Winston-Salem for the holidays? It’s been on many travelers’ agenda since the mid-1960s. That’s when Old Salem, the city’s historic colonial core, was designated a National Historic Landmark and became an indoor/outdoor living history museum ( www.oldsalem.org) focusing on its 1700s heritage as a community of religious immigrants from Moravia, in central Europe.
For the holidays, both the village’s time-honored architecture and its settlers’ devotion are in the candle-powered spotlight.
Christmas by Candlelight Tours are very popular evening tours that explore the village indoors and outdoors and include food, drink, music and experiences with Old Salem re-enactors. The tours are offered selected weekends Nov. 15-Dec. 21. Make your reservations early ( www.oldsalem.org/christmas-candlelight-tours): Tours fill quickly.
The Lovefeast at St. Philips African Moravian Church ( http://bit.ly/1aTXiU6) is a Dec. 12 worship service that harkens to its original celebration, held in 1851.
Saturdays with St. Nicholas, Nov. 30 and Dec. 7, 14 and 21 ( http://bit.ly/17VFHd6) are a family affair, with fresh treats from Old Salem’s Winkler Bakery (which is more than two centuries old), storytelling, heirloom puppet shows and more.
Dec. 14 brings Salem Christmas, a one-day celebration of Moravian holiday traditions, with treats, carols and a lighting of the village’s Christmas pyramid.
Elsewhere in Winston-Salem?
Reynolda House Museum of American Art, which has a nationally renowned collection, offers tours Nov. 26-Dec. 31. The museum ( www.reynoldahouse.org) is the elegant former mansion of the Reynolds family (tobacco tycoons), and it will be decorated with decorations and greenery its original owners would have enjoyed.
Evening candlelight tours will be offered Dec 5-7; there’ll be refreshments, and carols will be played on the mansion’s Aeolian organ. The museum will have a holiday pops concert featuring the Carolina Brass on Dec. 12; on Dec. 15, a long-standing all-ages tradition kicks in with the reading of Truman Capote’s heart-warming “A Christmas Memory. ”
Advance reservations are recommended for all holiday events at Reynolda.
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