Around Town:: December 16th-18th


A few handpicked happenings that might be under your radar (until now).



@ Twin City Hive with BeersNGears
>> Holiday Lights Ride & Toy Drive
Tonight gear up, grab your bikes, head over to Twin City Hive and meetup with the BeersNGears crew for a fun winter ride for a great cause. BeersNGears be leading a group on a ride to check out the best holiday lights in town, making a pit stop at Toys and Co. to purchase toys to donate to Toys for Tots. Everyone will return to the Hive to warm up with a hot chocolate. The route will be about 15 miles and it’s a no drop ride. All are welcome!
(6p // details)

@ LJVM Coliseum
>> The Wailers: A Caribbean Christmas Concert
Get up, stand up tonight at the LJVM for a first-of-its-kind concert featuring the Piedmont Wind Symphony and special guests, the world-renowned reggae group, The Wailers! The concert will be divided into two parts: the first performed by the Piedmont Wind Symphony; The Wailers will join in for the second half performing all of our favorites like “One Love”, “Three Little Birds”, “Could You Be Loved”, “Get Up, Stand Up”, “We’re Jamming” and more. Tickets are still available. Follow this link for details.
(7:30p – 9p // $25 – $125 / buy 3, get 1 free special on $25 tickets)

@ The Stevens Center
>> The Nutcracker
This is the final weekend of sparkles, magic, and fairy dust, folks. Only three performances of UNCSA’s The Nutcracker remain. For all of you who are having a hard time stepping out of the everyday to find that (seemingly) elusive holiday spirit, I’m here to tell you that a trip to The Nutcracker will do the trick. You can step backstage and get educated on this year’s production here. Proceeds from the show directly fund UNCSA student scholarships.
(Friday: 7:30p // purchase tickets)



Fairgrounds Farmers Market
(6a – 1p // FREEEE!)

@ a/perture cinema
>> Polar Express:
Leave your PJs on and head to a/perture cinema on Saturday morning for a free screening of the beloved holiday children’s film, The Polar Express and a cup of hot chocolate. This free screening is presented by Mast General Store Winston Salem. Heads up: Ticket reservations are closed online but you could still score a seat at the door. Find the full scoop here.
(9:30a // FREEEE!)

>> Moonlight:
Critics everywhere are declaring Moonlight the movie of the year and a flat-out masterpiece. And guess what? It’s playing at a/perture right now. Find showtimes plus additional films here.


@ Old Salem Museum & Gardens 
>> Saturdays with St. Nicholas
Tomorrow is St. Nicholas’ last visit to Old Salem of the season before he returns to the North Pole for a busy week. Bring your family to the Old Salem Visitor Center to meet the “Jolly Old Elf” himself and enjoy and special programming for children and the young at heart. More Santa scoop can be found here.
(10a – 3p)

>> 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. Make an afternoon out of a self-guided tour and follow the progression of Christmas decorating and how it changed over time, with more elaborate decorations in the 19th century buildings. Details here.
(9:30p – 4:30p)

Did you know? Old Salem’s period-appropriate greenery consists of 3,000 feet of fresh pine garland and 60 Fraser fir wreathes. The greenery has to be replaced at least once during the season as it dries. 


@ Tart Sweets
> Smores Social 
Head over to one the prettiest historic (former) homes on Fifth for a s’mores party with Tart Sweets this Saturday! It’s happening in the bakery’s back courtyard with $2 hot cocoa to warm you up while you roast Tart Sweet’s signature (and scrumptious) marshmallows (on the house!).
(11a – 1p // FREEEE!)

@ Westbend Winery and Brewery
>> Grand Opening Celebration
Westbend Winery and Brewery in nearby Lewisville is hosting their grand opening Saturday, offering you a look at their new tasting room, brewery and winery. According to this this article, “Owners Walt and Sonia Breathwit are breathing new life into the 41-acre property they bought in November 2015 for $1.6 million. The new tasting room is 10,500-square-foot, and there is a new winemaker and brewmaster.” Find full event details here.
(12p – 7p)

@ Wake Forest Biotech Place / Innovation Quarter 

>> Krankies Craft Fair at Innovation Quarter
Yippeeee – it’s time again for the popular (and festive!) Krankies Craft Fair at Biotech Place! There will be food trucks, a coloring room, and over 60 vendors based right here in the Triad with something for everyone on your holiday shopping list. Be sure to follow the signs to the “handmade by HER” section, featuring local women artisans. Parking will be in the P-1 parking lot. Entrance to the lot is on Chestnut Street. Take a peek at some of the vendors here.
(12p – 5p // FREEEE!)


@ Twin City Stage
>> Yes Virginia: The Musical 
Does Santa Claus really exist? Eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon is determined to find out. When an excitable librarian, a scraggly street Santa and even her own parents can’t give her a satisfactory answer, she writes to Francis Church at the New York Sun. Based on a true story, Church’s answer will ultimately become the most famous newspaper editorial of all time. Join Twin City Stage for their 3rd annual production of this heartwarming family musical, fit for kids from four – 104.
(7:30p // purchase tickets)


@ Reynolda House Museum of American Art
>>  A Christmas Memory
This play has become a Christmas tradition in Winston-Salem! For two decades visitors have come to see this play at Reynolda, for some it is a family tradition and they come very year. Robin Voiers plays Truman Capote’s older cousin Sook in an original adaptation of A Christmas Memory, Capote’s take of his own humble childhood.
(4p // purchase tickets)


Billed as one of the largest and most spectacular light shows in the entire Southeast, Tanglewood Park’s Festival of Lights is a must-see for every Townie. Tanglewood Park’s rolling countryside has been transformed into a winter wonderland of giant, twinkling snowflakes and whimsical scenes. Now in its 25th season, organizers strive to make sure each show is better and brighter with brand-new and improved light displays, a wide variety of vendors at Holiday gift Village, and even Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus themselves. See event details here!
(Nightly, 6p – 11p // $5 per car)



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