Show/hide

Visit Winston-Salem

Historic holidays in Winston-Salem are filled with the spirit of nostalgia, the warmth of hearth cooking, the twilight of candlelight tours and the excitement of holiday celebrations. Delight in the sights and sounds that come along with the holidays in Winston-Salem. Book a holiday getaway package and discover the cherished traditions that have been passed down for more than 250 years.


  • Holidays are often times synonymous with cookies and in Winston-Salem there’s no exception. A longtime holiday tradition, the Moravian cookie is considered to be the holiday staple of Winston-Salem. Rightfully so since we are the epicenter for the Moravian cookie, baking more than a million pounds of dough each year! Some hardcore culinarians might say that making the Moravian cookie is one of Salem’s greatest accomplishments, garnering worldwide fame and affection (Oprah has named them among "her favorites".) The following stops are places in Winston-Salem where you can taste and take as many cookies as your heart desires.

  • WINKLER BAKERY IN OLD SALEM MUSEUMS & GARDENS: In their earliest cooking chronicles and true to German heritage, the Moravians referred to the cookies as "cakes," traditionally baked as treats for family and friends during the Christmas holidays. Built in 1800, Winkler Bakery is America’s oldest continually operating bakery and one of the earliest sites of Moravian cookie baking. Find an array of flavors including ginger – the traditional flavor, sugar and chocolate. LEARN MORE »

  • MRS. HANES' MORAVIAN COOKIES: Nestled in the rolling hills of Clemmons, a suburb of Winston-Salem, Mrs. Hanes' Moravian Cookies is the only bakery in the country, quite possibly the only in the world, still hand-rolling, hand-cutting, and hand-packing 110,000 pounds of Moravian cookie dough annually. A visit to the bakery offers a view of their “artists in aprons” in action. Choose from six flavors: sugar, lemon, black walnut, chocolate, butterscotch and traditional Moravian ginger. Oprah Winfrey named this delicacy one of her “favorites” in 2008. LEARN MORE »

  • DEWEY'S BAKERY: A Winston-Salem original since 1930, Dewey’s Bakery is a household name, especially during the holiday seasons. Throughout the year, Dewey’s Bakery locations in Winston-Salem are filled with a bevy of confections and cookies. Then, in November and December, like elves, additional Dewey’s locations open across North Carolina, offering an array of Moravian cookies, sugar cakes and oh yes, cheese straws. LEARN MORE »

  • SALEM BAKING COMPANY: Though not a physical stop on the Moravian Cookie Trail, Salem Baking Company, parent company of Dewey’s Bakery, is the mastermind of the innovative cookie pairings that use Moravian cookies as the base for cookie pairings – yes, cookies are the new crackers here. Their online pairing recipes make it easy for you to replicate the robust flavor combinations at your next holiday soiree. For pairings and other cookie-inspired recipes, visit their website at SalemBaking.com. LEARN MORE »


  • When in Winston-Salem, you’re home for the holidays. In the historic district of Old Salem, take a step back in time to the 18th and 19th centuries in historic Old Salem and experience Christmas traditions brought by the Moravians. Flash forward to the Roaring 20s era and sing Christmas Carols to the tunes of the Aeolian organ and capture the essence of holiday glamour of at the historic home of tobacco baron R.J. Reynolds and family. Marvel at international décor at Graylyn Estate before exploring the Victorian influence on each of the seven levels of Körner's Folly, the "Strangest Home in America."

    Every historic home is a holiday treasure and while there is no right or wrong in where you start, we’ve organized our historic holiday homes tour in chronological order beginning with where the first wreath hung.

  • HISTORIC BETHABARA PARK: Winston-Salem's earliest Moravian settlement invites visitors this holiday season into its restored and reconstructed homes built in the mid-18th century. The Moravians, a German-speaking religious group, settled the area in 1753, calling it the Wachovia Tract (where Wachovia Bank, now Wells Fargo, got its name). Venture into the 1788 Gemeinhaus adorned with traditional greenery and beeswax candles – a symbol of Moravian Christmas. Gemeinhaus is the last 18th century German church with attached living quarters remaining in the U.S. A number of holiday events are hosted here including a Christmas Lovefeast and "Carols by Candlelight". Find more information listed under Seasonal Events.
    Must-Do Holiday Event: Christmas in Bethabara
    LEARN MORE »

    2147 Bethabara Road
    Winston-Salem, NC 27106
    336-924-8191

    Admission:
    $4/adults, $1/children

    Hours:
    Tuesday-Friday 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. (April to mid-December); closed Mondays. Grounds, gardens and trails open year-round.

  • OLD SALEM MUSEUMS & GARDENS: Settled in 1766, strolling the cobblestone sidewalks of Old Salem is like walking through a Dickens novel. Hand-dipped beeswax candles adorned with simple red ribbon glow in every window seal of this historic district adjacent to downtown Winston-Salem. The aroma of hearthside cooking fills the air and costumed interpreters greet you at the doorstep with enchanting stories of Moravian Christmas pyramids, what many scholars believe to be "the first American Christmas tree." LEARN MORE »

    .

    900 Old Salem Road
    Winston-Salem, NC 27101
    336-721-7350 or 888-653-7253

    Holiday Admission (November 8 - January 2)
    All-in-One Ticket, Tuesday-Saturday, $35/adults, $16/children (ages 4-18)
    All-in-One Ticket, Sunday, $22/adults, $11/children (ages 4-18)
    Other ticketing options available online.

    Hours:
    Tuesday-Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 4:30 p.m.; closed Mondays

  • KÖRNER’S FOLLY: Built in 1880 by architect and interior designer, Jule Körner, the folly was not only the home for he and his family, but a showroom displaying his impeccable talents. Located just 15 minutes from downtown Winston-Salem, Körner’s Folly has been an enchanted holiday destination for 135 years. Named "the Strangest Home in America," its 22 peculiar rooms are lavishly decorated to reflect the Victorian era with floor-to-ceiling garlands, glowing lights and beautifully decorated Christmas trees in every room. That's more than a dozen trees in one house across three floors and seven levels! Special tours are offered until one hour prior to closing. While visiting Körner’s Folly, have a laugh at their family-friendly Christmas Puppet Shows in the children's theatre and shop holiday gifts in the visitor center located behind the Folly.
    Must-Do Holiday Event: Candle Tea
    LEARN MORE »

    KornersFolly.org
    413 S. Main Street
    Kernersville, NC 27284
    336-996-7922

    Admission:
    $10/adults, $6/children (6-18), children under 6 free

    Hours:
    Wednesdays – Saturdays: 10am – 5pm; Sundays: 1-5pm
    The last tour tickets are sold one hour prior to closing each day (4pm)

  • REYNOLDA HOUSE MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART: Glamour and style are evident during Reynolda House’s "A 1917 Christmas" celebration. This historic home of R.J. and Katharine Reynolds, (R.J. was the founder of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.) is today on of the premier American Art museums of the Southeast. Each holiday season the home shines especially bright; garnished with nandina berries (Katharine's preference over mistletoe), a Southern touch of magnolia leaves and Christmas trees in nearly every room. This country estate-turned-art museum is situated along the "Reynolda Mile" just ten minutes outside of downtown Winston-Salem. Hear the sounds of the original Aeolian organ and discover what life was like for elite families such as the Reynolds during the Roaring 20s era. Costumes, toys and wardrobes are on display in the home's attic and Katharine’s finest china from Tiffany and Co. is also showcased during the holidays. LEARN MORE »

    ReynoldaHouse.org
    2250 Reynolda Road
    Winston-Salem, NC 27106
    336-758-5150

    Admission:
    $14/adults, children ages 18 and under free

    Hours:
    Tuesday-Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.;
    closed Mondays and the month of January. Garden is open during daylight hours year-round.

  • GRAYLYN ESTATE: Completed in 1932, Graylyn Estate is a showcase of traditional holiday décor tied into the home's Norman revival-style architecture. This historic home-turned-hotel is located along the enchanting Reynolda Mile. Guests and visitors of Graylyn marvel at its international décor and exceptional butler service. This 55-acre estate is the former home to Bowman Gray, once president of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, and his wife, Nathalie Lyons Gray. Take a butler tour to find the seven lavishly decorated trees each individually themed to display the history and traditions of the Gray family. LEARN MORE »

    Graylyn.com
    1900 Reynolda Road
    Winston-Salem, NC 27106
    336-758-2600

    Hours:
    Check online for tour dates, prices and accommodation rates.

Living and Learning Package: Featuring Georgia O’Keeffe

Reynolda House Museum of American Art
August 19 2017 - November 19 2017

Enjoy luxury accommodations at Historic Graylyn Estate, nestled on Reynolda Mile, neighboring Reynolda House Museum of American Art. Relax and unwind with complimentary butler service, and tour of the historic home, exquisite on-site dining, convenient shuttle service to and from Reynolda Village and so much more. Graylyn serves as a…

Summer of Pride with Kimpton Cardinal Hotel

Kimpton Cardinal Hotel
June 01 2017 - December 30 2017

As The Trevor Project’s Premier National Hotel Partner, Kimpton is involved on local and national levels hosting fundraisers across America supporting The Trevor Project, which works tirelessly to provide 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth. Supporting a safe and judgment-free place for young people to go is…

Reynolda Centennial: Kimpton Cardinal Exclusive

Multiple Locations
August 18 2017 - July 31 2018

Once the architectural muse for the Empire State Building, the historic R.J. Reynolds building is now home to The Kimpton Cardinal Hotel. The boutique hotel and its accompanying restaurant, The Katharine Brasserie & Bar, connect the story of R.J. and Katharine Reynolds between the industry that built their…

Guns N Roses: Not in This Lifetime Tour Package

Clemmons Village Inn & Event Center
August 11 2017 - August 12 2017

Guns N’ Roses will play Winston-Salem at BB&T Field at Wake Forest University on Friday, August 11. Summer’s hottest concert is sure to take the city by storm so secure your hotel accommodations now with an overnight stay at the Clemmons Village Inn Hotel & Event Center. Let…

Practice Makes Perfect Golf Packages

Clemmons Village Inn & Event Center
-

Perfect your game with a choice of three golf lesson hotel packages from the Village Inn Hotel & Event Center, and nearby Meadowlands Golf Club. Enjoy private golf lessons for you and a guest, or small group, from the director of instruction at Watson School of Golf at Meadowlands Golf…

Explore Winston-Salem with The Kimpton Cardinal Hotel

Multiple Locations
-

Home to North Carolina’s very first Kimpton hotel property, Winston-Salem invites visitors to explore and engage in our historical attractions, vibrant downtown and sensational Southern cuisine. Housed in the historic R.J. Reynolds Tobacco building in the heart of downtown, The Kimpton Cardinal Hotel preserves the architectural integrity of…

Dig-In to Winston-Salem’s Summer Garden Collection: Historic Brookstown Inn

Multiple Locations
February 28 2017 -

Wake up your planting plans - and your creative side - with a tour through Winston-Salem’s historic gardens. Our lush gardens date back more than 250 years and offer a peek into our colorful past. Your personal garden itinerary takes you on a self-guided tour through Historic Bethabara Park, Old…

Romantic Holiday Getaway at the Village Inn Event Center

Clemmons Village Inn Event Center
February 02 2017 - November 30 2017

Spoil that special someone with the Endless Love Romance Package at the Clemmons Village Inn! During your stay you’ll enjoy: - Romantic night in a King guest room - Bouquet of Flowers - Box of gourmet chocolates - Bottle of wine - $25 gift card for a Romantic Dinner in…

Sweet Caroline Resident Rate at the Kimpton Cardinal Hotel

Kimpton Cardinal Hotel
January 25 2017 - December 31 2017

Being a Carolina resident has never been SO GOOD! SO GOOD! North Carolina + South Carolina residents enjoy can enjoy $20 off our best available rate! To book this package, go to http://www.thecardinalhotel.com/winston-salem-hotel-deals/.

Graylyn Estate: Living & Learning Package

Multiple Locations
-

Experience the splendor and old world charm of Graylyn Estate, a fine example of Norman Revival style architecture nestled on 55 sprawling acres along Winston-Salem’s historic Reynolda Mile. Originally the historic home of Bowman and Nathalie Gray, the 1932 estate also neighbors Reynolda House Museum of American Art, Reynolda Gardens and…

European Touch Spa Package

Multiple Locations
-

Indulge in the finer things in life with this overnight package at the historic Graylyn Estate.  Enjoy luxurious accommodations at Graylyn, then be escorted to nearby European Touch, a quaint day spa in Reynolda Village for the ultimate relaxing retreat. Your European Touch Spa Package Includes: • Estate Guestroom Accommodations* •…

Winston-Salem Craft Beer and Wine Getaway Package

Multiple Locations
-

Visit Winston-Salem and find new and innovative ways to enjoy craft beer and local Yadkin Valley wines. Enjoy accommodations at The Historic Brookstown Inn in downtown Winston-Salem and a relaxing evening of craft beer and wine tasting at Carolina’s Vineyards & Hops (CV&H)—the first and only…

Village Inn “Have Clubs Will Travel” Golf Package

Clemmons Village Inn Event Center
February 01 2017 - December 31 2017

Winston-Salem offers some of the most beautiful championship golf courses in NC. In a charming suburb less than 10 minutes from downtown Winston-Salem, the Clemmons Village Inn Event Center invites you to enjoy sunny afternoons on the green with their all-inclusive golf packages. Choose from 35 courses and with the added convenience…