December 20. 2023

🎄 Christmas Weekend

The Go-To Winston-Salem

December 20, 2023

Looking Back

This has been quite the year for The Go-To Winston-Salem! It’s been an honor to both inform and educate our readers and promote Winston-Salem - from local events, the vibrant food/drink scene, and the amazing business growth within the city.

The Go-To 2023 Recap

This year, The Go-To Winston-Salem has:

  • Delivered 60 newsletters filled with relevant, curated, and hyper-local news

  • Seen 114% growth in newsletter subscribers

  • Had 75 businesses advertise with us

  • Reached 1.1 million on Instagram and almost 1 million on Facebook

None of this would have been possible without you, our readers. Thank you so much for your support, and here’s to another great year ahead!

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Top 5 Instagram Posts

If you aren’t following us on Instagram, you’re missing out on another great way to keep up with what’s new and upcoming in Winston-Salem. Check out our TOP 5 posts from 2023:

Dewberry Farms and Lyrics by the Lake

Winston-Salem Fairgrounds Ice Skating

Family in town for the holidays? Take them ice skating at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds! $12 for Admission – $3 for Rental Skates. Concessions are available!*


Friday, December 22

  • Glam Holiday Party - Dance, laugh, and make memories during this night out with your friends at Pink Moon Cafe. 9-11 PM

  • Silent Disco - Head to The Ramkat for this holiday-themed dance party with three live DJs. Wear an ugly sweater for the chance to win a prize! 9 PM

  • National Lampoon’s Christmas Party - Second & Green Tavern hosts its annual holiday party, complete with a dirty Santa gift exchange. 7 PM

  • Carolina Crossing Christmas Jam - Enjoy music from nine bands at four different venues. All proceeds benefit the NC Arts Foundation. Also available Saturday.

Saturday, December 23

  • Hockey Game - Cheer on the Carolina Thunderbirds as they take on the Columbus River Dragons at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds. 6:05 PM*

  • Vienna Light Orchestra - Over 2,000+ flickering candles illuminate world-class musicians and vocalists as they perform all your favorite holiday songs at R. J. Reynolds Auditorium. 4 and 7:30 PM*

  • Holiday Market - Finish up your Christmas shopping at ROAR with unique finds from artisans and creators. 11 AM - 4 PM

  • Breakfast with the Grinch - Enjoy breakfast at Cupcake Cuties Cafe & Bakery while taking pictures with the Grinch and Cindy Lou! 8, 9:30, and 11 AM

Sunday, December 24

  • Elf Run - Dress festively and run with Twin City Track Club at the William G. White, Jr. Family YMCA. The event is for runners of all speeds and abilities! 9 AM

Monday, December 25

  • Family Feast - Enjoy a Christmas Day buffet and a half hour of gaming for the family at ROAR. 12-5 PM

  • New Movie - a/peture presents The Color Purple, a new take on a classic story. 4 and 7:30 PM

CON Custom Builders

The team at ICON Custom Builders wishes you a Merry Christmas and a joyful holiday season! They look forward to partnering with you on your next home project in the new year!*

Other News

  • Report: The Black Philanthropy Initiative's new report - The Intersectionality of Black Life and Being was released earlier this year. The report details the needs and recommendations for achieving a better future for Black communities in Forsyth County.

  • Service: Habitat for Humanity of North Carolina partnered with the City of Winston-Salem and multiple first responder groups to build a home for a local family in need.

  • Non-profit: There’s still time to purchase a luminary kit to participate in Ronald McDonald House’s Light a Luminary event on December 24. Proceeds benefit the families that stay at Ronald McDonald House throughout the year.

  • Celebrations: Triad Cultural Arts is hosting a series of Kwanzaa celebrations in Winston-Salem from December 26-January 1. All events are free and open to the public.

Holiday Activities

Is your family in town for the holiday weekend? Here are five activities in and around Winston-Salem you can enjoy together!

Victorian Christmas at Körner’s Folly

Victorian Christmas at Körner’s Folly

  • Körner’s Folly has been transformed into a Victorian-inspired holiday wonderland; take a self-guided tour through the home’s 22 rooms, which have been decorated from floor to ceiling!

  • Tues-Sun, 10 AM - 4 PM

  • With over a million twinkling lights illuminating Tanglewood Park, visitors can drive along the route and marvel at the stunning array of 80+ Christmas light displays.

  • Mon-Sun, 6-11 PM

  • Experience a mesmerizing light display with over 8,000 captivating ‘flowers’ at Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden.

  • Wed-Sun, 5:30-8:30 PM most nights

  • Make seasonal crafts like greeting cards, ornaments, mini trees, and "gingerboard" houses using Dabble’s craft buffet.

  • Thurs & Sun, 12-7 PM; Fri & Sat, 12-9 PM

  • There are over two dozen Moravian churches in the area where you can attend a traditional Moravian Lovefeast.

Upcoming Events

  • Hockey Game - Cheer on the Carolina Thunderbirds as they take on the Columbus River Dragons at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds on December 30.

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

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The Wrap

  • 🎊 The New Year is right around the corner! Check out our New Year’s Eve Events guide to start making plans to celebrate.

  • 🎄 Our team at The Go-To wishes you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas!


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