December 18, 2023

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December 18, 2023

New Year’s Eve

2024 is just around the corner! There are plenty of New Year’s Eve events in and around Winston-Salem to celebrate the coming of the new year.

New Year's Eve Events

Photo courtesy of Dram & Draught


11 AM – 5 PM | $10 | Bring your kids to the Farewell Bash at Kaleideum! There will be crafts, dancing, a laser show, and a balloon drop at noon. This will be the last event at the museum’s current location.

12 AM  – 5 PM | $44 | Hit the new year running…literally. Run through the Tanglewood Festival of Lights at this 5k!

Ticketed/Cover Charge Events

8:30 PM – 1 AM | $50 for individuals, $95 for couples | Kick off the New Year with The Shaffner Inn’s ’80s-themed party, complete with appetizers, cigars, a live DJ, and a photo booth.

9 PM – 12 AM | $65 for designated driver tickets, $125 for standard tickets | Enjoy champagne and disco at Dram & Draught’s New Year’s celebration. The event features an open bar (applies to a prix fixe menu), food spread, and music.

9 PM – ~12 AM | $35 for individual tickets, $45 for reserved table tickets | Dance to music from the past 25 years played by DJs at the Millennium Center. Enjoy a complimentary breakfast after watching the Times Square Ball Drop!

Free Admission Events

9:30 PM – 2:30 AM | free admission | Join ALV for a night filled with music, dancing, and non-stop fun.

12 PM – 1 AM | free admission | Ring in 2024 with a dance party and DJSK at Wise Man Brewing!

9 PM – 1 AM | free admission | Toast to the New Year at Foothills Brewing’s “Brew” Year’s Eve Party, featuring live music from Ready Set Radio, trivia, and contests.


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Tuesday, December 19

  • Elf Trivia - How well do you know this classic Christmas movie? Test your knowledge at Gypsy Road Brewing Company! 7 PM

  • Holiday Concert - Enjoy this free concert from Salem Band at Clemmons First Baptist Church. 7:30 PM

  • Leaders & Lunch - Did you know ~500 people are without a home in Forsyth County at any given time? Join Leadership Winston-Salem for a webinar addressing homelessness in Winston-Salem. 12 PM

Wednesday, December 20

  • Dirty Santa Gift Steal - Bring a wrapped or bagged gift to Medaloni Cellars to participate in a mischievous gift exchange game. 6:30 PM

  • DIY Ornament - Make your own clay ornament at Mixxer, from prepping the clay to taking home the finished product! 5:30 PM

Thursday, December 21

  • Winter Solstice Whiteout - Dress in your favorite white attire and celebrate the beginning of winter at Fiddlin’ Fish, featuring DJs, a dance floor, and giveaways. 6-10 PM

  • Musical Comedy - Theatre Alliance presents Christmas with the Crawfords. Note that this performance is rated R. Available through Saturday.

  • Open House - Come to Walnut + Broad for a kids’ holiday brunch, photos with Santa, wreath-making, and a live jazz band. 9 AM - 6 PM

  • Jazz Concert - The Camel City Jazz Orchestra performs its annual holiday concert at McChesney Scott Dunn Auditorium. 5:30 PM and 8 PM

Vienna Light Orchestra

🕯️ You don’t want to miss the Vienna Light Orchestra! Over 2,000+ flickering candles illuminate world-class musicians and vocalists as they perform all your favorite holiday songs! December 23 at R. J. Reynolds Auditorium, 4 and 7:30 PM*

Other News

  • Construction: The WS/FC Board of Education approved an additional $1.3 million for the R. J. Reynolds High School’s stadium project. Additional funds were needed in part because of an issue with the stormwater sewer system.

  • Help Needed: Welcome a furry friend into your home for the holidays: the Forsyth Humane Society is looking for short-term fosters for its cats and dogs from December 22-26.

  • Memorial: Samaritan Ministries is hosting a Homeless Persons’ Memorial Service on December 21 to honor those who lost their lives while experiencing homelessness this past year.

  • New Bakery: La Castellana, a Columbian bakery, has opened in Winston-Salem at 1229 W Clemmonsville Road. The bakery is open Monday to Sunday, 8 AM - 9 PM.

  • Save the Date: The Carolina Crossing Christmas Jam comes to The Ramkat on Saturday, December 23. The concert will feature special guests Doug Davis and DUCK.

  • Transportation: At the City Council meeting last Monday, an ordinance was proposed that would expand rickshaw services in Winston-Salem. According to a spokesperson for the Department of Transportation, there are already three companies interested in offering this service to the city.

Top 10

Many fantastic restaurants and bars opened their doors in 2023. Here are the TOP 10 according to analytics on our Instagram posts.

Top 10

Miam Breakfast and The Barcelona Burger & Beer Garden

Upcoming Events

  • Hockey Game - Cheer on the Carolina Thunderbirds as they take on the Columbus River Dragons at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds on December 23.

  • Free Coworking - Enjoy a day of coworking, lunch, productivity, and networking with Flywheel Coworking's Community Day on January 24. Registration coming soon!

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The Wrap

  • 🎄 One week until Christmas! Check out our holiday gift basket guide if you need some last-minute inspiration.

  • 📖 Yesterday’s rainy weather was perfect for curling up inside with a good book. Check out these local bookstores to find your next read!


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