Christmas in Wake Forest

2021 Events & Activities

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 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 JPCC 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.


Pictures with SantaPictures with Santa
Friday, Dec. 3, and Saturday, Dec. 4
Downtown Wake Forest

Santa Claus will be available for photos in downtown Wake Forest during the Lighting of Wake Forest on Friday, Dec. 3, and the Downtown Holiday Open House on Saturday, Dec. 4.

Guests wishing to have a picture taken with Santa at either event must sign up in advance beginning Monday, Nov. 29.

There is no cost to have your picture taken with Santa and you can take your own photos too.


Lighting of WFLighting 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! 

PLEASE NOTE: The lighting of the Town Christmas tree typically takes place at approximately 6:15 pm.

For more information, email Jennifer Herbert.


Snowball DanceSnowball Dance
Friday, Dec. 3, 6:30-8:30 pm
Wake Forest Community House, 133 W. Owen Ave.

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department will host a “Snowball Dance” for residents with disabilities on Friday, Dec. 3, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Wake Forest Community House, 133 W. Owen Ave.

Individuals with disabilities ages 10-30 are invited to an evening in “Winter Wonderland” featuring a DJ, dancing, refreshments and lots of fun.

Chaperones will be made available for supervision, but participants are welcome to bring additional support if necessary. 

The cost is $15 per person, and pre-registration is required.


Holiday Artisans MarketWake 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 HouseDowntown 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.


Wonderful Wake Forest

“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. UPDATE: All tour slots are full. For more information, email Michelle Michael.


Behold the LambAndrew Peterson Presents "Behold the Lamb of God"
Saturday, Dec. 4, 7 pm
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, 120 S. Wingate St.

Join Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary for Andrew Peterson's iconic Christmas concert; Behold the Lamb of God, with guests: The Arcadian Wild, along with Jess Ray, Jill Phillips, Andy Gullahorn, Andrew Osenga, and Gabe Scott. We will turn our eyes to the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world and worship Him together!

Tickets are $35 each. 


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. - SOLD OUT
Saturday, Dec. 11, 3 p.m. - SOLD OUT
Saturday, Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m. - SOLD OUT
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 


Cinema at the CenterCinema at the Center
Saturday, Dec. 11, 5:30 p.m.
Joyner Park Community Center, 701 Harris Road

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department is inviting residents to “Cinema at the Center” on Saturday, Dec. 11, at the Joyner Park Community Center (JPCC), 701 Harris Road. The featured film will be “Frozen II” (PG). Admission is free and no registration is required.

Bring your blankets, get cozy and get into the holiday spirit while watching a computer-animated comedy with a seasonal theme. Produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Frozen II” follows sisters Anna and Elsa, alongside Kristoff, an iceman, his reindeer Sven, and Olaf, a snowman, as they travel to the mythical Enchanted Forest to unravel the origin of Elsa's magical power.

Anyone planning to attend is invited to arrive early and meet Elsa and Olaf who will be visiting from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The movie will begin at 6:30 p.m.


MalpassMalpass Family Christmas - SOLD OUT
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