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!

 

Lighting of Wake Forest   
Friday, Dec. 4; 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.

Downtown Merchant's Holiday Open House 
Saturday, Dec. 5; 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.

 

Calls From Santa
Thursday, Dec. 10; 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. 10, from 6-8 p.m. Registration forms will be available in November. Completed forms must be received at the parks and recreation office, located in town hall, by 5 p.m., Dec. 9. 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. 12; 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.


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. 4); the Wake Forest Christmas Parade (Dec. 12) 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 www.wakeforestnc.gov/app.aspx.