Weekend Roundup: November 21-23, 2013

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The smell of gingerbread and Moravian candles are in the air as we enter the festive holiday season. Whether you take a historic tour of Old Salem by candlelight, or take a carriage ride among the shops of Reynolda Village while being serenaded by Dickensian carolers, visit Santa, or craft a glorious gingerbread house with the kids, make this weekend festive! 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 Tour: Old Salem by Candlelight Old Salem Candlelight tour

  • Thursday, November 21-Sunday, November 24*
  • Tours at 6:30PM, 7PM, 7:30PM & 8PM
  • Herbst House, Old Salem
  • Tickets: Adults $20; Kids $25
  • www.oldsalem.org

Experience 18th Century Old Salem by candlelight (19th Century tours coming up in December!). This tour, led by costumed guides, includes food, drink, games and music. The tours sell out quickly! Reservations required: 336-721-7300. *As of time of press, Thursday is the only candlelight tour date with openings. 

Top Theatre Pick: Monty Python’s SpamalotTwin City Stage Spamalot

  • Thursday-Saturday, November 21-23 at 8PM
  • Sunday, November 24 at 2PM
  • Twin City Stage
  • 610 Coliseum Drive
  • Tickets: $18-$22
  • www.twincitystage.org

Inspired by the classic comedy film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Monty Python’s Spamalot retells the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table as they search for the holy grail in a most ridiculous way.

Top Foodie Tradition Pick: Mrs. Pumpkins Gingerbread House WorkshopMrs. Pumpkin's Gingerbread House Workshop

  • Friday, November 22, 5-8PM
  • Saturday, November 23, 8:30AM-3:30PM
  • Mrs. Pumpkin’s Bakery
  • 3645-B Reynolda Rd
  • $35 (benefits The Center for Exceptional Children)
  • www.mrspumpkins.com

Make holiday memories with your child as you create a large gingerbread house together! All ingredients are included. Take home kits are also available at Mrs. Pumpkins, The Special Children’s School (4505 Shattalon Dr.) and The Children’s Center (2315 Coliseum Dr.). Proceeds benefit The Centers for Exceptional Children. The workshop is filling up fast, so make a reservation to hold your spot today by calling (336) 924-9797.

Top Fresh Pick: Old Salem Cobblestone Farmers Market

Cobblestone Farmers Market

  • Saturday, November 23
  • 9AM-12PM
  • Old Salem
  • more info

Cobblestone Farmers Market graces the historical streets of Old Salem every Saturday! The market sets up from 9AM-12PM. At this nationally recognized producers-only market, you’ll find local veggies, produce, meats, eggs and fresh-baked goods and live music.

Top Craft Pick: Bloom Hand-crafted Art FairBloom

  • Saturday, November 23
  • 9AM-3PM
  • Redeemer Presbyterian Church
  • 1046 Miller St.
  • Admission: FREE (benefits Arts for Life)
  • more info
Shop unique hand-crafted items from art supplies, paintings, and photography, to hair accessories, baby gifts, jewelry and more made by local crafters. Proceeds benefit Arts for Life, an arts organization that supports children facing serious illnesses at Brenner ‘s Children’s Hospital.

Top Santa Pick: Miracle on Burke St.Miracle on Burke St.

  • Saturday, November 23
  • 1-3PM and 3:30-5PM
  • Susan G. Komen Northwest NC Office
  • 1106 Burke St.
  • more info

The offices of Susan G. Komen Northwest NC on Burke Street are magically transformed into Santa’s Workshop for the day. Bring the kids to one of two sessions of holiday crafts, cookies, song and games, and a professional photo with Santa. Register online here. For more information please contact Megan Wood at 336-721-0037.

Top Holiday Village Experience Pick: Reynolda Village Holiday StrollReynolda Village Carolers

  • Saturday, November 23
  • 5-8PM
  • Reynolda Village
  • 2201 Reynolda Village Rd.
  • more info

This Saturday Reynolda Village transforms into a storybook Christmas village straight out of a Dickens’ novel. It comes complete with carriage rides, Dickensian carolers, a visit with Santa and more for a holiday shopping and dining experience you won’t forget.

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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