Old Salem Museums & Gardens “Salem Christmas” To Take Place December 12

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Scott Carpenter

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (NOVEMBER 17, 2015)—Imagine a simpler holiday celebration, where families can sing Christmas carols to the accompaniment of an 1800 Tannenberg organ. The aroma of Fraser fir wreaths and warm, Moravian sugar cake fills the air, and costumed interpreters in historic hearth kitchens add sprigs of holly to pound cakes baked on the coals.

On Saturday, Dec. 12, these images from the late 18th and 19th centuries in the historic town of Salem await visitors at Salem Christmas, hosted by Old Salem Museums & Gardens. This annual event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and will include:

  • Historic games for children on Salem Square
  • A Lovefeast at St. Philips Church from 11 a.m. to noon, which will include traditional Lovefeast buns and tea as well as special music featuring the Voices of God’s Children, an all-volunteer choir dedicated to the preservation of Negro Spirituals.
  • Hearth cooking demonstrations
  • An opportunity to learn about 19th-century Christmas decorations
  • Hands-on activities
  • Period music
  • And much more!

At 5:15 p.m., the event will conclude with carol singing and the lighting of the 16-foot-tall Moravian Christmas pyramid in the James A. Gray, Jr. Auditorium in the Old Salem Visitor Center at 900 Old Salem Road.

Admission to these activities is included with an All-in-One ticket: $23 for adults and $11 for children ages 6-16 ($3 discount on tickets purchased at oldsalem.org.) Friends of Old Salem enjoy free admission.

On Dec. 12, another holiday event will take place at Old Salem: Saturdays with St. Nicholas from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is a new location this year in the Old Salem Visitor Center. Children meet St. Nicholas and have photo made with him; watch a Christmas film; enjoy baked treats; and shop in a kids’ retail area. Cost is $8 per person (ages 3 and up). Not included with the All-in-One ticket.

For more information, visit oldsalem.org.

About Old Salem Museums & Gardens

Old Salem Museums & Gardens is one of America’s most comprehensive history attractions. Its museums—the Historic Town of Salem, the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA), and the Gardens at Old Salem—engage visitors in an educational and memorable historical experience about those who lived and worked in the early South. Old Salem Museums & Gardens is located at 900 Old Salem Road in Winston-Salem. For more information, call 336-721-7300 or visit oldsalem.org.