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.