News Release: Celebrate the Holidays with the City of Greensboro

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CITY OF GREENSBORO Contact: Amanda Lehmert
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Phone: 336-373-7786

Celebrate the Holidays with the City of Greensboro

GREENSBORO, NC (November 5, 2019) – The City of Greensboro hosts a wide range of special events and activities for the holiday season, including Thanksgiving events, winter festivals, New Year’s events for children and adults, musical 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. A complete listing of events and activities is available at www.greensboro-nc.gov/Holidays

Thanksgiving Events

* Fall Festival at Griffin Recreation Center<www.greensboro-nc.gov/?navid=4236>: 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.

Winter Festivals & Activities

* Wasteless Packaging for the Holidays: Kathleen Clay Library<www.greensboro-nc.gov/?navid=824>, November 17, 3-4:30 pm
Most holiday packaging isn’t recyclable in your cart at home. Join City Waste Reduction Educator Laine Roberts for ideas, how-tos, and examples of zero waste holiday gifting. Space is limited, call 336-373-2923 to register.

* Piedmont Winterfest: LeBauer Park<www.greensboro-nc.gov/?navid=5014>, November 15 to January 26, Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 4-9 pm, Fridays 11 am to 10 pm, Sundays 12-7 pm
Ice skating for a fee daily. Greensboro Downtown Parks will host a free skating lessons, dance mixers and open free skate Mondays from 4-5 pm. See Winterfest websit<www.piedmontwinterfest.com/>e<www.piedmontwinterfest.com/> for more info.

* Festival of Lights: Center City Park, downtown<www.greensboro-nc.gov/?navid=5014> and the Greensboro Cultural Center<www.greensboro-nc.gov/?navid=3036>, 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<www.greensboro-nc.gov/?navid=3736>, 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<www.greensboro-nc.gov/?navid=1341>, December 8, 12-5 pm.
A limited number of wreaths, garland, poinsettias, and light balls and hand-crafted holiday gift ideas and home decor created by local artisans will be available for purchase. This event is a fundraiser for the nonprofit Greensboro Beautiful.

* ‘Tis the Season: Brown Recreation Center<www.greensboro-nc.gov/?navid=1337>, December 7, 2-5 pm
A holiday festival for the whole family. Holiday arts and crafts, visit with Santa and treats.

* Showing Love Holiday Event at Windsor Recreation Center<www.greensboro-nc.gov/?navid=1346>: December 7, 1-5 pm
Enjoy poetry basketball, cookies and other refreshments, face-painting and gifts.

* Warnersville<www.greensboro-nc.gov/?navid=1345> Winter Wrestle Fest: December 14, 7-10 pm
A family-friendly pro-wrestling event.

* Holiday Movie in the Park – The Grinch: LeBauer Park<www.greensboro-nc.gov/?navid=5014>, December 20, movie starts at 6:30 pm

* Grinch Fest at Hemphill Library<www.greensboro-nc.gov/?navid=813>: 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.

Concerts

* 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<www.greensboro-nc.gov/?navid=3948>, 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<www.greensboro-nc.gov/?navid=803>, 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.

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<www.greensboro-nc.gov/index.aspx?page=1526> until December 6. The gifts will be distributed to local families in need this holiday season. More details at the GYC website<www.greensboro-nc.gov/?navid=1526>.

* 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<www.gofundme.com/f/GofundmecomDonate-to-2019-Shoppers-Day>.

* Wreaths Across America at Forest Lawn Cemetery<www.greensboro-nc.gov/?navid=1113>: 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<www.greensboro-nc.gov/?navid=3036> or Brown, Griffin, Glenwood, or Leonard recreation centers<www.greensboro-nc.gov/?navid=3615>. They will receive a return letter in the mail.

* Say Hello to Santa: Benjamin Library<www.greensboro-nc.gov/?navid=803>, December 3, 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<www.greensboro-nc.gov/?navid=5014>, 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<www.greensboro-nc.gov/?navid=1356>: 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.

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Amanda Lehmert, Communications Specialist
Communications and Marketing
City of Greensboro
Phone: 336-373-7786
PO Box 3136, Greensboro, NC 27402-3136
www.greensboro-nc.gov
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