Wake Forest Cares Holiday Kick-off returns to downtown Saturday

Wednesday, November 15, 2023 - 3:09pm

Help us ring in the holiday season and launch our annual holiday donation drive during the Wake Forest Cares Holiday Kick-off this Saturday, Nov. 18. Free and open to everyone, this family-friendly celebration is scheduled from 1-5 p.m. in downtown Wake Forest.

Promising fun-filled activities for both children and adults, our Holiday Kick-off will offer a slew of activities and attractions the entire family can enjoy, including The Carolina Hurricanes Storm Tour and Slapshot Booth, a Winter Wonderland with everyone's favorite Ice Queen and Snowman, award-winning ice carvers, community performances, children's craft activities, and more!

Food and refreshments will be available for purchase at several downtown restaurants, while these food and dessert trucks will also be onsite throughout the afternoon: The Naked EmpanadaWarehouse BBQPresti PizzaMama Churros, and Lumpy's Ice Cream

Free parking will be available at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and along several side streets and parking lots throughout downtown Wake Forest and beyond.

In addition to ringing in the holiday season, the Holiday Kick-off 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.

All are working to address specific needs in our community – whether it be hunger, home lighting and heating, health, and fitness, and/or joy and hope during the holiday season and beyond. 

The following sponsors have generously contributed to the 2023 Wake Forest Cares Holiday Kick-off: Capital Chevrolet, Carolina Hurricanes, Mitchell Heating & Cooling, Bumgarner & Martin Orthodontics, Avance Care North Wake Forest, Radeas Laboratories, The Butcher's Market, McPherson Family Eye Care, Thomas Walters Allstate, Primrose School of Heritage Wake Forest, B&W Hardware, Renewal by Andersen, Girl Scouts of NC Coastal Pines, Ting Internet, J. Roberson HVAC, Saving Grace Animals for Adoption, Cardinal Points Imaging, Edward Jones, Mitchell & Nemitz PA, Civic Federal Credit Union, Wake Skin Cancer Center, Warren, Shackleford & Thomas Attorneys, The Cotton Company, Graham Johnson Cultural Arts Endowment, Fidelity Bank, Wake Forest Federal, Carolina Regenerative Health, Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

The Wake Forest Cares Holiday Kick-off is the perfect occasion to stroll through downtown Wake Forest, shop for that one-of-a-kind gift, dine in one of our distinctive restaurants, and socialize with friends and neighbors. For more information on this one-of-a-kind celebration, visit https://bit.ly/WFCaresHolidayKickoff or email Downtown Development Manager Jennifer Herbert at [email protected].