Christmas in Wake Forest

Christmas TreeWake Forest truly comes alive during the holidays, so we've assembled the complete list of happenings guaranteed to put you in the Christmas spirit!

Lighting of Wake Forest  
Friday, Dec. 5; 6-8 pm 
Centennial Plaza, Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St. 
Wake Forest will officially kick off the holiday season with the Lighting of Wake Forest. Sponsored by Traditions at Heritage Wake Forest, the annual event features the lighting of the town’s 30-foot Christmas tree by Mayor Vivian Jones, followed by the eagerly anticipated arrival of Jolly Old St. Nick. The event will also include Pictures with Santa and performances by Wake Forest Elementary School Choir, Heritage High School Choir and Heritage High School Band. Free horse and carriage rides will also be offered (weather permitting). For more information, contact Lisa Hayes at 919-435-9415 or


Downtown Holiday Open House
Saturday, Dec. 6; 10 am
Downtown Wake Forest

Area residents are invited to visit historic downtown Wake Forest and experience a hearty dose of holiday cheer during the Downtown Holiday Open House. Sponsored by the Downtown Merchants Association, the Downtown Holiday Open House will include special offers and complimentary refreshments at participating shops and restaurants, several school and dance group performances, horse and carriage rides, and fun-filled activities for kids and families. Several special events and activities will also be offered throughout the day at no cost. The Downtown Holiday Open House is free and open to the public.


Christmas Historic Home Tour  
Saturday, Dec. 6; 1 - 7 pm  
Wake Forest  
On even-numbered years, the Wake Forest Historic Preservation Commission and the Wake Forest Woman’s Club present the Christmas Historic Home Tour. This year’s tour may be the best ever featuring approximately 10 historic homes, wonderful Christmas music, period costumes and decorations, horse-drawn carriage rides, refreshments and more! Advance tickets are $16 (includes tax) and $22 (includes tax) on the day of the tour.

Calls From Santa
Thursday, Dec. 11; 6-8 p.m.
Wake Forest 
A phone call from Santa Claus is on every child’s wish list. The Wake Forest Parks and Recreation Department is making those wishes come true by offering “Calls from Santa” to kids ages 3 – 7 on Thursday, Dec. 11, from 6-8 p.m. Registration forms will be available soon. Completed forms must be received at the parks and recreation office, located in town hall, by 5 p.m., Dec. 11. Telephone registrations will not be accepted. There is no charge for the event, but all calls must be local. 

Christmas Parade

Wake Forest Christmas Parade
Saturday, Dec. 13; 1 pm
South White Street & South Brooks Street
Celebrate the holiday season at Wake Forest’s largest community event. Watch as community groups and businesses show their creative talents. Of course, Santa will be here! Hosted by Wake Forest Downtown, Inc. For more information, contact Lisa Hayes at 919-435-9415 or

Christmas in Wake Forest App
Complete information about town-sponsored holiday events is provided through the "Holiday Events" function on the Town of Wake Forest app. 
Download the app and utilize the "Holiday Events" function for instant access to the Lighting of Wake Forest (Dec. 5); the Wake Forest Christmas Parade (Dec. 13) and more! 

IPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and Android users can download the app by searching for “Town of Wake Forest" on iTunes, in the iPhone app store, or in Google Play or by scanning the appropriate QR code provided at