Weekend Roundup: December 19-22, 2013

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We are full up with the arts in a merry way this weekend! Ballet, orchestra, theatre performances for young and old, a party for the entire city and still chances to visit with Santa before the big day! Still looking for that unique gift or stocking stuffer? Our MyWinston-Salem.com 2014 calendar is 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 outdoor pick: Tanglewood Festival of lightsTanglewood Festival of Lights

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

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. Note: Wait can be up to 2 hours on weekend evenings so plan accordingly.

Top Music Pick: Camel City Jazz Orchestra at SECCACamel City Jazz Orchestra at SECCA

  • Thursday, December 19
  • 7:30PM
  • Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art
  • 750 Marguerite Dr.
  • Admission: $30; Students $15
  • camelcityjazz.org

Enjoy the songs of the season by the talented Camel City Jazz Orchestra at SECCA. Camel City Jazz Orchestra is the Triad’s resident big band.

Top Ballet Pick: UNCSA’s the NutcrackerUNCSA The Nutcracker

  • Thursday & Friday, December 19 & 20 at 7:30PM
  • Saturday, December 21 at 2PM & 7:30PM
  • Sunday, December 22 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 and exquisite costumes set to live orchestra music is simply magical. The performance continues next weekend. Click the link above to read more!

Top Holiday Party Pick: christmas for the cityChristmas for the City

This event is a huge, free Christmas party organized by Winston-Salem First. It features live entertainment, games for children, cookies, a visit from Santa, art displays and more.

Top Kids’ performance Pick: “the best christmas pageant ever”Winston-Salem Children's Theatre: Best Christmas Pageant Ever

  • Friday, December 20 at 7PM
  • Saturday, December 21 at 2PM & 7PM
  • Sunday, December 22 at 2PM
  • Arts Council Theatre
  • 610 Coliseum Dr.
  • Tickets: Adults $10; Kids $5
  • childrenstheatrews.org

Winston-Salem Children’s Theatre presents this hilarious children’s classic of the motley Herdman children as they perform in a Christmas pageant. As the pageant deteriorates, the Herdman’s reveal the true meaning of Christmas.

Top theatre Pick: triad stage’s “a christmas carol”Triad Stage presents A Christmas Carol

  • Friday, December 20 at 7PM
  • Saturday, December 21 at 7PM
  • Sunday, December 22 at 2PM & 7PM
  • Hanesbrands Theatre
  • 209 N. Spruce St.
  • Tickets: $11-$44
  • triadstage.org

Winston-Salem welcomes Greensboro’s Triad Stage as they present “A Christmas Carol” at Hanesbrands Theatre. This fresh production makes the classic Dickens tale seem new again as we follow Scrooge through his Christmases past, present and future before he is redeemed. This performance is 90 minutes with no intermission. Note: Some performances have already sold out.

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

  • Saturday, December 21
  • 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 shopping pick: hoots fleaHoots Flea

  • Saturday, December 21
  • 11AM-4PM
  • Outside Hoots Roller Bar at West End Mill Works
  • 840 Manly St.
  • FREE to browse
  • hootsflea.com

Browse for antiques, vintage and handcrafted items and so much more! If you missed the Krankies Craft Fair, many of the artists will be at this event! Stock up on local Beta Verde jams and enjoy live music by the Twin City Buskers. You can also donate to the Hoots toy and food drive.

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. Let’s celebrate the holiday season and remember to support your local retailers, artisans and other businesses around town!
  • Enter at www.MyWinston-Salem.com
  • This week we are giving away a Camel City Carriage Co. ride for twoEnter by tomorrow at noon for your chance to win this and other local prizes! Stay tuned for the next week 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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