Top 10 Things to Know Before You Go

  1. WF Cares Holiday Kickoff

    Free Ice Skating
    Our Holiday Kickoff will offer free ice skating on an artificial ice-skating rink from 1-7 p.m. in the Depot Parking Lot, 110 S. White St. The rink can accommodate up to 90 people, so spots will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, and skating will be limited to 20 minutes per person.

  2. So Many Activities - No Chair Set Up Until After 3:30 p.m.
    Our Holiday Kickoff will feature award-winning ice carvers, roaming street performers, including an Ice Princess Stilt-Walker and Jack Frost Juggler, and “Coloring with Santa” along South White Street from 1-4 p.m. Due to the events and activities taking place up and down South White from 1-3:30 p.m., no chairs can be set up for the ACE Party Band concert until after 3:30 p.m.

  3. ACE Party Band
    ACE Party Band will perform from the main stage on South White Street from 4-7 p.m. 

  4. Food & Dessert Trucks
    The following food and dessert trucks will be onsite throughout the afternoon and early evening: Bulkogi Korean BBQ, Charlie's Kabobs, Cousins Maine Lobster, Dusty Donuts, Kona Ice, La Katrina Tacos, Lumpy’s Ice Cream, VFW Chuck Wagon, and Virgil’s Jamaica.

  5. Adult Beverages Go on Sale at 3 pm
    No outside alcohol or coolers will be permitted during the event, but beer and wine will be available for purchase within the festival area starting at 3 p.m.

  6. Parking
    Free parking will be available at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and along several side streets and parking lots throughout downtown Wake Forest and beyond. Your best option is to take advantage of the free parking Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) has graciously made available in several campus lots. All of these lots are within a 15-minute walk of South White Street.

  7. Meet Your Mayor & Commissioners
    From 1-3 p.m. Wake Forest Mayor Vivian Jones and Commissioners Jim Dyer, Chad Sary, Bridget Wall-Lennon, and Adam Wright will meet and greet attendees, take pictures, answer your questions, and discuss the Wake Forest Cares Holiday Donation Drive  in the Town information tent, located near the intersection of East Jones Avenue and South White Street. Be sure to stop by and say hello!

  8. Wake Forest Cares Holiday Donation Drive
    The Wake Forest Cares Holiday Kickoff will signal the start of the Wake Forest Cares Holiday Donation Drive. As part of this effort, we are inviting the community to support one or more of these Town-sponsored programs: Helping Others by Providing Electricity (HOPE), Northern Community Food Security Team, Shop with a Cop, Wake Forest Firefighters Foundation, and Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Scholarship Program.

  9. Nutcracker Preview
    The dancers of Wake Forest Youth Ballet and Destiny Dance Institute will provide a preview of the beloved holiday story of “The Nutcracker," from 1-4 p.m. in Town Hall's Centennial Plaza, 301 S. Brooks St. 

  10. Holiday Laser Light Show
    The day's festivities will conclude with a dazzling 10-minute Holiday Laser Light Show.

Top 10 Things to Know Before You Go
Communications & Public Affairs Director