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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Smarty Scoop on Weekend Events

By Katie M

Welcome to December! Wow, how time flies! While you are out hustling and bustling among the holiday crowds, be sure to take some time this Sunday, December 6 to enjoy High Point Museum's 26th Annual Holiday Open House between 1 and 4 pm. This Smarty sponsored event has become a tradition with local families.

Come for a day of special reenactments, music, demonstrations, refreshments and hands-on activities. Activities include historic games, story time, and crafts. New this year, take a peek at its collections storage and ask the collections staff questions about preserving your personal collections. There is fun for all ages, and the event is FREE. No reservations required. Here is a run down of the day's event:

1 pm to 1:30 pm ~ Youth Jazz Orchestra from High Point Area Arts Council
1:30 pm to 2 pm ~ Celebration Band from High Point Area Arts Council
2 pm to 2:30 pm ~ Children's and Youth Chorales from High Point Area Arts Council
2:30 pm to 3 pm ~ Happy Tones from Culler Senior Center

High Point Museum is located at 1859 E. Lexington Ave in High Point. The phone number is 336-883-3022.

For more holiday fun, read on!

Downtown Holiday Parade Schedule:
Asheboro - Dec 4 - 7pm
Mebane - Dec 4 - 7pm
Greensboro - Dec 5 - NOON
Eden (Draper Children's Parade) - Dec 5 - 11am
King - Dec 5 - 2pm
Yadkinville - Dec 5 - 10am
Wilkesboro - Dec 5 - 1pm
Mocksville - Dec 5 - 2pm
Winston-Salem - Dec 5 - 5pm
Pilot Mountain - Dec 5 - 6pm
Kernersville - Dec 6 - 2:30pm
Mt. Airy - Dec 6 - 3pm
Jamestown - Dec 6 - 3pm
Lexington - Dec 7 - 6pm
Advance - Dec 12 - 10am
Walnut Cove - Dec 12 - 2pm
Stokesdale - Dec 12 - 2pm

Go “Nutz about Downtown” this Holiday Season!
Through December 31
Downtown Winston-Salem
Get ready to shop, dine and enjoy world-class entertainment in downtown Winston-Salem this holiday season. Best of all, the price just got a little cheaper thanks to a new holiday season promotion called Nutz About Downtown! Produced by the Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership in conjunction with the University of North Carolina School of the Arts’ production of The Nutcracker, the Nutz About Downtown promotion will turn Downtown Winston-Salem into “holiday central” for the entire family. Nutz About Downtown runs from November 24 until December 31. Nutz About Downtown provides discounts and/or special offers during the holiday season. Each participating merchant has an offer good for the entire holiday period. In addition, each participating merchant has a special offering or discount called the “Nutcracker Feature” on performance dates of The Nutcracker. A Nutcracker ticket stub or playbill must be presented at the participating establishment to receive the Nutcracker Feature special.

Special Events at Greensboro Children’s Museum
Simply Story Time With Mrs. Claus
Thursday, December 3, 3:30pm
Enjoy special story time with Mrs. Claus. Free with admission/membership.
Pictures With Santa
Friday, December 4, 11, and 18 – 6-7:30pm
Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa visits GCM! Get your photo taken with Santa for an additional $5.
Barnes and Nobles Bookfair Day
Saturday, December 5, 10am-6pm
Join us this day at Barnes & Noble at the Friendly Center Shops to help support the Museum! Museum staff will be at the bookstore along with Mrs. Claus to ring in the holidays and do arts and crafts with the kids. A percentage of purchases at B&N this day will benefit GCM.

Designer Finds Occasional Sale
Friday 9:30am-1pm, and Saturday 10am-1pm
Colonial Storage, 4835 Country Club Rd, W-S
Four designers/artists are teaming up under one roof for a unique and one of a kind Occasional Sale. You’ll find gifts, furniture, décor, accessories, personalized items, pet décor/accessories, holiday items and more. There is an eclectic mix of old and new.

Urban Holiday Bazaar
Friday 12-10pm, Saturday 12-10pm, Sunday 12-5pm
Caffe Prada, 390 N. Broad Street (corner of Broad and 4th street) in downtown W-S
Art/craft vendors will sell their handmade products in front of the coffee house. There is also a wine tasting.

Holiday Open House at RCC Archdale Center
Friday, December 4 from 4 – 8 pm
Randolph Community College’s Archdale Center, just off Highway 311 south of Archdale.
Randolph Community College's Archdale Center will feature local elementary and middle school artwork during its Holiday Open House. Patrons can vote on their favorite artwork (a penny for each vote); proceeds will go to Relay for Life. First, second, and third place ribbons will be given for both the elementary school and middle school categories. The award ceremony will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 4. Light refreshments will be served.The Archdale Center will be open for early viewing and voting Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.- 9 p.m. and on Fridays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Voting ends at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 4. Phone: 336-862-7980.

Santa at Buttons Boutique
Friday and Saturday (call for times)
5075 Country Club Road, WS
Phone: (336) 774-9188

"A Christmas Carol"
High Point Theatre, 220 E. Commerce Ave., HP
Come experience N.C. Shakespeare Festival's annual production of the classic Dicken's tale. Dec. 4 and 5, Preview nights, $10; Dec. 6 and 10, Community nights, $14; regular performances, adults, $31; children, $23. Showtimes vary per date; complete schedule available on web site.

"The One and Only Santa Claus"
Thursday-Friday 7 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday 2 p.m.
Paramount Theater, 128 E. Front St., Burlington
A series of hilarious and heart-warming sketches. Yul Tide and co-host Chrystal Flakes explore what Santa Claus really represents. Includes lots of bloopers and comical bickering. Adults, $7; ages 12 and under, $5. Phone: 336-222-TIXS.

"The Shoemaker and the Christmas Elves"
Friday 10 a.m.; Saturday 11 a.m.
Children's Theatre of Winston-Salem, 610 Coliseum Drive, W-S
A heartwarming, holiday musical with a yuletide spin on the classic Brothers' Grimm fairy tale. For Pre-K-5th graders. $8.

“Beautiful Star: An Appalachian Nativity”
Fridays and Saturdays 8 p.m.; Thursdays and Sundays 7 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays 2 p.m.
Triad Stage at The Pyrle Theater, 232 S. Elm St., GSO
Celebrating its fourth season, Reverend Ledbetter and the Open Heart Community Fellowship gather for their rendition of the Christmas story. $16.

Christmas Cabaret
Friday, December 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Hayworth Fine Arts Center, High Point University campus, HP
An original High Point University Music Production. $10.

Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic
Thursday and Friday 7 p.m.; Satuday 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Greensboro Coliseum, 1921 W. Lee St., GSO
Classic and new Disney stars take to the ice to share memories, laughs and excitement. Featuring the largest cast ever of lovable Disney stars on ice – Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Pinocchio, Jiminy Cricket, Stitch, Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Nemo and the Incredibles –and exciting moments from Disney’s "Mulan" and "The Lion King." $14-$50.

Holiday Magic
Friday, December 4 from 6-9 p.m.
Downtown Burlington.
Performances by Alamance Jazz Band and Season's Best Carolers in the Amphitheatre and Civil Defense in the Depot, strolling performances in the downtown area by the Elon Carolers, Salvation Army Band and others, "Christmas Goat" petting area in front of The Glass Angel, hayrides, the Christmas Train, May Memorial Library and The Times News Kids events at the Library, and visits to the Restored Caboose. Non-profit groups will also be selling refreshments and Christmas gift ideas. Tree lighting at 6 p.m. Free.

Portraits of Christmas: The Nativity & Popular Figures
Tuesday- Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday 1-4 p.m.
Doll and Miniature Museum of High Point, 101 W. Green Drive, HP
Impressive collection of 50 Renaissance nativity figures, plus a popular collection of Steinbach nutcracker Christmas figures. Adults, $5; ages 6-15, $2.50; under 6, free.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular
Friday 7 p.m.; Saturday 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 2825 University Parkway, W-S
Starring the world famous Rockettes with four performances in the Triad. $50; $65; ages 2 and under, free.

YWCA's Holiday Home Tour
Friday, December 4 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5-8 p.m.
Holiday home tour featuring beautifully decorated homes in High Point. $15. Click link above for map of homes.

Breakfast with Santa
The Children's Museum of Winston-Salem, 390 South Liberty Street
Saturday, December 5, 8:30 - 10 a.m.
Wonderful memories will be created at our special
Breakfast with Santa. The event includes a personal visit with Santa in the Enchanted Forest along with a photo, craft stations throughout the Museum, storytelling, a gift from Santa, and a yummy meal. Pre-registration required by December 2. Click the link above, or call to register at 723-9111 ext. 211. $25 per child/$15 per adult for members, $30 per child/$20 per adult for non-members.

Camelot Christmas and Holiday Marketplace
December 5 from 10 to 5 pm, and December 6 from 10 to 5 pm
The North Carolina Renaissance Faire Grounds, 13239 Capital Blvd, Wake Forest, NC
Special Seasonal Entertainment and Holiday Shopping!
Join King Arthur and his court for this magical holiday event. Enjoy artisans, music, dancing and more!! Get your holiday shopping done early with unique gifts and merchandise you can't get anywhere else. Phone: 919-755-8004

Santa and Mrs. Claus Visit at Emma Jane’s
Emma Jane’s, 1030-F S. Main Street, Kernersville
Saturday, December 5 from 11 am to 2 pm
We are very excited to annouce that Santa and Mrs. Claus will be coming to Emma Jane’s. Lovejoy Photography will be here to take pictures with Santa! You MUST register for your session by contacting us at Emma Jane's. Ph: (336)-992-2157

"The Nutcracker"
Dec. 5 and 6 2 p.m.; Dec. 5 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 9–12 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 12-13 2 p.m. and Dec. 13 at 7 p.m.
The Stevens Center of the U.N.C. School of the Arts, 405 W. Fourth St., W-S
Presented by the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, the annual tradition features a new 26-foot tall Christmas Tree, new lighting design and new magical surprises. $20-$66.

Candlefest at the Arboretum
Saturday, December 5 from 6-9 p.m.
Greensboro Arboretum, 401 Ashland Drive, GSO
Candlelit holiday stroll among more than 4,500 luminaries. Free.

Hanes Product Sale
Saturday, Dec. 5 from 8 am to 2 pm
YWCA Gateway, 1300 S. Main Street, W-S
No sales prior to 8 am. Cash and credit cards only - no checks. All items under $10. Proceeds benefit YWCA.

Christmas Candlelight Tour of 19th Century Salem
Saturday, December 5
Winkler Bakery, Old Salem, W-S
A guided walking tour by candlelight through the Historic District. Includes music, games, food and drink and interacting with staff. Space is limited and tours are booked on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations recommended. Tours meet at Winkler Bakery at 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Adults, $18; children, $12.

Four Christmases for Children
Saturday, December 5 from 5:30-8 p.m.
Historic Bethabara Park, 2147 Bethabara Road, W-S
Enjoy the season by candlelight along with the unique 18th century Christmas traditions. Advance reservations required; for families and their children ages 5-12. Adults, $5; children $3.

Holiday Open House
Saturday, December 5 at 10 am
Bethania Mill, 5455 Bethania Road, WS
There will be music, Santa, a Fashion show, live Christmas trees, a wine tasting, and great gift ideas from local area artists. Many Whimsical Women sell there. Music, Santa and wine tasting starts at 11 am.

Holiday Storytime
Saturday, December 5 at 1 pm
Burlington Outlet Village, Burlington
Burlington Christmas Market with a holiday storytime for children. Free.

Santa Train
Saturday, December 5
N.C. Transportation Museum, 411 S. Salisbury Ave. Spencer
A 25-minute train ride with Santa and his elves. Santa hands out oranges and candy canes. Hear classic Christmas tales and enjoy making holiday ornaments in the Roundhouse. $7; under 2, free (if riding on adult's lap only). Saturday Train Rides: 10 a.m., 10:45, 11:30 a.m. 1 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Sunday Train Rides: 1:30 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 3 p.m. and 3:45 p.m.

Family First: Holiday Cards and Gift Tags Workshop
Sunday, December 6 from 2-4 p.m.
Reynolda House Museum of American Art, 2250 Reynolda Road, W-S
Create original holiday cards, tags and relief prints using winter greenery and Reynolda House’s printing press. For elementary school-aged children accompanied by an adult. Registration required. $7.

Visit with Santa at Bur-Mil Park
Sunday, December 6 from 2-6 p.m.
Bur-Mil Park Clubhouse, 5834 Bur-Mil Club Road, GSO
Refreshments, Christmas crafts and music provided. Purchase prints from a professional photographer or bring your own camera. Free.

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Rachel H said...

Wow, Katie! This list rocks! No way anyone will be bored in the Triad this weekend!

And we hope all of our Halloween Costume Contest winners enjoy their Disney on Ice tickets this weekend!

Down Home DIY said...

It's getting to look a lot like Christmas! Thanks for the great list of activities. What to do, What to do...

Barbie said...

The Children's Home in Winston-Salem is having their Community Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony this weekend too. It's Sunday, 12/6, starting at 6 p.m. Come early to hear The Piedmont Wind Quintet playing Christmas music in Woosley Chapel. More details at

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