My Winston-Salem Weekend Roundup for December 13-16, 2012

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Top Picks for What to Do in Winston-Salem
Weekend of December 13-16, 2012

Tanglewood Festival of Lights

Top Outdoor Pick:
Tanglewood Festival of Lights

  • Now through the New Year
  • 6-11PM
  • Tanglewood Park
  • 4061 Clemmon Rd, Clemmons, NC
  • Admission: Weekends $15/vehicle; Weekdays $10/vehicle (cash only)

Ride in the comfort of your own vehicle, or join a hay ride or carriage ride to view over a million lights in shapes and scenes of the season. Visit the holiday village and craft store and see Santa!

christmas candlelight tour old salem

Top Holiday Pick:
Christmas by Candlelight
Old Salem

  • December 14 &15
  • Tours depart at 6:30, 7, 7:30 & 8PM
  • Old Salem
  • Tickets: Adults $20; kids $15
  • Reservations required: (800) 441-5305
  • Each candlelight walking tour explores a different time period, 18th or 19th Century Old Salem. Experience music, games, food, drink, and interact with period-costumed staff as you explore the Single Brothers House, The Tavern and Vierling House. Note: This event sells out quickly.
nutcracker ballet uncsa

Top Theatre Pick:
UNCSA's The Nutcracker

  • Thursday, December 13, 7:30PM
  • Friday, December 14, 7:30PM
  • Saturday, December 15, 2PM & 7:30PM
  • Sunday, December 16, 2PM & 7PM
  • UNCSA's Stevens Center
  • 405 W. Fourth St 

This enchanting classic ballet, The Nutcracker is a proud tradition of the UNCSA, and a Winston-Salem holiday tradition for many years. The fantastic talent of the dancers, wearing exquisite costumes, set to live orchestra music is simply magical. Note: Thursday's performance will include guest dancers from the New York City Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre. Click the link above to read more!

kayak breakfast belews lake high point

Top Day Trip/Sports Pick:
Kayak Breakfast on Belews Lake

Nearby Belews Lake offers warm waters because it is a power plant lake. Its waters are used to cool energy producing turbines. Kayakers will receive instruction before paddling 1 1/2 miles, spotting wildlife on the quiet morning lake as they head to a hot breakfast on the shoreline. Guides, equipment, instruction and breakfast provided.

Old Salem christmas st. nick santa soulful philips

Top Kids Pick:
Saturdays with St. Nick

  • Saturday, December 15, 2012
  • 11AM-3PM (Tickets stop selling at 2PM)
  • Frank L. Horton Museum, Old Salem
  • Admission $7; 2 & under FREE

New at Old Salem, children can meet St. Nick each Saturday leading up to Christmas and take a souvenir photo with him. Festivities include storytelling, a holiday snack from Winkler Bakery, music, puppet shows and holiday shopping. Tickets sold only at the Frank L. Horton Museum.

Black Repertory theater company

NC Black Repertory Company:
Black Nativity

  • Friday, December 14 at 8PM
  • Saturday, December 15 at 8PM
  • Sunday, December 16 at 3PM
  • Arts Council Theatre
  • 610 Coliseum Dr., Winston-Salem
  • Tickets: Adults $24; students/seniors $20; kids 12 & under $15

This is the 11th annual production of Langston Hughes' Black Nativity by the North Carolina Black Repertory Company. Reviews for this year's show tout it as "tighter than ever." Expect to hear classic Christmas carols and rhythmic drums, see vibrant costumes and lively dances in this performance.

krankies coffee craft fair holiday christmas winter

Krankies Craft Fair

  • Friday, December 14, 5-10PM
  • Saturday, December 15, 9AM-3PM
  • Krankies Coffee
  • 211 E. Third St., Winston-Salem
  • Admission: FREE

Buy locally handcrafted art, knitted accessories, soaps, ornaments, fresh produce, pottery and so much more just in time for Christmas! 

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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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