Wake Forest Christmas Parade
2019 Wake Forest Christmas Parade
Saturday, Dec. 14 ~ 1 pm
Downtown Wake Forest
Area residents are invited to experience the sights and sounds of the holiday season at the 2018 Wake Forest Christmas Parade. Sponsored by PowerSecure and presented by Wake Forest Downtown, Inc., this year's parade is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 14, at 1 p.m. and will take place rain or shine.
Widely considered one of our area's most popular holiday spectacles, Wake Forest's annual Christmas parade features over 100 colorful floats and entries from local businesses, churches, schools and civic groups, as well as high school marching bands and - of course - Santa Claus.
***2019 Christmas Parade application coming soon***
The procession begins at the intersection of Elm Avenue and South White Street and continues north along South White Street before turning east onto Wait Avenue. It then turns south onto South Brooks Street before turning left at the Elm Avenue intersection. The parade ends at the Taylor Street intersection.
While you're here, you're invited to visit the variety of outstanding food and beverage establishments in downtown Wake Forest.
Downtown restaurants include Black & White Coffee Roasters, The Burger Shop, DominoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Pizza, The Forks Cafeteria, HardeeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s, LaForesta Italian CafÃƒÂ© & Pizzeria, Las Margaritas, The Lemon Tree, LumpyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ice Cream, Over The Falls, Pizza Amore, ShortyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Famous Hot Dogs, Sugar Magnolia CafÃƒÂ©, Tonic - Bar and Social Club, Unwined on White, Wake Forest Coffee Co, and White Street Brewery.
Several street closures will take effect Saturday morning in the downtown area prior to the parade.
At approximately 10 am, the following roads will be closed:
East Holding Avenue, from South Main Street to South Franklin Street;
South White Street, from East Holding Avenue to Elm Avenue;
Elm Avenue, from South Franklin Street to South White Street;
Taylor Street, from Elm Avenue to Wait Avenue.
At approximately noon, these roads will be shut down:
South White Street, from Elm Avenue to East Roosevelt Avenue;
Wait Avenue, from South White Street to South Brooks Street;
South Brooks Street, from Wait Avenue to Elm Avenue.
South Franklin Street Advisory
Starting at approximately 10 a.m., motorists traveling along the Dr. Calvin Jones Highway/NC 98 will not be permitted to turn onto South Franklin Street. In order to ensure a smooth flow of traffic, motorists will only be allowed to access South Franklin Street via Wait Avenue.
Wheelchair Viewing Area
The Christmas Parade will feature a designated viewing area for wheelchair-bound attendees. Located in front of the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St., this reserved area will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Space will be limited, so guests are encouraged to arrive early. In addition, parties of more than four may be asked to separate and reunite after the parade.
Christmas Parade Map
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary has agreed to allow free parade parking in several campus lots.
Click the image above to view permitted parking in the following areas:
green lots between South Main Street and South College Street
green lot behind Patterson Hall
red lot on Wingate Street
purple lots at North Avenue and Rock Spring Road
Parade parking signage will be posted at each of these locations.
Handicap-accessible parking will be available at The Forks Cafeteria, 339 S. Brooks St.; Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.; and the former SunTrust Bank, 353 S. White St. Residents with a Disabled Person placard or license plate will be permitted to access these parking lots via Franklin Street and Elm Avenue.
Beginning in mid-December, the Town of Wake Forest will rebroadcast the Christmas Parade daily on Wake Forest TV 10 throughout the remainder of December at 7 a.m., 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Christmas in Wake Forest App
Complete information about town-sponsored holiday events is provided through the "Holiday Events" function on the Town of Wake Forest app. Download the app and utilize the "Holiday Events" function for instant access to the Lighting of Wake Forest (Nov. 30); the Wake Forest Christmas Parade (Dec. 8) and more! IPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and Android users can download the app by searching for Ã¢â‚¬Å“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.
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