Holiday Events in the Triad

By Judie Holcomb-Pack

Get your calendar out – with all the holiday events around the Triad, it will be hard to decide which ones to attend. Here are just a few of the holiday opportunities that are sure to get you in the Christmas spirit!

Tanglewood’s Festival of Lights

The best way to get in the mood for the holidays is viewing the amazing light displays at Tanglewood’s Festival of Lights, 6 p.m. until 11 p.m. through January 1. Over 100 separate displays spread over a four-mile route, a light and motion filled adventure with leaping reindeer, animated gingerbread men, dancing Christmas trees, and more. Be sure to stop by the Gift Village which features handmade crafts at the Barn. A cup of hot chocolate while you toast some marshmallows over an open fire will complete the perfect kickoff to the holiday season. 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

Korner’s Folly

Enjoy the beauty of a candlelight tour of Korner’s Folly, 413 S. Main St., on Dec. 10 and 17 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).

Candle Tea 

Experience the beauty and smells of the holidays at the annual Candle Tea hosted by Home Moravian Church in the Single Brothers House in Old Salem. The Candle Tea is held Dec. 1, 2 and 8 and 9 from 1 – 8:30 p.m., and Dec. 3 and 10, 11:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Visitors begin by singing carols, then downstairs to observe volunteers making beeswax candles for the Lovefeast. You will enjoy a cup of Moravian coffee and sugarcake in the kitchen before moving to the lower level to see the Putz,, a miniature recreation of Old Salem as it would have looked in the late 1700s. Finally you will hear the Christmas story read while viewing a miniature scene of Bethlehem. This is a perfect family-friendly event that is not to be missed. Tickets are just $5 for adults and $1 for children 12 and under.

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. 2 – 4 and 9 – 11. Group rates are available. Call 336-723-2266 or visit for ticket information.

Christmas Around the World

The annual Kernersville Christmas Around the World will help you to get a jump on your Christmas shopping as local 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 and the Christmas parade will be Dec. 4 at 2:30 p.m.

The Nutcracker 

Prepare to be dazzled when The Nutcracker, Tchaikovsky’s renowned ballet and a long-time holiday tradition, returns for its 51st 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. 9 – 18 in the Steven’s Center, 405 W. Fourth St. Tickets range from $24 – $83 and are available at

A Night of Reflections:
Luminaria Labyrinth Walk

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. 4 at 5 p.m. Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro will hold their 32nd annual “Light Up A Life” service at First Lutheran church, 3600 W. Friendly Ave., Greensboro, with guest speaker The Rev. Alan Sherouse. Hospice Palliative and Care Center of Winston-Salem will offer an opportunity to reflect and remember during their annual “A Night of Reflections: Luminaria Labyrinth Walk,” on Dec. 21, 4:30 – 7:00 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.

Handel’s Messiah

For many folks, the performance of Handel’s Messiah is the highlight of the holiday season. Performed on Dec. 13 and 14, 7:30 p.m., at Centenary United Methodist Church, the music of the Winston-Salem Symphony conducted by Robert Moody and voices of the Messiah Festival Chorus make this a Winston-Salem tradition. Tickets are $25 – $47. 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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