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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Smarty Scoop on Weekend Activities 12/5 – 12/7

By Katie M

Let the festivities begin! There is a LOT going on this weekend throughout the Triad and this is just the beginning of another event-packed holiday season. I tried to compile those events that would appeal to families with children. If you have an event you’d like to share with other Smarty Moms, be sure to post it as a comment below. Please know that after this, every “Smarty Scoop on Weekend Activities” will run on Wednesdays.

Happy first weekend of December!

17th Annual Tanglewood Festival of Lights
Tanglewood Park, Clemmons
Now through January 1, 6 pm to 11 pm

Festival of Lights
Downtown Greensboro
December 5, 5:45 pm -9 pm
Outside entertainment along Elm St, from Lee St to Center City Park, to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season. Lighting of the Community Tree; shops open late, kids’ activities.

Walk Through Bethlehem
Kernersville Seventh-day Adventist Church
December 5- 13,
A live-action journey back in time where you'll rediscover the true meaning of Christmas! Free admission!

Flame & Ember Christmas Safety Show
Greensboro Children’s Museum
December 5, 3:30pm
An entertaining and educational show by the popular duo Flame and Ember.  Flame the Clown and Ember her Dalmatian will demonstrate ways kids can stay safe during the holidays as they help their families decorate, put up lights and Christmas trees. Bring your camera to take pictures of your kids with Ember. Free with admission/membership.

Holiday Parade
4th Street Downtown, Winston-Salem
December 6, 5pm
Bring the family to enjoy Jaycee’s parade complete with music, dancing, costumed mascots and treats for the kids. Immediately following will be the City Tree Lighting Celebration in Corpening Plaza, downtown Winston-Salem, at 6 pm, which will also include special entertainment and a guest appearance by Old Saint Nicholas himself! No cost at either event.

Breakfast with the Grinch
The Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem
December 6, 8:30 am
Join in Whoville for a NEW Breakfast with the Grinch. Enjoy a personal visit with the Grinch, Christmas craft stations, storytelling, a gift from the Grinch, and a yummy meal. Pre-registration required by December 1. Don’t forget your camera!
$20.00 per child/$10 per adult for members $25.00 per child/$15 per adult for non-members

Santa Visits Nest
Cricket’s Nest Craft Shop, 4401 Country Club Road, Winston-Salem
December 6, 11 am – 1 pm
Free picture with Santa and a special treat for all children. Parents can shop while Santa visits with the children.

Santa in the Park
Grace Court Park, in historic West End, Winston-Salem
December 6, 11 am - 2 pm
Clare Fader with Leonard Ryden Burr invites all families for a fun family day with Santa. Bring your children and/or pets to have free photos taken with Santa.

The Nutcracker
Stevens Center, downtown Winston-Salem
December 6 – 14
This holiday season experience the magic of “The Nutcracker” presented by the UNC School of the Arts with live music by the Winston-Salem Symphony. Featuring choreography by Robert Lindgren and Sonja Tyven, based on the choreography of Lev Ivanov, “The Nutcracker” ballet will again bring sugar plum dreams to life in dance and music for 10 dazzling performances. Call for times and prices (721-1945) or go online.

A Christmas Carol
High Point Theatre, 220 East Commerce Ave, High Point
December 6, 8 pm.
NCSF's annual production of Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol is the ultimate Family Theatre experience, and will put you in the holiday spirit--spectacular scenery, beautiful costumes, stunning lighting, glorious music and, most of all,
Dickens' moving tale--A Christmas Carol captures the bright spirit of the season!
Cost: $31 - $21

Snacks w/Santa: A Celebration of Holiday Traditions
YWCA Gateway Facility, Main Street, Winston-Salem
December 7, 1 pm
This is a fun and educational experience exposing young children and their families to a variety of holiday traditions. In addition, children will have the opportunity to visit with Santa. Crafts, games and entertainment highlighting Hanukkah, Kwanza, Asian, Hispanic, Muslim and American traditions are planned. It’s also a wonderful opportunity for children and their parents to work together on a craft or play a game specific to a group’s own holiday traditions.
Cost: Free with donation of canned good.

Kernersville Christmas Parade
Mountain Street, Kernersville
December 7, 2:30 p.m

The Children’s Home Tree and Nativity Lighting
The Children’s Home, Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem
December 7, 6 pm
Choirs singing. Lighting of the oldest continuously lit tree in Winston-Salem and the traditional Nativity Scene displayed on Reynolda. Then hay rides to visit the live Nativity scene at the Farm and seeing Santa and the Grinch on the way.


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