Christmas in Wake Forest

Tis the Season


Wake Forest truly comes alive during the Christmas season, so we're assembling the complete list of holiday happenings in 2022 guaranteed to put you in the Christmas spirit!

Wake Forest Cares Holiday Kick-Off  
Saturday, Nov. 19, 1-5 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. 19, in downtown Wake Forest! Join us for a slew of  family-friendly activities.

Calls from Santa
Thursday, Dec. 1, 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. 1, 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, Nov. 30. Telephone registrations will not be accepted. There is no cost to participate, but all calls must be local.

Pictures with Santa
Friday, Dec. 2, and Saturday, Dec. 3
Downtown Wake Forest

Santa Claus will be available for photos in downtown Wake Forest during the Lighting of Wake Forest on Friday, Dec. 2, and the Downtown Holiday Open House on Saturday, Dec. 3. Guests wishing to have a picture taken with Santa at either event must sign up in advance. There is no cost to have your picture taken with Santa and you can take your own photos too.

Lighting of Wake Forest 
Friday, Dec. 2, 5:30-8:30 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. 2, from 5:30-8:30 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.

Downtown Holiday Open House 
Saturday, Dec. 3
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. 3. Please show your support for our downtown businesses by shopping local this holiday season.

Wake Forest Holiday Artisans Market
Saturday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Downtown Wake Forest

ARTS Wake Forest and the Wake Forest Guild of Artists will present the seventh annual “Wake Forest Holiday Artisans Market” on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. along East Owen Avenue and in the Fidelity Bank parking lot In Downtown Wake Forest. Shop the day away and check out a wide variety of handmade items by regional artists and artisans. 

Historic Home Tour
Saturday, Dec. 3, 1-7 pm

The Wake Forest Historic Preservation Commission and the Wake Forest Woman's Club will present their biennial Historic Home Tour on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 1-7 p.m. - rain or shine! Tickets are $25 (plus taxes and fees). Ticket sales are limited to 1,800. 

SEBTS Christmas Concert 
Saturday, Dec. 3, 7 pm
Binkley Chapel, 120 S. Wingate St.

Join Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary for this free community concert, which will include free coffee for attendees to enjoy.

Plaid Tidings
Saturday, Dec. 10, 3 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 11, 3 p.m.
Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.

Our boys are back to do their Christmas Special. The legendary Plaids come back to Earth to spread yuletide joy with the greatest holiday hits of the ages. Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings offers the best of Forever Plaid, tied up in a nifty package with a big Christmas bow on top!  This truly "heaven-sent" holiday treat will lift audiences' spirits and fill them with nostalgia for a bygone era of classic music sung in perfect harmony. Reserved seats are $25 plus tax.

Snowball Dance
Friday, Dec. 16, 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. 16, 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.

One Christmas Night in Memphis
Friday, Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 17, 3 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.

One Christmas Night in Memphis loosely recreates the night of December 4, 1956, when four of the biggest names in early rock ‘n’ roll just happened to end up at Sun Records at the same time. The studio engineer kept the tape rolling and the impromptu session was quickly nicknamed the “Million Dollar Quartet” in the media. The cast will transport the audience to Memphis for this one night in rock ‘n’ roll history, bringing to life the music of Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash. Reserved seats range from $20-$35 plus tax.

Christmas in Wake Forest
Communications & Public Affairs Director
919-435-9421
919-761-3719