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 Children's Choir Holiday Concert
Monday, Nov. 30; 6 pm
Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.

The Wake Forest Children's Choir will present an evening of holiday songs and carols under the direction of Kasie Ryan and Terri Smith. The event is free and open to the public.


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 6:45-8:30 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. Free Pictures With Santa will be offered from 10 am to 3 pm at Fidelity Bank, 231 S. White St. The Downtown Holiday Open House is free and open to the public.


Joyful Collective Christmas Concert 
Saturday, Dec. 5; 7 – 8:30 pm; Doors open at 6:30 pm 
Binkley Chapel, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, 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), Josh Via (Journey Church), and Daniel Renstrom (FBC Durham). For more information, email or call the SEBTS events office at 919-761-2804.


Free Holiday Concert
Sunday, Dec. 6;  3 pm
Alston-Massenburg Center, 416 N. Taylor St.

The Free Spirits Ensemble of the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra will perform a free holiday concert at the Alston-Massenburg Center this Sunday, Dec. 6, at 3 p.m. Offering interesting stories that inspired several Christmas classics, the program is sure to provide a hearty dose of holiday spirit for both the young and the young at heart. In addition to traditional holiday favorites, Sunday’s concert will feature two original works by Raleigh composer Lanette Lind. Lind’s work “The Brightest Light” tells the story of three children of different faiths who, by sharing, create The Brightest Light. The program will close with her latest work, “Santa’s Gift to the Monsters.” For more information, contact Recreation Specialist Monica Lileton at 919-435-9563.


Wake Forest Community Christmas Dinner 
Monday, Dec. 7; 6:30 pm 
The Forks Cafeteria, 339 S. Brooks St.

The 68th Wake Forest Community Christmas Dinner will be held on Monday, Dec. 7, at 6:30 pm at The Forks Cafeteria. Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased at The Wake Forest Weekly, the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Wake Forest Historical Museum. 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 Beverly Whisnant.


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 3-9 on Thursday, Dec. 10, 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.


The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Dec. 11-13
Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St. 

Forest Moon Theater will present “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts Dec. 11-13. It’s time for the annual church Christmas pageant, but this year the couple in charge must cast the horrible Herdman kids, some of the most awful children in town. The results provide plenty of pepto-bismol moments—and fun—when the Herdman herd brings new meaning to the Christmas spirit. This family comedy is based on the only story to ever run twice in McCall’s Magazine. Tickets go on sale Nov. 1!


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