Safely celebrate with these local events that make it easy to social distance. Free to participate, oohs and ahhhhs included.
B-Town Christmas Cruise-Thru
Saturday, December 12⋅1:00 – 4:00pm
West Kitchin Street
W Kitchin St, Burlington, NC 27215, USA
After a successful Halloween Cruise-Thru, staff are actively planning a Christmas Cruise-Thru. Enjoy a quick drive through holiday decorations, wave to local community organizations, listen to Christmas music and say hey to Santa & Mrs. Claus. Goodie bags will be available for all children present and include something to wear, something to eat, something to craft and more.
Enter the event staging onto Kitchin Street from Mebane Street and you will be directed by staff to enter the Cruise-Thru on Overbrook Drive.
In collaboration with United Way of Alamance County, we are suggesting a donation of one non-perishable item per person in your vehicle to help support our community through the holidays. Food Drive items will be collected at the beginning of the Cruise-Thru.
Saturday, December 12⋅12:00 – 4:00pm
Daily, until Dec 13, 2020
Downtown, Greensboro, NC, USA
No Holiday Parade this year...but we still have our famous big balloons and local holiday talent!
December 12th and 13th, visitors to the center city will be invited to drive-thru a Balloon Regatta featuring 17 of our most famous big parade balloons and live entertainment, like:
Greensboro Ballet Nutcracker performers
Community Theatre of Greensboro Wizard of Oz actors
Triad Stage A Christmas Carol actors
The Regatta route will begin at Greensboro Children’s Museum and run down Church Street to the Depot.
Join in the fun and decorate your car in its holiday finest!
Remain in your car during the parade.
Maintain a speed of no more than 10 miles an hour.
Start the parade anytime between 12:00 and 4:00 on either day.
City of Greensboro
Guilford Merchants Association
Greensboro Convention & Visitors Bureau
Joseph M. Bryan Foundation
Need Transportation? GTA will provide free routes... see our site for details.
Candy Cane Lane at Gateway Gardens
Thursday, December 17⋅5:30 – 7:30pm
2800 E Gate City Blvd, Greensboro, NC 27401, USA
Registration is required!
Come stroll through Gateway Gardens and experience the beauty of the holidays with luminaries and magical holiday areas. Finish up with a socially distanced visit with the big guy himself, Santa!
Admission is free. Donations are appreciated.
Registration is required and space it limited so register quickly! Groups be allowed in on the half hour for 30 minute time slots.
Spectacular Holiday Blooms
Nov. 25 thru Jan. 6
5:30 – 10:00pm
Daily, until Jan 7, 2021
Paul J Ciener Botanical Garden
215 S Main St, Kernersville, NC 27284, USA
The Spectacular Holiday Blooms will be lit every night (weather depending) starting November 25, 2020 and continuing through January 6, 2021. In this 2nd year of Holiday Blooms, we’ve doubled the number of lit tulips and added more radiant blooms. Enjoy a stroll through the dazzling wisteria lights, get lost in the illuminated trees along the patio terrace and more surprises as you stroll to the Performance Stage. You may visit anytime between 5:00pm and 10:00pm, please keep 6’ apart through social distancing and wear your masks. Enjoy, take photos, and share to our social media pages.
Sunday, December 13 and 14⋅6:30 – 8:00pm
First Baptist Church of Stanleyville
851 Ziglar Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27105, USA
Join us Sunday and Monday, December 13 & 14 6:30 pm, 7:00 pm, 7:30 pm, 8:00 pm for our LIVE Nativity. Shows run every 30 minutes.
The Grinch: Drive-In
Friday, December 11⋅6:00 – 8:00pm
Stadium Dr, Thomasville, NC 27360, USA
Join us for the FREE showing of "The Grinch" on Friday December 11th, 2020 at Cushwa Stadium. Movie will start promptly at 6:30 PM.
You MUST register your vehicle in order to attend this event. Although it is FREE there are LIMITED spots for the showing of the movie. Registration will begin on November 20th at 8AM. You can register on our city website at www.thomasville-nc.gov or call 336-475-4280. The link to register will go live and also be posted in this event page on November 20th.
This movie is made possible by our friends at LGFCU and PACE Downtown of Thomasville!
You can listen and watch the movie from the comfort of your own car. You will tune to the radio station 101.7FM.
For additional questions or help with registering please contact our Main Office at 336-475-4280
5th Annual Holiday Markets - Camel City Craft Fair
Sunday, December 13⋅12:00 – 5:00pm
Foothills Brewing Tasting Room
3800 Kimwell Dr, Winston-Salem, NC 27103, USA
A free local market with over 100 vendors selling handmade arts, crafts, jewelry, vintage & antique items and more! Plus food trucks, live music, and more fun!
Saturday, December 19⋅11:00am – 4:00pm
Winston Junction Market
901 Trade St NW, Winston-Salem, NC 27101, USA
Join us for this fun (socially distanced) Holiday market in Downtown Winston-Salem. Local artists & makers selling their goods! Live Music, Food & Treats! Plus we will have a fun "Tacky Sweater" Contest with some amazing prizes so, plan to dress in your most festive outfits!
Winston Junction Market is an innovative, open-concept indoor market located in a converted warehouse space at 901 N Trade Street in downtown Winston-Salem.
Our focus is on locally handmade and produced goods. Our vendors range from makers and artisans to farmers and food and beverage producers.
Close to many breweries and entertainment, so make a day of it and visit all of our Industry Hill neighbors!
If you are interested in participating as an artist or maker, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Songs of Wake Forest with Dr. Edwin Graves Wilson
Friday, December 11⋅3:30 – 4:30pm
Online Event https://registration.secure.wfu.edu/songs-of-wake-forest-with-dr-ed-wilson-virtual-12-4-2020-0007586
Songs of Wake Forest with Dr. Edwin Graves Wilson
Friday, December 11 at 3:30 pm - YouTube premier
ZSR Library Special Collections and Archives invites you to join us in celebrating Songs of Wake Forest, the latest book by Dr. Edwin G. Wilson. Ed Wilson’s relationship with Wake Forest, which began when he entered the College as a freshman in 1939, has continued for more than eight decades. Throughout his tenure, he has paid tribute to many in the Wake Forest family whose lives have intersected with his – sometimes speaking on behalf of the University and other times as a personal friend of the family. Songs of Wake Forest celebrates our founding ideals and offers praise for the men and women whose character and contributions shaped the University as we know it today.
On Friday, December 11th, the ZSR Library will be holding a launch party, which will feature readings by Dr. Wilson and his reflections on the creation of this book. Registration is required. We hope you can join us.
For those of you interested in pre-ordering your copy of Songs of Wake Forest, please visit Bookmarks. We anticipate that books will be available in early January, unless there are unforeseen delays caused by the pandemic. If you would like to purchase multiple copies of the book or have questions about the event, please contact ZSR’s Renee Berry by email at email@example.com or by phone at (336) 758-5480.
Salem Band Quartets Live-Stream Holiday Concert
Tuesday, December 15⋅7:30 – 8:30pm
Tune-in for a new Salem Band Holiday Concert experience! Salem Band’s Tuba Quartet will present a mix of mostly traditional carols for Christmas and the Saxophone Quartet will perform popular Holiday favorites with percussion. Selections include a medley of “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, O Little Town of Bethlehem, Go Tell It On the Mountain,” music from the Nutcracker, “Santa Baby,” a Pentatonix arrangement of “Carol of the Bells,” a swinging “Jingle Bells,” and the popular “Morning Star Polka.”
This is a free concert with live online donation options for our annual charity partner, Sunnyside Ministry, and your Salem Band. You can access the concert starting at 7:00 pm here: https://www.facebook.com/NewPhiladelphiaMoravianChurch/live/
Eileen M. Young, Music Director
Established in 1771, Salem Band is the oldest, continuous mixed wind ensemble in the nation.
Free Live Christmas eve Bedtime Story With The Elf
Thursday, December 24⋅1:15 – 2:15pm
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Join us for a magical start to your Christmas eve celebrations with a FREE live Christmas eve story, plus lots of fun with the naughty elf plus lots of personal shout outs. Set yourself as going to our event and you will be notified of when we are live. ho ho merry Christmas from candy kids entertainment
Christmas Eve Jingle 2020
Thursday, December 24⋅6:00 – 7:00pm
On Christmas Eve at 6pm (wherever you live) everyone should come outside onto their doorsteps and ring a bell for 2 minutes to spread Christmas spirit and to help Santa fly his sleigh. It has been an awful year and it would be a fantastic memory for everyone. Lets end 2020 with a bit of Magic, hope and togetherness! #christmasevedoorstepjingle2020
Jessica Thomas Lewis
Jessica Thomas Lewis lives in Winston-Salem, NC. She is always looking for fun, free things to do with her kids.