Eight great things to do in the Triad: Nov. 30-Dec. 2
- From Nov. 30-Dec. 1 in Greensboro, check out Downtown in December. Starting Friday is the Festival of Lights from 6 to 9 p.m. and it will include, according to the website, “the community sing, lighting of the community tree in Center City Park, and of course carolers and acoustic performances along Elm Street. You can find Santa in Hamburger Square and roast marshmallows too!” Get your holiday photo taken at the photo booth, find delicious treats along the way and don’t forget to shop at downtown businesses, as some will be extending their hours. On Saturday at noon, don’t miss the parade with Macy-style balloons and almost 60,000 people coming together to enjoy the holiday spirit. According to the website, there will be professional floats, dance and drill teams and the area’s best middle school, high school and college bands. After, head to North Davie Street to ice skate (until 10 p.m) at the WFMY News 2 Piedmont Winter Fest outdoor ice skating rink. For more information, visit the Downtown in December website.
- From Dec.1-2 in Kernersville, celebrate Christmas in Downtown. On Saturday, from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m., “grab a passport at the Kernersville Train Depot and come shopping downtown and cross some items off of the holiday shopping list,” the website states. The Kernersville Museum will have its Tobacco Barn open for Santa Claus to meet the family, don’t forget to bring a camera! From noon to 8 p.m., the Kernersville Museum Ice Skating Rink will be open for skating. The night wraps up with the lighting of the Christmas tree in Harmon Park at 7:30 p.m. On Sunday, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., the downtown parade will feature “marching bands, fire trucks, dance groups, antique cars, professionally decorated floats and of course, an appearance from Santa.” For more information, visit the Kernersville Chamber of Commerce’s website.
- From Dec. 1-2 in Greensboro, head to McLaurin Farms, located at 5601 N. Church St., to see a spectacular display of Christmas lights. Meet Santa and other recognizable characters (such as Jack and Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas and the Grinch). Take a hayride through the woods lit up by thousands of Christmas lights. McLaurin Farms is open from 6 to 8 p.m., costs $8 per person and is free for children under 2 years old. For more information, visit the website.
- On Dec. 1 in Winston-Salem, immerse yourself in Moravian holiday tradition with Christmas at Bethabara in Historic Bethabara Park, located at 2147 Bethabara Rd. The event is free and there will be 18th-century colonial dancing, blacksmithing/woodworking demonstrations, beeswax candle making demonstrations, handmade puppet shows, Moravian Christmas music, gift shopping and more. The Gemeinhaus Church will be trimmed with traditional Moravian decorations and will be open for tours from 2-3:30 p.m. There will be live music from Wake the Parson, playing traditional German carols from 2-3 p.m. There will also be a traditional Moravian Lovefeast in the church at 4 p.m. (Free tickets will be given away at 3 p.m. at the visitor’s center.) For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
- On Dec. 1 in High Point, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. head to High Point for the Ninth Annual Uptowne High Point Holiday Stroll, located on North Main Street. According to the Facebook event page, there will be “sights and sounds of Christmas” with “arts & crafts, carriage rides, community performance groups, open houses at historical homes and retail shops.” There will also be food trucks, local vendors, music and more. For more information and a full schedule of events, visit the website.
- On Dec. 1 in Winston-Salem, don’t miss the 28th Annual Winston-Salem Jaycees Downtown Holiday Parade followed by the Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership‘s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. The parade starts at the intersection of Fourth and Poplar Streets at 5 p.m. and is rain or shine. For more information, visit the website and Facebook event page.
- On Dec. 2 in Jamestown, head to Jamestown Town Hall (301 E Main St.) to watch the 2018 Christmas parade starting at 3 p.m. The parade starts at 3 p.m. and usually lasts about an hour and a half. The parade will go down Main Street and end at Potter Drive. Head to Potent Potables (115 E. Main St.) around 1 p.m. to score an early seat. While you are there (and weather permitting), Potent Potables will be hosting a mini food truck rodeo beginning at 2 p.m. After the parade, head to the Jamestown Public Library (200 W. Main St.) for the Christmas tree lighting at 5:30 p.m. and Kids’N’Klaus, an annual celebration featuring Santa himself talking to children and taking photos (don’t forget to bring your camera!). “Also enjoy stories with Mrs. Klaus, a bake sale with the Girl Scouts, crafts, and gift basket and ornament sales,” the Facebook event page states. For more information, visit the website.
- On Dec. 2 in Winston-Salem, the Hops & Shop’s Camel City Craft Fair: Holiday Market will take place from noon to 6 p.m. at Foothills Brewing (Tasting Room), located at 3800 Kimwell Dr. Over 100 local & regional vendors will be selling high-quality handmade, antique, vintage, and repurposed goods. There will be food trucks, live music, kids activities and more. According to the Facebook event page, this year, Camel City Craft Fair partnered with a local artist on a camel sculpture “to help celebrate our official switch over to the name CAMEL CITY CRAFT FAIR. This is going to be our version of a ‘tree lighting’ and we hope you will join us!”