1. On Nov. 29 in Greensboro, from 1 to 6 p.m. check out the Black Friday Holiday Pop-Up Market at McGee Street Bar, located at 113 W. McGee St. Hosted by Peter Daye of Cut the Music Prints, come stroll and check out clothing, handmade crafts, jewelry, pottery and more from local vendors. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

2.  On Nov. 29 in Winston-Salem, it is the last day to see Tromploy’s “Alice in Winstonland” installation, located at 418 Marshall St. NW #100, and to celebrate there will be a Drag Extravaganza! Be there for drag performances by yours truly as Roy Fahrenheit, as well as Velma Violet, Andy Drodge, Betty J, and Diana Grey Addams. There will be shows at 9 and 11 p.m. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

3. On Nov. 30 in Greensboro, don’t miss Stonewall Sport’s The Queen’s Storytime at Scuppernong Books, 304 S. Elm St. From 11 a.m. until noon, Malayia Chanel Iman will be reading to children of all ages and after, there will be a free craft for them to make and take home. According to the Facebook event page, “This event is meant to promote love and acceptance, celebrating one’s differences. To children, Drag Queens & Kings appear as something out of fairy tales. Both children and drag queens enjoy a shared interest in dressing up, wrapping themselves in all things shiny and glittery, and using their imagination.” 

4. On Nov. 30 in Winston-Salem, forget Black Friday and instead shop small on Saturday! From 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., check out over 20 local vendors and find your one-of-a-kind gifts this holiday season while supporting small businesses in downtown at Sentinel Commons, 418 Marshall St.! For more information about participating vendors, visit the Facebook event page. 

5. On Nov. 30 in Greensboro, downtown Greensboro is also participating in Small Business Saturday! From noon to 11:30 p.m., walk around and shop at 50+ local businesses for your holiday gifts and grab a bite to eat at one of 75+ restaurants! According to the Facebook event page, “Save the date to Shop Small® with us because when you do, you make a big difference for our businesses and our community. Join us in making this Small Business Saturday one to remember!”

6. On Dec. 1 in Jamestown, don’t miss the Christmas parade and food truck rodeo! Set up early anywhere on Main Street to watch the parade and while you wait, grab some food from participating food trucks such as Pacific Rim Food TruckBig Mouff CheeseSteaksThe Main MedallionRockin’ Moroccan Food Truck, and Chirba Chirba Dumpling at Potent Potables, 115 E. Main St., from 1 to 5 p.m.! The parade starts at 3 p.m. For more information, visit the Facebook event page. 

7. On Dec. 1 in Winston-Salem, get into the holiday spirit with Cookies, Nutcrackers, and Santa, oh my! At Mast General Store, located at 516 Trade St., “Visit with Santa, get your photo taken with dancers from The Nutcracker, decorate cookies, sing carols, and sip hot chocolate. It’s a day to make even the Scroogiest Scrooge crack a smile,” the Facebook event page states. The event kicks off with the arrival of Santa at 2 p.m. “As one might imagine, our visitor from the North Pole has a full slate of places to go and people to see, but he will be available to verify what list youngsters’ names appear on until 5 p.m. Remember to bring your camera to capture a holiday memory.” Carolers will be singing songs from 2:30 to 4 p.m., and dancers from UNCSA‘s production of “The Nutcracker” will be reading the story at 3 p.m. There will also be a visit from Nanook of Elite Canine! “He’s Santa’s top dog, and because he’s also a skilled therapy dog, he helps the Clauses and elves when they are feeling down. Be sure to tell Nanook, thank you.” Coffee, hot chocolate, and holiday cookies from Moji Coffee and More will also be available! For more information, visit the Facebook event page. 

8. On Dec. 1 in High Point, catch Greensboro Roller Derby‘s last home-team game of the season at Skate South, located at 208 W. Fairfield Rd.! The 2019 Championships will have this season’s undefeated Mad Dollies go up against the current six-year reigning champs The Elm Street Nightmares! “The first whistle is at 6:15 p.m. Doors will open at 5:45 p.m., and we are really excited to announce that we will have a Holiday Market set up with lots of handmade items made from members of our league! After the Championship Bout, be sure to stick around for our New Skater debut bout,” the Facebook event page states. Tickets are available on Eventbrite for $8.50 in advance and $10 at the door.

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