By Adrienne R. Roethling
This holiday season comes to us as we are all weary from a long year, ready for celebration and an enjoyment of comradery with our fellow citizens. There is no shortage of events this season, and three local organizations are doing their best to provide opportunities for you and your family to celebrate to the fullest this year. Do not miss these amazing events that are sure to dazzle and enchant you!
Christmas is always a special time at the Kernersville Museum and 2021 promises to bring just as much magic this year. Hometown Christmas turns the historical village at the Museum into a Christmas wonderland. Live Christmas trees are placed throughout the village and adorned with colored lights. Each tree is adopted and decorated by a local family, business, or organization. In the middle of the village, you will find our synthetic ice skating rink and the entire village has white lights hung over everything. You will also find our community wish tree where you can add your Christmas wish to our tree. It is free to visit the village and $5 to skate on our synthetic ice rink. It is an experience that is as beautiful as it is unforgettable. The Hometown Christmas Village opens November 26, 2021 and will be open through January 8, 2022. See our website for ice rink hours at www.KernersvilleMuseum.org. We hope you will join us and make your visit to Kernersville part of your Christmas tradition.
Körner’s Folly Historic House Museum, known for its whimsical architecture, adds another dimension of enchantment with our annual Victorian Christmas celebration. All twenty-two rooms of the elaborately ornamented circa-1880 house, originally designed to serve as visionary interior designer Jule Körner’s studio and showroom, are decorated from floor to ceiling by staff and local volunteers.
Each year, a different theme is selected to offer visitors something new and never-before-seen. This year, decorators will present their interpretations of “A Victorian Winter Wonderland,” echoing both the indoor and outdoor holiday traditions of this bygone era. Körner’s Folly’s holiday season begins Friday, November 26, and runs through Friday, December 31, 2021.
Christmas by Candlelight, exclusive evening tour events, are sure to enchant as the spectacular decorations shine and the house glows from within. Costumed guides from Kernersville Little Theatre will be stationed throughout the house receiving visitors as well as caroling and reading from Clement C. Moore’s poem, “A Visit from St. Nicholas.” Candlelight events will be held on December 4, 11, and 18 from 5 – 9 p.m. Tickets are available online and on-site.
Körner’s Folly is closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.
Regular Tour Admission: $10 for adults, $6 for children (6-18), Free for 5 and under. Visit KornersFolly.org to purchase tickets online.
Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden:
Come and experience the Spectacular Holiday Blooms every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings from 5:30pm to 9:00pm (weather depending), starting November 24, 2021 and continuing through January 7, 2022. $5 per adult, children under 12 get in free.
Enjoy a stroll through the dazzling wisteria lights, get lost in the illuminated trees along the patio terrace, and experience more surprises as you stroll to the Performance Stage. Please no pets, no smoking, wear masks and remain socially distant.
Volunteers have put in over 4000 hours recycling, preparing, and assembling plastic bottles into works of art for the Holiday Blooms (3 years total). The Spectacular Holiday Blooms complement our Spectacular Tulip Bloom in Spring. Every year, we display thousands of tulips and we wanted to bring that kind of atmosphere to the garden during the Holiday Season.
6000+ Holiday Blooms total with 4500+ Tulips, Sunflowers, Foxglove, Poinsettia, Magnolia blossoms, Lotus flowers, Daffodils, Crocus, Daisies, Clematis, Poppies and more. Come take in the beauty of this imaginative, illuminated garden!
Christmas in the Dolores & Wyatt LeFever Garden Gift Shop at PJCBG
Mon. – Fri. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. through Dec. 22
Purple Wagon Events LLC and Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden Present: Black Friday and Small Business Saturday: Start your holiday shopping with over 40 vendors to choose from. Booths will be set up inside and outside. We have something for everyone on your list. From door hangers and home decor to soaps, lotions and clothing, and everything in between.
Friday, November 26: 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday, November 27: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Last Saturday to Shop in the Dolores & Wyatt LeFever Garden Gift Shop:
December 18: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Christmas Around Downtown Kernersville:
Saturday, December 4: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday, December 11: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Visit Körner’s Folly, the Kernersville Museum, and the Holiday Display at the Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden to celebrate with us all as we enjoy this wonderful holiday season in Kernersville!