Town announces Christmas Parade street closures

Friday, November 22, 2019 - 10:29am
2019 Christmas Parade Map
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The 72nd Annual Wake Forest Christmas Parade is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 14. Sponsored by PowerSecure and presented by Wake Forest Downtown, Inc., the parade gets underway at 1 p.m. – rain or shine.

The parade will begin at the intersection of Elm Avenue and South White Street and continue north along South White Street before turning east onto Wait Avenue. It will then turn south onto South Brooks Street and east onto Elm Avenue. The procession will end at the intersection of Elm Avenue and South Taylor Street.

Due to the nature of the event and its popularity, several street closures will be in effect in the downtown area prior to, during and after the parade. The closures are necessary to help ensure the safety of parade visitors and participants, as well as Town residents.

Beginning at approximately 10 a.m., motorists traveling along the Dr. Calvin Jones Highway/NC 98 Bypass will not be permitted to turn onto South Franklin Street. In order to ensure a smooth flow of traffic, motorists will only be allowed to access South Franklin Street via Wait Avenue.

In addition, the following streets in the downtown area will close around 10 a.m.:

  • East Holding Avenue from South Main Street to South Franklin Street;

  • South White Street from East Holding Avenue to Elm Avenue;

  • Elm Avenue from South Franklin Street to South White Street;

  • South Taylor Street from Elm Avenue to Wait Avenue;

  • South Brooks Street from Elm Avenue to East Holding Avenue;

  • East Owen Avenue from South White Street to South Brooks Street; and

  • Triumph Lane.

Starting around noon, the following streets will also be closed:

  • South White Street from Elm Avenue to East Roosevelt Avenue;

  • East Wait Avenue from South White Street to South Brooks Street; and

  • South Brooks Street from Wait Avenue to Elm Avenue.

As a result, no incoming traffic will be permitted to enter Triumph Lane, East Holding Avenue, Elm Avenue or South Brooks Street. Also, outgoing traffic from the Retreat at Renaissance will be permitted to exit via Triumph Lane.

Due to these temporary road closures, area residents planning to visit the US Post Office at 224 E. Holding Ave. may wish to consider the Wake Forest Post Office branch located at 910 Gateway Commons Circle.

The parade is expected to last approximately two hours. Streets will reopen on a rolling basis after the parade ends, depending on traffic and the amount of cleanup required.  

A downloadable Christmas parade map highlighting the parade route, related road closures and event parking is available at    

The Town of Wake Forest plans to schedule an automated phone call to town residents Friday afternoon, Dec. 13, with details about the Christmas Parade, including the scheduled road closures.

For more information about this year’s Wake Forest Christmas Parade, contact Downtown Development Program Assistant Lynnette Beadle at 919-435-9416 or   

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