downtown winston-salem

Holiday Events in the heart of the city

December 3rd

Winston-Salem Jaycees Holiday Parade

Start your Holiday season off at the WS Jaycees Parade! Parade route begins on 4th St. and takes a right on Liberty St.

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Downtown Winston-Salem

4th & Liberty Streets

5:00 pm

December 3rd

City Tree Lighting Celebration

When the parade is over, come down to Corpening Plaza to watch the tree get lit!

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Corpening Plaza

237 W. 1st St.

6:30 pm (immediately following the parade)

December 2nd

Tuba Christmas

Enjoy a FREE concert of Christmas carols performed by dozens of tuba and euphonium players on Friday, December 2nd at 6:30 PM at First Presbyterian Contemporary Worship Center. 2022 marks the 49th anniversary of Tuba Christmas concerts which are held in over 300 cities throughout the United States to celebrate those who enjoy, play, teach, and compose music for instruments in the tuba family. Harvey Phillips created this annual event to honor the tubist William J. Bell, who was born on Christmas Day, 1902.

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First Presbyterian Contemporary Worship Center

200 N. Cherry St.

6:30 pm

December 2nd

Holiday Gallery Hop

The Downtown Arts District Association (DADA), and Historic Bethabara invite you to “Heritage Hop” celebrating the heritage of Winston-Salem, “City of The Arts” whose craft traditions began with the earliest Moravian settlers at Bethabara. This special “DADA 1st Friday Gallery Hop" will be held in Winston-Salem’s Downtown Arts District and at Historic Bethabara on Friday, December 2 from 6:30 until 10 PM. Triad Trollies will pick up ARTS and HISTORY lovers at our “Heritage Hop Trolly Stop” at Sixth and Trade Street. The Trolly, with costumed interpreters and Moravian music, will run the route to Historic Bethabara Park where the 1788 Bethabara Gemeinhaus, the LAST and ONLY remaining building of it’s kind in the USA will be open for a tour featuring traditional Moravian holiday decorations and lit by candlelight as it would have been in 1788.

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Downtown Arts District

7:00-10:00 pm

December 2nd

Twin City Santa - 19th Annual Toy Drive & Semi-Formal

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 with ticket purchase and toy donation.

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The Millennium Center

101 W. 5th St.


December 2-3

Sawtooth Artists Market

Nothing sparks holiday magic like the sight of hand-made ornaments, sparkling jewelry, and beautiful textiles. From 6:00-8:30pm Dec. 2 and 10 am-3pm Dec. 3, artists will be demonstrating and selling their work in the studios and galleries.

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Sawtooth School for Visual Art

251 N. Spruce St.


Bah, Humbugember: Holiday Films at a/perture

Dec. 3-4: A Christmas Carol. Dec. 10-11: The Man Who Invented Christmas Dec. 17-18: The Muppet Christmas Carol

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a/perture Cinema

311 W. 4th St.

Dec. 9-18

The Nutcracker Presented By UNC School of the Arts

The Nutcracker” returns to live performance at the Stevens Center, December 9-18, 2022. Students from the schools of Dance, Music and Design & Production collaborate to produce this magical ballet. Experience the lush score, vivid staging and extraordinary performances that have made our UNCSA production a beloved holiday tradition. Dance faculty member Ilya Kozadayev will choreograph the 2022 production. Guest Conductor Jiannan Cheng(opens in new tab), who is on the faculty of Rowan University, leads the UNCSA Symphony Orchestra. Proceeds from net ticket sales fund student scholarships at UNCSA.

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Stevens Center

405 W. 4th St.

Dec. 9-18

A Christmas Story: The Musical

Set in the 1940s in the fictional town of Hohman, Indiana, the musical follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts—an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. Rebuffed at every turn with a similar echoing response, Ralphie plots numerous schemes to achieve his desperate desire for the coveted BB gun. All the iconic scenes from the movie are here: Ralphie’s friend, Flick, getting his tongue stuck to the flagpole; his brother, Randy, getting dressed in his snowsuit; the bullies, Farkus and Dill; the leg lamp award; the bunny suit; the Chinese restaurant; Christmas dinner; and many others. The delightfully versatile score ranges from gentle ballads to show-stopping full-ensemble numbers!

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Theatre Alliance

650 W. 6th St.

December 17th

Christmas for the City

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, toy workshop, a visit from Santa, and more.

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Benton Convention Center

301 W. 5th St.

1:00 - 6:00pm


Salem Saturdays at Christmas

Salem Saturdays will be on Dec. 3, 10 & 31 from 10AM to 4PM. Join us in Old Salem this holiday season Learn how this remote part of Carolina created an environment of celebration and reflection in the solitude of this rural landscape. A Moravian Christmas in North Carolina has a distinctive southern quality. A slight nip in the air, an abundance of greenery, the intricate putz, decorated pyramid trees, and of course baked treats from Winkler Bakery make for a unique learning experience.

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Old Salem

600 S. Main St.

10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Candle Tea on Salem Square

December 1,2,8,9 1:00pm-8:30pm and December 3&10 11:30am-8:30pm. The Candle Tea of Home Moravian Church this year allows you to stroll through Salem Square to view, hear, smell, and taste the wonders of the Advent season. This will include sugar cake and coffee, Moravian stars, beeswax candles, and Christingles for sale. Listen to carols with the Moravian band and learn about Advent traditions. The making of the beeswax candles will also be demonstrated with the molds used by Home Moravian church members as they make all the candles used for Christmas LoveFeast celebrations.

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Single Brothers' House of Old Salem

Dec. 9-18

A Christmas Carol

The Little Theatre presents A Christmas Carol! Imprisoned in the dark and miserly life he has chosen, Ebenezer Scrooge faces a fateful night of ghosts, memories, visions, and fears. Will the Spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come help him find the way to a kinder heart and a brighter future? This hopeful and merry adaptation of everyone’s favorite Christmas classic is sure to bring holiday cheer to the whole family!

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Reynolds Place Theatre

251 N. Spruce St.

Dec. 17-18

The Nutcracker Tea Party

dECEMBER 17 & 18 at 1:30 & 4:00. The UNCSA’s Preparatory Dance Nutcracker Tea Party has become a much-loved annual family tradition! Children from 3 to 10 years of age enjoy a 45 minutes performance of The Nutcracker. Drosselmeyer reads the story from his book of memories whilst Preparatory Dance students dance selections from the ballet. After the performance audience members enjoy a Tea Party with Nutcracker themed arts and crafts and the opportunity to join in a ballet class with characters from the performance.

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Agnes De Mille Thaetre - UNCSA

December 17th

Handmade Holiday Market

Join us at Winston Junction Market! You'll find some amazing artists and makers selling handmade items, food trucks, and more!

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Winston Junction Market

901 N. Trade St.


December 11th

Sippin' With Santa

Santa is coming back to Black Mountain Chocolate on Sunday, December 11th from 2 to 4PM! Our makery elves will offer handcrafted treats, fresh cookies, and hot drinking chocolate to enjoy during the holiday festivities. With a $10 minimum purchase, family and friends can visit with Santa and snap a photo on your personal devices!

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Black Mountain Chocolate

450 N. Patterson Ave.


December 10th

A Wise Man's Christmas Party

Oh Deer SAVE THE DATE! Can you believe it's that time already? Your presents is requested at our annual Christmas Party on December 10th! I have heard it's the most wonderful time for a beer so you snow the drill! Beer Releases: Winter Wave Spiced Winter Ale. Food Trucks on-site. Live Music: (All Playing Holiday Hits!!) WS Symphony 1-1:45 PM--Holiday Ensemble, Red Umber 2-5 PM--Festive Jazz, Grant & Matt Tuttle 7-10 PM-Holiday Hits

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Wise Man Brewing

826 Angelo Bros Ave.

December 6th

Piedmont Pops for the Holidays

Ring in the holiday season on December 6, 2022, with the Piedmont Pops and special guest singer Christal Rheams performing holiday and jazz favorites! Doors at 6:30 PM, show at 7:30 PM A native of Raleigh, Christal has performed with the US Army Blues Jazz Band for more than 22 years and has performed with Wayne Newton, Ricky Martin, and Trisha Yearwood. Most recently, Christal was a top-5 finalist on America’s Got Talent as a member of Voices of Service. Matt Niess of the Capitol Bones will be the guest arranger and soloist on this fantastic evening at The Ramkat!

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The Ramkat

170 W. 9th St.



Santa at Mast General

December 10-11 from 2-5:00pm and December 17-18 from 4-7:00pm. Jolly Old St. Nick is making an appearance as he starts making his list and hearing out everyone’s Christmas wishes. Before he harnesses up the reindeer team and takes his sleigh to the sky, be sure to pay him a visit! Bring along your family’s littlest believers and well-behaved dogs for an unforgettable Christmas memory. Also, please be sure to bring your own camera for the photo op!

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Mast General Store

516 N. Trade St.

Dec. 11&18

Brunch & Bowl with Santa

Santa is coming to Roar! Book now to reserve your time with Santa, time slots are limited! The price is $35 per adult and $15 per child for a Brunch Buffet and a visit with Santa at a Winter Wonerland on the second floor of Roar! The Brunch Buffet will be in Fords Food Hall. Please visit Santa duringg your reservation time prior to enjoying brunch. Bowling and Golf reservations can be made seperatly on

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633 N. Liberty St.


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