Holiday Events In the Triad

By Judie Holcomb-Pack

The best thing about Christmas in the Triad is all the wonderful events to attend. The worst thing is all the wonderful events to attend! How do you decide what to do? Below are highlights of a few of the events and activities that are sure to get you in the
holiday spirit.

Tanglewood’s Festival of Lights

Kick off the holiday season with a trip to view the amazing light displays at Tanglewood’s Festival of Lights, 6-11 p.m. now 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. Tickets are $15 per family cars, vans or trucks.

A Christmas Carol

An annual Christmas tradition is “A Christmas Carol,” Triad Stage’s holiday classic by Charles Dickens. The performances will be held at Hanesbrands Theatre, 209 N. Spruce St., through Dec. 24. Travel through the past, present and future with Ebenezer Scrooge. For dates and ticket information, visit

Candle Tea at Home Moravian Church

Experience the beauty and smells of the holidays at the annual Candle Tea hosted by Home Moravian Church in the Single Brothers House, 600 S. Main St. in Old Salem. The Candle Tea is held Dec. 1, 7, 8 & 9 from 1-8:30 p.m., and Dec. 2 & 9, 11:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Sing carols, observe volunteers making beeswax candles for the Lovefeast, enjoy a cup of Moravian coffee and sugarcake, and end with hearing the Christmas story read while viewing a miniature scene of Bethlehem. Tickets are just $5 for adults and $1 for children 12 and under.

Old Salem Candlelight Tour

Experience a very special Christmas night in Old Salem with their Candlelight Tours: Putzing Through Salem, on Dec. 1, 2, 8, 15, 16, 21, 23, tour times 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m., and 8 p.m. Tours sell out quickly. Call 800-441-5305 to reserve date and time or purchase online at

Black Nativity

An annually anticipated event is the NC Black Repertory’s annual production of “Black Nativity,” written by Langston Hughes. The production is an Afrocentric story of Jesus’ birth, bursting with music and dance. Shows are on Dec. 1-10. Group rates are available. Call 336-723-2266 or visit for ticket information.

Pictures with Santa & Mrs. Claus

Pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available on Dec. 2 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Cricket’s Nest, 4401 Country Club Rd. 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

Winston-Salem Christmas Parade

The annual Winston-Salem Christmas Parade will be held on Dec. 2 at 5 p.m., beginning at the corner of Poplar and Fourth Streets and continuing down Fourth to Liberty St. Following the parade, the Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held at Corpening Plaza.

WSSU Holiday Concert

Winston-Salem State University Department of Music will present their annual Holiday Concert on Dec. 2 at 4 p.m. in the Kenneth R. Williams Auditorium. The Singing Rams, composed of the WSSU Choir, the Burke Singers, Schola Cantorum and the Singing Divas will present a music program with the theme “Let There Be Peace on Earth.” The concert is free, but donations will be accepted.

Christmas Around the World

The annual Kernersville Christmas Around the World on Dec. 2 from 1-7 p.m. will help you to get a jump on your Christmas shopping as downtown merchants decorate their shops with international themes and offer a wide variety of gift items. The annual Christmas Tree Lighting will be held at 7 p.m. at Harmon Park downtown Kernersville.

Handel’s Messiah

There will be two opportunities to enjoy Handel’s Messiah: Dec. 3 at 3 p.m. at Reynolds Auditorium, presented by the Mozart Club. This is a free event, donations accepted. The second opportunity is Dec. 12 & 13, 7:30 p.m., at 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-$47. For more information, visit

Kernersville Christmas Parade

Kernersville Christmas Parade will be held Dec. 3 at 2:30 p.m. where 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. in Kernersville.

Swingle Bells

Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m., the annual “Swingle Bells” will be presented in the auditorium of Centenary United Methodist Church, with vocalist Martha Bassett, the Giannini Brass and the Jazzmas Trio.

Light Up A Life

Take time away from the hustle and bustle of frantic shopping to remember family and friends who will be missing from our holiday celebrations. On Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro will hold their 33rd annual “Light Up A Life” service at The Lusk Center, 2501 Summit Ave., Greensboro. Families will work together to create a luminary in memory of their loved one and light refreshments will be served.

A Time of Reflection & Remembrance

On Dec. 7 from 5:30-8 p.m., the community is invited to visit the campus of Hospice of Davidson County, 200 Hospice Way, Lexington, to view the luminary display for A Time of Reflection and Remembrance. A brief reflection service will be hosted in the courtyard at 30 minute intervals from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served in the Hinkle Hospice House & Administration Building.

Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker

Prepare to be dazzled when The Nutcracker, Tchaikovsky’s renowned ballet and a long-time holiday tradition, returns for its 52nd year. The music will be performed by UNCSA’s Nutcracker Orchestra. The exquisite costumes and phenomenal dances make this a must-see family event. This year’s performances will be held Dec. 8–17 in the Steven’s Center, 405 W. Fourth St. Tickets from $20-$75 and are available at

Old Salem Christmas

Salem Christmas will be held Dec. 9 from 10 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. hosted by Old Salem Museums and Gardens. The event will include demonstrations, period music, wagon rides and hands-on activities for the family. At 5:15 p.m., the event will conclude with carol singing and the lighting of the Moravian Christmas pyramid in Salem Square. Admission to all activities is included in the All-in-One ticket, $35 for adults and $16 for students ages 4-18.

St. Philips Lovefeast

An Anniversary Lovefeast will be held at St. Philips Church in Old Salem on Dec. 9 at 11 a.m., which will include traditional Lovefeast buns and tea, as well as special music.

A Night of Reflections: Luminaria Labyrinth Walk

Hospice Palliative and Care Center of Winston-Salem will offer “A Night of Reflections: Luminaria Labyrinth Walk,” on Dec. 12, 4:30–7 p.m., at the Glenn and Wilma Pettyjohn Meditation Garden and Labyrinth, 101 Hospice Lane. Hundreds of luminaries will light the labyrinth, giving visitors an opportunity for a peaceful, quiet time to walk and meditate, guided by the soft lights of the luminaries.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

A Charlie Brown Christmas will be presented on Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Shirley Recital Hall at Salem College Fine Arts Center. Music will be performed by the Music Carolina Jazz Trio and the Winston-Salem Youth Chorus.

Victorian Christmas at Korner’s Folly

Enjoy the beauty of a Victorian Christmas at Korner’s Folly, 413 S. Main St., on Dec. 15 & 16 from
5–9 p.m. 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).

It’s a Wonderful Life

It’s a Wonderful Life: A Life Radio Play, Dec. 15-16, 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem presents this live radio play based on the classic holiday movie and staged as a live radio broadcast. Arts Council Theatre, 610 Coliseum Dr. Tickets are $27.50. Call 336-748-0857 or visit

Happy Holidays

The Piedmont Wind Symphony will present Happy Holidays with Dee Dee Bridgewater on Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at Joel Coliseum. Dee Dee Bridgewater is triple Grammy and TONY winner and an internationally renowned jazz vocalist. VIP experience includes valet parking, meet and greet, photo and concert. Tickets $35-$75 available at or call 800-745-3000. For more information, call 336-722-9328.

USO Christmas Show and Dinner

USO Christmas Show and Dinner, Dec. 19, 3:30 p.m., Carolina Estates, 4434 Old Battleground Rd, Greensboro. A special holiday performance by Erinn Diaz, along with a delicious homemade meal prepared by in-house chefs. To RSVP, call 336-282-6133.

A Christmas Memory

The 31st presentation of A Christmas Memory, the one-woman show based on the short story by Truman Capote, will be presented on Dec. 17 at 4 p.m. at Reynolda House, 2250 Reynolda Road. Reservations are required as this show sells out quickly.

Christmas for the City

Christmas for the City at the newly remodeled Convention Center, 301 W. Fifth St., will be held on Dec. 21. This free event includes music, food and activities for families to share in the holiday spirit.

Gingerbread House Workshop

Gingerbread House Workshop, Dec. 21, 4-8 p.m. and Dec. 22, 9-2 p.m., Kaleideum Downtown, 390 S. Liberty St. Make and take mini gingerbread houses for $6.50. Museum admission required. For more information visit

With all the choices for Holiday events, it will be hard to choose which ones to attend. However you choose to celebrate the season, here’s wishing you the joy and peace of this special season.


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