Weekend Roundup: December 5-8, 2013

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This weekend is full of festivities! Consider the Downtown Holiday Parade, Lovefeasts, Black Nativity and candlelight tours, or maybe 80’s glam metal, gallery hop and SantaCon are more your speed. No matter your taste, be sure 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.

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

  • Thursday & Friday, December 5-6 at 1-8:30PM
  • Saturday, December 7 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 House Tour: Reynolda Candlelight TourReynolda Candlelight Christmas Tour

  • Thursday-Saturday, December 5-7
  • 4:30-7PM
  • Reynolda House Museum of American Art
  • 2250 Reynolda Rd.
  • Tickets: Non-members $18; Members & students $12
  • www.reynoldahouse.org

Tour the decked halls of the Reynolds family home and learn about their family Christmas traditions from guides in period attire. Enjoy refreshments while listening to live holiday music on their Aeolian organ.

Bret Michaels at Ziggy'sTop Glam Metal Pick:  Bret Michael’s at Ziggy’s

  • Thursday, December 5
  • 9PM
  • Ziggy’s
  • 170 W. 9th St.
  • Tickets: $35-$70
  • www.ziggyrock.net

The 80s and 90s music scene was hallmarked by the anthem of glam metal, “Every Rose Has Its Thorn”. The Bret Michael’s audience at Ziggy’s will be filled with 30-50-somethings reminiscing, and younger fans who perhaps know him better from The Apprentice and Nashville Star. The doors open at 8PM and the show starts at 9PM, with Trial by Fire – Journey Tribute band opening.

Top Artsy Pick: First Friday Gallery HopDADA First Friday Gallery Hop

  • Friday, December 6
  • 7-10PM
  • Downtown Arts District
  • Sixth & Trade Streets
  • FREE
  • www.dadaws.org

The first Friday of every month, head downtown to the Arts District for First Friday Gallery Hop. Explore brand spankin’ new gallery exhibits, festively decorated windows, holiday shopping, live music, dancing in the streets, a free drum circle and more!

Top Performance Pick: Langston Hughes’ “Black Nativity”NC Black Repertory Theatre's Langston Hughes' Black Nativity

  • Friday-Saturday, December 6-7 at 8PM
  • Sunday, December 8 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. The show continues the weekend of December 13-15.

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

  • Saturday, December 7
  • 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, 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 Downtown Pick: Winston-Salem Jaycees Downtown Holiday Parade & Christmas Tree LightingWinston-Salem Jaycees Christmas Holiday Parade

  • Saturday, December 7
  • 5PM
  • Fourth Street to Corpening Plaza
  • FREE
  • www.wsparade.org

Practice your pageant wave — It’s the 23rd Annual Winston-Salem Jaycees Holiday Parade full of floats, parade balloons, performers and local celebrities with the jolly big man in red bringing up the rear. Follow the parade down to Corpening Plaza for the annual Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership Christmas Tree Lighting!

Top Adult Santa Pick: SantaConSantaCon

This event will certainly confuse any spectating children! This bar crawl invites participants to dress up like Santa (or Mrs. Claus, elves, reindeer) for a festive bar crawl around downtown. The event starts at Foothills Brewing and includes prizes, a costume contest, dancing and more. Participants are encouraged to bring a toy to donate to the Salvation Army toy drive.

Top Lovefeast Pick: WFU’s Christmas LovefeastWake Forest Lovefeast

  • Sunday, December 8
  • 8-9:30PM
  • Wait Chapel, Wake Forest University
  • FREE
  • www.wfu.edu

The Lovefeast and candlelight service is a Moravian tradition. Luminaries light the quad and the Chapel is adorned with Christmas decorations. Guests receive traditional red-beribboned Moravian beeswax candles to light the service as they hear holiday music by the Moravian band, concert chorus and Handbell Chorus while enjoying traditional Lovefeast buns with Moravian coffee.

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 tickets to a Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance show! 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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