It’s December, time for Santa to get it in gear.
He’s buying local this year, just like everybody else should.
He’ll be hitting all three cities of the Triad this weekend, and if we get a warm patch maybe he’ll break out some more casual garb.
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- Art in Odd Places/LAB @ Downtown (GSO), 5 p.m.
UNCG students who studied the New York version of Art in Odd Places are bringing their installations, performances and interactive art to downtown Greensboro. They also hint that you should turn on your radio as you approach to participate in some interactive sound art. Find the Facebook page by searching “aiopLab.”
- First Friday @ (GSO), 6 p.m.
Festival of Lights is hosting this First Friday, which brings the holiday spirit to the monthly self-guided tour of downtown. Christmas carolers and lights are part of the scenery.
- Gallery Hop @ Downtown Arts District (W-S), 7 p.m.
Streets are closed for the monthly gallery hop. The arts district is alive with the sound of street performers and shoes on the asphalt as Winston-Salem galleries show off their best.
- Miracle on 5th Street @ the Millennium Center (W-S), 7 p.m.
You’ll need a toy to get into this party. Drink beer or wine, snack on hors d’oeuvres listen to live music hosted by the Garage while you help Twin City Santa get a toy into the hands of every child this Christmas.
- Holiday parade @ Downtown (GSO), noon
A giant-balloon parade with marching bands, drill teams and floats hit the streets of downtown as part of a Greensboro holiday tradition. If parading is not your thing, at least beware of street closures.
- Holiday Stroll @ Uptowne (HP), 10 a.m.
Children make crafts, community performers do their thing and the historic homes and churches of Uptowne High Point are open for your viewing pleasure at this holiday festival. Horse-drawn carriages take visitors through the streets of Uptowne as the word on the street is that Santa Claus himself is planning an appearance.
- Community Cultural Market @ Bethel AME Church (GSO), noon
“Market” might be a misnomer. Maybe “festival” is a better way to describe the group of African drummers, spoken-word poets and African clothing vendors along with speakers and various black businesses that are holding it down at the Bethel AME Church. You’ll have to find the Facebook page for more details.
- Candlefest @ Greensboro Arboretum (GSO), 6 p.m.
Luminaries light the paths of the Greensboro Arboretum as walkers sip hot chocolate and stroll the grounds to the sound of Christmas carolers and horse-drawn carriages. Santa Claus (who’s scheduled for a busy week) is there as well. Bring a can of food for the food for Urban Ministry.
- Spirit World @ the Marshall Free House (GSO), 3 p.m.
Sarah Poole, an ambassador from spirit makers Beam Suntory, leads the first part of an educational series on spirits. She enlightens listeners to the nuances between small batch and single barrel bourbon, and more at the Marshall Free House.
- Collector’s Choice @ Greenhill Center (GSO), 7 p.m.
You’re spending more time indoors, where it’s warm. So why not get a good winter-themed piece of art for your home? The Winter Show exhibition is going up and here is a chance to take something home and talk with the exhibiting artists.
- Winter Walk @ UNCG (GSO), 1 p.m.
To commemorate World AIDS Day, which was Tuesday, Triad Health Project hosts a 5K walk and run on the UNCG campus. Free and confidential HIV testing is available and the running or walking is optional. Email [email protected] for more information.
- Holiday Open House @ High Point Museum (HP), 1 p.m.
High Point Museum hosts historical reenactments, music and other hands-on activities at their 43rd Annual Holiday Open House. Glenn Chavis, historian and author of Our Roots, Our Branches, Our Fruits of Knowledge — Black Schools of High Point & Surrounding Area… 1868-1968 is signing books. Santa Claus is scheduled to make an appearance.