstage.org or purchase tickets at RhodesArtsCenter.org.
Find gifts that are hand crafted and unique at
The Cricket’s Nest From Our House to Yours Craft Show
Nov. 30 – Dec. 1.
Pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available on Dec. 1 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Cricket’s Nest, 4401 Country Club Road. Bring your camera and capture a warm holiday memory with children and grandchildren. The store will also be open until 4 p.m. for shopping for unique gifts handmade by local seniors. For more info, visit CricketsNest.com.
Annual Winston-Salem Jaycees Christmas Parade
Dec. 1 at 5 p.m.
Beginning at the corner of Poplar and Fourth Streets and continuing down Fourth to Liberty Street to Corpening Plaza. Following the parade, the Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held at Corpening Plaza.
Showtune: The Holiday Edition
Nov. 30, Dec. 6 – 8 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 1 – 2 and Dec. 8 – 9 at 2 p.m.
Presented by 40 Plus Stage Company at the Mountcastle Black Box Theatre of the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts, 251 N. Spruce St. A family-friendly show that is a great way to kick off your holiday season. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for children. For tickets, visit RhodesArtsCenter.org 336-747-1414.
There will be two opportunities to enjoy
Dec. 2 at 3 p.m.
Reynolds Auditorium, presented by the Mozart Club. This is a free event, but donations are accepted.
Dec. 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Centenary United Methodist Church, 646 W. Fifth St., with music performed by the Winston-Salem Symphony and voices of the Messiah Festival Chorus. Tickets are $15 and up. For more information, visit WSSymphony.org.
Kernersville Christmas Parade
Dec. 2 at 2:30 p.m.
Over 2,000 parade participants will celebrate the coming of Christmas. The parade begins at the corner of Pineview Drive and Hwy. 66 and continues down E. Mountain St. to downtown Kernersville.
34th Annual “Light Up A Life”
Dec. 2 at 5 p.m.
Take time away from the hustle and bustle of frantic shopping to remember family and friends who will be missing from our holiday celebrations. Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro will hold this service at First Lutheran Church, 3600 W. Friendly Ave., Greensboro. Families will work together to create a luminary in memory of their loved one and light refreshments will be served.
An Old Salem Christmas Carol
Dec. 7 – 9, 14 – 16, and 20 – 22
SECCA, 750 Marguerite Drive. A passing stranger is welcomed into Salem Tavern by a cheerful group celebrating Christmas Eve. The story he tells them is magical, and yet vaguely familiar. It’s 1887 and hard times have fallen on the people of Winston and nearby Salem. This heartwarming world premiere adaptation was written exclusively for The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem. For more information, visit TheLittleTheatreOfWS.org.
Dec. 7 – 16
Tchaikovsky’s renowned ballet and a long-time holiday tradition, returns for its 53rd year. The music will be performed by UNCSA’s Nutcracker Orchestra. The exquisite costumes and phenomenal dances make this a must-see family event. in the Steven’s Center, 405 W. Fourth St. Tickets range from $20 – $75 and are available at UNCSA.edu/performances.
A Kernersville Yuletide
Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Make the trip to South Main Street in Kernersville and visit three destinations that have teamed up to create an enchanting holiday event. Stroll down South Main Street and stop by Kernersville Moravian Church to listen to music of the season, shop for some last-minute Christmas gifts, and visit the traditional Moravian tavern. Continue on to Korner’s Folly to explore the 1880’s house museum adorned in Victorian Christmas décor (regular tour admission applies). Then finish up at the Paul J. Ciener Botanical Gardens where you can find unique gifts and inspiring holiday decorations.
The 34th presentation of
A Christmas Memory
Dec. 16 at 4 p.m.
The one-woman show by Robin Voiers based on the short story by Truman Capote, at Reynolda House, 2250 Reynolda Road. Reservations are required as this show sells out quickly. For tickets, visit ReynoldaHouse.org.
With all these choices for holiday events, it will be hard to choose which ones to attend. However you choose to celebrate the holidays, here’s wishing you the joy and peace of this special season.