A few handpicked happenings that might be under your radar (until now).
Friday, December 4th
@ Downtown Arts District
>> First Friday Gallery Hop: Grab your holiday checklists and hit the streets – tonight the Arts District will be alive and hoppin’. Extendeded hours for galleries and locally owned businesses plus live artist demonstrations, music, theatre and dance. Streets are closed with parking available in surrounding lots.
(7p – 10p, FREE!)
@ Millennium Center
>> Miracle on 5th Street by Twin City Santa: tonight’s the night for one of the Camel City’s most anticipated holiday soirees. This semi-formal event brings young professionals from all over the Triad to collect holiday toys for Salvation Army‘s annual Toy Drive. A ticket and an unwrapped toy gets you in to sip on complimentary beer and wine and snack on light bites while you listen to live music hosted by The Garage.
(7p – 12a / $25 (at door) + unwrapped toy / more scoop here)
Did you know? The first Miracle on 5th Street event in 2003 brought together about 400 young professionals from the Winston-Salem, Greensboro and surrounding community. Last year’s record-breaking event brought in a capacity crowd of over 1,300 people joining in the holiday spirit.
Saturday, December 5th
@ Mary’s Gourmet Diner
>> Cobblestone Farmers Market’s December Popup!: A selection of vendors will be on hand with sustainably grown and produced produce, meats, cheeses and breads. Enjoy good food, good vibes and seasonal goodies also perfect for gifting.
(9a – 11a)
@ William G. White, Jr. Family YMCA
>> 32nd Annual Mistletoe Run: An awesome way to start off the holiday season. The races kick off from William G. White, Jr. Family YMCA. The track takes 5Kers through Winston-Salem’s beautiful Buena Vista neighborhood, while the half marathon course will continue through the Graylyn International Conference Center, Reynolda House and Gardens, through Reynolda Village, onto Wake Forest University’s campus, then circle back around to the starting point. All of the net funds raised by the Mistletoe Run go towards fighting childhood obesity and fund proven programs.
(8am / check their website for reg info & details)
@ Old Salem Museum & Gardens
>> Saturdays with St. Nicholas: Enjoy the beautiful historic neighborhood accented by holiday decorations and special programming for children and the young at heart. Activities include: Meet St. Nicholas and have a souvenir photo with him taken by a professional photographer (included in admission cost); Enjoy a showing of the children’s classic “Olive, the Other Reindeer,” on the big screen in Gray Auditorium; Enjoy holiday shopping and complimentary gift-wrapping.; Reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas”; Taste a holiday beverage and a treat from the Bakery
(10a – 3p / $8/person (plus tax) for everyone ages 3 and up)
@ Sawtooth Center for Visual Arts
>> Deck The Halls: Swing by Sawtooth’s annual sale of fine crafts and art, to find something for everyone on your list. Shop from a vast array of uniquely handcrafted gifts and home accent pieces. You’ll find pottery, jewelry, painting, ornaments, photography, sculptures, glass, quilts, pillows, soaps and more. From traditional to whimsical and everything in between, the items and styles are as varied as the 75+ local and regional artists who produce them. Proceeds help support the center’s operations and arts-based programming.
(Saturdays: 10a – 4p | times vary by day / see website for details / FREE!)
Fun fact: What began as a three-day art show and fundraiser in 1989 has become the largest fundraising event for the Sawtooth Center.
@ Downtown Winston-Salem
> 25th Annual Winston-Salem Jaycees Holiday Parade: More than 120 festive floats + bands + community groups + elected officials will descend upon downtown on Saturday for this annual rain or shine event. Organized by volunteers ages 21-40, the parade will start at the intersection of Fourth and Poplar streets, travel down Fourth and turn right on to Liberty Street. It will end at Corpening Plaza, where the Downtown Partnership will have its annual tree lighting ceremony.
(5pm / find details here)
Sunday, December 6th
@ Old Salem Museum & Gardens:
>> Self-Guided Holiday Tours: A visit to Old Salem during the Holiday Season is a step back to a time when the holidays were simpler, less stressful and more focused on faith and family. Traditional wreaths hang from the doors, lampposts and fence posts are wrapped in their winter greenery, the smell of fresh baked treats emanate from the bakery warming even the coldest nose, and the sound of music drifts through the air to draw you into the holiday spirit. Follow the progression of Christmas decorating and how it changed over time, with more elaborate decorations in the 19th century buildings.
(Sundays: 1p – 4p/ times vary by day, details)
@ Wait Chapel at Wake Forest University:
>> 51st Annual Lovefeast: Nothing says Christmastime in Winston-Salem more than a Lovefeast. A Lovefeast is a service dedicated to Christian love that seeks to remove social barriers and encourage unity and respect. Lovefeasts nourish the soul, give us pause and inspire. It is an opportunity for all ages to come together for fellowship. This simple service provides an ideal setting for breaking human and religious divides.
(8p / find details here / #WFULovefeast)
Fun Fact: The Wake Forest Lovefeast has grown to be the largest Moravian-style lovefeast in North America, and one of the favorite features of Wake Forest tradition.
@ HanesBrands Theater
>> Triad Stage presents “A Christmas Carol”: Ebenezer Scrooge’s last chance is one night and three spirits. It’s a life-changing ride through past, present, and future as he discovers what it means to live graciously. Triad Stage brings Dickens’ classic story to life in a dazzling production brimming with bold acting, daring design, and breath-taking special effects. A Christmas Carol is a ghostly tale of Yuletide cheer, gracious redemption, and heart-warming hope for the entire family.
(Sunday: 7:30p | show runs November 27th – December 24th, 2015 / times vary by day / see performance calendar and purchase tickets here)