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CHRISTMAS 2019 | Parades, Holiday Lights, Santa, Events, and More!

The holidays are here! Join in the fun with Christmas parades, festivals, holiday lights, ice skating and so much more in the Piedmont Triad.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — From visits with Santa to the lighting of Christmas trees and so much more the holiday season is upon us here in the Piedmont Triad. Family fun includes parades, festivals, light shows, ice skating and so much more over the holiday season.

Check out the list of events happening all across the Piedmont Triad.

If you have an event that’s not featured send an email with event details to news@wfmy.com or webteam@wfmy.com for us to include.


Jamestown Christmas Parade 

What: It’s all about a holiday good time at the Jamestown Christmas Parade!

When: December 1 at 3:00 p.m.

Where: Main Street

More Details: Jamestown Christmas Parade

Sights and sounds of the 2019 Jamestown Parade:

PHOTOS | Jamestown Christmas Parade

Lexington Christmas Parade

What: Christmas is Uptown Lexington! Enjoy the holiday-themed floats, decorated cars, music, and much more at the Lexington Christmas Parade.

When: December 2 at 6:00 p.m.

Where: Beginning at Lexington High School and traveling to 9th street

More Details: Lexington Christmas Parade 

Asheboro Christmas Parade

What: Ring in the holiday season with the Asheboro Christmas Parade! The parade is filled with music, beautifully decorated floats and lots more! WFMY News 2’s Christian Morgan will serve as the Grand Marshall at the parade.

When: December 6 at 7:00 p.m.

Where: The parade route begins at the corner of Church and Sunset Avenue, heads east on Sunset to Fayetteville Street, then south on Fayetteville Street and ends at Kivett Street.

More Details: Asheboro Christmas Parade 

Greensboro Holiday Parade

What: Come to downtown Greensboro to get into the Christmas spirit! The Greensboro Holiday Parade features bands, floats, balloons, dance teams and more! The parade averages more than 60,000 spectators. Make sure you look for the WFMY News 2 crew in the parade!

When: Saturday, December 7 at noon

(rain or shine)

Where: Starts on North Greene Street in Greensboro

More Details: Holiday Parade Route Map

Winston-Salem Jaycees Holiday Parade

What: Come to downtown Winston-Salem for the 29th Annual Winston-Salem Jaycees Holiday Parade. The parade features more than 90 entries with floats and marching bands among others! Make sure to look for the WFMY News 2 crew in the parade! The Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will follow the parade.

When: Saturday, December 7 at 5:00 p.m.

Where: The parade route starts on Fourth Street at Poplar Street, and then travels down Fourth Street to Liberty Street. The route turns right onto Liberty Street and continues to Corpening Plaza (Liberty and First Street).

More Details: Winston-Salem Jaycees Holiday Parade

High Point Holiday Festival Parade 

What: Get into the Holiday spirit with the High Point Holiday Festival Parade! Enjoy the floats, cars, marching bands, dance teams and more! Make sure you look for the WFMY News 2 crew!

When: Sunday, November 24 at 3:00 p.m.

Where: The parade will begin at Green Drive and travel north on Main Street to Montlieu Avenue.

More Details: High Point Parade

Burlington Christmas Parade

What: Oh, what fun it is to be at the Burlington Christmas Parade! Enjoy the floats, cars, marching bands, dance teams and more!

When: November 23 at 10:00 a.m.

Where: Main Street, Downtown Burlington  

More Details: Burlington Christmas Parade

Randleman Christmas Parade

What: Randleman’s Old Fashioned Christmas Parade kids off the holiday season with bands, floats, and specialty groups! WFMY News 2’s Ed Matthews will serve as the Grand Marshall at the parade. The tree lighting and live music in Commerce Square will follow the parade.

When: December 7 from 3:30 p.m. 

Where: Downtown Randleman

More Details: Randleman Christmas Parade 


WFMY News 2 Winterfest 

What: A winter wonderland in the heart of Greensboro! Winterfest lets people of all ages and skill levels enjoy an outdoor skating rink and ice slide roller coaster.

Where: LeBauer Park, downtown Greensboro

When: Until Jan. 26


  • Kids (5 and under): $6 / person
  • Kids (6-12): $10 / person
  • Regular Price (13+): $12 / person
  • Season Pass: $75 / person
  • Skate Trainers: $5/hour
  • Private Ice Rental: $300/hour
  • Price includes skate rental and saucer rental!


(Hours subject to change)

RELATED: Everything You Need To Know About WFMY News 2 Winterfest

Check out the full Skating Schedule

Check out the Curling League Schedule 

Ice Skating/Winston-Salem Fairgrounds Annex 

What: Get on the ice and make some family memories this holiday season at the ice skating rink at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds Annex.

When: Various dates, and times!

Costs: $7 for Admission – $3 for Rental Skates

Specials: No School Skate Days Return – when school is out we will be open from 11 am – 5 pm!

Where: Winston-Salem Fairgrounds Annex

More Details: Ice Skating Fun at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds Annex

Greensboro Ice House

What: Too cold to be outside? Take the ice skating fun indoors at the Greensboro Ice House.

Where: 6119 Landmark Center Boulevard, Greensboro

Cost: Most weekday public skating sessions are only $7, including skate rental.

Weekends: Friday night through Sunday
Skating Admission: $10.00 (7yrs+), $8.00 (6yrs & Under)

Skate Rental: $3.00

Ages 3 and under - Free (Does not include Skate Rental)

More Details: Greensboro Ice House Skating Schedule


What: Take the ice skating fun outdoors in Kernersville! 

Where: Kernersville Museum located at 127 West Mountain Street. 

When: Tuesday - Friday: 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Cost: The cost to skate is $7 for 30 minutes of skate time and includes your skate rental.  

More Details: Kernersville Ice Skating


Greensboro Festival of Lights 

What: The long-standing Greensboro tradition includes tree lighting in Center City Park, a holiday market at LeBauer Park, community sing-a-long, food trucks, and visit from Santa in Hamburger Square, and carolers and acoustic performances along Elm Street and inside the Greensboro Cultural Center. 

When: Friday, December 6, 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Where: Downtown Greensboro 

More Details: Greensboro Festival of Lights


What: Stroll through the Greensboro Arboretum by the light of nearly 4,000 luminaries set up by Girl Scouts of the Carolinas. The night will include a visit with Santa, music throughout the garden, and hot chocolate and s’mores available for purchase. All non-perishables collected will be donated to a local food bank.

When: Saturday, December 7 from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Where: Greensboro Arboretum 

Greenery Festival

What: A limited number of wreaths, garland, poinsettias, and light balls and hand-crafted holiday gift ideas and home decor from local artisans will be available for purchase. This event is a fundraiser for the nonprofit Greensboro Beautiful.

When: December 8 from 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Where: Lewis Recreation Center 

'Tis the Season

What: A holiday festival for the whole family. Holiday arts and crafts, visit with Santa and treats.

When: December 7 from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Where: Brown Recreation Center

Showing Love Holiday Event

What: Enjoy poetry basketball, cookies and other refreshments, face-painting and gifts.

When: December 7 from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Where: Windsor Recreation Center

Holiday Movie in the Park

What: Holiday Movie in the Park will feature - The Grinch! 

When: December 20 at 6:30 p.m.

Where: LeBauer Park

Grinch Fest!

What: Who's our favorite green and grumpy guy? The Grinch, that's who. Join us to make Grinchy green slime, pin a heart on the Grinch, and more.

When: December 21 from 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Where: Hemphill Library

For More Details on All Greensboro, Events click, HERE!

Greeting Card Makerspace 

What: 'Tis the season for Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and more. Use colorful art supplies to make cards for your favorite holidays. Preschool and school-age kids are welcome to join us. 

When: December 3 from 3:30 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Where: Hemphill Library 

For More Details on All Greensboro, Events click, HERE!

Everything Santa

Letters to Santa: Now through November 30

Children can drop off their letters to Santa at the Greensboro Cultural Center or Brown, Griffin, Glenwood, or Leonard recreation centers. They will receive a return letter in the mail. 

Say Hello to Santa: Benjamin Library, 4-4:45 pm

After a holiday storytime, meet the Jolly Old Elf himself – Santa Claus – plus make holiday art and crafts and enjoy milk and cookies.

Meet Santa: Center City Park, December 13, 4-7 pm

Greensboro Downtown Parks will be offering free photos with Santa in front of the largest lighted tree in Greensboro. Families will enjoy hot chocolate and entertainment while waiting for their turn with the big guy!

Pictures with Santa at Smith Active Adult CenterDecember 12, 3-5 pm, and December 13, 9 am to 12 noon

Santa and Mrs. Claus invite you to bring your children, grandchildren, pets, spouse or friends to enjoy milk and cookies and have your picture taken. Pictures are $5 each and will be printed while you wait. (Well-behaved grandchildren and pets are welcome.) No appointment is necessary. For more information, call 336-373-7564.

For More Details on All Greensboro, Events click, HERE!


Choral Society of Greensboro Presents Handel’s Messiah: First Baptist Church, 1000 W. Friendly Ave., November 8, 7:30 pm

Jazzing Up the Holidays: Glenn McNairy Library, December 5, 6-7 pm

Kick-off the holiday season with jazz music performed by Guilford College’s student musicians, and do some wintry crafts! All ages welcome.

Jingle All the Way with Holiday Jazz: Benjamin Library, December 9, 7-8 pm

Enjoy an enchanted evening of beautiful holiday music played by local jazz musician Wally West. Bring a friend and hear some of your favorite holiday tunes.

For More Details on All Greensboro, Events click, HERE!

Giving and Volunteer Opportunities

Santa’s Workshop
Greensboro Youth Council’s Santa’s Workshop collects new and gently used toys at local libraries, recreation centers, and other locations until December 6. The gifts will be distributed to local families in need this holiday season. More details at the GYC website.

Mayor’s Committee for Persons with Disabilities Shopper’s Day
This annual event at the Four Seasons Town Centre provides an opportunity for more than 900 individuals with disabilities and volunteers to interact, gain understanding, and share some holiday cheer. Each shopper receives $10 to shop. Make a financial contribution online.

Wreaths Across America at Forest Lawn Cemetery: December 14, 11 am
Volunteers place wreaths at veterans' graves to show their gratitude and appreciation during the holiday season.



What: High Point University will host its ninth annual Community Christmas Celebration. The event features complimentary entertainment, hot food, Christmas decorations and lots more! This is a free event and open to all ages and anyone in the community. 

When: December 12 - 13 from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

2019 Community Christmas festivities will include:

  • Performances by local schools and church choirs, including:
    • Dec. 12 – High Point Central High School Marching Band
    • Dec. 12 – Mt. Zion Baptist Church Choir with a homily by Pastor Dr. Frank K. Thomas 
    • Dec. 13 – T.W. Andrews High School Marching Band
    • Other groups will be announced in the coming weeks
  • Santa’s Stable Petting Zoo
  • Enhanced Polar Express Train Rides
  • The Nutcracker: selections from Tchaikovsky’s classic
  • The Great Christmas Broadcast: a live, old-time radio show, with Christmas music, comedy and a special guest from the North Pole
  • Readings of the Christmas Story by local ministers
  • Life-size Nativity scene and photo op
  • Photo and gift for children who visit Santa in the Slane Center
  • “Falling Snow” Winter Wonderland Experience with hot cocoa and coffee
  • Christmas decorations
  • Performances by local schools and church choirs
  • North Pole Playland
  • Arcade games and entertainment
  • Crafty Elf Lego Workshop in Wanek to include Lego Robotics Paint by Robot, Lego Photo Op and Christmas Craft
  • Holly Jolly Hot Dog Shoppe in the Millis Center Gym


All guests will park at Oak Hollow Mall near the entrance to the HPU Community Center, where complimentary shuttles will bring guests to campus. In the event of rain, the celebration will continue on campus in the Slane Center, R.G. Wanek Center and James H. and Jesse E. Millis Athletic and Convocation Center. For more information, visit www.highpoint.edu/christmas.

Community members can easily access a campus map, schedule of events, parking information, live updates and more by downloading the High Point University Community Christmas App at www.highpoint.edu/christmasapp


What: Fairfield UMC will have their annual Live Nativity! Wise people, animals and villagers will take guests on a journey to begin the Christmas season. Canned goods will be collected for the Fairfield UMC Food Pantry.

When: Saturday, December 7 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Rain date is Sunday, December 8

Where: 1505 NC Hwy 62 West, High Point, NC 27263 (Located at the corner of Hwy 62 and Harlow Road)


Tanglewood Festival of Lights

What: It’s a dazzling display of Christmas lights! Check out the 28th Annual Festival of Lights at Tanglewood Park. Kids can also visit with Santa and roast marshmallows. You can also reserve a horse-drawn carriage ride or a tractor-pulled hayride by calling 336-766-9540. You can also camp at Manor House and RV campground to receive free admission to Festival of Lights. Call 336-703-6494 for more information.

When: Festival of Lights runs through January 1, 2020.

The show’s operating hours are 6 p.m.-11 p.m. nightly, with the exception of December 31 when Festival of Lights closes at 10 p.m.

Nightly ticket prices are as follows:
-Family vehicles (cars, vans and trucks): $15
-Commercial vehicles (vans, limos and mini-buses): $35
-Motorcoaches and buses: $100

More Details: Tanglewood Festival of Lights

Wake Forest Lovefeast Service

What: The first Lovefeast in North Carolina was held on the evening of the arrival of the first Moravian colonists in the settlement of Bethabara on November 17, 1753. Wake Forest now carries on the tradition and includes a sweetened bun and creamed coffee. The Wake Forest Concert Choir, Handbell Choir, Flute Choir, and Messiah Moravian Church bland play music.

When: Sunday, December 8 the first service is at 4:30 p.m. the second is at 8:00 p.m.

Where: Wait Chapel located at 1834 Wake Forest Road in Winston-Salem.

More Details:  Wake Forest Lovefeast Service

Salem Saturdays at Christmas

What: The entire family will get into the Christmas spirit at the Salem Saturdays at Christmas event. It includes a stroll along Main Street, visit the decorated historic buildings, sit and chat by the fire.

When: November 16 – December 28 from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Where: Old Salem Museums & Garden

For more details including pricing click, HERE

Candlelight Tours 

What: Grab a lantern and apron and get ready to join Old Salem Museums & Gardens for an interactive holiday experience. That includes helping to make Salem’s Christmas Putz (a collection of small buildings placed under the Christmas tree that represents the town of Salem).

When: Through December 28

Cost: $65 per person

Where: Old Salem Museum & Gardens

More Details: Christmas events at Old Salem Museum & Gardens

Reynolda's Estate-Wide Holiday Stroll

What: Stroll the sidewalks, galleries, and gardens of Reynolda surrounded by beautiful decorations, carolers, and merriment at this annual kickoff to the holiday season. Take a carriage ride through the Village, see the 1917 bungalow after-hours, and escape to the greenhouse to see the orchid display. Plus, look for photo spots throughout Reynolda perfect for your own holiday cards.

When: Saturday, November 23, 2019, 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Museum, Gardens, and Village shops open until 8 p.m.

Free with Museum admission; admission to Gardens and Village free


  • 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Hot chocolate and Christmas card-making at the Museum
  • 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m. Caroling at the Museum, in the Reception Hall
  • 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Visits with Santa and carriage rides in the Village.

More Details: Reynold’s Holiday Stroll

Caroling Fridays

What: Enjoy caroling at the Reynolda House! The Reception Hall fills with friends, music, and cheer as we gather around the Aeolian organ for Christmas carols.

When: Each Friday, December 6, 13, 20, 3 p.m. 

Other Details: No advance registration or caroling experience required; music lasts approximately 20 minutes. 

More Details: Reynolda House Christmas Events

Through the Years: Christmas at Reynolda

What: Enjoy a specialized tour of the historic Reynolda House with an emphasis on the holiday traditions of the Reynolds and Babcock families that lived here through archival photographs and stories. What better way to celebrate the season than with a festive glimpse of Reynolda's Christmases past?  Ideal for groups of 6-8 or pairs. 

When: Tuesdays at 2 p.m., December 3, 10 and 17 

Cost: $25; $20 Members. Advance purchase required.

Buy tickets, here

More Details: Reynolda House Christmas Events

A 1917 Christmas Tour

What: A specialized tour focused on the Reynolds family at Christmastime 1917, with costumed interpreters who bring to life historical figures who lived or worked on the estate. Also, enjoy a demonstration of the original aeolian organ playing Christmas music. 

When: Friday, December 6, Tours depart every half hour between 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Saturday, December 7, Tours depart every half hour between 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Cost: $25; $20 Members and students

Buy tickets, here

More Details: Reynolda House Christmas Events

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas at  Körner’s Folly

What: Come hear the Körners’ spin on the classic 1820s poem by Clement Clarke Moore, fun for children of all ages and the young at heart! The Puppet Show is followed by a visit with Santa in the elegant Reception Room. Bring your camera for this great photo opportunity!

Attendees should plan to arrive by 5:45  PM.* Tickets are non-refundable, only valid for the date selected, and non-transferable. All attendees that will take up a seat need to have a ticket (ages 2+).

When: December 6 from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Where: Korner's Folly 

Buy tickets, here

Christmas at Körner’s Folly

What: Körner’s Folly is transformed in the holidays with floor-to-ceiling garland, lights, live holiday music, and Christmas trees in nearly every room.  Tours and special events promise visitors of all ages holiday cheer and an unforgettable experience!

When: November 29, 2019 —January 4, 2020

Wednesdays – Saturdays: 10 AM – 5 PM
Sundays: 1-5 PM

Where: Korner's Folly

Cost: Adults - $10, Children - $6

Buy tickets, here 

Christmas by Candlelight Tours

What: Enjoy the beautifully decorated house in the evening hours with live Christmas caroling, storytelling, and costumed guides stationed throughout the house.  Meander through all 22 whimsically decorated rooms at your own pace and wrap up the evening with hot cider and Moravian cookies on the Porch.

When: Saturday, December 7 @ 5-9 PM
Saturday, December 21 @ 5-9 PM

Where: Korner's Folly 

Cost: Adults $15, children (6-18) $6, Under 6 free

More details about all Christmas events at Korner's Folly 


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