8 great things to do in the Triad: Dec. 6-8
1. From Dec. 6-7 in Winston-Salem, immerse yourself in Moravian holiday traditions in the Winter Wonderland of Historic Bethabara Park, 2147 Bethabara Rd., for Christmas at Bethabara! From 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, it’s the Downtown Arts District Association’s First Friday Artwalk. According to the Facebook event page, “Park in downtown Winston-Salem near (or in) the Sixth and Cherry Street Parking Deck. Trolleys from Triad ECO Adventures will take visitors from the Artwalk to the Gemeinhaus at Historic Bethabara Park to see the park lit up at night and experience the Gemeinhaus by candlelight. The trolley will pick up at the “Travel Back Trolley Stop” in front of Studio 7 next to the Sixth and Cherry Street Parking Deck. The trolley will run continuously between DADA Gallery Hop and Historic Bethabara Park.” Departure times are as follows: 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m., 8:30 p.m. There is a recommended donation of $2 per person to cover round-trip travel plus entry to the Gemeinhaus. On Saturday, from 2 to 6 p.m., world-renowned violinist Jennifer Curtis, from the International Contemporary Ensemble, will perform in the sanctuary until 4:30 p.m. in addition to a performance by the Carolina Colonial Dancers at the Brewer House. There will also be a textile demonstration in the Log House, a make-your-own Moravian star and Christmas tree quilling in the Visitor Center, as well as shopping from Haint Blue Studio, The Triad Woodcarvers and Bethabara’s potter, Stuart. The festivities culminate with a traditional Lovefeast service put on by Bethabara Moravian Church starting at 5 p.m. According to the Facebook event page, “The Lovefeast is a traditional, Moravian, religious service put on by Bethabara Moravian Church. Because of the limited capacity of people, we can legally accommodate in the sanctuary; we will be passing out (free) tickets to attend the service, first-come-first-served from the front door of the Gemeinhaus on the day of the event starting at 4:30 p.m.”
2. On Dec. 6 in Greensboro, don’t miss the annual Festival of Lights from 6 to 9 p.m. According to the Facebook event page, the Festival of Lights kickstarts the holiday season with “musical performances, the Community Tree Lighting and sing-a-long in Center City Park, holiday crafts, and more! This FREE community event is a must-attend!” For more details and information on the Festival of Lights, visit the website.
3. On Dec. 6 in Greensboro, is the first annual Holiday Maker’s Market, hosted by the Forge Greensboro at HQ Greensboro, 111 W. Lewis St. According to the Facebook event page, “Our maker entrepreneurs have been busy all year long making amazing things to make your holiday shopping a breeze! From ceramics to metalworking, beautiful wood items to 3D scanning and printing services, and everything in between! In addition to amazing handmade goods and services, we will have great membership specials! Be sure to check out our Mobile Makerspace on the corner of S. Elm & Lewis Street to make your own Holiday gifts as well! Let us help make your holidays bright!” For more information, visit the website.
4. On Dec. 7 in Winston-Salem and Greensboro, it’s time for some Holiday Parades! In downtown Winston-Salem, from 5 to 7 p.m., don’t miss the 29th annual Winston-Salem Jaycees Holiday Parade! Starting at the intersection of 4th Street and Popular Street, the parade will continue down 4th to the intersection with Liberty Street and then turn right on Liberty and continue all the way down to the intersection of Liberty Street and First Street, according to the website. The parade ends with the Christmas tree lighting in Corpening Plaza. The Grand Marshal of this year’s parade is Eric Aft, the CEO at Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC. The downtown Greensboro parade starts at noon on the intersection of North Greene Street and East Lindsay Street and will go down to the stage at the corner of North Greene Street and East Market Street. Then, the parade turns left to go up North Church Street, where the parade ends. According to the website, “The Greensboro Holiday Parade has been a downtown tradition for over 40 years. The Parade features huge Macy’s style balloons and is one of the few Parades in North Carolina to feature these great attractions which have been featured in countries such as Belgium, Israel, Mexico, and many other locations!” This parade is sponsored by Allegacy, FOX 8, Downtown Greensboro Partnerships, Inc., the City of Greensboro, the Guilford Merchants Association, the Joseph M Bryan Association and the Greensboro North Carolina Convention and Visitor Bureau. Both parades are rain or shine.
5. On Dec. 7 in Greensboro, it is Candlefest at the Greensboro Arboretum, located at 401 Ashland Dr. According to the Facebook event page, “Stroll through the Greensboro Arboretum by the light of nearly 4,000 luminaries set up by Girl Scouts of the Carolinas. The night will include a visit with Santa, music throughout the garden, and hot chocolate and s’ mores available for purchase. Admission is free with the donation of a non-perishable food item, which will be donated to a local food bank. This event is weather-dependent.”
6. On Dec. 7 in Winston-Salem, it’s a/ Wonderful Saturday at a/perture cinema, located at 311 W. 4th St. From 9:30 a.m. until 6 p.m., there will be a screening of the Christmas classic It’s a Wonderful Life general admission is $12.50 or $7.50 for children (12 and under) with $2 from every ticket donated to the food bank at Sunnyside Ministry, “bring a canned food item and we’ll give you a free regular popcorn,” the Facebook event page states.
The showtimes are:
9:30 a.m. (s/tudio 1) – with Open Captions
11 a.m. (petit a/)
12:30 p.m. (s/tudio 2) – with Open Captions
3 p.m. (s/tudio 3)
From noon to 6 p.m., there will be a poster sale and vendor market featuring Doster Paper Co., Sean Robert McNamara, Denizens Plush and others. For more information, visit the Facebook event page and to buy tickets for the screening, visit a/perture cinema’s website.
7. On Dec. 7 in High Point, check out the 10th annual Uptowne High Point Holiday Stroll from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at 1634 N. Main St. According to the Facebook event page, “Join us for the sights and sounds of Christmas at the 10th Annual Uptowne High Point Holiday Stroll in Uptowne High Point. Enjoy open houses, holiday shopping, horse-drawn carriage rides, community performance groups, arts & crafts, local vendors, and more! Purchase an Uptowne stocking now at a participating retailer and bring it with you on Stroll Day to receive free stocking stuffers from select merchants. A portion of the proceeds of the stocking sales benefits Kiwanis Club’s Christmas Cheer Fund.” For more information, visit the website.
8. On Dec. 8 in Winston-Salem, from noon to 6 p.m., shop until you drop at the Camel City Craft Fair located at Foothills Brewing (Tasting Room), 3800 Kimwell Dr. According to the Facebook event page, The 4th Annual Winter Market features 75 local and regional vendors selling handmade arts, crafts, antiques, repurposed, vintage and food items. “This winter, we are presenting THREE markets leading up to the holidays. #shoplocal this holiday! Free entry and parking.” For more information and to see upcoming events, visit the Catbird Events website.