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Holidays are Different in Winston-Salem

Historic holidays in Winston-Salem are filled with the spirit of nostalgia, the warmth of hearth Moravian cooking, the twilight of candlelight tours and excitement of holiday celebrations for the entire family. Delight in the sights and sounds that come along with the holiday season in Winston-Salem. The city's historic attractions are decorated and extend a warm invitation to you and your family. Make Winston-Salem your home for the holidays by booking a fabulous getaway today. 

 

Make Winston-Salem Your Home for the Holidays

Delve into more than two centuries of history when you spend your holiday season in Winston-Salem. Winston-Salem' s historic homes take on the spirit of the holidays and traditions dating back to the mid-18th century. Find these historic homes adorned in holly, magnolia leaves, and traditional beeswax candles that epitomize the warmth and traditions of the holidays. Below are three of Winston-Salem's historic homes-turned-attractions that invite you to celebrate this cherished time of year. 

 

“A Victorian Christmas” at Körner’s Folly
Located in downtown Kernersville, just 15 minutes from downtown Winston-Salem, Körner’s Folly has been an enchanted holiday destination for more than a century. Named "the strangest home in America," its 22 peculiar rooms are lavishly decorated 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 spread out over three floors and seven levels! One-hour holiday tours are offered until one hour prior to closing. While visiting Körner’s Folly, remember to check out their family-friendly Christmas Puppet Shows in the children's theater located inside the house. A gift shop is open in Aunt Dealy's cottage located behind the Folly. 

Admission: $10/adults, $6/children ages 6 - 18. Children 5 and under are free.

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Visit Körner’s Folly:
413 S. Main Street, Kernersville, NC 27284
336.996.7922
Admission: $10/adults, $6/children ages 6-18. Children under 6 free
Hours*: Thurs – Sat. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday 1 – 5 p.m., Closed Monday - Wednesday
*Visitors should arrive one hour prior to closing.

Old Salem Museums & Gardens
Celebrate the sights, sounds and aromas of the holidays as the Moravians did in the 18th and 19th centuries. As you stroll the cobblestone sidewalks of Old Salem, a historic district founded by Moravians in 1766, you are greeted by the friendly faces of costumed interpreters inviting you into numerous historic buildings. Through one door be greeted by the domed hearth stove as a fresh pound cake is baked. Through another, hear a crackling fire and watch as beeswax candles are dipped for the season's Christmas Lovefeasts. Learn about Moravian livelihood while on an evening stroll by candlelight when you RSVP for the wildly popular 18th and 19th Century Candlelight Tours at Old Salem. Try your hand at a hearthside cooking class or craft your very own holiday wreath as the Moravians would have done centuries ago at one of their seasonal workshops. See the chronological listing of holiday events below for more information on holiday happenings in Old Salem. 

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Visit Old Salem: 
900 Old Salem Road, Winston-Salem 27101
336.721.7350 or 888.653.7253
Admission: All-in-One Ticket Tuesday – Saturday, $23/adults, $11/children ages 6 – 16
All-in-One Ticket on Sunday, $18/adults, $9/children ages 6 – 16
Other ticketing options available online.
Hours: Tues. – Sat. 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Sunday 1 – 4:30 p.m.; Closed Mondays.

Reynolda House Museum of American Art

The 1917 historic home of R.J. and Katharine Reynolds, (R.J. was the founder of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.) shines especially bright during the holidays. 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 presents the perfect holiday setting. Hear the sounds of the original Aeolian organ (played every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday) throughout the house while admiring one of the finest collections of American art in the Southeast. Discover what life was like for the Reynolds children as their gifts and winter wardrobes are on display. Reverent foodies appreciate taking a look at the holiday menus that were handwritten by Katharine. 

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Visit Reynolda House:
2250 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem 27106
336.758.5150 or 888.663.1149
Admission: $14/adults, Children ages 18 and under, free.
Hours: Tues. – Sat. 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Sunday 1:30 – 4:30 p.m., Closed Mondays and for the month of January.

A Chronological Listing of Special Holiday Events:

The chronological listing of special events is designed to help you plan your holiday getaway to Winston-Salem. Wildly popular candlelight tours, stunning theatrical performances and breathtaking festivals make up this year's historic holiday lineup. For a full listing of events please visit our events calendar at visitwinstonsalem.com/events.

 

Old Salem Museums & Gardens Christmas by Candlelight Walking Tours
November - December; Every half hour from 6:30 - 8 p.m.
900 Old Salem Road, Winston-Salem 27101
336.721.7350 or 888.653.7253

Settled in 1766, the town of Salem celebrated the holidays with a simplistic manner that reflected the views of the Moravians. Relive the customs and traditions of 18th and 19th century Salem Christmas as the Moravians did, by candlelight. Take a guided tour through the historic district where the holidays are brought to life through the sounds of bells, the intoxicating aromas of hearth cooking and friendly interaction with Old Salem interpreters for everlasting memories.

These tours sell out every year so get your tickets early. CLICK HERE to purchase your ticket. 

 

Tanglewood Park's Festival of Lights
November - January; 6 - 11 p.m.
Website
4201 Manor House Circle, Clemmons, NC 27012
336.703.6400

Every year from mid-November until January 1, visitors witness the Southeast's largest holiday light display. For 23 years Tanglewood has displayed more than a million twinkling lights over four miles of rolling countryside. Ride along in your car while listening to your favorite holiday tunes or experience the lights by horse-drawn carriage or a classic hayride -- be sure to bring a blanket to snuggle up in. Midway through your route, stop at the gift village in the red barn to browse handmade craft items, roast marshmallows and savor a barbecue dinner.

Regular Admission: 
- Family: Cars, vans and trucks: $15
- Commercial: vans, limos and mini-buses: $35
- Motorcoaches and buses: $100
- Private tractor-pulled hayrides are available for groups up to 25 at a rate of $135 plus festival admission. (Reservation only)
- Horse-drawn carriage rides can accommodate up to four adults and cost $80 plus festival admission. (Reservation only)
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Sawtooth School for Visual Arts’ Deck the Halls
251 N. Spruce St., Winston-Salem 27101
336.723.7395
Website
Hours: Mon - Fri., 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sundays 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Each year downtown Winston-Salem’s Sawtooth School for Visual Art, located in the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts, showcases the handcrafted works of more than 80 local artists and craftsmen in their largest fundraiser event. Browse through a collection of beautifully handcrafted items, ranging from pottery, jewelry, paintings and ornaments to sculptures, wreaths, cards, and handmade soaps. Proceeds from the sale help support the Sawtooth School’s ongoing operations as Winston-Salem’s only community visual art school. 
This year’s event kicks off on Thursday evening, Dec. 4, with a preview party from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets for the preview party are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.
Call 336.723.7395 for more information.

 

UNC School of the Arts: The Nutcracker
Website
Stevens Center
405 4th St NW, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
336.722.7240

A production of "enormous power and artistic excellence," (YES! Weekly) UNC School of the Arts' The Nutcracker production is a timeless holiday tradition in Winston-Salem. Ranked the 6th best drama school in the world by The Hollywood Reporter, UNCSA's production features a student cast and the Triad's largest Nutcracker orchestra. This show is a guaranteed crowd pleaser and often times a sell out. Audiences are amazed and enchanted at the vivid sets and costumes and the by the immaculate level of talent that is showcased.

*Show times:

  • Thursday, Dec. 18 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Dec. 19 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 20 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 21 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. 

Ticket prices start at $24 / person and are on sale now. Click here to purchase.

 

Körner’s Folly Candlelight Tours

Meander your way through three floors, seven levels and 22 rooms of Victorian era holiday decor on this self-guided candlelight tour of what many refer to as "the strangest home in America." Just 15 minutes east of Winston-Salem, Körner’s Folly offers a historic holiday experience like none other. This peculiar mansion was built in 1880 and has since become a jewel to families traveling near and far.

Admission is $10/adults ad $6/children ages 6-18. Children under 6 admitted free. 

 

Saturdays with St. Nicholas at Old Salem

Enjoy the beautiful historic neighborhood accented by holiday decorations and special programming for children and the young at heart. Meet St. Nicholas and have a souvenir photo with him and watch the premiere performance of a new puppet show presented by the Heirloom Puppet Theater: "The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree." Cuddle up to hear storytelling of "Twas the Night Before Christmas" and enjoy holiday treats from Winkler Bakery, America's oldest continually operating bakery. 

Admission: $7/person (plus tax) for everyone ages two and up. Children under two years of age enjoy free admission.

 

City-Wide Kwanzaa Celebration: A Celebration of Family, Community & Culture 
December 26 - January 1

Honoring African heritage in African-American culture, Winston-Salem's Kwanzaa celebration speak to the city's rich cultural history beginning with the arrival of African-American with the Moravians in 1766 as Salem was established. Each of the seven days represents a principle that is considered "the best in African thought and practice in constant exchange with the world." 

 

Peter and the Wolf Concert at Old Salem
900 Old Salem Road, Winston-Salem 27101
336.721.7350 or 888.653.7253

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Enjoy a musical performance of the beloved classic musical fairy tale "Peter and The Wolf," featuring the Carolina Chamber Symphony Players Woodwind Quartet and percussion. The musical performance is located in the Gray Auditorium inside the Old Salem Visitor Center.
Tickets are $10 each. Order tickets online at www.oldsalem.org/peter-and-the-wolf.html or pay at the door.