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. 2; 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, 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.

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

  • Saturday, Dec. 10; 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.

The Lighting of Wake Forest will feature musical performances by local groups. For more information, contact Lisa Hayes at 919-435-9415.


Downtown Holiday Open House
Saturday, Dec. 3; 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 Wake Forest Downtown, Inc., 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. Free Pictures With Santa 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 Christmas Historic Home Tour - SOLD OUT!
Saturday, Dec. 3; 1-7 pm

The Wake Forest Historic Preservation Commission and the Wake Forest Woman's Club will present their biennial Christmas Historic Home Tour on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 1-7 p.m. - rain or shine! Offered only in even-numbered years, the Christmas Historic Home Tour is a self-guided tour featuring several Wake Forest homes and other properties decorated for the holidays and open for viewing. THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT!

Wake Forest Children's Choir Holiday Concert
Sunday, Dec. 4; 3 pm
Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.

The Wake Forest Children's Choir will present an evening of holiday favorites under the direction of Kasie Ryan. Special music will be performed with the Northeast Piedmont Chorale. This event is free and open to the public.

Wake Forest Community Christmas Dinner 
Monday, Dec. 5; 6:30 pm 
The Forks Cafeteria, 339 S. Brooks St.

The 69th Wake Forest Community Christmas Dinner will be held on Monday, Dec. 5, 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. 8; 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. 8, from 6-8 p.m. Registration forms are now available here 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. 8. 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. 10; 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! Hosted by Wake Forest Downtown, Inc. For more information, contact Lisa Hayes at 919-435-9415.

Christmas Jubilee Concert Featuring The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra - SOLD OUT!
Saturday, Dec. 10; 7:30 pm
Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.

Join us in celebrating the holiday season with Jeremy Davis and the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra. Fashioned in the style and swagger of entertainers such as Frank Sinatra and Michael Buble, this big band style orchestra is putting its own festive stamp on the holidays. Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for students/seniors and will go on sale in the coming days.

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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