Yesterday we sent out the third issue of the Wake Parents and Families e-newsletter, and our cover story was about some of the holiday traditions on campus: the Lovefeast, the Lighting of the Quad, and the celebration of Hanukkah with the campus menorah. If your students want to get into the holiday spirit off campus – or if you are coming to town in the next several weeks – here are a few additional suggestions.
Old Salem is just south of downtown Winston-Salem, and they have some very nice offerings during the holidays. One is the Candle Tea, which is a combination of Christmas carols, seeing beeswax candles made, and having Moravian sugar cake and coffee. The other is candlelight tours of Old Salem.
Reynolda House, Museum of American Art is a short walk from campus. They offer a number of holiday activities related to the historic house – from candlelight tours to a holiday concert and a play. Their December calendar of events shows listings.
If your students want to travel a bit farther away, they can go to Biltmore House in Asheville, NC and see the Christmas decorations there. Biltmore House was the historic estate of George Vanderbilt, who created a French chateau style mansion on 8,000 acres of land. It’s a short 2 1/2 hour trip from campus and is ideal for a Saturday. I took this trip myself with my best Wake Forest friends freshman year and it is a favorite memory of mine.
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