The International Civil Rights Center and Museum is inviting everyone to come to Downtown Greensboro on Friday, Dec.1 and, from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., celebrate the season with a line-up of performers and entertainers on the night that Downtown Greensboro comes to life with holiday cheer.

The event is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be served.

The lineup features what you might expect at Christmastime: singing, harp music, dancers and more.

Performances will start at 6 p.m. with the cast of Black Nativity – the Langston Hughes’ musical on the birth of Christ told through music, dance and storytelling.

That will be followed by these performances:

  • 6:30 – 6:55 p.m. The Pointe!, Dancers
  • 7 p.m.- 7:25 p.m. Fredd Reyes, Guitarist
  • 7:30 – 7:55 p.m. The Pointe!, Dancers
  • 8 p.m. – 8:25 p.m. Rycal Blount, Harpist
  • 8:30 p.m. – 8:50 p.m. Casa De La Cultura, Dancers
  • 8:55 p.m.- 9:30 p.m. In Tune Inc., Singers

There will be plenty of other attractions that night as well up and down Elm Street and in the surrounding areas of downtown Greensboro since the community tree lighting will also take place that Friday.

The Festival of Lights in downtown Greensboro – which now has a 40-year history – will include a community sing-along, the lighting of the tree in Center City Park, an appearance by Santa, and a lot of carolers and musicians performing all around.

The coming end of 2023 and the beginning of 2024 mark a new year of huge plans for the civil rights museum.  The museum has bought out the downtown block it sits on and is planning a massive multi-million-dollar expansion that museum backers hope will result in the revamped attraction being named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.