December 4, 2023

🎁 Festive Bars and Restaurants

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December 4, 2023

Rayson Winery and Vineyards

The winery formerly known as RayLen Winery & Vineyards is under new ownership. The plan to sell the property to JW and Kristen Ray, the owners of JOLO Winery and Vineyards in Pilot Mountain, was announced at the beginning of October and finalized last week.

The winery now operates under the name Rayson Winery and Vineyards and had its soft opening on December 2. Keep reading to find out what’s changing at the winery.

Photo courtesy of Rayson Winery & Vineyards

  • Renovations: Expect upgrades to the outdoor seating area and indoor tasting bar. Additionally, there will be new private tasting rooms, exclusive member lounges, and a state-of-the-art kitchen.

  • Restaurant: Rayson Winery is projected to open its full-service restaurant, Bistro Europa, in summer 2024. The executive chef is Daniel Zbeigen, who has previously won the 2020 Best Restaurant at a Winery on the East Coast award.

  • Temporary Menu: While Bistro Europa is built out, Rayson Winery will serve light bites catered from JOLO Winery’s End Posts restaurant including appetizers, charcuterie boards, salads, baguette sandwiches, and desserts.

  • Policies: Make note that Rayson Winery is a 21+ only venue and pets are not allowed on the property.

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Tuesday, December 5

  • Wreath Workshop - Make a holiday wreath at The Barn at Reynolda Village. Participants may bring their own decorations. 6 PM

  • Comedy Night - Enjoy a night of laughter at this adult show at Incendiary Brewing. 8 PM

  • Repeal Day Party - Celebrate the end of Prohibition at Dram & Draught with drink specials, music from the 1920s and 30s, and a costume contest. 7 PM

  • Christmas Vacation Trivia - Brush up on your knowledge of this classic Christmas movie for Gypsy Road Brewing Company’s themed trivia night. 7 PM

  • Dirty Santa Bingo - Play bingo with a holiday twist at Bar Nola: the winner of each round can select a wrapped gift from under the tree or steal a previous round winner’s gift. 7:30 PM

  • Holiday Pops - The Piedmont Wind Symphony brings beloved holiday tunes to life at Centenary United Methodist Church. 7:30 PM

  • Innovation Oasis - West Salem Public House hosts an evening of networking where you can connect with like-minded professionals and discover new business opportunities. 4 PM

Wednesday, December 6

  • Ornament Decoration - Make a dozen gingerbread ornaments for your Christmas tree or your friends at The Canvas Cake Studio. 6:30 PM

  • Christmas Party - Join Summit Street Inns to celebrate the season and take tours of the Ludlow and Sheppard Houses. 6 PM

Thursday, December 7

  • Founders Forum - Network with founders and employees of startups to champion a more interconnected startup community at Winston Starts on December 7.*

  • The Nutcracker - Enjoy the annual performance at the Tanger Performing Arts Center on December 7-10.*

  • Hanukkah Cake Workshop - Decorate a cake to celebrate Hanukkah at The Canvas Cake Studio. All skill levels welcome. 4 PM

  • A Christmas Carol - The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem presents a stage adaption of the classic story at Reynolds Place Theatre. Available through December 17.

  • Gift Wrapping Workshop - Learn how to wrap gifts like a pro at L’Avenue Boutique. 6 PM

  • Girls’ Night Out - Grab your girlfriends and head to Fiddle & Fig for a holiday party featuring a catered meal from Twisted Pine, door prizes, and a photo booth. 6 PM

⛸ It's that time of year again - public skating has returned to the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds! Whether you’re introducing your kids to the ice or going on a fun date, everyone can enjoy skating this holiday season.*

Other News

  • Historic Landmark: The Winston-Salem City Council recently designated the Coca-Cola bottling plant on Marshall Street as a historic landmark. The designation means the building’s owner, Jared Rogers, can apply for an annual tax deferral of up to 50%, according to WFDD.

  • Kaleideum: The downtown location of Kaleideum opens in February 2024. Guests can take a virtual tour of the new space, which has four floors of engaging exhibits.

  • Education: Did you know you could earn $43,000 while getting your master’s degree in education? Winston-Salem Teachers for Equity, Achievement, Community, & Humanity (WS-TEACH) is hosting an informational meeting on December 6 where you can learn more.

Star Lighting

The iconic 31-foot tall Moravian star on Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist’s Medical Center’s North Tower will be lit on December 5 at 5:45 PM.

The event is open to the public free of charge. The lighting ceremony will also be streamed live on the Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist YouTube page.

Photo by Jay Sinclair

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Upcoming Events

  • Hockey Games - Cheer on the Carolina Thunderbirds as they play the Binghamton Black Bears at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds Annex Ice Rink on December 8 and 9.

  • Shopping Experience - Head to Primm’s for a mother/daughter holiday shopping experience featuring a pop-up with Cake for Dinner and clothing for teens on December 9.

Bar/Restaurant Holiday Decorations

Looking for festive places to meet up with friends or family? Here are just a few of Winston-Salem’s decked-out bars and restaurants that will put you in the holiday spirit.

Bamboo Lounge

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