Reynolda’s holiday season begins Nov. 17

Tickets for late-night Christmas evenings on sale now 

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (November 16, 2020) —  Starting tomorrow, experience the magic of the historic 170-acre Reynolda estate at Christmastime. Holiday highlights this year include historic Christmas decorations,  late-night hours, live organ performances and antique glass ornaments on display for the first time in the 34,000 sq. ft 1917 bungalow of Katharine and R.J. Reynolds. For two weekends only this December, and for the first time this year, Reynolda House will be open after hours with Enchanted Christmas Evenings at Reynolda, offering visitors an opportunity to see the historic house lit up for Christmas and decorated with authentic early 20th century glass ornaments on loan from the North Carolina Museum of Art. Holiday events at Reynolda Gardens include wreath decorating workshops at The Barn in Reynolda Village and a holiday plant sale. View the full holiday program lineup at

Holidays at Reynolda 2020

Antique Glass Ornament Display
On loan from the North Carolina Museum of Art
Tuesday, Nov. 17 to Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020
Included with general admission ticket
Historic house

As part of Reynolda’s “year of glass,” view authentic early 20th century glass ornaments in the 1917 Reynolds family bungalow. On loan from the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA), the collection of historic Christmas ornaments encompasses nearly 400 figural glass ornaments including santas, fruits, candies and animals. There are even some surprises among the fragile glass trim like miniature lamps and tobacco pipes. Reynolda will display a selection of the decorations that date as if they were hand-selected by Katharine Reynolds herself!

The NCMA ornament collection was a gift of John and Patricia Geikler. Advance registration required. Register online.  

Members Event Reynolda Friendsgiving
Saturday, November 21, 2:30 -4:30 p.m.
Free for members and their families with advance registration
Front lawn, weather permitting

Join us as we give thanks to museum members and their families for their support with Reynolda’s first-ever Friendsgiving. This family-friendly afternoon for members (on the eve of Thanksgiving week) will be full of physically-distanced outdoor holiday games, special takeaways, and a surprise guest you can wave to from afar! Members enjoy a discount in the store and a free Reynolda replica holiday card with a $30 purchase. Register online

Christmas Cocktails with a Curator
Presented by Fader RE
Sunday, Dec. 6, 7 p.m
$10 per household
Via Zoom Webinar

Unpack your fancy holiday glassware for a 1920s holiday cocktail re-imagined by mixologist Tim Nolan and sit back and learn the history of glass Christmas ornaments in the American South with Dr. Amber C. Albert. Sparkling visuals will augment the discussion of ornament production, traditions and artistry. Albert’s research interests include the material world of the rural South and today she serves as Reynolda’s manager of community and academic learning. Nolan is the co-owner of Fair Witness Fancy Cocktails in Winston-Salem and a long-time Reynolda program partner. Register online

Family First Virtual Holiday Workshop and Art Kits
Make your own holiday cards and gift tags 
Sunday, Dec. 6, 2-4 p.m.
In-person kit pick up; workshop via Zoom

Family First workshops are designed for children in grades one through six and a favorite adult to make art side-by-side. For the December workshop, all participants have the option of either purchasing a kit of DIY art materials to complete at any time or purchasing a kit and participating in a live, virtual teaching session through Zoom at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 6.  Kits will be available for pick up the Friday and Saturday preceding the workshop and will include a family pass to visit the museum at a later time.  December’s workshop offers materials and ideas to create your own holiday cards and gift tags. Register online

New! Enchanted Christmas Evenings at Reynolda
Presented by Taylor & Taylor Attorneys at Law, PLLC
Friday, Dec. 11 and Saturday, Dec. 12
Friday, Dec. 18 and Saturday, Dec. 19
4:30- 8:30 p.m.

Included with General Admission ticket (Free for members and WFU faculty, staff and students), advance registration required 
Historic House 

Visit Reynolda for this special afterhours opportunity to see the historic house lit up for Christmas and featuring authentic early 20th century glass ornaments on loan selected from a collection of nearly four hundred figural glass ornaments dated from 1900 to 1930. Guests will also enjoy live organ performances of Christmas carols. Register online

Memories of A Christmas Memory
Sunday, Dec. 13, 3 p.m.
$10 per household
Via Zoom webinar

This year would’ve been Robin Voiers’ 34th consecutive year of performing her adaptation of Truman Capote’s A Christmas Memory at Reynolda. While we can’t join one another in the auditorium for her annual one-woman performance, you can join Robin remotely to learn about her journey as an artist and educator. Phil Archer, deputy director, will share archival recording clips and interview Voiers as she shares her memories of A Christmas Memory. Register online

Toast to 2021 with The Katharine Brasserie
Presented by Fader RE
Tuesday, Dec. 29, 7 p.m.
$15 per household
Via Zoom Webinar

Clink! The holiday season isn’t over until you’ve enjoyed a special beverage to ring in the New Year. Join Reynolda and The Katharine Brasserie as we re-imagine champagne cocktails from Mary Reynolds Babcock’s own recipe book, A Lady of Good Taste. Log in from the comfort of your home and we’ll send the ingredient list in advance so you can play mixologist along with us! Register online

Holiday Plant Sale
Wednesday, Nov. 18 to Saturday, Dec. 19, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sale will not take place on Sundays
Reynolda Gardens

Holiday plants, including cyclamen, poinsettias, paperwhites, amaryllis and Christmas cactus, will be available for sale in the Greenhouse. Advance timed sale visit sign up required. Register online at 

Wreath Decorating Workshops
Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 12:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 5 at 12:30 p.m.
$50 general admission/$35 for WFU faculty, staff, students, and Friends of Reynolda Gardens
The Barn at Reynolda Village

The team at Reynolda Gardens will help guide you to holiday wreath decorating perfection during these limited enrollment DIY workshops. 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. Face coverings are required. COVID distance and sanitation precautions will be followed. 

Space is limited. Register online.

Visitors to Reynolda can also take in holiday decorations in historic Reynolda Village while exploring the architecture and history of each of the preserved farm buildings, which are now filled with unique boutique shops and restaurants. Holiday treats in the Village include handcrafted made-to-order doughnuts or hot chocolate in what used to be the main barn and crepes at the old blacksmith’s shop.  Stress-free boutique holiday shopping options are offered in what used to be the cattle shed, smokehouse, heating plant, and many other buildings throughout the Village, as well as at the museum shop.

Reynolda House, located at 2250 Reynolda Rd., is open to visitors Tuesday-Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Reynolda Gardens is open from dawn to dusk daily free of charge. Visit for more information on shopping and dining. 

Reynolda House is operating at reduced capacity and with additional COVID restrictions in place. To view our updated visitor policies, please visit In the event of an event modification or cancellation, ticket holders will be notified and updates will be provided on

About Reynolda
Reynolda, in Winston-Salem, N.C., is a rare gem among the nation’s cultural institutions and historic greenspaces. The 53-year-old museum at the center of Reynolda’s 170 acres, Reynolda House Museum of American Art presents a renowned art collection in a historic and incomparable setting: the original 1917 interiors of Katharine and R. J. Reynolds’s historic home. Spanning 250 years, the collection is an uncompromisingly selective one, a chronology of American art, with each artist represented by one work of major significance. The Reynolda experience includes a free app called Reynolda Revealed; touring exhibitions in the museum’s Mary and Charlie Babcock Wing; formal gardens, conservatory and walking trails of Reynolda Gardens; and more than 25 of the estate’s original buildings repurposed as shops and restaurants in Reynolda Village. Reynolda, located at 2250 Reynolda Road, is part of Wake Forest University. For more information, please visit

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