Weekend Roundup: December 12-15, 2013

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This weekend is full of holiday traditions! Moravian Candle Tea, The Nutcracker Ballet, Black Nativity, Christmas music and carols, visits with the big man in red all over town — these are a few of my favorite things! Winston-Salem is all decked out to make this weekend festive! While you are out, don’t forget to pick up our MyWinston-Salem.com 2014 calendar for stocking stuffers — available at Coffee Park (also available online), Re-Tale, Tart Sweets Bakery and Old Winston Social Club! And as always, if you participate in any of these weekend events, or have suggestions for others, please comment below to share the Winston-Salem love.

The latest news from MyWinston-Salem.com: UNCSA’s The NutcrackerThe Nutcracker Snow

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) production of The Nutcracker is an eagerly anticipated Winston-Salem holiday tradition. Now in its 48th year, this professional-caliber production of Tchaikovsky’s world-famous The Nutcracker ballet draws around 10,000 people annually to the streets of downtown and to UNCSA’s Stevens Center. (read more)


Top Historic Holiday Pick: Moravian Candle TeaOld Salem Moravian Candle Tea

  • Thursday & Friday, December 12-13 from 1-8:30PM
  • Saturday, December 14 at 11:30AM-8:30PM
  • Single Brothers House, Old Salem
  • 600 S. Main St.
  • Tickets: Adults $5, Kids $1
  • www.homemoravian.org

The Moravian Candle Tea is a unique Winston-Salem Christmas tradition long enjoyed by residents. Bring the family along to participate in Moravian Christmas traditions. Sing carols accompanied by a 1797 Tannenberg organ; watch a demonstration of the beeswax candles used in Moravian Christmas Eve candlelight Lovefeasts; enjoy a piece of Moravian sugar cake with a warm mug of Moravian coffee; view the putz (miniature replica) of Old Salem in winter; and hear the Christmas story while viewing the Nativity putz.

Top Kids’ Pick: Festive Family Friday at SciworksSciWorks Family Night

  • Friday, December 13
  • 4-8PM
  • SciWorks
  • 400 W. Hanes Mill Rd.
  • Admission: $1; FREE for members
  • www.sciworks.org

It’s Family Friday at SciWorks! Bring the family to explore the museum, enjoy Winter Science, games and make a holiday craft. Live holiday music will be performed by the Piedmont Wind Quintet, Suzuki Guitar Ensemble, and more. Visits from special guests include Santa, Elmo, DJ Lance, Bolt, and the Chick-Fil-A cow all for only $1 (free for members). There will be free light refreshments and pizza available for purchase from CiCi’s Pizza.

Top Crafty Pick: Krankies Holiday Craft FairKrankies Craft Fair

  • Friday, December 13 from 5-10PM
  • Saturday, December 14 from 9AM-2PM
  • Krankies Coffee
  • 211 E. Third St.
  • www.krankiescoffee.com

It’s that time of year for Krankies annual Winter Craft Fair! This year over 35 crafters, vendors and artists will be selling their one-of-a-kind handmade wares.

Top Ballet Pick: UNCSA’s the NutcrackerUNCSA The Nutcracker

  • Friday, December 13 at 7:30PM
  • Saturday, December 14 at 2PM & 7:30PM
  • Sunday, December 15 at 2PM
  • UNCSA’s Stevens Center
  • 405 W. Fourth St
  • www.mywinston-salem.com/nutcracker

The enchanting classic ballet, The Nutcracker is a proud tradition of the UNCSA, and a Winston-Salem holiday favorite. The fantastic talent of the dancers,  exquisite costumes, set to live orchestra music is simply magical. The performance continues next weekend. Click the link above to read more!

Top Performance Pick: Langston Hughes’ “Black Nativity”

NC Black Repertory Theatre's Langston Hughes' Black Nativity

  • Friday-Saturday, December 13-14 at 8PM
  • Sunday, December 15 at 3PM
  • Arts Council Theatre
  • 610 Coliseum Dr.
  • Tickets: $15-$24
  • www.marvtastic.org
Audiences will delight in this dramatic and soulful performance of Langston Hughes’ “Black Nativity,” full of beautiful choreography, vibrant costumes and inspirational music of the season.

Top St. Nick Pick: Old Salem Saturdays with Saint NickOld Salem Saturdays with St. Nick

  • Saturday, December 14
  • 10AM-3PM
  • Frank L. Horton Museum, Old Salem
  • Tickets: $7; Ages 2 & under FREE
  • www.oldsalem.org

Visit with St. Nick and have your photo made with him by a professional photographer. You can also hear the classic story “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” on the half hour, see an heirloom puppet show, “Herr Kater’s Christmas” (10AM, 10:45AM, 11:45AM, 1:15PM, 2PM and 2:45PM), enjoy the singing of Victorian Christmas Carolers from noon to 1PM and more! Ticket price includes visit with Santa, souvenir photo, all activities mentioned and a holiday snack. Plan to arrive early. Ticket sales close at 2PM.

Top Music Pick: Winston-Salem Symphony Holiday Pops concertWinston-Salem Symphony Holiday Pops Concert

  • Saturday, December 14
  • 7:30PM
  • Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum
  • FREE with donation of canned food
  • www.wssymphony.org

This annual event benefitting Second Harvest Food Bank features music of the season performed by the Winston-Salem Symphony, led by associate conductor Matthew Troy. Special performances include: Salem Gymnastics, Winston-Salem Festival Ballet and soprano Jodi Burns. Doors open at 6PM. Seating is first come, first served. Event sponsors are Sealy and Fox 8.


Top Historic Pick: Bethabara Park Carols by CandlelightCarols by Candlelight Piedmont Chamber Singers at Bethabara Park

Two words: Hot. Wassail. You’ve heard about it in Old World songs. Now’s the time to taste and find out exactly what this historical holiday drink tastes like! Visit charming Historic Bethabara Park and hear the Piedmont Chamber Singers sing carols in the Gemeinhaus (church) by candlelight while enjoying some Moravian cookies following the concert to go with that hot wassail.


Enter Our Local Holiday Gift Giveaway for a Chance to Win!Holiday Gift Giveaway

  • We are giving our fans a chance to win local prizes each week through Christmas from some of our favorite local Winston-Salem businesses to celebrate the holiday season and encourage you to buy local!
  • Enter at www.MyWinston-Salem.com
  • This week we are giving away a $50 gift certificate to Noble’s Grille! Enter by tomorrow at noon for your chance to win this and other local prizes! Stay tuned for the next three weeks of giving!
About The Author:

Kristi was born and raised just up the road in Mount Airy (a.k.a. Mayberry) and frequented Winston-Salem often growing up for school field trips, shopping, and dining. After attending Appalachian State University, and a brief stint living in Southern Virginia, Kristi returned to Winston-Salem, NC in 1999 and began her work in non-profit, public relations and writing. She and her family enjoy the convenience of living near downtown Winston-Salem. She enjoys the arts, photography and cooking. "I'm a small town girl at heart, but Winston-Salem isn't an overwhelming city. It is rich with friendly people, history, culture and has a vibrant art community and that is why I am proud to call this "My Winston-Salem!"

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