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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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