Looking for more cozy than commercial this holiday season? We are, too and found these less stressful events and things to do for those of you who are looking to go from overloaded to overjoyed.
Chef Vivian Howard of the PBS A Chef’s Life fame recommends the Love Feast at Old Salem, both for the special celebration and the sweet cake that follows. There will also be two Love Feasts at Wake Forest on Sunday, December 4.
On December 6, in the stained glass Sanctuary at Myers Park Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, tenor Emmet Cahill of Celtic Thunder will present Christmas in Ireland.
Winter Solstice occurs on December 21st this year. Greeting the winter with a simple celebration of lights—think luminaries, candlelit dinner or white string lights—is not only a fun and warm way to teach your kids about the seasons, but it can also be a calming break from the hectic holiday pace.
Light a Menorah with your family to celebrate Chanukah in the sanctuary of your own home on each of the eight nights of Chanukah. This year, start lighting the menorah on Saturday night December 24.
Kwanzaa begins on December 29, and is a celebration for all people, focusing on family, friends and the fruits of the earth. During Kwanzaa, people are invited to take stock, celebrate achievements and enter the future refreshed and renewed. Read the Story of Kwanzaa at home or join in the celebrations around the Carolinas.
Some time during the month, take an afternoon or day to flee the crowds and find holiday sanctuary in nature. With the bugs gone and vistas open, December in the Carolinas is a perfect time to take a refreshing walk in the woods and explore the outdoors.
Just Sit Back and Take It In
Relax aboard the Polar Express at the NC Transportation Museum in Spencer. Hear the story, take in the music and just enjoy the ride.
Get your gospel on during a performance of Black Nativity in Winston-Salem, presented by the North Carolina Black Reparatory Company, during selected times and dates December 2-11.
Reserve your seats for a seasonal favorite, The Nutcracker, performed in Durham by the Carolina Ballet December 9-11. The University of North Carolina School of the Arts will also present The Nutcracker December 9-18 in Winston-Salem, and the Charlotte Ballet dances the Nutcracker December 3-23, re-imagined for 2016 with all new sets and costumes. The International Ballet performs the Nutcracker at the Peace Center in Greenville December 9-11.
The South Carolina Children’s Theater brings A Charlie Brown Christmas to the Peace Center in Greenville, December 2-11—a chance for the kids to be entertained by someone other than you!
USA Today named the stone lobby fireplace at the Grove Park Inn, located across the mountains in Asheville, a top ten hotel fireplace in the country. While you’re there, if you can get up from your rocking chair or deep leather sofa, take a stroll through the entries of the National Gingerbread Contest.
Tucked in the foothills in Saluda, NC, The Orchard Inn hosts Dickens Dinners during the holidays, with a 5-course dinner, a reading of A Christmas Carol from a costumed actor, and with cups of grog in front of a roaring fire to close out a special evening.
Or book a night or two away in an intimate creek side cabin at Elkin Vineyards complete with a stone fireplace and soaking tub. Located in the beautiful Yadkin Valley, it is close to Charlotte and the Triad.
‘Tis the Season to Breathe!
There’s so much to do in the Carolinas, you can’t do it all! So choose only what you want to do, and make merry happen!