Places to Find Santa in the Triad
Santa will be making lots of stops in the Triad this year!
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Updated for 2016
Nov. 18-19, 25-27; Dec. 2-4, 9-11, 15-22
The Polar Express Train Ride
NC Transportation Museum, 411 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer. $30-$275. 704-636-2889. Set to the music of the motion picture soundtrack, 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.” Upon arrival at the North Pole, Santa will present the first gift of Christmas. nctrans.org.
Hometown Holiday Celebration
Downtown, Mebane. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Enjoy carriage rides, grand illumination and tree lighting, visit with Santa, let the kids play in the Kids’ Zone featuring a snow slide, check out the rock wall, warm up at the marshmallow roast, peruse crafts, and enjoy live entertainment. downtownmebane.com.
Nov. 25-27; Dec. 2-4, 8-11, 15-21, 26-27
Country Christmas Train
Denton FarmPark , 4259 Handy Road, Denton. 4:30-10 p.m. $5-$15. Ride the Handy Dandy Railroad through thousands of Christmas lights and watch the true meaning of Christmas come to life in live nativity scenes. Visit the Christmas Village and sing carols in the country church, explore the general store, and visit the arts and crafts exhibits. Take a horse drawn wagon ride, and don’t forget to visit Santa. dentonfarmpark.com.
Nov. 26; Dec. 3, 10, 17
Saturdays with St. Nicholas
Old Salem Visitor's Center, 900 Old Salem Road, W-S. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $8. 336-721-7300. Enjoy the beautiful historic neighborhood accented by holiday decorations and special programming for children and the young at heart. oldsalem.org.
A Creekside Christmas
Archdale Recreation Center, 214 Park Drive, Archdale. 336-431-1117. Get all of your Christmas Shopping done in one place. Shop local vendors in a climate controlled vendor market. Win door prizes. Take pictures with Santa. Roast marshmallows at a bonfire. Take a magical luminary ride. Enjoy a live Nativity scene. Listen to carolers. Watch the lighting of the city Christmas tree. Fun for all ages. archdale-nc.gov.
Festival of Lights
Elm St., Greensboro. 6-9 p.m. Free. 336-397-0060. Join friends and neighbors at Greensboro's 28th annual holiday kick-off celebration featuring six blocks of live music, pictures with Santa, children’s crafts, the tree lighting and more. festivaloflightsgso.org.
Supper & Santa
Children's Museum of Winston-Salem, 390 S. Liberty St., W-S. 6-10 p.m. $18-$20. 336-723-9111. Start the evening with dinner. Then enjoy crafts, cookie decorating, story time and a visit from Santa. A photographer will be on hand to take pictures with Santa. Each child will receive a goody bag. childrensmuseumofws.org.
Dec. 2-3, 9
The Night Before Christmas at Körner’s Folly Puppet Show
Körner’s Folly, 413 S. Main St., Kernersville. $5. 336-996-7922. Come hear the Körner’s spin on the classic 1820s poem by Clement Clarke Moore. The Puppet Show will be followed by a visit from Santa. Parents, bring your camera for this great photo opportunity. kornersfolly.org.
Breakfast with Santa
Robbins Recreation Center, 512 Hargrave St., Lexington. 9-11 a.m. $10-$15. 336-248-3960. Enjoy a warm breakfast, make a craft at Santa’s workshop, write a letter to Santa and leave it in the mail, and bring your camera to take a photo with Santa Claus.
Christmas at the Carolina
Carolina Theatre of Greensboro, 310 S. Greene St., GSO. 9:30 am. Free. 336-333-2600. This year’s movie is “The Muppet Christmas Carol” (1992, 86 minutes, rated G). See the movie, enjoy a free soft drink and popcorn, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, sing along to carols with the theater’s historic pipe organ and have a chance to win a brand new bicycle. carolinatheatre.com.
Kernersville Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Harmon Park, 152 S. Main St., Kernersville. 7-8:30 p.m. Free. 336-996-3062. Stroll through the Downtown Christmas Around the World event and finish your evening in Harmon Park with Santa and friends. Sing carols, sip on hot cocoa, enjoy the tree lighting and warm up by the fire. kvparks.com.
Liberty Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting
Downtown, 101 S. Fayetteville St., Liberty. 11 a.m. Free. 336-622-4937. This parade features downtown Liberty’s annual tree lighting ceremony, visits with Santa Claus, food and music.
Snacks with Santa
Davidson County Fairgrounds, 400 Greensboro St., Lexington. 9:30 a.m.-Noon. Free. 336-249-6688. Bring your camera for a free picture with Santa. There will also e holiday games, crafts and refreshments. Donations benefitting Smart Start funded programs appreciated. partnershipforchildren.org/wordpress.
“A Dickens Tale”
Brock Performing Arts Center, 622 N. Main St. No. 200, Mocksville. 3 p.m. $8.50. 336-751-3112. This is a fast-paced version of the literary classic “A Christmas Carol.” A great way to introduce children to this Christmas tale tradition. After the performance, plan to visit Santa and Mrs. Claus and their famous friends out in the Brock Lobby. Recommended for kids in grades 1-7. Approximately one hour. daviearts.org.
Archdale Christmas Parade
Columbus & Main St., Archdale. 3-5 p.m. Free. 336-340-5541. This local Christmas parade features a visit with Santa Claus, food and music.
Christmas in Trinity
Trinity UMC, 7142 NC Hwy. 62, Trinity. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. 336-476-6498. A family-oriented event providing treat bags, toys, a bicycle raffle, visits with Santa for the children, refreshments and door prizes.
Santa Claus Party at Benjamin Branch
Benjamin Branch Library, 1530 Benjamin Parkway, GSO. 4-4:45 p.m. Free. 336-373-7540. Come by for Santa stories, crafts and snacks, plus a chance to meet a special jolly guest. greensborolibrary.org.
Holiday Magic: A Dickens Christmas
Downtown, Burlington. 6-9 p.m. Free. 336-513-5469. A Burlington tradition, this holiday event transforms the streets of downtown into a magical celebration with lots of old-fashioned activities, live performances and special visitors, including Santa Claus. btowneventsnc.com.
Festive Family Friday
SciWorks, 400 W. Hanes Mill Road, W-S. 4:30-8:30 p.m. $1. 336-767-6730. Explore the museum, listen to live music, make holiday crafts, watch a festive planetarium laser show and meet some special guests, including Santa. Free for members. sciworks.org.
Christmas on Sunset
Downtown, Sunset Ave., Asheboro. 6-9 p.m. Free. 336-626-2626. This traditional family Christmas event showcases downtown Asheboro’s beautifully decorated shops and features carolers, hot cider sipping, a special nativity story, horse drawn carriage and wagon rides, and gifts for the children from Santa and his elves. chamber.asheboro.com.
Pictures with Santa
Greensboro Children’s Museum, 220 N. Church St., GSO. 3-5 p.m. $8 plus cost of pictures. 336-574-2898. Santa is making a special stop at the museum, and he is excited to take professional pictures with your child. Professional photographs by J Lynn Photography. gcmuyseum.com.
Sunset Theatre, 234 Sunset Ave., Asheboro. 10 a.m.-Noon. $10. 336-626-1240. Children are invited to make holiday crafts, have a picture taken with Santa and watch a holiday movie. Snack during the movie is included. Ages 3-10. Registration required. asheboronc.gov.
Historic Snow Camp and Outdoor Theater, 301 Drama Road, Snow Camp. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. 336-376-6948. Enjoy food, vendors, a Christmas parade, music and visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus. snowcampoutdoortheatre.com.
Santa Visits Rural Hall Branch Library
Rural Hall Branch Library, 7125 Broad St., W-S. 6-7 p.m. Free. 336-703-3044. Santa will visit the library, so come and enjoy making some festive crafts before Santa tells a story and visits with all of the children. forsythlibrary.org.
Brunch with Santa
Southside Recreation Center, 401 Taylor Ave., HP. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $3. 336-883-3504. Enjoy brunch with Santa and take home a keepsake photo. Ages 2-10. highpointnc.gov/pr.
Cookies with Ms. Claus
Greensboro Children's Museum, 220 N. Church St., GSO. 3:30-4:30 p.m. $5-$10. 336-574-2898. Participants will decorate homemade cookies, enjoy stories with Ms. Claus, and create holiday crafts with the North Pole Elves. Great for all ages. Parents and caregivers included in admission price. Registration required. gcmuseum.com.
Christmas in the Park
Burlington City Park, 1333 Overbrook Road, Burlington. 6-9 p.m. Free. 336-513-5469. This event features hayrides, a live nativity, Santa and Mrs. Claus, amusement park rides, face painting, games, crafts and more. btowneventsnc.com.
For more Triad-area family-friendly events, visit our searchable, comprehensive online calendar.