10 Things to Do Over Thanksgiving Break in the Triad


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Here are our top picks for family-friendly fun in the Triad when you tire of eating turkey, watching football and fighting the shopping crowds.

1. Ice-Skating at Piedmont Winterfest | Greensboro
Outdoor ice skating, slide and snow play box.

2. Tanglewood’s Festival of Lights | Clemmons
Entering its 25th season, this event continues to be one of the largest and most spectacular light shows in the Southeast.

3. Pilot Mountain Christmas
This is the 50th and final edition of Larry and Rachel Charpiat’s free walk-through holiday display, which spans four acres and includes more than 750,000 lights.

4. Ice Venture Exhibit at the Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem
Decorate a snowman, collect snowballs, go ice-fishing, and slide on the sock-skating rink — even if the snow isn’t falling outside.

5. The Polar Express Train Ride | Spencer
Families enjoy a trip to the North Pole, complete with hot chocolate and cookies served on board the train. There will be singing, dancing and a reading of "The Polar Express."

6. Country Christmas Train | Denton
Ride the Handy Dandy Railroad through thousands of Christmas lights and watch the true meaning of Christmas come to life in live nativity scenes. 

7. Saturday’s With St. Nicholas | Winston-Salem
Enjoy the beautiful historic neighborhood accented by holiday decorations and special programming for children.

8. A Carolina Christmas with Cirque de la Symphonie | Winston-Salem
Cirque de la Symphonie returns as part of A Carolina Christmas to deliver acrobatic artistry and family fun for the holidays.

9. Meet Anna, Elsa, and Olaf | Winston-Salem
Meet the Snow Queen, Snow Princess and The Snowman at the Marketplace Mall.

10. Beautiful Star: An Appalachian Nativity | Greensboro
This performance takes you to the peaks of the Blue Ridge, where Reverend Roy Ledbetter and all the members of the Open Heart Community Fellowship have been working hard to fill your holidays with joy.


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