2022 Holiday Events in Winston-Salem

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2022 Holiday Events

Head to these fabulous holiday events this season with friends and family happening in Winston-Salem, Clemmons, Kernersville, and other surrounding towns! These events are arranged by date. We will continue to update this guide as we learn of more events. Don’t see your event listed? Submit it here!

Updated: December 2022


Tanglewood Festival of Lights

WHEN | November 11-January 1
DISCOUNT NIGHTS | Monday, November 14, Tuesday, November 15, Monday, November 21, Tuesday, November 22
▪️Gift Shop – Enjoy some holiday shopping at the Gift Shop located at the Red Barn. The Gift Shop is located approximately halfway through the light show route. Here you will find holiday crafts, specialty foods, and handmade gifts by local artisans
▪️S’moresville – Lowes Food has brought back the marshmallow cooking experience to Festival of Lights with S’moresville! This long-loved family tradition is located in the Gift Village, right outside the Gift Shop.
▪️Stables – Inside the park, Tanglewood Stables offers horse-drawn carriage rides and tractor-pulled hayrides which provide a unique alternative viewing experience to the Festival of Lights show. Carriage rides and hayrides are scheduled by appointment only and normally sell out prior to Opening Night. Call early for reservations: 336-766-9540.

Holiday Markets

Pictures with Santa

Salem Saturdays 

WHEN | November 19 & 26, December 3, 10, & 31
WHAT | Learn how the historical town of Salem created an environment of celebration and reflection in the solitude of this rural landscape.

Reynolda Village Holiday Stroll

WHEN | November 19
WHAT | Kick off your holiday season with a stroll through historic Reynolda Village which will be full of beautiful decorations, free carriage rides, carolers, and more.

Red Hound Farms

WHEN | Opening November 25th
WHAT | A variety of holiday activities including :

  • Wagon Ride to Live Nativity (Friday – Sunday 5-8 PM)
  • Pictures with Santa (Saturdays& Sundays 1-4 PM)
  • Outdoor Movie “The Polar Express” (December 3)
  • Gingerbread Decorating day (December 10)
  • Christmas Sweater Making Party and Contest (December 11)

Körner’s Folly – A Victorian Christmas 

WHEN | November 25-January 7
WHAT | Take a tour through each of the eccentric and elegant Victorian-era home’s twenty-two rooms that will be decorated from floor to ceiling, offering a festive and fun experience for visitors of all ages.

All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914

WHEN | November 25-27
WHAT | A remarkable true story, told in the words and songs of the men who lived it at Theatre Alliance.

The Spectacular Holiday Blooms

WHEN | November 25-December 30 on select evenings
WHAT | Enjoy a stroll through the dazzling wisteria lights and get lost in the illuminated trees at Ciener Botanical Garden. Enjoy carolers throughout.

Christmas at Smith Hollow Farm

WHEN | November 26 – 27th & December 3-4, 10-11
WHAT | Santa, Christmas crafts to enjoy creating with family, tractor rides, hot chocolate, Christmas games and activities, bon fire and s’mores, letter to Santa, farm animals, and more.

Clemmons Annual Tree Lighting

WHEN | November 29
WHAT | An evening of music, snow, train rides, a visit from Santa, cookies and of course, the tree lighting.

Candle Tea

WHEN |December 1-3 & 8-10
WHAT | One of Winston-Salem’s most beloved Christmas traditions. The sights, sounds, smells, tastes and interesting narrative of Candle Tea provide a warm experience of Moravian Advent and Christmas traditions from early Salem to the present day. The regular Candle Tea tour lasts about an hour.

Fairytale Friday

WHEN | December 2
WHAT | Cozy up around the morning bonfire while they read a book inspired by the farm donkeys.

19th Annual Twin City Santa Toy Drive & Semi-Formal

WHEN | December 2
WHAT | A toy drive + semi-formal with a live DJ, complimentary beer, wine, soft drinks and light hors d’oeuvres provided, and a photo booth at The Millennium Center. *You must be at least 21 years old to attend this event.

Through the Years: Christmas at Reynolda Tour

WHEN | December 2,9,15,16
WHAT | Celebrate the season with a festive glimpse of Reynolda’s Christmases past. Guests will enjoy a guided tour through the house, bringing history to life with archival photographs and oral history clips to complement the tour narrative.

A Rockin’ Country Christmas

WHEN | December 2-3
WHAT | Your favorite country western and early rock-and-roll stars come together in a musical review to sing the Christmas classics… and more at Theatre Alliance.

Christmas in Lewisville 

WHEN | December 2 & 11
WHAT | Tree lighting with hot coco and Santa (December 2) & Christmas Parade (December 11)

Medaloni Christmas Celebration 

WHEN | December 2
WHAT | Joey Medaloni will do the honors of lighting the Christmas tree at 6:30 pm. Holiday music and a cookie competition to accompany.

Winston-Salem Jaycees Holiday Parade

WHEN | December 3
WHAT | The parade will begin at the corner of Spruce and 4th, travel down 4th street, turn right at Liberty street and end at Corpening Plaza, where the tree lighting ceremony will be held at 6 PM.

Mocksville Christmas Parade

WHEN | December 3
WHAT | Hometown Christmas Parade through the streets of Mocksville!

2022 Christmas Around Kernersville

WHEN | December 3-4
WHAT | Tree lighting (December 3) and Christmas Parade that will travel through Downtown Kernersville (December 4)

Christmas at Bethabara

WHEN | December 3
WHAT | Celebrate the season by taking a journey through Bethabara. Visit the decorated 1788 Gemeinhaus, learn about — and taste — Moravian Christmas treats, listen to holiday music, and enjoy a performance by the Felt and Soul Puppet Theater.

West End Holiday Home Tour

WHEN | December 4
WHAT | Join the West End Association for their Holiday Homes Tour where attendees will have access inside historical homes and buildings throughout the neighborhood.

Carols by Candlelight

WHEN | December 4
WHAT | Enjoy hearing traditional carols inside Historic Bethabara Park’s 1788 Gemeinhaus. Illuminated by the soft glow of candles and amplified by the room’s architectural elements, the Piedmont Chamber Singers’ performance will present an unforgettable holiday experience.

Mistletoe Run

WHEN | December 4
WHAT | The 5k course runs through the Buena Vista Neighborhood while the marathon will be throughout the Reynolda area.

Jingle Bell Brunch 

WHEN | December 4
WHAT | Join Childress Vineyards in the Grand Pavilion and enjoy their festive holiday brunch with a waffle station, honey-glazed ham, desserts, mimosas and more.

Wake Forest Lovefeast

WHEN | December 4
WHAT | The annual Wake Forest Lovefeast is one of their most cherished traditions. This event is first come, first seated. When Wait Chapel reaches capacity, simulcast viewing will be available in Brendle Recital Hall in Scales Fine Arts Center.

The Nutcracker

WHEN | December 9-18
WHAT | “The Nutcracker” returns to live performance at the Stevens Center with tickets as low as $25.

Enchanted Christmas Evenings at Reynolda

WHEN | December 9 & 15
WHAT | Visit Reynolda for this special after-hours opportunity to see the historic house lit up for Christmas, featuring authentic early twentieth-century glass ornaments from the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh. Guests will also enjoy a live organ performance of festive Christmas carols.

Nativity According to the Gospels

WHEN | December 9-18
WHAT | An electrifying rendition of the Christmas story told with an infusion of gospel music, dance, and spoken word.

A Christmas Story: The Musical

WHEN | December 9-18
WHAT | A Christmas Story, The Musical will bring an exciting new dimension to those who have seen the movie and will certainly stand on its own for those who haven’t. Showing at Theatre Alliance.

A Christmas Carol

WHEN | December 9 – 18
WHAT | This hopeful and merry adaptation of everyone’s favorite Christmas classic is sure to bring holiday cheer to the whole family!

Wiseman Christmas Party

WHEN | December 10
WHAT | Drinks, tacky Christmas sweaters and more!

Advance Christmas Parade

WHEN | December 10
WHAT | Christmas parade through the streets of Advance.

Handel’s Messiah

WHEN | December 13
WHAT | Handel’s Messiah is one of the most celebrated oratorios of all time, beloved for its beauty, drama, and famous “Hallelujah” chorus. Former WSS Music Director Robert Moody returns to conduct this Winston-Salem Christmastime tradition at Wake Forest University’s Wait Chapel.

Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

WHEN | December 15
WHAT | Grab your ugly Christmas sweater and show it off at Black Mountain Chocolate Bar!

Christmas Movie 

WHEN | December 16
WHAT | Watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas at The Little Chapel with The Winston-Salem Picnic Ladies.


WHEN | December 16-17
WHAT | A Moravian advent & Christmas festival with food & drink vendors, advent and Christmas items for sale, artists & craftspersons, gifts, demonstrations, and activities for kids.

Jingle Jog 5k

WHEN | December 17
WHAT | The 5K race and 1 mile Santa Strut will take place on the Long Branch paved trail. The post-race celebrations will be at Radar Brewing.

‘Twas The Week Before Christmas Show

WHEN | December 17
WHAT | Favorite stories, carols, festivities, and Santa at Camel City Playhouse!

Christmas for the City

WHEN | December 17
WHAT | For the past fourteen years, local churches, businesses and members of the arts community have come together to throw a free citywide Christmas party that features live music and arts performances, original work by local artists, a make-your-own toy workshop, and Santa Clause.

Grinchmas at Fairytale Farm

WHEN | December 17-18
WHAT | Visit Whoville, see the Grinch & Max, take a ride on the holiday hayride, play outdoor games, and spend time with rescued animals at Fairytale Farm Sanctuary.

Comfort & Joy at Reynolda

WHEN | December 18
WHAT | On the Sunday before Christmas, enjoy a live performance of Reynolda’s original 1917 Aeolian Organ as you self-tour the museum.

Brunch & Bowl

WHEN | December 18
WHAT | Santa Claus is coming to Roar! Bring your letters to Santa and enjoy brunch!

Dirty Santa at Medaloni Cellars

WHEN | December 21
WHAT |  Bring a $20-$25 wrapped or bagged gift and your favorite holiday snack/app/dessert to share! Let the stealing begin!


Vienna Light Orchestra

WHEN | December 23
WHAT | With over two thousand flickering candles illuminating the performers, The Vienna Light Orchestra will feature some of the worlds most beloved Christmas favorites

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