Safely celebrate with these local events that make it easy to social distance. Free to participate, oohs and ahhhhs included.
B-Town Christmas Cruise-Thru
Saturday, December 12⋅1:00 – 4:00pm
West Kitchin Street
W Kitchin St, Burlington, NC 27215, USA
After a successful Halloween Cruise-Thru, staff are actively planning a Christmas Cruise-Thru. Enjoy a quick drive through holiday decorations, wave to local community organizations, listen to Christmas music and say hey to Santa & Mrs. Claus. Goodie bags will be available for all children present and include something to wear, something to eat, something to craft and more.
Enter the event staging onto Kitchin Street from Mebane Street and you will be directed by staff to enter the Cruise-Thru on Overbrook Drive.
In collaboration with United Way of Alamance County, we are suggesting a donation of one non-perishable item per person in your vehicle to help support our community through the holidays. Food Drive items will be collected at the beginning of the Cruise-Thru.
Saturday, December 12⋅12:00 – 4:00pm
Daily, until Dec 13, 2020
Downtown, Greensboro, NC, USA
No Holiday Parade this year...but we still have our famous big balloons and local holiday talent!
December 12th and 13th, visitors to the center city will be invited to drive-thru a Balloon Regatta featuring 17 of our most famous big parade balloons and live entertainment, like:
Greensboro Ballet Nutcracker performers
Community Theatre of Greensboro Wizard of Oz actors
Triad Stage A Christmas Carol actors
The Regatta route will begin at Greensboro Children’s Museum and run down Church Street to the Depot.
Join in the fun and decorate your car in its holiday finest!
Remain in your car during the parade.
Maintain a speed of no more than 10 miles an hour.
Start the parade anytime between 12:00 and 4:00 on either day.
City of Greensboro
Guilford Merchants Association
Greensboro Convention & Visitors Bureau
Joseph M. Bryan Foundation
Need Transportation? GTA will provide free routes... see our site for details.
Candy Cane Lane at Gateway Gardens
Thursday, December 17⋅5:30 – 7:30pm
2800 E Gate City Blvd, Greensboro, NC 27401, USA
Registration is required!
Come stroll through Gateway Gardens and experience the beauty of the holidays with luminaries and magical holiday areas. Finish up with a socially distanced visit with the big guy himself, Santa!
Admission is free. Donations are appreciated.
Registration is required and space it limited so register quickly! Groups be allowed in on the half hour for 30 minute time slots.
Spectacular Holiday Blooms
Nov. 25 thru Jan. 6
5:30 – 10:00pm
Daily, until Jan 7, 2021
Paul J Ciener Botanical Garden
215 S Main St, Kernersville, NC 27284, USA
The Spectacular Holiday Blooms will be lit every night (weather depending) starting November 25, 2020 and continuing through January 6, 2021. In this 2nd year of Holiday Blooms, we’ve doubled the number of lit tulips and added more radiant blooms. Enjoy a stroll through the dazzling wisteria lights, get lost in the illuminated trees along the patio terrace and more surprises as you stroll to the Performance Stage. You may visit anytime between 5:00pm and 10:00pm, please keep 6’ apart through social distancing and wear your masks. Enjoy, take photos, and share to our social media pages.
Sunday, December 13 and 14⋅6:30 – 8:00pm
First Baptist Church of Stanleyville
851 Ziglar Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27105, USA
Join us Sunday and Monday, December 13 & 14 6:30 pm, 7:00 pm, 7:30 pm, 8:00 pm for our LIVE Nativity. Shows run every 30 minutes.
The Grinch: Drive-In
Friday, December 11⋅6:00 – 8:00pm
Stadium Dr, Thomasville, NC 27360, USA
Join us for the FREE showing of "The Grinch" on Friday December 11th, 2020 at Cushwa Stadium. Movie will start promptly at 6:30 PM.
You MUST register your vehicle in order to attend this event. Although it is FREE there are LIMITED spots for the showing of the movie. Registration will begin on November 20th at 8AM. You can register on our city website at www.thomasville-nc.gov or call 336-475-4280. The link to register will go live and also be posted in this event page on November 20th.
This movie is made possible by our friends at LGFCU and PACE Downtown of Thomasville!
You can listen and watch the movie from the comfort of your own car. You will tune to the radio station 101.7FM.
For additional questions or help with registering please contact our Main Office at 336-475-4280
5th Annual Holiday Markets - Camel City Craft Fair
Sunday, December 13⋅12:00 – 5:00pm
Foothills Brewing Tasting Room
3800 Kimwell Dr, Winston-Salem, NC 27103, USA
A free local market with over 100 vendors selling handmade arts, crafts, jewelry, vintage & antique items and more! Plus food trucks, live music, and more fun!
Saturday, December 19⋅11:00am – 4:00pm
Winston Junction Market
901 Trade St NW, Winston-Salem, NC 27101, USA
Join us for this fun (socially distanced) Holiday market in Downtown Winston-Salem. Local artists & makers selling their goods! Live Music, Food & Treats! Plus we will have a fun "Tacky Sweater" Contest with some amazing prizes so, plan to dress in your most festive outfits!
Winston Junction Market is an innovative, open-concept indoor market located in a converted warehouse space at 901 N Trade Street in downtown Winston-Salem.
Our focus is on locally handmade and produced goods. Our vendors range from makers and artisans to farmers and food and beverage producers.
Close to many breweries and entertainment, so make a day of it and visit all of our Industry Hill neighbors!
If you are interested in participating as an artist or maker, please contact email@example.com
Songs of Wake Forest with Dr. Edwin Graves Wilson
Friday, December 11⋅3:30 – 4:30pm
Online Event https://registration.secure.wfu.edu/songs-of-wake-forest-with-dr-ed-wilson-virtual-12-4-2020-0007586
Songs of Wake Forest with Dr. Edwin Graves Wilson
Friday, December 11 at 3:30 pm - YouTube premier
ZSR Library Special Collections and Archives invites you to join us in celebrating Songs of Wake Forest, the latest book by Dr. Edwin G. Wilson. Ed Wilson’s relationship with Wake Forest, which began when he entered the College as a freshman in 1939, has continued for more than eight decades. Throughout his tenure, he has paid tribute to many in the Wake Forest family whose lives have intersected with his – sometimes speaking on behalf of the University and other times as a personal friend of the family. Songs of Wake Forest celebrates our founding ideals and offers praise for the men and women whose character and contributions shaped the University as we know it today.
On Friday, December 11th, the ZSR Library will be holding a launch party, which will feature readings by Dr. Wilson and his reflections on the creation of this book. Registration is required. We hope you can join us.
For those of you interested in pre-ordering your copy of Songs of Wake Forest, please visit Bookmarks. We anticipate that books will be available in early January, unless there are unforeseen delays caused by the pandemic. If you would like to purchase multiple copies of the book or have questions about the event, please contact ZSR’s Renee Berry by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (336) 758-5480.
Salem Band Quartets Live-Stream Holiday Concert
Tuesday, December 15⋅7:30 – 8:30pm
Tune-in for a new Salem Band Holiday Concert experience! Salem Band’s Tuba Quartet will present a mix of mostly traditional carols for Christmas and the Saxophone Quartet will perform popular Holiday favorites with percussion. Selections include a medley of “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, O Little Town of Bethlehem, Go Tell It On the Mountain,” music from the Nutcracker, “Santa Baby,” a Pentatonix arrangement of “Carol of the Bells,” a swinging “Jingle Bells,” and the popular “Morning Star Polka.”
This is a free concert with live online donation options for our annual charity partner, Sunnyside Ministry, and your Salem Band. You can access the concert starting at 7:00 pm here: https://www.facebook.com/NewPhiladelphiaMoravianChurch/live/
Eileen M. Young, Music Director
Established in 1771, Salem Band is the oldest, continuous mixed wind ensemble in the nation.
Free Live Christmas eve Bedtime Story With The Elf
Thursday, December 24⋅1:15 – 2:15pm
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Join us for a magical start to your Christmas eve celebrations with a FREE live Christmas eve story, plus lots of fun with the naughty elf plus lots of personal shout outs. Set yourself as going to our event and you will be notified of when we are live. ho ho merry Christmas from candy kids entertainment
Christmas Eve Jingle 2020
Thursday, December 24⋅6:00 – 7:00pm
On Christmas Eve at 6pm (wherever you live) everyone should come outside onto their doorsteps and ring a bell for 2 minutes to spread Christmas spirit and to help Santa fly his sleigh. It has been an awful year and it would be a fantastic memory for everyone. Lets end 2020 with a bit of Magic, hope and togetherness! #christmasevedoorstepjingle2020
Did you know that when you shop using the AmazonSmile program, Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charity of your choice? This money goes to the organization of your choice, with no extra fees. AmazonSmile is a great perk that is a win-win for everyone.
There are more than one million eligible 501(c)(3) charities listed on AmazonSmile, and many are right here in the Piedmont Triad. You can only contribute to one organization at a time, but you can easily change your selection within your AmazonSmile account.
Want to help feed hungry children in Winston-Salem? H.O.P.E. (Help Our People Eat) is for you. Want to support a local bookstore? Bookmarks is on the AmazonSmile list! Want to help raise funds and supplies for kids local to Winston Salem, making it so no kids go without beds or basic needs this winter? Net Impact Triad is doing just that, and they are on the list.
See below for a small collection of local charities that you can link up with now. We’ve also included a link to donate directly to each organization.
We are not affiliated with Amazon or any of the charities listed, we just want to help you support local even when you need to buy from the online seller. Get started at AmazonSmile.
Edited to add more charities on 11/29/2020
AARF is a non-profit 501(c)3 aiding homeless and helpless cats and dogs in the greater Winston-Salem area; Providing rescue and adoption services, information, and education while encouraging the human/animal bond.
Donate directly to AARF
ABC of NC
ABC of NC is a non-profit dedicated to providing high-quality, evidence-based diagnostic, therapeutic and educational services for people with autism.
Donate directly to ABC of NC
American Children’s Home
American Children's Home's mission is to provide a safe and loving home for children when their own homes are no longer safe and loving.
Donate directly to American Children’s Home
Applied Family Services
Providing support, skills, and resources to empower families of individuals with developmental delays.
Donate directly to Applied Family Services
Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County
For over 70 years, The Arts Council has provided proactive leadership and sparked cultural growth. Our grant programs provide arts education experiences to school children, nurture artists and advance their careers and help arts and cultural organizations
Donate directly to the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County
Authoring Action is a nonprofit arts & outreach organization dedicated to developing youth as articulate authors & advocates for social change!
Donate directly to Authoring Action
Bookmarks is a literary arts nonprofit and independent bookstore in downtown Winston-Salem, NC. We believe in "Books with Purpose!"
Donate directly to Bookmarks
Child Care Resource Center (Also known as Work-Family Resource Center)
Child Care Resource Center (CCRC) is a private, 501(c) 3 non-profit child care resource and referral agency committed to providing consumer education, child care referrals, resources, and professional development opportunities to support quality child car
Donate directly to Child Care Resource Center
Crossnore School & Children’s Home
Crossnore School & Children's Home grows healthy futures for children and families by providing a Christian sanctuary of hope and healing.
Donate directly to Crossnore School & Children’s Home
Forgotten Felines of Forsyth
Forgotten Felines of Forsyth is an all-volunteer, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, committed to humanely reducing the feral and stray cat population in Forsyth and surrounding counties of North Carolina through a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program.
Donate directly to Forgotten Felines of Forsyth
Forsyth Humane Society
Our mission is to enrich our community by promoting the compassionate treatment of cats and dogs. Forsyth Humane Society has set a goal of increasing the save rate of shelter dogs and cats from 36% in 2017 to 90% by 2023.
Donate directly to Forsyth Humane Society
Friends of Stokes Shelter
Adoptable animals housed at the FOSS Animal Adoption Center
Donate directly to Friends of Stokes Shelter
Gateway Nature Preserve
Nature can thrive in the city! Join us as we work to develop and protect 19 acres as an urban nature preserve.
Donate directly to Gateway Nature Preserve
Goodwill Industries of NWNC
Programs that help thousands of people find hope, opportunity & jobs.
Donate directly to Goodwill Industries of NorthWest North Carolina
HandsOn Northwest North Carolina
We make it easy to make a difference!
Donate directly to HandsOn Northwest North Carolina
HOPE of Winston-Salem (Help Our People Eat)
H.O.P.E. of Winston-Salem is dedicated to preparing and transporting nutritious meals on Sunday to children in neighborhoods with high food insecurity. Our mission is to use community-wide volunteer support to help children on a path to healthy eating.
Donate directly to H.O.P.E. of Winston-Salem
Founded in 1999, Humane Solution Spay/Neuter Program is an all-volunteer 501(c)3 organization, whose mission is to provide low-cost spay/neuter surgeries to residents in and around the Triad region of North Carolina.
Donate directly to Humane Solutions
iCan House is place of belonging, support and learning for those having difficulty with social skills and relationships.We help those who are neuro-diverse and process the world differently. No diagnosis is required to attend iCan House programs.
Donate directly to iCan House
Just HOPE Inc
Just HOPE, Inc. is a Community Outreach Agency with a focus on the displaced, homeless, and those without reliable transportation.
Donate directly to Just HOPE, Inc
Net Impact Triad
Raising funds and supplies for kids local to Winston Salem, NC. Our goal is to make it so no kids go without beds or basic needs this winter.
Donate directly to Net Impact Triad
North Star LGBTQ Community Center
North Star LGBTQ Center is a community space for support, education, social opportunities, resources, and more.
Donate directly to North Star LGBTQ Community Center
Novant Health Foundation
Novant Health Foundations engage and connect donors to Novant Health programs and initiatives that save lives and improve the health of the communities we serve.
Donate directly to Novant Health Foundation
Planned Parenthood of Winston-Salem
Planned Parenthood, the nation's leading sexual & reproductive health care provider & advocate, has been providing trusted health care for nearly 100 years
Donate directly to Planned Parenthood of Winston-Salem
Red Dog Rescue
We are a NC 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation formed to rescue and rehabilitate neglected, abused or otherwise unwanted animals in & around Guilford County.
Donate directly to Red Dog Rescue
Riverwood Therapeutic Riding Center
Riverwood Therapeutic Riding Center provides quality, professional equine assisted activities for children and adults with special needs. Equine assisted activities help to improve muscle tone, balance, posture, coordination and motor development.
Donate directly to Riverwood Therapeutic Riding Center
Ronald McDonald House of Winston-Salem, Inc.
The Ronald McDonald House of Winston-Salem provides a "home-away-from-home" in our House and Family Rooms for families with children receiving medical care in our communities.
Donate directly to Ronald McDonald House of Winston-Salem
Ruff Love Rescue
Ruff Love Rescue is a 501(c)(3) volunteer dog rescue group who care for 100's of canines in need. RLR is a home based foster group in North Carolina.
Donate directly to Ruff Love Rescue
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC
Second Harvest Food Bank serves the 18 counties of Northwest North Carolina by providing food and support 430+ on-the-ground local partner programs and by lifting the message of food insecurity and poverty into the public eye.
Donate directly to Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC
SECU Family House
The SECU Family House on the Richard J. Reynolds, III & Marie M. Reynolds Campus provides affordable lodging in a caring environment for referred adult patients and/or their caregivers who travel to Winston-Salem, N.C., for medical treatment.
Donate directly to SECU Family House
Senior Services is a private, nonprofit agency helping seniors age at home with dignity. Meals-on Wheels, Williams Center, Home Care, Help Line, etc.
Donate directly to Senior Services
Stepping Stones Canine Rescue
Stepping Stones Canine Rescue is a charitable and educational non-profit corporation, located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Donate directly to Stepping Stones Canine Rescue
Triad Restorative Justice
Advancing equity and trust within our community by responding to conflict, crime and injustice with effective restorative practices, trainings and education
Donate directly to Triad Restorative Justice
By Jessica Sapp
Hi Jessica, 5,000,000 views! You're a top photographer on Google Maps. You've just accomplished what very few people have done: reached 5,000,000 photo views. Keep it up!
That's a fun email to receive!
Over the years, I've actively contributed to Google Maps by rating and reviewing local businesses, contributing photos, and fact checking as a Local Guide. Being a Google Local Guide is a fun (unpaid) way for me to share my love for our area; from parks, to museums, to retail and restaurants, I share information about local places on Google Maps and on my own website, Piedmont Triad Living.
Since 2012, I've shared places all across NC and beyond. The Piedmont Triad is home and you'll see strong endorsements for our local people, places, and things. In addition to contributing nearly 900 pictures to Google Maps, I've written more than 200 reviews and answered nearly 2,500 questions. Live laugh love play shop local.
It's been amusing to watch the number of views rise on the pictures I take. The world of Google seems to love Cook Out as much as I do. I contributed the first picture, a tray with onion rings from Cook Out, in December 2017. I snapped this pic in the front seat of my car before I took my first bite. It quickly rose to be my most viewed contribution, currently with 553,713 looks. Three of my top 10 viewed photos were from Cook Out trays LOL! I'm not sure how the algorithms work in determining what pictures are shown more often in Google Maps, but greasy food seems to be popular.
Twelve days later after hitting 5 million, I'm at 5,212,848 total views. Oh, if only I had a penny for every view!
My top 10 Views on Google Maps as of November 1, 2020:
Jessica Thomas Lewis
Jessica Thomas Lewis lives in Winston-Salem, NC. She is always looking for fun, free things to do with her kids.