GREENSBORO, N.C. (WFMY) -- The holiday season is upon us and Christmas spirit is all around 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.
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WFMY News 2's 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: From Nov. 16 to Jan. 28
- 2-5 years old: $6
- 6-12 years old: $8
- 13 years old and up: $10
- Group Rate (20+): $8 per person including skate rental
- Season Passes: $75 per person
- Private Rental: $300 per hour
Winterfest opens Friday, Nov. 16 with the Chick-fil-a Chill Out from 6 to 9 p.m. Come join the WFMY News 2 team on the ice!
Concerts featuring holiday music on Thursday evenings for free in December. Santa Claus will be there to visit on Dec. 8, Dec. 12 and Dec. 13. More info at piedmontwinterfest.com.
- Lewisville Christmas Parade scheduled for Sunday, December 9 has been moved to Sunday, December 16 at 3:00 p.m, due to the inclement weather prediction for the 9th
- The King Christmas Parade is being rescheduled to Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 2pm due to the likelihood of rain.
Christmas in the Park
What: Free Christmas event at Center City Park in Greensboro
When: Thursday, Dec. 13 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
A concert will take place next to the community Christmas tree, and feature a storytime with Mrs. Claus from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., caroling with the Season’s Best Carolers from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., and holiday music performed by local favorite, Fredd Reyes, from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. More information can be found here.
The 6th Annual Running of the Balls
Where: Sunset Hills neighborhood, Greensboro
When: Dec. 15, 6 p.m.
Runners start at 6, walkers start after runners
McLaurin Farms Christmas Light Show
What: You might know it as the Woods of Terror but McLaurin Farms in Greensboro turns into a stunning Christmas display this time of year!
When: Christmas Light Show begins Friday, November 23 and runs through Monday, December 24.
Other: You'll enjoy hayrides that will travel through a holiday display featuring more than 800,000 lights, bringing to life reindeer, elves, Christmas trees, and characters from the Land of Misfit Toys. Christmas music will accompany the light show which begins at 6:00 p.m. and runs until 8:00 p.m. each night. Kids can also have their picture taken with Santa. The cost is $8, per person. Children under 2 years old get in free.
McLaurin Farms will be open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, November 23,24, and 25, Friday, November 30, Saturday and Sunday, December 1, & 2, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 7,8, &9; and nightly from Friday, December 14 through Monday, December 24.
Find out more: McLaurin Farms
Tanglewood Festival of Lights
What: Enjoy all the magic of the holidays through a sparkling display of lights accompanied by holiday music on 99.5. Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus are there, too!
When: Through January 1, 2019 from 6 pm. to 11 p.m.
Cost: Family: cars, vans and trucks ($15); Commercial vans, limos and mini-buses ($35); Motorcoaches and buses ($100). Discount nights are Nov. 19, Nov. 20, Nov. 26 and Nov. 27. Cash and credit/debit cards are accepted.
More Details: Tanglewood Festival of Lights
What: Take a ride on the Polar Express! The trip is inspired by the popular Christmas movie and includes singing, dancing and a reading of the movie. You can get your photo made with Santa after the ride.
Where: North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer, North Carolina
When: Dec. 13-22
Find more information, including ticket prices and ride times, go here.
See Santa Claus!
Santa comes to Hanes Mall - You can find Santa during mall hours, right outside of Belk at Hanes Mall. There are picture packages available with a pet photo night scheduled. On Dec. 2, from 9 to 11 a.m., kids that have sensory issues or limited abilities can see Santa.
Santa comes to Friendly Center - You can find Santa in the 'gathering area' right behind Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream.
Catch Santa at Four Seasons Mall - Kids can find Santa to tell him their Christmas wishes and get pictures made for holiday cards.
Santa at Alamance Crossing - Find Santa and his helpers at the Main Street Shops District between Dillard's and Barnes & Noble until Dec. 24. Pets can visit Santa on Monday nights through Dec. 17 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and get their picture taken. Pets must be in a carrier or on a leash.
Country Christmas Train
What: All aboard the Country Christmas Train for a holiday good time. The 10th annual Country Christmas Train begins on Friday, November 23 and runs through December 27. The train leaves every half hour from 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. taking passengers on a 1.5 mile loop around Denton FarmPark. You'll get to see hundreds of light displays, a live Nativity, and a short movie about the Christmas story. Rides last about 20 minutes.
Where: Denton Farm Park, Enter park at 4259 Handy Road in Denton
Other: Admission is $13 for adults on Thursday, Friday, and Sunday nights. It’s $15 on Saturday nights. Admission is $5 for children ages 5 - 11, and free for kids under the age of 4. Find out more about theme nights, discounts and more by visiting Country Christmas Train.
HPU Community Christmas Celebration
What: Come celebrate the holiday season with High Point University as part of the 7th Community Christmas Celebration. The event is held on campus and includes free entertainment, hot food, Christmas decorations, and more! This is a free event open to the community. Find more info here.
When: December 14 & 15 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Guests will need to park at Oak Hollow Mall near the entrance to the HPU Community Center. Shuttles will run to and from campus. You can line up inside the mall to keep warm.
Here's a look at some of this year's festivities:
- Santa’s Stable Petting Zoo
- Polar Express Train Rides
- Readings of the Christmas Story by local ministers
- Life-size Nativity scene and photo station
- Photo and gift for children who visit Santa in the Slane Center
- “Falling Snow” Winter Wonderland Experience with hot cocoa & coffee too
- Christmas decorations
- Performances by local schools and church choirs
- Truliant North Pole Playland
- Arcade games and entertainment
- Holly Jolly Hot Dog Shoppe in the Millis Center Gym
Community Band Concert
What: A community band Christmas Concert at Fries Moravian Church in Winston-Salem
When: Sunday, December 16 at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Fries Moravian Church, 251 N. Hawthorne Road, Winston-Salem