As temperatures fall and sweater weather envelops our region, as the leaves shift in colors and fall from the trees, it is the time of year for bonfires and marshmallows, traditions and adventures. The Winston-Salem area has lots to offer throughout the 2016 holiday season. The NC Triad offers many opportunities to take in culture and community, two of the best aspects of living in such a diverse and growing region.
Here are a few of my favorite seasonal traditions to get your started (listed in order of activity’s start date, from soonest to latest).
“The Wizard of Oz” by Carolina Theatre (Greensboro)
- November 11-13 & 18-20
- Fridays & Saturdays 7pm; Saturdays & Sundays 2pm
This year marks the 22nd annual production of this classic children’s tale of adventure. Immerse in the talent of over 100 local artists as they bring to life the adventures of Dorothy and her dog Toto in the Land of Oz. Always an adventure for all ages, the story never gets old and the lessons about what truly matters ring true always. The theater is in downtown Greensboro, NC.
Tanglewood Festival of Lights (Clemmons)
- November 18 – January 1; 6-11pm
- $15 per car
As one of the largest drive-thru light shows in the Southeast, the Tanglewood Festival of Lights in Clemmons, NC, is fun for the entire family. Now in its 25th season, enter the wonderland through arched lights that leap above your car and gaze at fields where scenes from the region come to life in fun and exciting manners. While there, take a moment to stop at the gift shop and explore crafts and enjoy some cider.
Old Salem Candlelight Tours (Winston-Salem)
- November 18-19 & 25-26; December 2, 3, 9, 16, 17, 22 & 23
- Old Salem Visitor’s Center; 900 Old Salem Rd.; Winston-Salem
- $40 per person
Whether you’ve been to Old Salem for the farmers’ market and festivities before or you are arriving for the first time, the candlelight tours offer an opportunity to watch the town come alive in a way like never before. Stroll along the Historic District and watch the customs and traditions of Salem re-enacted by period actors. Expect to eat, drink, and laugh your way through the experience, with special music, games, and plenty of chances to get to know the town and your fellow adventure seekers.
NC Harp Ensemble Holiday Concert (Winston-Salem)
- November 20, 2016; 3-4pm
- Old Salem Museum and Gardens/James Gray, Jr. Auditorium
- 900 Old Salem Road; Winston-Salem
- Free to public
Take in the sounds of the season in this rare free concert in the heart of Old Salem! Hear your favorite Christmas and Holiday tunes like never before as the harp ensemble brings fresh life into each arrangement. You’ll hear classics like “Sleigh Ride” and other arrangements too. Bring the whole family for an afternoon that fills your ears and heart with song.
Pilot Mountain Christmas (Pilot Mountain)
- November 24-December 31
- 4236 NC 268 Hwy East; Pilot Mountain, NC
- Free to public/last year
- Pilot Mountain Christmas website
Explore over 4 acres and 750,000 lights in this walk-through display like no other. In its 50th and final edition, the amazing display is sponsored by Larry and Rachel Charpiat and is free to the public, including appearances by Santa Claus, opportunities to indulge in hot chocolate, and more. A wonderful tradition you don’t want to miss.
“A Christmas Carol” at Hanesbrands Theatre (Winston-Salem)
- November 25-27 & 29-30; December 1-4 & 6-11
- 209 North Spruce Street; Winston-Salem, NC
- $10 and up per person
- Triad Stage Website
Autumn and winter wouldn’t be complete without a viewing of Dicken’s insights into the true spirit of togetherness and the season of giving. Watch as the ghosts from past, present, and future visit Scrooge, teaching him to focus on others and to share his wealth generously with those who have helped him.
Take a look, and then give me a call at 336-575-7249 to chat more about your real estate needs as 2016 comes to a close.