Celebrating the Holidays in the Twin City

Holiday music swirls around. The scent of appealing food wafts through the air. Bright lights twinkle and flash from windows, as the days become shorter and the nights colder. Yes, the holidays have fully arrived in Winston-Salem.

With this enjoyable season, comes many different types of events and celebrations. From local fairs boasting regional crafts and cuisine, to a variety of shopping happenings, the Twin City is a perfect area to enjoy the holidays. This year, join many Winston-Salem and surrounding area residents and engage in one of the countless family-friendly activities hosted in this lovely city. Read on for a list of engaging activities to enjoy and participate in.

A Handcrafted Holiday –With only a small entrance fee of $5, one can enjoy strolling around the Benton Convention center in search of the perfect holiday gift. This event, hosted on December 8th and 9th in downtown Winston-Salem, is a juried craft show featuring over 100 of the best artists and craftsmen in the region. The event is perfectly timed to offer quality, handmade jewelry, gifts, home decor and more for holiday gift shopping!

Breakfast with Santa & Holiday Bazaar — Also on December 8th, from 9 AM to 12 PM, families can enjoy a pancake breakfast, plus a photograph with Santa for a small entrance fee of $5 per family. Hosted at the Re3 Church in Kernersville, this event also features crafts from local vendors.

2018 Toys for Tots Santa Picture Event— Another great opportunity for families to have their picture with Santa also boasts an opportunity to give back. Sunday, December 2nd, 2018, from 9:30 am – 3:00 pm, join all at the Granary at WinMock at Kinderton in Bermuda Run, NC. The event costs $52 (up to 2 kids, $10 for each additional child), plus at least ONE unwrapped gift for “Toys for Tots'” valued at $10 or more. This price includes a photo session with Santa, plus an opportunity to give back to area children. Each year this event collects around 300 toys that are distributed to Davie County children just in time for Christmas.

Holidays in the Village Craft & Vendor Fair— If one is still searching for perfect gifts for their loved ones, consider attending this local fair. Located at the Village Inn Event Center in Clemmons, NC, this event includes a raffle, local vendors, crafts for the children, plus much more. Hosted on Sunday, December 16th, many are sure to find that last minute gift.

Christmas Puppet Show— This event is sure to delight both the young and the young at heart. Join all at the “Christmas Puppet Show,” hosted at Korner’s Folly in Kernersville, NC, December 1st (9:00 AM to 9:30 PM) and December 7th (6:00 PM to 6:30 PM). For a small entrance fee of $5, come hear the Körner’s spin on the classic 1820s poem by Clement Clarke Moore, “A Visit from St. Nicholas.”

Triad Stage’s “A Christmas Carol”— Another classic Christmas story will take place on a variety of dates throughout the month of December. The Hanesbrands Theater will feature this time-honored classic on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays before Christmas. Join Scrooge and the Spirits, as they head back for a holiday ghost story of hope and redemption. One night changes everything as the shadows of his past give Ebenezer one last chance for a future, in “A Christmas Carol.”

Toy Time Exhibit— Go back in time to an era when there were no cell phones, video games, or electronic toys. Hosted at the Kaleideum Downtown throughout the month of December, the exhibit invites visitors to engage and delight in tumbling, sliding, rocking, spinning, dancing, and flying folk toys that demonstrate the effects of gravity, inertia, rhythm, harmonic motion, and mechanics.

Life after Death: The Day of the Dead in Mexico— Also taking place throughout the month of December, is this insightful exhibit. Hosted annually at the Museum of Anthropology at Wake Forest University, this exhibit celebrates the unique Mexican observance of the Day of the Dead. The exhibit’s centerpiece is a traditional “ofrenda,” an altar with food and beverage offerings, flowers, sugar skulls, and photos of deceased family members. This exhibit also includes information on the celebration’s history and its unique skeleton-themed folk art. Exhibit text is in English and Spanish. Admission is free.


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