Tis the Season


2023 Holiday Events

Schedule of Events

Wake Forest truly comes alive during the holidays, so we've assembled the complete list of 2023 holiday happenings guaranteed to put you in a festive mood!

Wake Forest Cares Holiday Kick-Off  
Saturday, Nov. 18, 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. 18, in downtown Wake Forest! Join us for a slew of  family-friendly activities.


SEBTS Christmas Concert - The Worship Initiative
Thursday, Nov. 30, 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.


Lighting of Wake Forest 
Friday, Dec. 1, 5-8 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. 1, from 5-8 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. 2
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. 2. Please show your support for our downtown businesses by shopping local this holiday season.


Wake Forest Holiday Artisans Market
Saturday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.

Join ARTS Wake Forest at this annual holiday market featuring handmade items from potters, painters, photographers, woodworkers, fiber artists, jewelry artists, and more.


Calls from Santa
Thursday, Dec. 7, 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. 7, 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.


Snowball Dance
Friday, Dec. 8, 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. 8, 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.


Celtic Angels Christmas
Friday, Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 16, 3 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 17, 3 p.m.
Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.

Celtic Angels, Celtic Knight Irish Dancers, and The Trinity Ensemble captivate audiences of all ages with the Magic of Christmas. Encompassing vocal and instrumental favorites with spectacular world-class champion Irish dancing, this awe-inspiring show is a true holiday celebration of Christmas in Ireland! Reserved seats range from $35-$45 plus tax.

Tis the Season
Communications & Public Affairs Director