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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
Through January 4
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.

Click here to learn more. 

Visit Körner’s Folly:
413 S. Main Street, Kernersville, NC
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
Through December 25
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
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
Through December 31
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
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 15 - December 21*; Every half hour from 6:30 - 8 p.m.
900 Old Salem Road
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.

18th Century Candlelight Tour Dates:
November 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 & 29 - Tours begin at 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

19th Century Candlelight Tour Dates:
December 5, 6, 12, 18, 19, & 20 - Tours begin at 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

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

 

Reynolda Village Holiday Stroll
Saturday, Nov. 22
Website
2201 Reynolda Road
336.758.5584

An evening guided carriage stroll is just what you deserve as the holidays kick into full gear. Adjacent to Reynolda House Museum of American Art and original to the historic 1,067 acre-estate, Reynolda Village today is comprised of boutique shops, locally owned restaurants and specialty stores. The shops are open later allowing a start to your holiday shopping while children enjoy their visits with Santa Claus and the melodious tunes of strolling carolers. 

 

Tanglewood Park's Festival of Lights
November 22* - January 1; 6 - 11 p.m.
Website
4201 Manor House Circle, Clemmons, NC 27012
336.703.6400
*Preview nights starting Saturday, Nov. 8 -- See schedule below. 

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.

*Get a sneak peek at the Festival of Lights (FOL) with these special events before opening night: 

  • Arts for Life Roll & Stroll (Friday, Nov. 21): The perfect event for bike riders, stroller pushers, and wagon rollers through the majestic lights benefiting Arts for Life.

2014 Festival of Lights Special Events:

  • Throwback Nights: Specially themed weeknights are designated "Throwback Nights" and offer discounted admission**.
    • Monday, Nov. 24: Wear your favorite sports team paraphernalia.
    • Tuesday, Nov. 25: Wear your favorite sports team paraphernalia.
    • Monday, Dec. 1: Wear Santa Claus hats.
    • Tuesday, Dec. 2: Wear Santa Claus hats.
       
  • Running of the Lights (Wednesday, Dec. 31): Start off the New Year with a race through the Festival of Lights at midnight.

**Participation in the theme is not required to receive the discounted rate, but is highly encouraged! Click here to see the discounted prices

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)
Click here for more details.

 

Reynolda Gardens Holiday Plant Sale
December 3; Monday - Saturday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Website

100 Reynolda Village

A visit to Reynolda House Museum of American Art during the holiday season certainly peaks ones interest in decorating their own home for the holidays. Find many of the plants that Katharine Reynolds used to decorate the estate during the winter months and be inspired to recreate a piece of history in your own home. A variety of holiday plants, including cyclamen, poinsettias, bulbs, and Christmas cactus, are available for sale in the historic home's original 1913 greenhouse.

 

Reynolda House Candlelight Tours
December 4 - 6
2250 Reynolda Road
336.758.5150 or 888.663.1149
Admission: $20; $15 for members and students

Embrace the holiday traditions of the Reynolds family when you embark upon a historic candlelit tour of the home. The hour-long tour features stories from a Reynolds family holiday, a joyful children's chorus, period decorations of nandina berries and magnolia leaves and light refreshments. Enjoy the sounds of the season that are played on the original Aeolian organ.
Call 336.758.5150 to purchase your ticket.  

 

Black Nativity presented by: National Black Repertory Company
December 5 - 7 and 12 - 14*
Arts Council Theatre
610 Coliseum Drive
336.723.2266


One of America's most beloved holiday gospel musicals, this annual production by the North Carolina Black Repertory Company is a foot-stomping, hand-clapping theatrical performance. The play, written by Langston Hughes, is filled with brilliantly-colored costumes and Afro-centric dance that the entire family is sure to enjoy. The director and choreographer is Broadway veteran, Mabel Robinson and the cast includes some of the best talent in the Triad area. Each year audiences are captivated by this wonderful holiday classic.
Ticket prices start at $17. 
 
*Show times
Friday, Dec. 5: 8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 6: 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 7: 3 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 12: 8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 13: 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 14: 3 p.m.

For more details on North Carolina Black Repertory Company (NCBRC) visit ncblackrep.org.

 

Sawtooth School for Visual Arts’ Deck the Halls
December 5 - 22
251 N. Spruce St.  
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.

 

Christmas Lovefeast at Wake Forest University
Sunday, Dec. 7; 8 - 9:30 p.m.
Wait Chapel
1834 Wake Forest Road

Website

The largest Moravian Lovefeast in North America, this Christmas service is held in Wait Chapel on the campus of Wake Forest University. It seeks to strengthen the spirit of unity and good will. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the service at Wake Forest, a tradition first brought to North Carolina by the Moravians in 1753. 
Free admission.

Click here to learn more. 

 

Anniversary Lovefeast at St. Philips African Moravian Church
Thursday, Dec. 11; Noon - 1 p.m.
900 Old Salem Road
336.721.7350 or 888.653.7253

Website

The Christmas Lovefeast at St. Philips African Moravian Church in Old Salem is held annually to commemorate the first service held in the church on December 15, 1861. North Carolina's oldest standing African-American church, St. Philips invites visitors to experience a traditional Lovefeast service accompanied with Moravian Lovefeast buns and tea. Today's Lovefeasts are often enjoyed with Moravian coffee as opposed to the original use of tea. Receive a welcome to St. Philips in the adjacent replica of the original Log Church built in 1823. 

Free admission.
Click here to learn more. 

 

Salem Christmas at Old Salem
Saturday, Dec. 13; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
900 Old Salem Road
336.721.7350 or 888.653.7253
Website


Celebrate Moravian Christmas traditions throughout the Historic Town of Salem with historic rifle firing demonstrations, Moravian culinary treats, marzipan making, hearth cooking, painting a Christmas fraktur, singing carols at the Tannenberg Organ and lighting of the Christmas pyramid. At 5:15 gather in the James A. Gray, Jr. Auditorium in the Old Salem Visitor Center for carol singing and the lighting of the Christmas Pyramid.
Activities are included with the purchase of an All-in-One ticket to Old Salem Museums & Gardens. 

 

Soulful Christmas Concert at St. Philips Heritage Center (in Old Salem)
Saturday, Dec. 13; Noon
911 South Church Street
Website

Celebrate the Christmas season with jazzy, spiritual and Motown-style Christmas songs. Hear some of your favorite classics as recorded by The Temptations, Nat King Cole and more. R&B group, Envision, wows the audience with their live soulful performance that sets the tone for this holiday concert.
Included with the purchase of an All-In-One ticket to Old Salem Museums & Gardens. 

 

UNC School of the Arts: The Nutcracker
December 12 - 21; Showtimes vary.*
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:

  • Friday, Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
  • 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
December 13 & 20; 6 - 9 p.m.

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. 

 

West End Holiday Homes Tour
Sunday, Dec. 14; 9 a.m. - Noon
The tour begins at Old Winston Social Club.
405 4th St NW, Winston-Salem
336.722.7240
Website

Tour turn-of-the-20th-century homes in downtown Winston-Salem’s historic West End District. Nicknamed “Winston-Salem’s Front Porch” the neighborhood is lined with charming Victorian and Queen Anne-style homes beautifully decorated for the holidays.
Admission: $15 in advance and $18 the day of the event. 

Purchase your ticket online here.
Or, pick up from either of these Winston-Salem locations:
Whole Foods
Old Winston Social Club
1502 Fabrics

Visit www.WestEndHomesTour.com for more details.

 

Peter and the Wolf Concert at Old Salem
Friday, December 27; 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
900 Old Salem Road
336.721.7350 or 888.653.7253

Website

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 $5 each. Order tickets online at www.oldsalem.org/peter-and-the-wolf.html or pay at the door.

 

 


Book Your Historic Holiday Getaway Package


The Piedmont Craftsmen One Night Getaway
November 21 - 24

Enjoy one night in downtown Winston-Salem at the Hawthorne Inn & Conference Center during the 51st Anniversary of the Piedmont Craftsmen’s Fair.  This year's package includes two weekend passes to the Piedmont Craftsmen’s Fair, complimentary breakfast buffet for two at the Hawthorne Inn and admission for two to Reynolda House Museum of American Art. The entire package is $113 (plus tax).  To reserve this weekend getaway call 336.397.8316.

 

 

The Piedmont Craftsmen Weekend Getaway
November 21 - 24

Enjoy two nights in downtown Winston-Salem at the Hawthorne Inn & Conference Center during the 51st Anniversary of the Piedmont Craftsmen’s Fair.  This year's package includes two weekend passes to the Piedmont Craftsmen’s Fair, complimentary daily breakfast buffet for and admission for two to Reynolda House Museum of American Art.  The package is $192(plus tax).  To reserve this weekend getaway call 336.397.8316.

 

 

Living and Learning Holidays at Graylyn Estate
Through December 31
Experience the rich history and old world charm of the historic Graylyn Estate.  The package includes overnight accommodations for two, a welcome gift, a four-course dining experience for two, a gourmet breakfast buffet daily, a butler tour of Graylyn and two adult admissions to Reynolda House Museum of American Art.  The package is $319 (plus tax) per couple.  To book the package phone 800.472.9596 and to learn more visit http://graylyn.com/accommodations/leisure-packages.php.

 

 

 

Graylyn Estate: Bed & Breakfast 
Through December 31
Escape to the historic Graylyn Estate for a weekend this holiday season. Spend one night in an estate guest room and enjoy a gourmet breakfast buffet for two.
The package is $259 (plus tax) per couple. To book the package call 800.472.9596 or online at http://graylyn.com.
From now until December 30, 2014 type in the promo code OURSTATE14 and receive 10% OFF the published room rate.

 

 

 

The Historic Brookstown Inn presents: Two Timeless Traditions (One-night Stay)
Through December 31
- One night at the Historic Brookstown Inn
- Two adult* “All-in-One” admission tickets to Old Salem Museums & Gardens including the Historic Town of Salem, the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) and the Gardens of Old Salem
- Two general admission tickets to Reynolda House Museum of American Art, including admission to Reynolda Gardens of Wake Forest University
- Enjoy a true southern hot breakfast for two
- Complimentary Wine and Cheese reception featuring North Carolina wineries
- Fresh baked cookies and milk at bedtime
- Welcome Gift: Seasonal Moravian Sugar Cookies from Old Salem Winkler Bakery
- 15% Off the Salem Market
- Complimentary onsite parking at the inn and Wireless Internet
*Children’s admission can be added to this package:
Old Salem admission is $11 for ages 6-16/children under 6 years old are free
Reynolda House general admission is free for all children

PAckage cost: $190

 

Historic Brookstown Inn Presents: Two Timeless Traditions (Two-night Stay) 
Through December 31
Enjoy a historic holiday weekend getaway in Winston-Salem, NC. Your package includes:
10% additional savings on hotel accommodations over the one-night stay package
                   
- Two nights at the Historic Brookstown Inn
- Two adult “All-in-One” admission tickets to Old Salem Museums & Gardens including the Historic Town of Salem, the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) and the Gardens of Old Salem
- Two general admission tickets to Reynolda House Museum of American Art, including admission to Reynolda Gardens of Wake Forest University
- Enjoy a true southern hot breakfast for two
- Complimentary Wine and Cheese reception featuring North Carolina wineries
- Fresh baked cookies and milk at bedtime
- Welcome Gift: Seasonal Moravian Sugar Cookies from Old Salem Winkler Bakery
- Complimentary onsite parking at the inn and Wireless Internet

Children’s admission can be added to this package:
Old Salem admission is $11 for ages 6-16/children under 6 years old are free
Reynolda House general admission is free for all children

Package cost: $290