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Your Local Weekend Guide!

If you're looking for fun, entertaining and educational things to do in the Greensboro, NC area, you've come to the right place. Our Weekend Guide is packed with a variety of our favorite events and activities that we want to share with you! 

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Weekend Guide

Michelle Porter

I have been a leader in Greensboro’s real estate market since 1994 and have consistently been a top producer in many segments of the Triad market...

I have been a leader in Greensboro’s real estate market since 1994 and have consistently been a top producer in many segments of the Triad market...

Sep 6 11 minutes read

1. Running of the Balls

When: Sat, Dec 14 at 6:00pm

Where: Sunset Hills Historic District, Greensboro, NC

This is one of the most unique 5K runs that our city has to offer. Run after dark through the historic Sunset Hills neighborhood where the trees are decorated with lighted Christmas balls.

If you enjoyed Ken Burns’ Country Music on PBS, you’ll love this band! The Radials will be sharing the main stage with David Lin! Live music while you run.

Find out why we love to support Second Harvest Food Bank. The Running of the Balls has helped them provide over 2,000,000 meals to folks who need it most in Northwest NC. Help us get to 3,000,000 this year! 

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2. Drunken Construction: Adult Gingerbread House Building

When: Sat, Dec 14, 6:30-9:00pm

Where: Gibb's Hundred Brewing Company, 504 State St, Greensboro, NC 27405

Our sixth annual Gingerbread House Party. We'll provide the houses and decorating supplies, and you'll supply the creativity!

Join us at 6:30pm for an evening of artistry, beer and companionship. If you can't make this date, we have another one on Thursday December 19!

This is a ticketed event. Tickets are $25 and available for purchase online.

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3. 2nd Saturday Sidewalk Sale

When: Sat, Dec 14, 12:00-6:00pm

Where: Downtown Greensboro, NC

Get your holiday shopping engines revved up! 2nd Saturday Sidewalk Sale presented by RAD- the Retail Alliance of Downtown.

Come downtown and stroll the streets while enjoying some great deals and fun performances. The 2nd Saturday Sidewalk Sale is something you won't want to miss! 

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3. Country Christmas Train

When: Thu, Dec 12, Fri, Dec 13, Sat, Dec 14, Sun, Dec 15, 4:30-10:00pm

Where: Denton FarmPark, 4259 Handy Rd, Denton, NC 27239

Ride the Handy Dandy Railroad and see the lights and Nativity movie along the way. Visit the church and sing carols. Explore the service station, Gingerbread House, General Store, Doll Museum and all the Arts & Crafts exhibits. Take the tram down to visit the Reid Plantation or ride the horse drawn wagon ride. Make sure to stop by Santa’s cabin for a visit. Food available and more! 

Adults: $16, Children ages 5-11: $5, Children 4 & under: Free

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4. Lowland Hum: Songs for Christmas Time

When: Sat, Dec 14, 8:00-11:00pm

Where: The Carolina Theatre, 310 S Greene St, Greensboro, NC 27401

Lowland Hum returns this year for the second annual Songs for Christmas Time holiday concert. The band’s 2017 holiday collection (appropriately titled Songs for Christmas Time), resonated powerfully with fans and critics alike, achieving one of the highest ratings from the LA Times and making the Huffington Post top-five Christmas albums of the year. Due to this enthusiastic response,the band released the Christmas album on vinyl in 2018 and will be performing special holiday concerts in select cities in December – a tradition that they hope to continue for years to come!

This holiday tour will feature a healthy dose of the band’s retooled Christmas classics with a few Lowland Hum fan favorites sprinkled in. CJ Green of Mockingbird described this album as “simultaneously merry and melancholy, sunny and sober, this quiet, authentic collection will settle the seasonal bickering between your inner Grinch and your adrenalized Who.” Attendees can expect to find a welcome at the shows, no matter their position on the humbug to cheer spectrum.

Lowland Hum is a husband and wife art–folk duo from Charlottesville, Virginia. The band has toured the US and abroad, sharing the stage with the likes of Josh Ritter, Jesca Hoop, Penny and Sparrow, & The Oh Hello’s along the way. Their fourth full-length studio album, Glyphonic, released in May of 2019.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door.

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5. Handmade For the Holidays

When: Sat, Dec 14, 11:00am-5:00pm

Where: Deep Roots Market, 600 N Eugene St, Greensboro, NC 27401

Our Annual Handmade For The Holiday event is free so bring your entire family! We'll have OVER 15 LOCAL vendors here who will be here selling their handmade goods. Buy local gifts from local makers and, as always, support local.

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6. It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

When: Fri, Dec 13 at 7:30pm, Sat, Dec 14 at 2:00 and 7:30pm, Sun, Dec 15 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm

Where: Triad Stage, 232 S Elm St, Greensboro, NC 27401

𝐈𝐭’𝐬 𝐀 𝐖𝐨𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐟𝐮𝐥 𝐋𝐢𝐟𝐞: 𝑨 𝑳𝒊𝒗𝒆 𝑹𝒂𝒅𝒊𝒐 𝑷𝒍𝒂𝒚
Based on one of the greatest films of all time... A 1940’s live 📻 radio broadcast re-imagines the classic story of George Bailey, a man ready to throw it all away before a stranger comes to show him how important he is.

A reminder that we all have purpose, and to celebrate how wonderful life is for the holidays.🎁

𝙏𝙞𝙘𝙠𝙚𝙩𝙨 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙨𝙩𝙖𝙧𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙖𝙩 $15! You don't want to miss this one, so grab your 🎟 tickets now!

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7. 1940's Champagne Supper

When: Sat, Dec 14, 5:00-7:00pm

Where: Triad Stage, 232 S Elm St, Greensboro, NC 27401

GIA's DRINK. EAT. LISTEN. is celebrating the season with Executive Chef Anders Benton's 1940's inspired crafted menu featuring the quintessential celebration drink: CHAMPANE!

“It’s a Wonderful Life” Champagne Supper at Triad Stage Saturday, December 14th at 5:00pm
First Course
Apple and Pear Salad Oyster Dressing
Paired with Caposaldo, Prosecco

Second Course
Brussel SproutsCranberries, Persimon, Crispy Onion, Sour Dough Paired with Vallformosa Florinda, Brut Cava

Third Course
Turkey RouladeGravy, Brioche Stuffing
Paired withJo Landron Atmospheres, Sparkling

Fourth CourseJellied RaspberriesCream, Candied Mint
Paired with Moet & Chandon, Brut Rose Imperial

Dinner and Show tickets: $100
Just Dinner: $65

Includes four courses, four champagnes, tax, tip and dinner and show tickets also include your theater ticket to IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIFE RADIO PLAY either before the dinner at 2 pm or after the dinner at 7:30 pm.

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8. Pilot Mountain's Mistletoe Market

When: Sat, Dec 14, 10:00am-5:00pm

Where: S Depot St, Pilot Mountain, NC 27041

Merry Christmas Shoppers! The Mistletoe Market is the perfect opportunity to find that one of a kind gift. 50+ vendors offering antique, vintage, handcrafted and unique one of a kind pieces.  Food trucks will be on hand to keep the hunger at bay while you shop the day away!!

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9. Greensboro Ballet's The Nutcracker

When: Sat, Dec 14 at 3:00pm, Sun, Dec 15 at 3:00pm

Where: The Carolina Theatre, 310 S Greene St, Greensboro, NC 27401

THE holiday event in downtown Greensboro is our very own Greensboro Ballet‘s sparkling production of The Nutcracker in the dazzling & recently renovated Carolina Theatre!

Greensboro Ballet invites you to bring your family & friends to the festive holiday tradition of the season! Swirling snowflakes, giant mice, dolls that come to life and sweets from around the world are just some of the characters you’ll experience as you join Clara on her magical adventure.

Doors will open an hour before show time.

Tickets are $40, $30, or $20, depending on location.
Everyone must have a ticket.
Students and children (ages 2-18 or with Student ID), seniors (60+), and Military save $5 per ticket.
Babes-in-arms (ages 0-23 months that will sit in your lap) are $10.
Please call the theatre box office at 336-333-2605 for group discounts (10 or more).
A $3 theatre facility fee and sales tax will be added to each ticket.

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10. Tea with Clara

When: Sat, Dec 14 at 1:45pm and Sun, Dec 15 at 1:45pm

Where: The Carolina Theatre, 310 S Greene St, Greensboro, NC 27401

10th Anniversary of Tea with Clara!

Join us for the tea party of your little one’s dreams! This year’s theme is Clara visits the Kingdom of Sweets. Dine on delicious tea and sweet treats.Mingle with Clara’s friends from the ballet. Learn Clara’s lullaby dance and take home a unique and and playful treat bag with craft. Of course, our host Clara will make an appearance, so be sure to bring your camera for photos and autographs.

Our Tea with Clara events often sell out, so purchase your tickets early to be safe. This event lasts one hour, which gives you 15 minutes to find your seats for the following performance of The Nutcracker.

Doors will open half an hour before Tea with Clara.

Special thanks to this year’s Tea with Clara sponsors: Kaley Orthodontics (December 14) and Children’s Dentistry of Greensboro (December 15).

Tickets are $22 each, plus sales tax. Everyone must have a ticket.
(Please note: You must purchase your ballet show tickets separately.)
This is an event intended for children. No adult will be admitted without an accompanying child.

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11. The Polar Express Train Ride

When: Fri, Dec 13, 4:00-10:00pm, Sat, Dec 14, 4:00-10:00pm, Sun, Dec 15, 4:00-10:00pm

Where: N.C. Transporation Museum, 1 Samuel Spencer Dr, Spencer, NC 28159

Well, are you coming? Inspired by the hit movie, this holiday favorite comes to life  as you and your family take a magical trip on THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride!

Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, families are sure to enjoy their trip to the North Pole, complete with hot chocolate and cookies served on board the train. Passengers are entertained by a reading of The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg and upon arrival at the North Pole, Santa greets guests and each child will receive their own sleigh bell - just like in the movie!

Experience the joy of caroling and holiday entertainment that will surely become an annual holiday tradition. Families are encouraged to wear their pajamas for the ride and join in on the magic of Christmas!

Seating packages are as follows:

Standard: Passengers receive hot chocolate (served in a quality paper cup), a cookie, a silver sleigh bell presented by Santa himself, and a golden ticket.

Deluxe: Passengers receive a treat bag, hot chocolate served in a keepsake tumbler, a golden ticket, a silver sleigh bell presented by Santa himself, and a cookie.

1st Class and Parlor Class table seating is sold out.

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