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Winston-Salem Jaycees
Holiday Parade

Downtown Winston-Salem
Saturday, December 2
5:00 PM

City Tree Lighting Celebration
Christmas TreeCorpening Plaza
237 W. 1th St.
Saturday, December 2 Immediately following Parade 6:30 PM

Tuba Christmas
First Presbyterian Contemporary Worship Center
200 N. Cherry St.
Friday, December 1 at 6:30 PM
Celebrating 44 years, Tuba Christmas will be in the city among 300 other cities throughout the country. Come listen to a FREE hour of your favorite Christmas carols performed by dozens of tuba players.

Holiday Gallery Hop
Downtown Arts District
Friday, December 1 
7:00 – 10:00 PM
The Downtown Arts District comes alive the first Friday of every month with a celebration of arts and culture. This month will be a special holiday themed gallery hop featuring a mix of music, demonstrations, new exhibitions, and extended gallery hours. Free. Trade and Liberty streets.

Mr. & Mrs. Santa at Mast General Store
candleMast General Store
516 N. Trade St.
December 1 - 4
Friday 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Bring your camera to capture special moments with Santa. Photos are free.

A/perture: White Christmas Sing Along
A/perture Cinema, 311 W. 4th St
December 16 &17
1:30 PM & 3:00 PM
Join in for a sing-along version of White Christmas - lyric book and general festiveness provided!

Deck the Halls
mistletoeMilton Rhodes Center for the Arts
251 N. Spruce Street
December 1 - 20
Weekdays, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Saturdays, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sundays, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Deck the Halls at Sawtooth has become a downtown holiday shopping tradition. You'll find a huge selection of fine crafts and art produced by more than 80 local and regional artists and craftsmen, including pottery, jewelry, paintings, ornaments, furniture, stained glass, soaps, cards and more.

Elf Tea Party
elfKaleideum Downtown
390 S. Liberty St.
Saturday, December 9
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Make your elf costume - a felt cap with ears, bell necklace and rosy cheeks. Next, sing songs, enjoy storytime, and create elf themed crafts. Enjoy making elf donuts and reindeer food to put out on Christmas Eve. Adults and children enjoy tasty tea-time snacks hot cocoa, mini cupcake, fruit and more! $23 non-members, $15 members.

Supper & Santa
santaKaleideum Downtown
390 S. Liberty St.
Friday, December 1
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Celebrate the season with an evening filled with Christmas Spirit! Enjoy dinner, crafts, cookie decorating, storytime, and a visit from the man in red himself! Photography available for purchase & each child will receive a fun-filled goody bag! $18 members, $20 non-members

Salem Christmas
Old Salem
Saturday, December 9
10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Join Old Salem for the annual celebration of Moravian traditions throughout the Historic Town of Salem! Historic Buildings will open at 10:00 AM and close at 5:00 PM. At 5:15 PM everyone will gather in the James A. Gray, Jr. Auditorium in the Old Salem Visitor Center for carol singing and the lighting of the Christmas Pyramid. All activities included with the purchase of an All-In-One ticket.

Soulful Christmas Concert
James A. Gray, Jr. Auditorium
900 Old Salem Road
Thursday, December 7
6:00 - 8:30 PM
Celebrate the Christmas season with jazzy, spiritual and Motown style Christmas songs. Hear and enjoy some of your favorite holiday classics performed live by sensational jazz, blues gospel and R&B vocalist, Diana Tuffin. Treat your tastebuds to a "Soulful Christmas Tasting" which will feature foods prepared by area restuarants and caterers. Visual Artist, Leo Rucker will be set up to take photos (additional fee).  Individual Seats $35

St. Nicholas in Salem
Old Salem
December 9 & 16
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM, 1:30 PM - 4:30
December 11 (for families of children with diverse abilities & special needs)
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Meet St. Nicholas himself and enjoy special programming for the children.  Have a souvenir photo with him taken by a professional photographer (included in admission cost), enjoy holiday shopping and complimentary giftwrapping. And enjoy storytelling of "Twas the Night Before Christmas" and taste a holiday beverage and a treat from Wrinkler Bakery. $20

The WS Symphony Presents Handel's Messiah
Centenary United Methodist
646 W. Fifth St.
December 12 & 13
7:30 PM
This powerful and moving production has quickly become one of Winston-Salem’s most anticipated holiday concerts.
Tickets starting at $20

Old Salem Christmas
Candlelight Tours

candleOld Salem Museums
and Gardens
November 17 & 18, 24 & 25
December 1 & 2, 8, 15 & 16, 21, 23
Candlelight Tours take visitors through a re-creation of 19th-century Salem at Christmas. Tickets $50

Christmas For the City
Benton Convention Center
Thursday, December 21
This one-of-a-kind celebration unites the local arts community, businesses, nonprofits, and churches for a free holiday party. Highlights include live entertainment, art displays, kids’ activities, a visit from Santa, and more.

Gingerbread House Workshop
houseKaleideum Downtown
390 S. Liberty St.
December 22
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
While supplies last! Make and take a mini gingerbread house for $6.50 (Museum admission not included but required). Build your creation with a mini milk carton, graham crackers, icing and a variety of sweet treats.

Candle Tea in Old Salem
Single Brothers’ House, Old Salem
November 30 & December 1, 7 & 8
1:00 – 8:30 PM
December 2 & 9
11:30 AM – 8:30 PM
Put on by Home Moravian Church, this beloved annual event features period costumes, Christmas carols, beeswax candle demonstrations, sugarcake, and two elaborate“putz” displays. $5 adults and teens, $1 for children 12 and under.

Black Nativity
Arts Council Theater
610 Coliseum Drive
December 1 - 3 and 8 - 10
The N.C. Black Repertory has come up with an exceptionally strong production of Langston Hughes' Black Nativity which recounts the story of Christ's birth in gospel-flavored songs, movement, narration, preaching and praise.

Anniversary Lovefeast at
St. Philips

St. Philips African Moravian Church
911 S. Church St.
Saturday, December 9
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
A Christmas Lovefeast will be held to commemorate the first service held in the African Moravian brick church on December 15, 1861. The brick church replaced the African Moravian Log Church that was built in 1823. The Lovefeast will include special Christmas music, and the serving of the Lovefeast buns and tea. This event is free and open to the public. No RSVP required.

Tannenberg Organ Recital Series
James A. Gray, Jr. Auditorium
900 Old Salem Rd.
December 6, 13 & 20
12:00 - 12:30 PM
Join for free organ recitals featuring regional organists performing on the 1800 Tannenberg organ.

A Christmas Evening in Old Salem
bellsOld Salem
Friday, December 22
6:00 PM and 9:00 PM
Bring the whole family for a magical evening of historic Moravian Christmas traditions. You will have self-guided acces to many historic buildings lit by candlelight, along with Winkler Bakery and the Shops in Old Salem. You can take part in carol singing, candle trimming, and playing Tavern games. See decorations and watch craftsmen at work. $40 adults, $20 students/children

The Nutcracker Presented by the University of North Carolina School of the Arts
nutcrackerUNCSA’s Stevens Center 405 W. 4th St.
December 8
7:30 PM
December 9
2:00 PM & 7:30 PM
December 10
                        2:00 PM
December 13 - 15
7:30 PM
December 16
2:00 & 7:30 PM
December 17
2:00 PM
UNCSA’s production is the only Nutcracker in the Triad to be performed to a live orchestra, this year under the direction of Charles Barker, Principal Conductor, American Ballet Theatre. Experience Tchaikovsky’s lush score, vivid sets and costumes, and the extraordinary performances that have made UNCSA’s Nutcracker a holiday tradition!

A Christmas Carol
presented by Triad Stage

Hanesbrands Theatre
209 N. Spruce St.
November 24 - December 24
Triad Stage brings Dickens’ classic story to life in a dazzling production brimming with bold acting, daring design and spine tingling special effects. A Christmas Carol is a ghostly tale of Yule-tide cheer, gracious redemption and heart-warming hope for the whole family.

Noon Year’s Eve
Kaleideum Downtown
390 S. Liberty Street
Saturday, December 30
10:00 AM
Join in for a countdown to “Noon Year’s Eve!” Create your very own sound shaker in the Art Studio beginning at 10 AM. At 11:40 everyone will gather together for fun songs, silly activities and a storytime and end with our countdown to the noon year!

Twin City Santa’s Miracle
on 5th Street

snowflakeThe Millennium Center
101 W. 5th St.
Friday, December 1
7:00 PM – 12:00 AM
Hosted by the Twin City Santa nonprofit group, this semiformal holiday party brings hundreds of young professionals together for a good time and a good cause. Live music, hors d’ouerves, and complimentary beer/wine will be available. Entry is $25 in advance and $30 at the door, plus a donated toy ($25 minimum) which benefits the Salvation Army’s toy drive.

Millennium Center’s
New Year’s Eve Gala

Millennium Center
101 W. Fifth Street
December 31
10:00 PM – 2:00 AM
Cocktail attire. Free glass of champagne, late night breakfast included. Tickets start at $30