Christmas in Wake Forest
Wake Forest truly comes alive during the Christmas season, so we're assembling the complete list of holiday happenings in 2020 guaranteed to put you in the Christmas spirit!
Community Carolers Holiday Sing-Along
You and your family are invited to help Wake Forest kick off the holiday season by participating in the Wake Forest Community Carolers Holiday Sing-Along. Modeled after the digital sensation, “Couch Choir,” our Holiday Sing-Along is a chance for residents to lift their voices in song and “go down in history” as star performers in this year’s “virtual” Lighting of Wake Forest.
From now through Monday, Nov. 23, individuals and families can use the instructions and karaoke guide provided on the Town’s website to video record themselves singing “Jingle Bells” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” then upload their videos through an online portal. Step-by-step instructions and the karaoke guide are provided online.
While recording your videos, be sure to show your holiday spirit by wearing holiday attire and including props such as lights, wrapping paper and decorations.
Kino Mountain Productions, the Town’s video production partner, will synch up all the submitted videos into a virtual choir. The Town will unveil the finished product on its Facebook page and website on the evening of Friday, Dec. 4, which will be included as an important part of the virtual tree lighting program.
It wouldn’t be the holidays without sweet treats. And part of the fun of making those yummy pies, cakes, cookies and puddings is swapping recipes with neighbors and friends.
The Town of Wake Forest invited residents to share recipes of their favorite holiday treats. The submissions will be included in an online cookbook everyone can view and download for free.
We also chose a selection of recipes Mayor Vivian Jones will prepare as part of a weekly video series starting Wednesday, Dec. 2, entitled Favorite Holiday Treats with Mayor Jones. Each episode will be posted on the Town's Facebook page Wednesdays in December at 1 p.m.
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. 3, from 6-8 p.m.
Completed forms must be submitted online or received at the Joyner Park Community Center or Town Hall by 5 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 2. Telephone registrations will not be accepted.
There is no charge for the event, but all calls must be local.
In response to state restrictions on outdoor gatherings, the Board of Commissioners agreed to suspend through March 2021 all Town-sponsored events that draw large crowds. As a result, the Lighting of Wake Forest will join Friday Night on White, the Fireworks Spectacular and a host of other 2020 events impacted by COVID-19.
The community’s traditional holiday kick-off, which typically attracts thousands of people to downtown Wake Forest on the first Friday in December, will be offered this year as a virtual event on the evening of Friday, Dec. 4.
Hosted by Santa Claus, our virtual event will feature a holiday message from the Wake Forest Board of Commissioners, along with Kids Say the Cutest Things about the Holidays, the Wake Forest Community Carolers and - of course - the lighting of the Town tree!
Kick off the holiday season and discover historic downtown Wake Forest’s unique array of shops and restaurants during the Downtown Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 5.
The Downtown Holiday Open House will include:
Get a Wake Forest Downtown reusable holiday shopping bag free with a $25 purchase, while supplies last.
Stroll through our wonderful downtown and take in all that it has to offer. Please show your support for our downtown businesses by shopping local this holiday season.
Wake Forest Community Council Awards Presentation
The Wake Forest Community Council will announce this year’s winners of the Citizen of the Year, Organization of the Year, and Peggy Allen Lifetime Achievement Award during a special video presentation Monday, Dec. 7, at 6:30 p.m.
Typically, these awards are presented in person during the annual Community Christmas Dinner, but due to COVID-19, this year's dinner has been canceled and the winners will be announced virtually on the Town of Wake Forest Facebook page. The video will also be posted on WFTV 10.
Celebrate the holidays with everyone’s favorite siblings – The Malpass Brothers! The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre will present The Malpass Family Christmas, a virtual concert starring The Malpass Brothers on Friday, Dec. 18, at 7:30 p.m.
Brothers Christopher and Taylor will be joined by their mom, dad, wives and children to share their traditions in story and song. Featuring traditional gospels, country classics and holiday favorites - and a visit from Santa - The Malpass Family is creating this soon-to-be holiday tradition exclusively for the Renaissance Centre.
Tickets are $10 per household. Ticket holders will receive a website link to the performance on Thursday, Dec. 17.
The Town of Wake Forest has installed a Letters for Santa mailbox in Jones Plaza at the intersection of South White Street and East Jones Avenue.
Children of all ages are invited to bring their letters to Santa’s Mailbox anytime between now and Thursday, Dec. 24, for immediate delivery to the North Pole. No postage is required.
In an effort to ensure the safety of Santa’s helpers who previously opened each letter individually, personal responses from Santa are not possible this year. However, the Town of Wake Forest is providing a letter from Santa that can be downloaded and personalized.
You're invited to wander through downtown Wake Forest and experience the magic of the holiday season. As part of Window Wonderland, several of our merchant windows have been painted with themes from classic holiday movies and television shows for your viewing pleasure.
As you stroll through, see if you can guess the corresponding movie or television show to go with each window.
Shop Local to Spread Holiday Cheer
We want to encourage and reward you for shopping local this holiday season. For every purchase made by a customer at a participating downtown business between Friday, Nov. 27, and Thursday, Dec. 31, he or she will receive a raffle ticket to be entered into a prize drawing.
Merchant-sponsored drawings will be held throughout December with winners for each participating store being drawn from their customer entries. At the conclusion of the promotion all of the completed raffle tickets will be collected and entered into our grand prize drawing for $300 Downtown Dollars, $500 Downtown Dollars, and Custom Reupholstered Chairs courtesy of Diamond N-D Rough. Downtown Dollars sponsored by donations from Warren, Shackleford & Thomas, PLLC.
Grand Prize drawings will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. Be sure to follow Wake Forest Downtown to see if you are a lucky winner.
For our inaugural Wake Forest Cares Holiday Donation Drive, a committee has chosen the following local non-profit organizations/initiatives in which to enlist community support: Tri-Area Ministry Food Pantry, Hope House Wake Forest, Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club, Helping Others by Providing Electricity (HOPE), Shop with a Cop, and Ronald McDonald House of Durham & Wake - In partnership with WF High School DECA Chapter.
These organizations/initiatives are working to address specific needs in our community – whether it be hunger, home lighting and heating, tutoring, mentoring, safe spaces, and/or providing joy and hope during the holiday season and beyond. The Wake Forest Cares Holiday Donation Drive is an opportunity to demonstrate our support for these important efforts.
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 our holiday offerings.
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.
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