Whether you like the tradition of a holiday tree lighting or the quirky fun of a New Year's Eve 5.5K run, there are countless activities and events that will help you keep your mind and heart on the spirit of the season and off of the cold weather ahead. At The Vincent Group at GreatNest, we've found festivals and other Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and High Point holiday events, and we're listing a few for you here.
We know there are many, many other lovely and fun holiday events across the Piedmont Triad - from Greensboro to Winston-Salem to High Point and all points in between. Comment to let us know about your favorites. And of course, if this holiday season brings a change in employment, relocation to a smaller or larger home, or move away from the area, please let The Vincent Group at GreatNest help you buy and/or sell your home. We'd be honored to be your real estate agency of choice, and we are confident we can save you money!
December 2: Festival of Lights: Greensboro
Greensboro’s Festival of Lights in downtown Greensboro is always a great way to kick of the holiday season. On Friday, December 2, watch the lighting of the city’s giant tree at Center City Park, enjoy music, and get pictures taken with Santa. Plus, you'll be able to shop at many downtown stores that will be open because the Festival is the same night as the December First Friday celebration.
Saturday, December 3, downtown Kernersville's main streets will be closed starting at 3 p.m., with carriage rides providing transportation from The Shoppes on Main to the railroad tracks. Later that evening, enjoy local entertainment, donuts and hot chocolate, and an appearance by Santa Claus before the town's Christmas tree lighting.
The parade will be Saturday, December 5 at 5:00 p.m. in Downtown Winston-Salem, followed by the Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership's Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony.
The Greensboro Holiday Parade has been a downtown tradition for more than 37 years, and it now features large Macy’s-style balloons, professional floats, drill teams, and the area’s best high school marching bands parade down the streets of downtown. In 2016, the parade will begin at noon on Saturday, December 3, rain or shine!
December 8: Jingle Mob Shopping Night
Triad Local Second Annual Jingle Mob event will be held Thursday, December 8, 6-8 p.m. On this special night, 30+ businesses will stay open late, offering refreshments, door prizes, goodie bags, and more. Help support the local economy and get some shopping done!
The Fox 8/Old Dominion Holiday Pops Concert Series
These events are FREE with donations of canned food or non-perishable food items, which will be distributed to Salvation Army Food Banks across the region.
Fox News anchors Neill McNeill and Katie Nordeen will once again host this year’s concert, which features the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, with more music and more performances than ever before! December 16, 7:30 p.m.
Join FOX8 news anchors for a fun concert featuring festive holiday favorites at 7:30 p.m. on December 17. Includes a carol sing-along sure to put you in the holiday spirit! Parking and concert are FREE with a donation of canned food or non-perishable food items, which will be distributed to Salvation Army Food Banks throughout the Piedmont.
All Winter: Piedmont Winterfest
From now until January 29, 2017, at the VF Seasonal Plaza at LeBauer Park in downtown Greensboro (next to the Greensboro Cultural Center), you can go ice skating and enjoy hot chocolate and other snacks at the Snack Shack…or warm up after skating at one of downtown’s good eateries: from Ghassan's and noma, which are right next to the park, to other downtown favorites like Cafe Europa in the Cultural Center nearby, Undercurrent, or 1618 Downtown. Kids and adults alike have fun!
All December: Shining the Light on Hunger (aka Sunset Hills Christmas Balls)
On Ridgeway Street and many surrounding streets in the Sunset Hills neighborhood, residents display hundreds of giant lighted balls in the trees, turning the area into a surreally beautiful holiday experience the whole family will enjoy. Drive through, walk through…and be sure to take a food donation. The display benefits local food banks, raising close to 20,000 pounds of food and more than $40,000 each year.
All December: Old Salem Candlelight Tours and more
While guided tours of the historic 18th century town of Salem are sold out already, times for self-guided tours are still available through December 31. You will enjoy Old Salem’s traditional wreaths, music, and fresh-baked treats; experience traditional Moravian Christmas activities; and observe the progression of Christmas decoration from the founding of Salem in 1766 through the end of the 19th century. Throughout December, you can enjoy the Tannenberg Organ Recital series at the Home Moravian Church every Wednesday at noon - it's amazing to hear the beautifully restored Tannenberg organ (one of only nine in the world). And on select Saturdays, come meet Santa and enjoy a reading of Twas the Night Before Christmas at Saturdays with St. Nicholas!
All December: Tanglewood’s Festival of Lights
Tanglewood Park, a Forsyth County park in Clemmons, features a golf course, arboretum and rose garden, public pool, and access to the Yadkin River. During the holiday season (through January 1, 2016) Tanglewood hosts the Festival of Lights, a drive-through light show that’s open to the public from 6-11 p.m. each evening. It’s been recognized as a "Top 20 Event in the Southeast" and a "Top 100 Event in North America.”
January 1, 2016: Tanglewood Park Running of the Lights 5.5K
If you’re really feeling adventurous (and don’t need much sleep!), there’s the Tanglewood Park Running of the Lights 5.5 K, which will be run at MIDNIGHT on December 31, 2016/January 1, 2017. Proceeds from the event benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank.
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