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Celebrate the Season with City-sponsored Holiday Events

Post Date:11/05/2019 9:00 AM

Greensboro offers a wide range of special events and activities this holiday season, including Thanksgiving events, winter festivals, New Year's events for children and adultsmusical performances, kids' crafts, and giving opportunities. And don't forget your chance to write a letter to or meet Santa. Admission is free unless otherwise noted. 

Thanksgiving Events

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Fall Festival at Griffin Recreation Center: November 16, 5-8 pm
This family-friendly event includes music, games, food, and lots of raffle prizes.

Triad Turkey Bowl: High Point Athletic Complex, 2920 School Park Rd., High Point, November 23 and 25, times to be determined
Greensboro Parks and Recreation youth football champions will compete against rivals from area parks' leagues. Game times and brackets will be available closer to the event.

Running of the Turkeys at Country Park: November 28, 8:30 am
A Thanksgiving tradition! A family 5K walk and run. Dog friendly. Registration fee applies. Pay online.

Winter Festivals


Made 4 the Holidays Arts, Crafts and Pottery Show at the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market:
Saturday, November 10 and December 8, 11 am to 4 pm.
Features more than 100 emerging and favorite returning, unique artisans from around the Piedmont and surrounding areas and their locally-made items. The artists bring a variety of handcrafted jewelry, pottery, wood, fiber art, fine art, body care, and packaged, NC-made artisan foods, and so mcuh more.

Piedmont Winterfest: LeBauer Park, November 15 to January 26, Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 4-9 pm, Fridays 11 am to 10 pm, Sundays 12-7 pm
Ice skating provided by the Greensboro Ice House. Kids 5 and under $6; 6-12 years old $8. Regular admission $10 per person. Greensboro Downtown Parks will be hosting a free, weekly program, sponsored by the Dawn S. Chaney Foundation, every Monday, from 4-5 pm at the rink. For this hour, visitors will enjoy free admission to the rink for a host of fun programs, including skating lessons, dance mixers on the ice, and open free skate.See Winterfest website for full schedule and specials. 

Festival of Lights: Center City Park, downtown and the Greensboro Cultural Center, Friday, December 6, 5-9 pm
The long-standing Greensboro tradition includes tree lighting in Center City Park, a holiday market at LeBauer Park, community sing-a-long, food trucks, and visit from Santa in Hamburger Square, and carolers and acoustic performances along Elm Street and inside the Greensboro Cultural Center. Greensboro Downtown Parks vendor market in LeBauer Park continues from 10 am to 5 pm, Saturday, December 7.

Candlefest: Greensboro Arboretum, Saturday, December 7, 6-9 pm
Admission is free with the donation of a non-perishable food item. Stroll through the Greensboro Arboretum by the light of nearly 4,000 luminaries set up by Girl Scouts of the Carolinas. The night will include a visit with Santa, music throughout the garden, and hot chocolate and s’mores available for purchase. All non-perishables collected will be donated to a local food bank.

Greensboro Beautiful’s Annual Holiday Greenery Festival: Lewis Recreation Center, December 8, 12-5 pm.
A limited number of wreaths, garland, poinsettias, and light balls and hand-crafted holiday gift ideas and home decor from local artisans will be available for purchase. This event is a fundraiser for the nonprofit Greensboro Beautiful.

‘Tis the Season: Brown Recreation Center, December 7, 2-5 pm
A holiday festival for the whole family. Holiday arts and crafts, and treats. Visit with Santa between 2-4 pm.

Showing Love Holiday Event at Windsor Recreation Center: December 7, 1-5 pm
Enjoy poetry basketball, cookies and other refreshments, face-painting and gifts.

Warnersville Winter Wrestle Fest: December 14, 7-10 pm
A family-friendly pro-wrestling event.

Holiday Movie in the Park - The Grinch: LeBauer Park, December 20, movie starts at 6:30 pm

Grinch Fest at Hemphill Library: December 21, 10-11:30 am
Who's our favorite green and grumpy guy? The Grinch, that's who. Join us to make Grinchy green slime, pin a heart on the Grinch, and more.


Choral Society of Greensboro Presents Handel’s Messiah: First Baptist Church, 1000 W. Friendly Ave., November 8, 7:30 pm

Jazzing Up the Holidays: Glenn McNairy Library, December 5, 6-7 pm
Kick off the holiday season with jazz music performed by Guilford College’s student musicians, and do some wintry crafts! All ages welcome.

Jingle All the Way with Holiday Jazz: Benjamin Library, December 9, 7-8 pm
Enjoy an enchanted evening of beautiful holiday music played by local jazz musician Wally West. Bring a friend and hear some of your favorite holiday tunes. 

New Year's Events

New Year's Eve at Noon: Kathleen Clay Library, December 31, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Got little ones who can't stay up until midnight? Celebrate the New Year at noon instead, with the Greensboro Public Libraries annual party. We will have snacks, crafts, and music to ring in the New Year. 

Happy Noon Year at Benjamin Library: December 31, 11:30-12:15 pm
Join us as we count down to noon by decorating party hats, making noisemakers and enjoying a sparkling toast.

Drop-in New Year's Eve Family Night at McNairy Library: December 31, 6-8 pm
Celebrate the arrival of 2020 with a drop-in program for families! There will be board games, puzzles, Atari, and crafts. This program is for all ages. Reserve a spot in the New Year's Eve Escape Room by calling 336-373-2015.

**CANCELLED** New Year, New You Wellness Expo at Griffin Recreation Center: January 11, 2019, 1-4 pm
This event has been cancelled. Sorry for the inconvenience. *

Giving and Volunteer Opportunities

Santa’s Workshop
Greensboro Youth Council’s Santa’s Workshop collects new and gently used toys at local libraries, recreation centers, and other locations until December 6. The gifts will be distributed to local families in need this holiday season. More details at the GYC website.

Mayor’s Committee for Persons with Disabilities Shopper’s Day 
This annual event at the Four Seasons Town Centre provides an opportunity for more than 900 individuals with disabilities and volunteers to interact, gain understanding, and share some holiday cheer. Each shopper receives $10 to shop. Make a financial contribution online.

Wreaths Across America at Forest Lawn Cemetery: December 14, 11 am
Volunteers place wreaths at veterans' graves to show their gratitude and appreciation during the holiday season. 

Everything Santa

Letters to Santa: Now through November 30
Children can drop off their letters to Santa at the Greensboro Cultural Center or Brown, Griffin, Glenwood, or Leonard recreation centers. They will receive a return letter in the mail. 

Say Hello to Santa: Benjamin Library, 4-4:45 pm
After a holiday storytime, meet the Jolly Old Elf himself – Santa Claus – plus make holiday art and crafts and enjoy milk and cookies.

Meet Santa: Center City Park, December 13, 4-7 pm
Greensboro Downtown Parks will be offering free photos with Santa in front of the largest lighted tree in Greensboro. Families will enjoy hot chocolate and entertainment while waiting for their turn with the big guy!

Pictures with Santa at Smith Active Adult Center: December 12, 3-5 pm, and December 13, 9 am to 12 noon
Santa and Mrs. Claus invite you to bring your children, grandchildren, pets, spouse or friends to enjoy milk and cookies and have your picture taken. Pictures are $5 each and will be printed while you wait. (Well-behaved grandchildren and pets are welcome.) No appointment is necessary. For more information, call 336-373-7564.

Special Programs & Kids Crafts

Thanksgiving STEAM: Kathleen Clay Library, November 6, 4-5 pm
Enjoy hands-on STEAM activities celebrating the holiday. Help the turkey escape by building a marble run, make a fizzing pumpkin volcano, and other fun fall activities. This program is for children K-5th grade. 

Harvest Baskets:  Kathleen Clay Library, November 9, 2-3 pm
Drop in to this DIY program and create a harvest basket craft to celebrate the season. 

Teen Makerspace - DIY Gifts for the Holidays: Central Library, November 14, 5-6 pm
Learn to make a brown sugar and honey facial scrub. This is our first in a series of gift makerspace activities. Get ready for the holidays with homemade gifts. Ages 13-18 are welcome.  

Wasteless Packaging for the Holidays: Kathleen Clay Library, November 17, 3-4:30 pm
Most holiday packaging isn’t recyclable in your cart at home.  Join Laine Roberts,City Waste Reduction Educator for ideas, how-tos, and examples of zero waste holiday gifting. Enjoy some waste-free snacks. Space is limited, call 336-373-2923 to register.

Greeting Card Makerspace: Hemphill Library December 3, 3:30-4:30 pm
'Tis the season for Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and more. Use colorful art supplies to make cards for your favorite holidays. Preschool and school-age kids are welcome to join us.

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