Eight great things to do in the Triad: Dec. 21-23
1. From Dec. 21-22 in High Point, don’t miss High Point Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” at the High Point Theatre, located at 220 E. Commerce Ave. (Check out Terry Rader’s article on The Nutcracker in last week’s issue.) According to the website, “Swirling with heroic toy soldiers, sword-fighting mice, and the glittering Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, the classic ballet is beautifully presented through the choreography of award-winning Artistic Director Gary Taylor, award-winning set designer Howard Jones, lighting by Craig Stelzenmueller, and original costumes designed by Executive Director-Founder Rita Taylor.” This Triad-family classic will take place on Friday at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) On Saturday, there will be two performances of “The Land of Sweets,” which is designed specifically for children at 11 a.m. (doors open at 10 a.m.) and 2 p.m. (doors open at 1 p.m.). “The Land of Sweets” is approximately one hour in length and the content is designed for children’s attention. “To add to the experience, everyone is invited to come one hour prior to the performance to meet the Nutcracker characters, have souvenir pictures taken, and participate in themed activities,” the website states. Tickets are $25-$35 on Friday night and $20-$25 on Saturday. For more information, visit the High Point Theatre website.
2. From Dec. 21-23 in Winston-Salem, it is your last chance to see Triad Stage’s “A Christmas Carol” at the Hanesbrands Theatre, located at 209 N. Spruce St. Celebrate the season with this timeless tale of redemption and hope. “One night changes everything as the shadows of his past give Ebenezer one last chance for a future. Thrill to the chills and give in to the joy of ‘A Christmas Carol,’” the website states. Showtimes include Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $40 to $65 and can be purchased online.
3. On Dec. 22 in Winston-Salem, head to Reboot Arcade Bar, located at 534 N. Liberty St., for a Ratchet Onesie and Ugly Christmas Sweater Party! From 9 p.m. until 2 a.m., come to Reboot donned in your ratchet, ugliest onesie or Christmas sweater for drink specials, game and music. “We are excited to close out the year with our arcade family, and can’t wait for you to come get ratchet with us!” For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
4. On Dec. 22 in Winston-Salem, T’is the Nite Moves before Christmas and all through Monstercade (204 W. Acadia Ave.) there will be people stirring, imbibing and dancing all night long. Catch Nite Moves’ last show of 2018 from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. The dance party is for ages 21 and up and is free to attend (donations accepted). For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
5. On Dec. 22 in Winston-Salem, slow down and leave the holiday hustle and bustle to reflect with family and friends at Old Salem Museums & Gardens’ Salem Night: Softly The Night is Sleeping. From 1 to 7 p.m., “join us for this once-a-season special candlelight evening of open, warm, and inviting Christmas experiences,” the Facebook event page states. There will be singing at the Single Brothers House, pianoforte concerts in the Boy’s School and baking in the beehive ovens in the Miksch House & Winkler Bakery. Old Salem will be alive with a “renewed presence of the holidays.” Retail stores will be open for last-minute Christmas shopping. For more information and to buy tickets ($40 for adults and $20 for students ages 4-18), visit the Old Salem Museums & Gardens’ website.
6. On Dec. 22 in Greensboro, yippee kayak, other buckets! Die Hard is totally a Christmas movie, so head to Geeksboro Battle Pub, located at 2618 Lawndale Dr., at 10 p.m. to watch it on the big screen. Tickets are $7 and include a “cap gun to help John McClane shoot the bad guys, a cigarette lighter for you to light every time actor Bruce Willis lights up his (which happens a lot), and a special Twinkie to enjoy with Reginald Vel Johnson.” Tickets are limited, so buy yours today on Geeksboro’s website. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
7. On Dec. 23 in Greensboro, celebrate the Winter Solstice at the Tanger Family Bicentennial Garden, located at 1105 Hobbs Rd from 6 to 7:30 p.m. This free community gathering was rescheduled from Dec. 21 because of the rain and flooding and will give attendees a chance to “reflect, renew and remember what you are grateful for.” There will be music and a meditative Candle Ceremony, followed by a chance for attendees to gather around a fire with hot cocoa or mulled cider for a “Burning of Wishes for the new year,” the Facebook event page states. Donations of gently-used or new hats for the homeless are greatly appreciated. According to the event page, the Candle Ceremony is when “each adult attendee will be given an unlit candle with a drip protector to bring to the circle. The first candle will be lit from the central fire, and each member will light their neighbor’s candle.” (Children will be given LED candles.) The Burning of Wishes is where “each attendee will be given a special paper to jot down their personal wishes or intentions.” (Wishes will be burned in the central fire after the Candle Ceremony.) For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
8. On Dec. 23 in Winston-Salem, you better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout I’m telling you why Santa Claus is flying into town. The sixth annual Winston-Salem Santa Fly-in will be happening at the Smith-Reynolds Airport at the main terminal observation parking area, located at 3801 N. Liberty St., at 1:30 p.m. Parking is free and everyone is invited to come out and watch Santa arrive in Winston-Salem from the North Pole at 2 p.m. for a meet-and-greet with attendees at 2:10 p.m. (Don’t forget your camera!) Running on a tight schedule, Santa will depart at 3 p.m. Pilots are also welcome to fly in and this event is presented by Kaleigh Miller. For more information, visit the Facebook page.