Salem Saturdays at Christmas are going to be fun at Old Salem Museum & Gardens
Salem Saturdays at Christmas are the perfect activity for families during the hectic holiday season. Come to Old Salem Museum & Gardens on Saturdays from Nov. 17 through Dec. 29, 2018 and take part in immersive, interactive fun suitable for all ages. Discover the past and experience hands-on history with your child or grandchild at Old Salem and make memories that will last a lifetime. There will even be a chance to visit with the jolly old elf St. Nicholas himself. Salem Saturdays at Christmas take place from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and activities are included with your purchase of a Seasonal “All-in-One” ticket. Please note that on Saturday, December 22 a special event entitled Salem Night: Softly the Night is Sleeping will occur from 1 to 7 p.m. in place of Salem Saturday at Christmas.
Salem Saturdays at Christmas are an opportunity to slow down, stroll Main Street, visit the decorated buildings, and sit and chat with our interpreters. Learn how the residents of early Salem created an environment of celebration and reflection in the solitude of what was at the time a remote and rural landscape. A Moravian Christmas in North Carolina has a distinctive southern quality. A slight nip in the air, an abundance of pine and magnolia leaves, the smell of beeswax candles, intricate putz, decorated pyramid trees, and of course baked treats from Winkler Bakery.
- St. Nick at the Butner Hat Shop: Visit St. Nick’s workshop, tell him what you want for Christmas and snap a photo! (NOTE: There will not be a photographer, please bring your own camera).
- Salem Sleuth: Little ones can enjoy Salem while enjoying a scavenger hunt throughout the District.
- Winkler Bake Day: Saturday is bake day at Winkler Bakery and a great time to help make holiday cookies and see the beehive oven in action. Grab some of our Christmas stollen, cookies, lovefeast buns, and breads to take home.
- Miksch Gardens & House: Stop in and stay a bit. See how the earliest houses in Salem celebrated Christmas. Find out what’s cooking, fold some clothes, and become part of the family. Maybe you can help grind spices for our gingerbread!
- John Vogler House “Quilting Frolic”: Take a seat, chat, and join our group quilting party. Make a Christmas craft and help decorate the tree.
- The Joiner’s Workshop: See how the Christmas pyramid is constructed and try your hand at the lathe or the hand-plane.
- Boys’ School: Experience the all new Cabinet of Curiosities and listen to a selection of Moravian music. Impromptu concerts of holiday music on the piano forte are not uncommon.
- Gunsmith Workshop: There is a chill in the air, but don’t stand to close to the coals while you watch our master craftspeople prepare metalwork.
- Potter’s Workshop: Always an exciting time in our new workshop. Get messy and join our master craftspeople in creating special Christmas chocolate cups and Handcrafted Salem pottery.
- T. Bagge Merchant: People come from all around to buy the unique items in our stores. We will have Saturday sales and live craftsman presentations. Take home one of our new Handcrafted Salem items. Perfect for Christmas gifts!
- Salem Tavern Museum & Barn: Experience the new tavern barn yard and join us for a special Saturday hearthside cooking day.
- “Hidden Town” Room of Meditation & Reflection: Spend some quiet time in our room dedicated to those who were enslaved in Salem (above the Tavern kitchen).
- St. Philips Heritage Center: The entire family can learn about the African-American legacy that grew out of the Moravian town of Salem. See how this congregation celebrated the season.
- Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA): Get up close to (and maybe even touch!) a real artifact at our “closer look” tables and take part in a scavenger hunt in the self-guided galleries.
- Single Brothers’ House: Sit, lie down, open drawers, and journal in the unmarried men’s communal living quarters. See how they prepared for the winter season (and kept warm) in the 1700s. Don’t miss the new “Salem Waterworks” Exhibit or the textile craftsperson working the loom.
- Visit the new Salem Stitches workshop space (opening October 2018).
Holiday All-in-One Tickets are $35 for adults and $16 for children and can be purchased online or at the Visitor Center at 900 Old Salem Road.
About Old Salem
Old Salem Museums & Gardens is a unique living history site with a tactile-driven, immersive visitor experience. Its museums—the Historic Town of Salem, the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA), and the Gardens at Old Salem, are quickly becoming nationally known for innovative and novel interpretive models and programs. Old Salem Museums & Gardens is located at 600 South Main Street in Winston-Salem. For more information call 336-721-7300 or visit oldsalem.org.