Performing Arts

Performing Arts



Gospel music has been a staple of Christmas for the City since the very first year. Anyone is welcome to join the City Gospel Choir who will close out the evening at 8:15pm on Wednesday, Dec. 21.

Rehearsals will be announced soon.

If you would like to talk further, please email the City Gospel Choir Jo Lowe at or call us at 336-525-1025. 

Upcoming Rehearsal Dates:


Under the leadership of a team of worship & music pastors across our city, we are bringing together singers and musicians from churches across the city of Winston-Salem and the surrounding area in a variety of citywide groups and distinctive groups from churches that will represent the wide diversity of sounds of our community. We want people to encounter the joyous sounds of Christmas on every corner in and outside of the venue

  • Main Stage: This year, the main stage will feature a wide array of programming that represent the diversity of styles of our city. Styles on the main stage and throughout the building include:
    • Gospel
    • Contemporary Christian
    • Hip-hop
    • Reggaeton
    • Rock/pop
    • Southern Gospel
    • Latin
    • Jazz
  • Urban Street Scene: And, all throughout the building and out onto the rest of the block, there will be groups of all "shapes and sizes:"
    • Small Ensembles
    • Carolers
    • Poets
    • And more…


For more information, email or call (336) 747-3067.


2016 goal: continue to diversify and include new groups

Visual Arts

Visions of Hope: A Photo Story Project 

VOH in The Gathering room

 "You Don't Know My Story"

This year, Visions of Hope is working with a team of artists to bring stories ofWWII Veterans in photos. "You Don't Know My Story"

This year's photo journey is to not only bring more awareness to our ageing WWII Veterans, but to bring a sense of purpose and beauty into the lives of each of these men. Along with their sons and daughters they have shot pictures of people, places and things they value from the past as well as the present. Their worth is priceless, who they are and how far they have come . They will be honored this evening.

For the most current information, visit Visions of Hope's Facebook page.

Here is a more thorough description of the working concept:

This year's photo journey was birthed when one of our team members in the visual arts of LOL was led to give expression and voice to Veterans who are aging and deserve the unique opportunity to share "snip its" of their long and incredible lives and service in WWII. There were 12 million Americans who served in WWII.

800 thousand are remaining and that number declines daily. These WWII Veterans will be introduced Brigadier General of NC National Guard JR Gorham of Kernersville, North Carolina, in a ceremony that will take place at the opening of Christmas for the City this year: Wed, Dec. 21, 4pm, Embassy Suites Grand Pavilion.

The event will begin with a salute led by local honor guard and introduction. A short video presentation, then we will them take them to a room where we will serve these precious men and their families a simple supper with J.R. Gorham and his wife.

Following their meal they will be lead in to the gallery to view the extraordinary photos taken by these 90 plus year old veterans and their sons or daughters.


Each photo will be developed and carefully chosen as to which ones will be used in the exhibit.
Along side of this photo journey the stories of these precious men are being carefully and gracefully documented.

 Would you like to help out?


$200.00 –Will sponsor a Veteran

You can donate today by going to the GIVE tab on this website. Simply indicate "VOH" in the field next to the amount you'll be giving. If texting or giving online, type VOH next to the dollar amount you'd like to give.


Help us welcome these veterans and their families to the Embassy Suites/Benton at 3pm on Wednesday, Dec. 21, and make sure they're well taken care of. CLICK HERE to sign up.




Help Portrait

This year, a branch of the international non-profit Help Portrait will be providing professional photos for individuals and families in need. Guests may have their photo taken and printed on site and free of cost. We're looking for volunteer photographers, greeters, and digital assistants. Volunteers need not be professionals, just passionate about the cause and influencing our city for good. 

Two "studios" will be set up at CFTC complete with 12x15 ft backdrops and professional studio lighting

  • Each studio will require one photographer, one digital/printing assistant, one greeter, and one photo assistant
  • Two greeters will explain the vision of Help Portrait and help guest sign in
  • At least two digital assistants will work with the printers to help guests choose and deliver their final image

For more information, contact Lauren Olinger,

For more information, go to their Facebook page:


We are looking for volunteers to visually capture the Christmas for the City this year!  We still have time slots to fill for the following areas:

Performing Arts, Compassion & Mercy, Visual Arts and Student Experience.

You do NOT have to be a professional, but a passion to capture these special moments

For more information, contact Shayna,