Live Performance, Seasonal Tours, Afterhours, Holiday, Family, Talks/Lectures

Holidays at Reynolda

Date: Wed, November 14, 2018 - Mon, December 31, 2018

Museum Admission ($18 for adults) 

The 101st Christmas at Reynolda takes a do-it-yourself turn, as we inspire visitors through singalongs, natural decorating, and handmade holiday cards. Visit during regular hours to enjoy the home decorated just as Katharine Smith Reynolds might have done, no advance purchase required. To schedule a group tour for eight or more, submit your request here.

Advance ticket purchase for events is strongly encouraged. Tickets go on sale October 1. See all holiday events below.  

History Holidays Overnight Package

Turn your holiday visit into an overnight getaway and make Winston-Salem your home for the holidays this season, with this exclusive package offered by Graylyn Estate. All packages include two adult admission tickets to Christmas 101 at Reynolda, featuring decorations, carols on the house organ, and the featured exhibition Dorothea Lange's America. Plus, more tickets for special events may be added to your package based on availability. Book now at

Package includes: 

  • Overnight Accommodations for two (Standard Estate Guestroom Double Occupancy)
  • Welcome gift 
  • Gourmet breakfast buffet for two 
  • Historic Butler's Tour of Graylyn 
  • Shuttle service to Reynolda 
  • At-leisure shopping at Reynolda Village 
  • Two tickets to Reynolda House Museum of American Art 
  • Two tickets to Old Salem Museums & Gardens 
  • Complimentary onsite parking and wireless internet 
  • Gray Family Traditions: Complimentary refreshments and Mrs. Gray's Butterscotch Cookies every afternoon and ice cream celebrating Mr. Gray's love for ice cream

Holiday Programs

Reynolda Village Holiday Stroll

Saturday, November 17, 5-8 p.m.

Come stroll through Reynolda Village and enjoy the holiday decorations, boutique shopping, carriage rides, Santa Claus, the music of the Carolers of Christmas Past, and hot beverages and cookies.

Caroling Fridays

Each Friday, November 23–December 21, 2:45 p.m. 

Join friends old and new in the Reception Hall of Reynolda to sing along with Christmas carols played on the Aeolian organ, led by Museum staff and special guests. Free with Museum admission. Advance reservation is not required.

Wreath Making Workshop
Reynolda Gardens, Education Wing

Tuesday, November 27 at 12:30 p.m., repeated at 6:00 p.m. and Tuesday, December 5 at 6:00 p.m.
$50 general admission/$35 for WFU faculty, staff, students, and Friends of Reynolda Gardens.

Reynolda staff will help you create your own wreath to enjoy throughout the holidays!  Each participant will receive a large, full, natural wreath to decorate. We will provide an assortment of natural items to adorn your wreath or you can bring your own decorations. Pruners and gloves are encouraged.

Space is limited. Registration and payment are required by December 1.  Please call the Gardens' Education Office at 336.758.3485 to register.

How Greeting Cards Went to War, with Anne O'Donnell

Saturday, December 1. Free with Museum admission

For the last 100 years, when America has gone to war, so have greeting cards. Their verses and images, how they were advertised, and even the papers and inks all combine to paint a vivid picture of wartime life as it was experienced at Reynolda House, across the United States, and by the troops overseas. Packed with colorful images of vintage cards, this entertaining talk takes us back in time to 1917 and Reynolda's first Christmas, then forward to the Babcock era of World War II, to explore how greeting cards kept families linked and showcased American pride and patriotism.

O'Donnell is an independent scholar and former editor of Style 1900 magazine.


Christmas 1917 Tours

Members/students $20, non-members $25. Children 5 and under are free.

Enjoy Reynolda with friends and family on these special tours! The bungalow will be decorated as it might have been for Katharine Reynolds, and an organist will play Christmas music on your tour. Costumed interpreters playing a Reynolda School teacher, a butler, and a governess will share stories of the Reynolds family Christmas. Please note, strollers are not permitted on the tour. 

Afternoon Tours 
December 4, 11, and 18. Tours depart between 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. 

Evening Tours 
Friday, December 7 and Saturday, December 8. Tours depart between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Family First: Holiday Tour and Card-making

Sunday, December 3, 2-4 p.m.

This annual workshop for elementary school-aged children offers an opportunity to learn about holiday stories at Reynolda and make one-of-a-kind cards on the printing press and with our classic hand-carved stamps. Limited spots available. 

Visits with Santa

Saturdays, December 8 and 15, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Make sure that Santa knows your Christmas wishes! Visits with Santa in the shops of Reynolda Village are free; please bring your own camera. 

"A Christmas Memory"

Sunday, December 16, 4 p.m.
Members/students $15, non-members $20

For the 32nd consecutive year, actress Robin Voiers stars in a one-woman adaptation of "A Christmas Memory," Truman Capote's tale of his own humble childhood and some uniquely quaint holiday traditions.

Carolina Brass Holiday Pops Concert

Tuesday, December 18, 7 p.m.
Members/students: $15; Non-members: $20

Don't miss this fun-filled performance featuring seasonal favorites by the Carolina Brass. Their combination of virtuosity and humor is a fresh approach to great music of all types, engaging audiences in an energizing musical experience for the holidays.


Hi! I was wondering will there be visits with Santa this year? We’ve been every year since my daughter was born. 

Hi Crystal! We're so happy to hear you've been a regular visitor! You can find Santa Claus (plus lots more!) in Reynolda Village on Saturday, November 17 starting at 5 p.m. for our Village Stroll. 


Aaron Canipe

Visual Storyteller

This just in! Visits with Santa are back! They will be Saturdays, Dec. 8 and 15, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the shops of Reynolda Village. Admission is free, and please bring your own camera. Happy Holidays!

Hi, my wife and I will be coming to the reynolda house as part of our anniversary get away Nov 16th thru Nov. 18. We have a gift card that a friend got us for our anniversary. We will be staying at a hotel and we will probably visit the house on the 17th. I have seen on the website that there is a christmas stroll or something. Is this something you have to sign up for in advance or do you just show up and attend. This will be our first visit and just not really sure what to expect.

Hi Adam, thanks for your upcoming visit! We can wait to have you. Advance registration for the Holiday Stroll in Reynolda Village is not required; the festivities start at around 5 p.m. in Reynolda Village. Thank you! Please reach out with any more questions you may have.

Aaron Canipe

Chief Storyteller

Can we buy tickets there?

Hi, Phyllis, 

We recommend purchasing in advance for Holiday Pops and A Christmas Memory. We will have tickets available at the door for tonight's Christmas 1917 Tours. 

We hope to see you soon!

Sarah Smith 
Director of External Relations 

what is your holiday schedule please?

Not worth the money or effort.  House is not decorated very much and isn't very welcoming.  I have been their as a child multible times and its changed.  Its a neat house and beautful grounds but wasn't impressive at all during the holiday season.  If you haven't seen the house, its worth a visit.  Im not into the art at all so that diesn't appeal to me.  The history is way more interesting and I wish the organzition would focus on the house and make the beadrooms look like beadrooms, etc.  Reading the discription I expected elegent decorations and yes, there was a tree and a few wreaths but not worth wasting time going there.  I took my girls, who are extrememly well behaved and litereally I was watched the entire time by staff, not sure what they thought we were going to do!  If they don't want children there just don't let them in.  Plan out rude!

Dear Elisabeth, thank you for your recent visit and your feedback. Our holiday decor represents a specific period in history when many Americans (the Reynolds family included) used decorations in a more focused and simplified way in the face of the horrors of World War I. We equally treasure art and history! Many of the family's stories and the stories of the people who worked at Reynolda are available on our app, Reynolda Revealed. Our bedroom galleries are purposefully up-fit to showcase our American art collection on a rotating basis.  We'd appreciate the opportunity to hear more about your experience in depth. Please get in touch with our Director of External Relations, Sarah Smith, at or 336.758.5524. 


Aaron Canipe

Visual Storyteller

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