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Free Holiday Weekend Events in the Triad

December 7, 2012 8:04 am
Written by: Shannon Koontz, Web Editor/Associate Editor

It’s shaping up to be a beautiful weekend in the Piedmont, and a good excuse to get out and have some holiday fun!

There are so many things happening here, many of which are free. From Santa spottings and parades, to Christmas caroling and gingerbread workshops, here is what’s happening this weekend:

A Taste of Christmas

All year round, Alamance Battleground does a great job of giving kids a hands-on opportunity to explore our area’s history, and the Christmas season is no exception. Learn all about the many uses of cinnamon during the holidays this weekend, at A Cinnamon Christmas at Alamance Battleground.

My kids have been begging to build a gingerbread house… but this project seems daunting. Fortunately, a little guidance is available at the Gingerbread Workshop at McGirt-Horton this weekend.

Holiday Film Festival

Tis the season for more than just Christmas! Kwanzaa is a holiday that brings together African-American communities, and you can learn all about it at the Hemphill Holiday Film Festival: How to Celebrate the African-American Holiday Kwanzaa. In the mood for a classic? Find out if Santa Claus sleeps with his whiskers outside or in, by attending the Hemphill Holiday Film Festival: Miracle on 34th Street.

Holiday Parades

And the parades continue this weekend… a few “can’t misses” are the Elkin-Jonesville Christmas Parade and the Lewisville Christmas Parade.

Santa Spotting

Emerson had a chance to sit on Santa’s lap at school this week and tell him what she wanted. She was overwhelmed in the moment, and blurted out “a candy cane!” Seriously, Em? A candy cane? I think my child deserves a do-over. There are two free opportunities to meet Santa, sit on his lap, tell him what you want for Christmas, and of course, take lots of pictures, at Santa in the Park 2012 and Visit with Santa at Candlefest.

Christmas Carols

I’ve been jamming to the sounds of the season on my radio since well before Thanksgiving, and I’m not even embarrassed to admit it. Of course, singing along to the car radio sends my kids into orbit. I’ll leave it to the professionals who are performing in free concerts this weekend! Don’t miss the Community Band Christmas Concert, the Piedmont Chamber Singers Candlelight Concert, or GCYS Presents: the Sounds of the Season!

Holiday History

Dr. Charlotte Hawkins Brown founded an African American school over a hundred years ago. This weekend you can tour the campus and enjoy the seasonal decorations and music while learning about the history of this important institution... Visit the Holiday open house at C.H. Brown Museum. Or how about a history lesson on the original Christmas? Visit Follow The Star: A Walk To The Manger.



It’s shaping up to be a beautiful weekend in the Piedmont, and a good excuse to get out and have some holiday fun!

There are so many things happening here, many of which are free. From Santa spottings and parades, to Christmas caroling and gingerbread workshops, here is what’s happening this weekend:

A Taste of Christmas

All year round, Alamance Battleground does a great job of giving kids a hands-on opportunity to explore our area’s history, and the Christmas season is no exception. Learn all about the many uses of cinnamon during the holidays this weekend, at A Cinnamon Christmas at Alamance Battleground.

My kids have been begging to build a gingerbread house… but this project seems daunting. Fortunately, a little guidance is available at the Gingerbread Workshop at McGirt-Horton this weekend.

Holiday Film Festival

Tis the season for more than just Christmas! Kwanzaa is a holiday that brings together African-American communities, and you can learn all about it at the Hemphill Holiday Film Festival: How to Celebrate the African-American Holiday Kwanzaa. In the mood for a classic? Find out if Santa Claus sleeps with his whiskers outside or in, by attending the Hemphill Holiday Film Festival: Miracle on 34th Street.

Holiday Parades

And the parades continue this weekend… a few “can’t misses” are the Elkin-Jonesville Christmas Parade and the Lewisville Christmas Parade.

Santa Spotting

Emerson had a chance to sit on Santa’s lap at school this week and tell him what she wanted. She was overwhelmed in the moment, and blurted out “a candy cane!” Seriously, Em? A candy cane? I think my child deserves a do-over. There are two free opportunities to meet Santa, sit on his lap, tell him what you want for Christmas, and of course, take lots of pictures, at Santa in the Park 2012 and Visit with Santa at Candlefest.

Christmas Carols

I’ve been jamming to the sounds of the season on my radio since well before Thanksgiving, and I’m not even embarrassed to admit it. Of course, singing along to the car radio sends my kids into orbit. I’ll leave it to the professionals who are performing in free concerts this weekend! Don’t miss the Community Band Christmas Concert, the Piedmont Chamber Singers Candlelight Concert, or GCYS Presents: the Sounds of the Season!

Holiday History

Dr. Charlotte Hawkins Brown founded an African American school over a hundred years ago. This weekend you can tour the campus and enjoy the seasonal decorations and music while learning about the history of this important institution... Visit the Holiday open house at C.H. Brown Museum. Or how about a history lesson on the original Christmas? Visit Follow The Star: A Walk To The Manger.


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