The holidays are upon us…and Winston-Salem has no shortage of fun and festive activities planned throughout the month of December. The Winston Cup Museum gets to participate in an event that anyone can attend at no cost – the annual Jaycees Holiday Parade. We are thrilled to be a part of it for the second year in a row. Be sure to wave when you see us!
Hang on to this blog article for activity ideas for this season – then make plans with family and friends to take advantage of some of the neat things our fair city has to offer.
Winston-Salem Jaycees Holiday Parade – December 1
For 28 years, our city has partnered with the Jaycees to hold an annual holiday parade that the entire city turns out to support. The parade includes floats, cars, marching bands, dancers, singers and more. It begins at 4th and Poplar Streets and travels down 4th Street to Liberty Street and ends at Corpening Plaza, where the Downtown Tree Lighting will take place.
Look for our car being pulled on a trailer – we will be the only race car in the parade, so you can’t miss us!
See details: https://www.wsparade.org/
Old Salem Museum and Gardens – December (month-long)
At Old Salem, you can celebrate the holidays as the Moravians did back in the 1700s. The town will be decorated for the season and open for tours…but the can’t-miss event is definitely the very popular Candlelight Tours at Old Salem. You’ll have to RSVP for these evening tours – and they are worth venturing out in the cold evenings.
Aside from tours, Old Salem will host many fun holiday events throughout the month including opportunities to bake as the Moravians did at Christmas, a visit with St. Nick, horse and buggy rides and much more.
See a complete list of activities and dates: http://www.oldsalem.org/calendar-programs/holidays/
The Nutcracker – Stevens Center, December 7 – 16
Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece is performed annually by the talented students of The University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA). The student-led production features guest artists and a full symphony orchestra. Locals have come to cherish this traditional performance for its outstanding dance and music, beautiful costumes and a professional-grade production in our historic Stevens Center theater.
See dates and purchase tickets at: https://www.uncsa.edu/performances/events/20181207-nutcracker.aspx
Reynolda House Tours – December (month-long)
Visit the Reynolda House Museum in all its holiday splendor, circa 1917. The halls of the house are decked with multiple Christmas trees, fresh wreaths, garland and more. Tour the museum and see the home as it would have been decorated for the Reynolds family, as well as the many art exhibits. Historic holiday celebrations include guided house tours, caroling Fridays shopping days, special performances and overnight packages.
The Reynolda House is also hosting some fun, DIY events for the entire family throughout the month of December, including wreath and card making.
Tanglewood Festival of Lights – Tanglewood Park, now – January 1
Tanglewood Park has been transformed into a magical, winter wonderland for the past 27 years. The Festival of Lights features over one million lights and 80 light displays for visitors to view as they ride along listening to interactive musical displays playing original compositions from the UNC School of the Arts Music Technology students. And no visit would be complete without a stop at Santa’s Village halfway through for a cup of hot cocoa and a photo op with Santa and Mrs. Clause.
See details: http://www.forsyth.cc/Parks/Tanglewood/fol/
A Christmas Carol – Triad Stage, November 30 – December 23
The Hanesbrands Theatre comes to life with Dickens’ famous story featuring Eboneezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and of course the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. Celebrate the season with this holiday classic!
Dates and times vary – see full schedule and purchase tickets online at: https://triadstage.org/performance/276/a-christmas-carol
As always, if you have guests in town visiting and you are looking to for a family-friendly activity that all ages can enjoy, stop by the Winston Cup Museum. We’ll have regular hours up until Christmas week – but to be safe, give us a call to make sure we’re open.