From the warm glow of a hand-dipped beeswax candle at Old Salem’s Candle Tea to the shimmer of more than a million twinkling lights at Tanglewood Park’s annual Festival of Lights, Winston-Salem knows how to turn on the cheer during the holiday season. Read on to learn about three of our favorite holiday traditions to experience during your next visit, plus get tips for mastering three different styles of holiday decor from the experts charged with decorating some of Winston-Salem’s top attractions.
A tradition for over 50 years, UNC School of the Arts’ (UNCSA) annual nine-show run of the classic ballet The Nutcracker is not your average school play. According to The Hollywood Reporter, these students are among the best in the world. Held in the historic 1929 Stevens Center in downtown Winston-Salem each December, this must-see show draws more than 10,000 patrons each year. Find out why it’s such a magical event and how to make the most of your experience in downtown Winston-Salem.
With more than a million pounds of wafer-thin Moravian cookies baked here each year, Winston-Salem is your headquarters for holiday sweets. These crispy cookies have become worldwide wonders (and excellent stocking stuffers).
A historic luxury boutique hotel in Winston-Salem, Graylyn Estate elevates your holiday getaway with rich traditions, festive decor, family-friendly activities, and even butler service. Built in 1932 by the then-president of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, Bowman Gray, the 85-room estate sits on 55 acres on the historic Reynolda Mile. Now owned by Wake Forest University and operated as a conference center and hotel, Graylyn is definitely worth a visit during the holidays.
As a city that’s known for a thriving art scene, it’s no surprise that the traditional technique of letterpress printing lives on in Winston-Salem, thanks in part to local artisan Alan Henderson of Pinecrest Printery.
Located less than an hour from Winston-Salem, Raffaldini Winery & Vineyards is known for its beautiful tasting room, stunning vineyard walking tours, and warm hospitality. But did you know you can take part in the blending of the winery’s annual Grande Riserva?
Whether you like sweet or savory, ice cream-topped or gravy-filled, pies are our (unofficial) official food of fall. Our local restaurants and shops offer one-of-a-kind southern specialties worth seeking out. Here are our top five favorites to try this fall.
Taking place November 17 and 18, the 55th annual Piedmont Craftsmen’s Fair brings more than 100 fine artisans from across the Southeast to downtown Winston-Salem. We caught up with Jane Doub, president and CEO of Piedmont Craftsmen Gallery and accomplished local artist, to get her take on what makes this event unlike any other craft fair in the Southeast region.
Whether by two feet, two wheels, or even four hooves, there are numerous ways to take in the stunning fall foliage around Winston-Salem. Our location in central North Carolina delivers comfortable, cool temps as early as September—and with them, a colorful canopy of changing leaves that peaks in October and lingers into November. Here are four of our favorite ways to bask in fall’s beauty during your next visit.