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by David McGee

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CHRISTMAS CANDLELIGHT TOUR OF 19TH CENTURY SALEM

Old Salem Museums & Gardens; 900 Old Salem Rd., Winston-Salem; 336.721.7350; www.oldsalem.org; 6:30, 7, 7:30, 8 p.m.; $18 adults, $12children.

For those who enjoy more historical reflections of the holidays,experience it by candlelight and let your senses be the immersed in19th century Salem where it all will be brought to life. The music,games, food, drink and splendor all abound with the wonder of Salem asyou visit Brother Vogler’s and Dr. Vierling’s homes. Make a reservationand remember to dress warm with some comfortable shoes.

Wed., Dec 9

LINKING WINSTON- SALEM LIVE!

Finnigan’s Wake; 620 N. Trade St., Winston Salem; 336.391.4527; www.linkingwinstonsalem.com; 5:30 p.m.; FREE This is the chance for professionals in Winston-Salem and the surrounding areas to come together, pool ideas, make new connections and build networks.

Capitalizing on old-fashioned networking skills and combining new technology to link Forsyth county professionals together, this inaugural event is an excellent opportunity for small businesses and individuals alike to assemble a stronger community. Be sure to bring contact resources such as business cards or oher items

Thurs., Dec 10

OUR JOURNEY YOUR DESTINATION

Gateway Gallery; 1006 S. Marshall St., Winston- Salem; 336.777.0076 x238; www.enrichmentarc.org; 7 p.m.; FREE This dramatic event presented by actors and dancers with and without disabilities will blend dance, acrobatics, drama and street entertainment to bring fun and quirky characters to life. Music by the Enrichment

Center Percussion Ensemble will follow the story of The Fallen Sparrow, a metaphor for the struggle a young woman goes through after finding herself confined to a wheelchair. A reception with holiday gifts by Enrichment Center artists will follow.

Fri., Dec 11

AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE

Joel Coliseum-Windsor Club; 2825 University Pkwy., Winston-Salem; 336.725.5635; www.ljvm. com; 8 a.m.; FREE Christmas isn’t just about getting presents and eating food all the time, it’s about giving too. Take a few minutes out of your busy day to share the gift of life and get cool points and high fives for the whole day. It’s easy, free and could save a life for someone soon. You never know when you might need the favor returned.

Sun., Dec 13

CHRISTMAS MY WAY: A SINATRA HOLIDAY BASH

Theatre Alliance; 1407 Northwest Blvd., Winston- Salem; 336.723.7777; www. wstheatrealliance.org; 2 p.m.; $12-16 The standard holiday tunes may not be for everyone. In fact, to some they just go bonkers when you mention Christmas music. To relieve their fears and avoid cardiac arrest, let ’em know that there’s four talented people singing swingin’ Sinatra. They mix in core favorites like New York, New York and Fly Me to the Moon with some seasonal melodies like Twas the Night Before Christmas Ratpackstyle. So no worries, put on that snazzy suit, grab a big cigar and let it all go.

Mon., Dec. 14

CHRISTMAS CASTLE

Castle McCulloch; 3925 Kivett Dr., Jamestown; 336.887.5413; www.christmascastlenc.com; 6 p.m.; $13 adults, $7 children Enter a winter wonderland where the spirit of the season is thriving and growing. The castle features more than 500,000 lights that help bring the building to life, with help from 40 singers, actors and a singing Christmas tree. Once you’ve cruised the castle and heated outdoor walk, get your fill of holiday treats in Elfland where there’s rumors of the jolly man himself making an appearance

Tues., Dec 15

HANDEL’S MESSIAH

Centenary United Methodist Church; 646 W. 5th St., Winston-Salem; 336.464.0145; www. wssymphony.org; $10, $20, $40 This performance by the Winston-Salem Symphony will stick to you for weeks as the beautiful surroundings and melodies continue to reverberate within your memories. The Messiah is a holiday favorite and includes “Comfort ye, my people,” “For unto us a child is born,” and “Hallelujah” that can quickly grow into holiday traditions for the family.

Wed., Dec 16

VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS

Craven-Nall Manor; 614 S. Elm St., Greensboro; 336.253.4254; www.peculiarpeople.com; $25, $20 for groups of eight or more Tis the season and it is only fitting that one should be enveloped by jolly, spirit-lifting attitudes. Come see what it was like before electricity, freeways and microwave ovens in a historic apartment that’s more than 100 years old. You’ll be greeted by carolers before entering candle lit bliss that comes with hot cider, Christmas goodies and a grand Victorian time. Reservations recommended.

Go to yesweekly.com for a full listing of happenings around the triad.

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