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For the past eleven years, local churches, businesses and members of the arts community have come together to throw a free citywide Christmas party that features live music and arts performances, original work by local artists, a make-your-own toy workshop and, Santa Claus. Last year, 1,200+ volunteers welcomed over 10,000 guests for an evening of celebration and community at the Benton Convention Center in downtown Winston-Salem.

Now, as plans are underway for the twelfth annual Christmas for the City party and Love Out Loud outreach, organizers say the events are needed more than ever. The entire city is invited to this free Christmas party at the Benton Convention Center, 301 W. Fifth Street, on Thursday, December 19, 2019, 4-9pm. The Venue will be packed inside and out with activities for all ages including:

  • A variety of community-wide choral and instrumental groups

  • Kids room with toy workshop, arts and crafts projects and Santa Claus

  • Multiple performance areas throughout the Benton Convention Center and out onto Cherry Street

  • Poetry slam featuring local artists and musicians

  • Opportunities throughout the building to connect with non-profits and ministries of our city

  • The Table invites EVERYONE in the community to share a meal together in solidarity

CFTC is an expression of a wide range of churches from across our city. View the below ad to see a complete list of sponsors and partners.

The vision for Christmas for the City is simple: to create a meaningful Christmas experience for the whole community by:

Incorporating all of the arts:  drama, dance, music, literature, painting, drawing, and more provide the framework for the event.  All artists are invited to contribute works around the theme of “Love Out Loud.”

Celebrating the diversity of our community: people across all generational, ethnic and socio-economic groups plan the event, participate and attend.  Inclusivity is a high value.

Honoring those at work in our city: the non-profit organizations and ministries that work tirelessly all year long are highlighted and served.

To find out how you can get involved, go to the How Can I Help tab of this web site.  Click the Contact Us tab for a variety of ways to communicate with us.

We invite individuals, churches, artists, businesses and non-profits to join us for Christmas for the City 2019: Thursday, December 19th.  And, most importantly, join us in loving God and loving people.

Together, let’s Love Out Loud.