Holiday Fun in Greensboro

posted on December 1, 2020 by Amy Scott

**Note that at time of publication COVID-19 is still affecting operations of businesses, please review and plan ahead.***

Celebrate the Season in Greensboro

Christmas cheer is in full effect in Greensboro. See Christmas Lights, Christmas Trees, and of course, Santa this season. Don't get wrapped up in doing the most this December - instead, find some time to pause, and play with those who mean the most. Enjoy a worry-free winter getaway, and rest assured knowing that Greensboro has the safety protocols in place for merry memory-making. Listed below are some of the amazing offerings Greensboro has this season, and we want to celebrate with you.

Winter Wonderlights at the Greensboro Science Center

12 immersive realms await you in this walking light display in the Greensboro Science Center Zoo exhibit. Experience 3 musical light shows and a ride on the Greensboro Rotary Carousel. On certain nights include Greensboro Opera Christmas Carolers and visits from Santa Claus.  Tickets are on sale now. Discount Days are also available. 

When: Now until January 3rd.

Address: 4301 Lawndale Drive, Greensboro, NC 27455

Phone: (336) 288-3769

Piedmont Winterfest 

Ice Skate outdoors in the Historic South End of Downtown Greensboro. See Ice Skaters and Curling teams outside in this lighted ice rink. It's fun for the whole family. Tickets are on sale now. 

When: Now until January 31st.

Address: 123 Lewis St., Greensboro, NC 27401

Country Christmas at McLaurin Farms 

Make Memories at McLaurin Farms. This annual Christmas event features family activities with a drive-through or hayride Christmas light display all December long. Family activities include mailing a letter to Santa, making Christmas ornaments, and feeding animals. Santa and some of his holiday friends (Olaf from Disney's Frozen and Grinch from The Grinch who stole Christmas) and known to stop by and take pictures. Tickets are on sale now.

When-  Weekends in December
2–6, 9–13, 16–24 & 26–27

Address: 1219 Spring Garden St, Greensboro, NC 27403

Phone: (336) 272-8284

Sunset Hills Christmas Balls and The Running of the Balls 

This Greensboro neighborhood continues to go all out for the holidays with Christmas balls that light up the sky. The lights are truly magical. The usual 5k "running of the balls" has changed with COVID to a "No-K 5k" where you continue to make your donation to Second Harvest Food Bank. To sign up, visit the website below.  The lights are free and open to the public, driving the route is strongly encouraged. 

Address: Sunset Hills Greensboro, NC 27403

Phone: 336-510-9390

Drive-In Nutcracker

The Greensboro Ballet is continuing the holiday tradition of The Nutcracker, but to comply with safety during Covid they have modified the experience to a Drive-In movie performance at the Greensboro Coliseum. The film was recorded at the Carolina Theatre and features local performers. So pack up the car in your PJs for a night of the ballet. Tickets are on sale now. 

When: December 18 - 20

Address: 1921 W. Gate City Blvd. Greensboro, NC 27403

Phone: 336-333-7480

Downtown in December

Downtown Greensboro is offering an array of events and experiences all month long. From the first weekend Light the Night December 4 & 5. To a modify parade Balloon Regatta December 12-13. Plus evening experiences like Peppermint Alley, Sonic Forest, and Tinsel Town. Don't forget to make reservations to see Santa at the Carolina Theatre. Walk downtown Greensboro and see festive window displays at local retailers. 

When: All Month Long

Address:  Downtown Greensboro 

Phone: (336) 379-0060

Christmas Events from Friendly Center 

Visit Santa, Extended Shopping Hours, and a welcoming waving Santa are some of the opportunities Greensboro Friendly Center is offering this season. To assist in planning your visit this season, Friendly Center recently released its 2020 Holiday Gift Guide. Complete with items available locally and categorized with ideas for her, for him, and for kids, as well as ideas under $50 and under $25, the gift guide will make those quick trips even easier.

When: All Month Long

Address: Friendly Center Rd. Greensboro, NC 27408

Phone: 336-299-9802


Give the gift of a getaway right in your backyard. This season Greensboro Accommodations are serving up specials offers including tickets to some of our holiday events, dining credits and so much more. Plan your getaway now through January 19. 

When: Now - January 19

Address: Throughout Greensboro 

Phone:(336) 274-2282

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