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. 1; 6-8:30 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 and presented by Wake Forest Downtown, Inc., this 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 Lighting of Wake Forest will feature musical performances by local groups and complimentary cookies and glow necklaces, while supplies last. 

Pictures with Santa sponsored by The Dental Care Center 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. 

PLEASE NOTE: Due to time constraints, Santa can only have his picture taken with a limited number of children during the Lighting of Wake Forest. However, Wake Forest Downtown, Inc., will offer two additional opportunities for Pictures with Santa:

  • Saturday, Dec. 2; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Cotton Company Event Gallery, 306 S. White St., as part of Downtown Holiday Open House

  • Saturday, Dec. 9; 10 a.m. to noon, Fidelity Bank, 231 S. White St., prior to Wake Forest Christmas Parade

    Wait times are typically shortest during the Downtown Holiday Open House

For more information, contact Jennifer Herbert at 919-435-9427.

Downtown Holiday Open House
Saturday, Dec. 2; 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 and fun-filled activities for kids and families. Pictures With Santa and complimentary face painting will be offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Cotton Company Event Gallery (2nd floor), 306 S. White St. The Downtown Holiday Open House is free and open to the public.

Wake Forest Community Christmas Dinner 
Monday, Dec. 4; 6:30 pm 
The Forks Cafeteria, 339 S. Brooks St.

The 70th Wake Forest Community Christmas Dinner will be on Monday, Dec. 4, 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. 7; 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. 7, from 6-8 p.m. Registration forms will be available online and at the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St. Completed forms must be received at the Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources office, located in town hall, by 5 p.m., Dec. 7. Telephone registrations will not be accepted. There is no charge for the event, but all calls must be local.

Wake Forest Christmas Parade
Saturday, Dec. 9; 1 pm
South White Street & South Brooks Street

Celebrate the holiday season at Wake Forest’s largest community event - the Wake Forest Christmas Parade. Watch as community groups and businesses show their creative talents. Of course, Santa will be here! Sponsored by Power Secure and presented by Wake Forest Downtown, Inc. For more information, contact Lynnette Beadle at 919-435-9416.


Christmas Jubilee Concert Featuring The Drifters - SOLD OUT!
Saturday, Dec. 9; 7:30 pm
Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.

Join us in celebrating the holiday season with The Drifters. This year, in honor of their 50th anniversary, The Drifters have brought back the “Holiday Hop” as an eclectic mixture of music and songs from the Great American Song Book for which they are so noted.

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

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