Christmas in Wake Forest

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


Wake Forest Community Christmas Dinner 
Monday, Dec. 1; 6:30 pm 
The Forks Cafeteria, 339 S. Brooks St

The 67th Wake Forest Community Christmas Dinner will be held on Monday, Dec. 1, at 6:30 p.m. at The Forks Cafeteria. Tickets will be sold beginning Nov. 1 at a cost of $15 per person. Awards for Citizen of the Year, Civic Organization of the Year and the Peggy Allen Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented by Mayor Vivian Jones. For more information, email


Christmas TreeLighting 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 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.  

Free Pictures with Santa will be offered from 6:45-8 pm. A ticket with a time reservation is required to visit with Santa. Time tickets will be distributed in the town hall lobby beginning at 5:30 pm. Once you have your time ticket with your time reservation, feel free to enjoy all the festivities and return to the picture line at the time indicated on your ticket.

The Lighting will feature musical performances by local students. Free horse and carriage rides will also be offered (weather permitting). For more information, contact Lisa Hayes at 919-435-9415.

Breakfast with Santa 
Saturday, Dec. 6; 8 - 10 am 
Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club, 325 S. Wingate St. 
Stop in to enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast, take home portraits taken with Santa and don’t forget to write your letter to Santa and leave it in Santa’s mailbox! Enjoy story-time, as well as, music, entertainment and giveaways! Ticket prices are $5 each for all attendees - $20 maximum per family unit. Proceeds will benefit the Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club’s youth programs. Tickets can be purchased online, on the Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club’s website at or purchased at the Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club, located at 325 S. Wingate St. For additional information, please Boys & Girls Club Director Jessica Bullock at 919-556-7266.


Downtown Merchant's 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 Merchant's 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. Advance tickets are now on sale online and at several Wake Forest area locations.


Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary Christmas Concert:
A Joyful Collective

Saturday, Dec. 6; 7-8:30 pm
Binkley Chapel, 120 S. Wingate St.
SEBTS is hosting a free Christmas concert for the community. Bring your family out to enjoy Christmas carols and hot chocolate. Music is being led by Donnie Hollis (Imago Dei Church), Wesley Price (Open Door Baptist Church), Josh Via (Journey Church), and Daniel Renstrom (FBC Durham). For more information, visit or call our Events @ Southeastern office at 919-761-2298.


'Christmas in New York' with Franc D'Ambrosio
Sunday, Dec. 7; 3 pm
Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.

Franc D’Ambrosio is best known for his role as the Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award winning musical, The Phantom of the Opera. His new show celebrates the magic of the holiday season. D’Ambrosio’s rich tenor caresses each song in an embrace that he does not relinquish until his final bow. D'Ambrosio's will conclude his concert by performing several numbers with the Wake Forest Elementary School Choir. Advance Tickets: $30 adult, $25 senior (65+), $12 child (12 and under). Day Of: $35 adult, $30 senior, $15 child.


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, Recreation & Cultural Resources 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 are now available. Completed forms must be received at the parks and recreation office, located in town hall, by 5 p.m., Dec. 10. Telephone registrations will not be accepted. There is no charge for the event, but all calls must be local.


Christmas ParadeWake 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.


New Year's Eve Celebration - Living the Dream in 2015
Wednesday, Dec. 31; 8:30 pm
Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.

The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre is saving the best for last in 2015. Area residents are invited to stay close to home and ring in 2015 with friends and neighbors! Featuring live entertainment by the EG Peters Band, “Living the Dream in 2015” will also offer a delicious buffet dinner, decadent desserts and midnight snacks by Main Street Pizzeria & Grille, along with a top shelf open bar and spacious dance floor. VIP sponsorship packages for groups of eight are available for businesses, homeowners associations and other organizations. Individual tickets are $100.

Christmas in Wake Forest App
Complete information about town-sponsored holiday events is provided through the "Christmas in Wake Forest" function on the Town of Wake Forest app. Download the app and utilize the 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