Ten things to do for free in the Triad, Dec. 17–23

by Dani Vanderboegh

It’s clearly the week of Christmas (look around), and we’ve got a few holiday events for you including live nativity scenes, lights, Santa and Mrs. Claus, plenty of music and a ukelele concert. But there are also a few events for you non-celebrators and Scrooges. (Scrooges see event number two). If you go out to an event, snap a few selfies and post them on the YES! Weekly Facebook page “” you might even get a little extra Christmas cheer in return.

WednesdayDec. 17, 2014

1.Artworks GalleryHoliday Exhibition

When: All Day Dec. 17, 24, 26, 31

Where: Artworks Gallery,564 N. Trade St., Winston-Salem, N.C. 27101

More: The works will include an eclectic collection of images in awide variety of mediums: painting, drawing, printmaking, photography,sculpture, ceramics, which make perfect unique gifts for the holiday. Works from thisexhibition may be taken immediately upon purchase.

ThursdayDec. 18, 2014

2.Open Door MinistriesOrganizes Community Homeless Dinner

When: 5:45 p.m.

Where: St. Marys Episcopal Church,108 W. Farriss Ave., High Point, N.C. 27262

More: Over 450 homeless and sheltered men, women, and children areexpected to gather and enjoy a warm meal in addition to taking part in amemorial service honoring the homeless individuals that have passed from ourcommunity this year. The event and its volunteers not only offer a warm mealbut a place to gather in fellowship. If you would like to learn more about thisevent, please contact Steve Key at Open Door Ministries at 336-885-0191.

3.Triad After WorkSocial WS

When: 6-8 p.m.

Where: The Edge Flats,111 Edgeway Dr. Winston-Salem, N.C. 27101

More: The Triad After Work Social, business-networking seriesprovides a casual network for meeting fellow professionals and establishinglong-lasting business relationships. Pre-register to have your drink ticketsand name tag ready for you:

4.Piedmont Old TimeSociety (POTS) Jam

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Gibbs Hundred Brewing,117 W. Lewis St. Greensboro, N.C. 27406

More: Join POTS for the annual ‘Breakin Up Christmas’ Appalachiancovered dish and jam. All skill levels and acoustic instruments welcome.

5.Salem Band HolidayConcert

When: 8 p.m.

Where: Trinity Moravian Church,220 E. Sprague St., Winston-Salem, N.C. 27127

More: The concert theme is ‘Mother and Child.’ Enjoy classic andpopular holiday favorites, as well as some new music to celebrate the season.Salem Band is accepting donations toward their exciting National Memorial DayConcert Series trip to Washington D.C., where the will represent North Carolinawith their performance for veterans from across the nation as part of a MusicalCelebration of Peace.

FridayDec. 19, 2014

6.Cookies with Mrs.Claus

When: 3:30 p.m.

Where: Greensboro Children’s Museum,220 N. Church Street Greensboro, N.C. 27401

More: *Please notify us of any food allergies prior to the class.Dietary restrictions and questions can be sent to Jennifer at jbedrosian@gcmuseum.comor 336.574.2898 ext. 317.

7.Christmas Carols Sungby Jae Emanuel

When: 6 p.m.

Where: Krispy Kreme,182 Huffman Mill Rd., Bulrington, N.C. 27215

More: Jae Emanuel will be at Krispy Kreme singing Christmas Carols

8.Durham UkuleleOrchestra


Where: Pittsboro Roadhouse & General Store,39 West St. Pittsboro, N.C. 27312

More: Learn more about the Durham UkuleleOrchestra here.

9.A Child is Born:Drive-thru Nativity

When: 6 p.m.

Where: St. John’s Lutheran Church 2415 Silas Creek Parkway Winston Salem, N.C. 27103

More: Guests can drive through the St. John’s campus as they gazeupon a live nativity scene, complete with wise men, shepherds, animals and achildren’s angel choir.

FridayDec. 19, 2014

10.Christmas In The Park

When: 8 p.m.

Where: Burlington City Park,Overbrook Rd. Burlington, N.C. 27215

More: City Park will be decorated with thousands of lightsthroughout the amusement area, and there will be holiday fun and refreshmentsin the park and at Thataways Youth Center plus a live nativity scene. SantaClaus will also be taking last minute Christmas wishes.