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 2019 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 entries, including colorful floats, area high school marching bands, local businesses, churches, schools and civic groups, and - of course - Santa Claus.

Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors:

Grand Sponsor: Traditions at Wake Forest

Santa Float Sponsor: Capital Chevrolet

Grand Marshal Float Sponsor: Fidelity Bank

Gold Sponsors: 27587 Magazine; Bartlett Tree Experts; Brookdale Wake Forest; Destiny Dance Institute; Gladwell Orthodontics; North State Bank; Shaw RV; Ted Wilder, State Farm Insurance; The Forks Cafeteria; Wake Forest Academy of Fine Arts; Wake Forest Historic Preservation Commission; Wake Forest Mustangs; Wesley Wilder, State Farm Insurance; and Westgate Auto Group.

2019 Christmas Parade Application

Parade Route

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; Bodega Tapas, Wine & Rum; The Burger Shop; Domino's Pizza; Hardee's; Las Margaritas; Lumpy's Ice Cream; Over The Falls; Pizza Amore; Shorty's Famous Hot Dogs; Sugar Magnolia Café; The Forks Cafeteria; The Lemon Tree; Tonic - Bar and Social Club; Unwined on White; Wake Forest Coffee Co; and White Street Brewing Company.

Downtown Dining Map

Road Closures

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.

  • South Brooks Street, from Elm Avenue to East Holding 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

View/Download our Christmas Parade map


Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary has agreed to allow free parade parking in several campus lots.

Map of the southeast baptist theological seminary

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 Parking 

Handicap-accessible parking will be available at The Forks Cafeteria, 339 S. Brooks St., and Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.  Residents with a Disabled Person placard or license plate will be permitted to access these parking lots via Franklin Street and Elm Avenue.

Parade Rebroadcast  

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. 

tis the season with a christmas tree

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 (Dec. 6); the Wake Forest Christmas Parade (Dec. 14) 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.

sign up for special event remindersContact Information 

For more information, contact Downtown Development Program Assistant Lynnette Beadle at 919-435-9416


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Wake Forest Christmas Parade
Program Assistant