Christmas in Wake Forest

Christmas in WF

Wake Forest truly comes alive during the Christmas season, so we're assembling the complete list of holiday happenings in 2021 guaranteed to put you in the Christmas spirit!


Wake Forest Cares Holiday Kick-Off  
Saturday, Nov. 13, 1-7 p.m.
Downtown Wake Forest

Help us ring in the holiday season and embrace the season of giving during the “Wake Forest Cares Holiday Kick-Off" on Saturday, Nov. 13, in downtown Wake Forest! Join us from 1-7 p.m. for a slew of  family-friendly activities, including skating on an artificial ice skating rink.   

Open and free to the public, the celebration will culminate from 4-7 p.m. with a high-energy concert featuring the ACE Party Band! Playing hits from Top 40, Rock, R&B, Beach and Motown, this talented and versatile group of musicians is sure to have you on your feet dancing to your favorite tunes!


Calls from SantaCalls from Santa
Thursday, Dec. 2, 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. 2, from 6-8 p.m. 

In November, registration forms will be available online and at the Joyner Park Community Center, 701 Harris Road, and Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St. Completed forms must be submitted online or received at the Joyner Park Community Center or Town Hall by 5 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 1. Telephone registrations will not be accepted. There is no cost to participate, but all calls must be local.


Lighting of Wake Forest 
Friday, Dec. 3, 6-8:30 p.m.
Centennial Plaza, 301 S. Brooks St.

Experience the wonder and magic of the holiday season in Town Hall’s Centennial Plaza during the “Lighting of Wake Forest” on Friday, Dec. 3, from 6-8:30 p.m. The evening’s festivities will begin with the lighting of the Town’s Christmas tree, followed by a visit from Santa who will arrive aboard a shiny red fire truck! For more information, email Jennifer Herbert.


Wake Forest Holiday Artisans Market
Saturday, Dec. 4, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.

ARTS Wake Forest will present the fifth annual “Wake Forest Holiday Artisans Market” on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St. Shop the day away and check out a wide variety of handmade items by regional artisans and craftspeople. For more information, visit 


Downtown Holiday Open House
Saturday, Dec. 4
Downtown Wake Forest

Kick off the holiday season and discover historic downtown Wake Forest’s unique array of shops and restaurants. Free and open to the public, the Downtown Holiday Open House is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 4. Please show your support for our downtown businesses by shopping local this holiday season.


“It’s a Wonderful Wake Forest” Historic Holiday Festival  
Saturday, Dec. 4, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Wake Forest Historical Museum, 414 N. Main St.

Join us at the Wake Forest Historical Museum, 414 N. Main St., on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for the “It’s a Wonderful Wake Forest” Historic Holiday Festival! The Calvin Jones House will be decorated for the holidays and open for tours along with the museum and exhibit hall. The favorite holiday film, "It's a Wonderful Life," will be screened in the museum auditorium, while local musicians perform both inside the museum and outside on the grounds. 

Guided tours of the historic district will be available by pre-registration leaving every 30 minutes between 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Registration for the tours will open this fall. For more information, email Michelle Michael.


It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
Sunday, Dec. 5, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.

The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre is partnering with North Wake Theatre to present "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” on Sunday, Dec. 5. Showtimes are 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Come join us for a magical night filled with song and dance, performed by homegrown talent, and accompanied by a collection of your favorite modern and traditional Christmas tunes performed live! You’ll be amazed by what Wake Forest has to offer! 

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit 


Celtic Angels Christmas
Friday, Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 11, 3 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m.
Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.

Join us to celebrate the heavenly joy of Christmas at the Renaissance Centre’s Christmas Jubilee Concert featuring Celtic Angels Christmas. The Celtic Angels captivate audiences of all ages with the Magic of Christmas in an awe inspiring show which encompasses vocal and instrumental seasonal and Irish favorites along with spectacular world class champion Irish dancing. This show is a true holiday celebration of Christmas in Ireland! 

Reserved seats are $25 plus tax. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit 


MalpassMalpass Family Christmas
Saturday, Dec. 18, 7:30 p.m.
Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St. 

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 holiday tradition exclusively for the Renaissance Centre. 

Reserved seats are $25 plus tax. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit 

Christmas in Wake Forest
Communications & Public Affairs Director