My Winston-Salem Weekend Roundup for December 6-9, 2012

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Top Picks for What to Do in Winston-Salem
Weekend of December 6-9, 2012

Tanglewood Festival of Lights

Top Outdoor Pick:
Tanglewood 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)

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!

moravian candle tea old salem

Top Holiday Pick:
Candle Tea at Old Salem

  • Thurs & Fri, December 6 & 7, 1-8:30PM
  • Sat, December 8, 11:30AM-8:30PM
  • Single Brothers House, Old Salem
  • Admission: Adults $5; kids 12 & under $1
Now in its 83rd year, the Candle Tea at Old Salem is a Winston-Salem Christmas tradition. Guides in period costume provide a tour of the Single Brothers House, where guests get to experience the traditional Moravian music, scenes and beeswax candle-making demonstration, as well as taste Moravian sugar cake and coffee. Proceeds benefit several charitable organizations.
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Top Family Pick:
Salem Christmas

  • Saturday, December 8, 2012
  • 10AM-5:30PM
  • Old Salem
  • Tickets: Adults $21, kids $10

Old Salem presents a full day of Christmas activities, including "A Soulful Christmas" at the St. Philips Heritage Center, where local artists will perform Motown Christmas Carols at 11:30AM and 12:30PM, along with a dance performance by Positive Image Performing Arts, and visual artist Leo Rucker will create a painting during the event. Other activities include rifle and musket firing demonstrations, wagon rides, make your own marzipan treats, sample Moravian Christmas cakes, hearth cooking demonstrations, a puppet show, a discussion of 19th century Christmas decorations and a visit from St. Nick. The day concludes at 5:15PM with carol singing and the lighting of the 16' traditional Moravian pyramid on Salem Square.


Top Kids Pick:
SciWorks-Who Kidnapped Santa?

  • Saturday, December 8, 2012
  • 11:30AM-2:30PM
  • SciWorks
  • 400 W. Hanes Mill Rd
  • Admission: Adults $11; youth ages 4-19 $9; ages 4 & under free

SciWorks takes kids on a Christmas Forensics Adventure as some of Winston-Salem's finest CSI Technicians lead them in extractiing DNA (from strawberries), analyzing fingerprints, and solving other clues to help find Santa.

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Top Theatre Pick:
UNCSA's The Nutcracker

  • Saturday, December 8, 2PM & 7:30PM
  • Sunday, December 9, 2PM
  • 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. The fantastic talent of the dancers, wearing exquisite costumes, set to live orchestra music is simply magical.  

Sordid Lives Theatre Alliance

Theatre Alliance:
Sordid Lives

  • Thursday- Saturday, December 6-8 at 8PM
  • Sunday, December 9 at 2PM
  • Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance
  • 1047 Northwest Blvd
  • Tickets: Adults $16; students/seniors $14

This dark comedy about "white trash" is one of Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance's most popular comedies. Sordid Lives, by Del Shores, tells the story of how chaos erupts in a small Texas town when Peggy, a good Christian woman hits her head and bleeds to death after tripping over her lover's wooden leg in their motel room.

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Historic West End 
Holiday Homes Tour

  • Sunday, December 9, 2012
  • Noon-5PM
  • Old Winston Social Club
  • 1131 Burke St., Winston-Salem
  • Admission: $12 advance; $15 at start site

Tour historic homes and sites dressed up for the holidays. Tickets are $12 in advance and may be purchased at Old Winston Social Club, Whole Foods Market, Re-Tale, 1502 Fabrics, and online. Save $3 off day-of tickets with the donation of at least 3 canned food items for Second Harvest Food Bank. Free carriage rides and van transportation between stops will be available. Ticket holders will also receive 15% off at Mozelle's, The Old Fourth Street Filling Station and Burke Street Pizza the day of the event.

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Piedmont Chamber Singers
Candlelight Concert

Listen to traditional Christmas carols sung inside the 1788 Gemeinhaus. There will be two performances, one at 5PM and another at 6PM.

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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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