2016 Wake Forest Christmas Parade



Chidlren in Float at Wake Forest Christmas ParadeArea residents are invited to experience the sights and sounds of the holiday season at the 2016 Wake Forest Christmas Parade. Sponsored by PowerSecure and presented by Wake Forest Downtown, Inc., this year's parade is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 10. at 1 p.m. and will be held rain or shine.

Widely considered one of our area's most popular holiday spectacles, Wake Forest's annual Christmas parade features over 100 colorful floats and entries from local businesses, churches, schools and civic groups, as well as high school marching bands and – of course - Santa Claus.

Parade Route
The procession begins at the intersection of Elm Avenue and South White Street and continues north along South White Street before turning east onto Wait Avenue. It then turns south onto South Brooks Street and continues until ending at the Elm Avenue intersection.

While you're here, you're invited to visit the variety of outstanding dining establishments in downtown Wake Forest or enjoy delicious food from a variety of food trucks that will be on site in the Fidelity Bank parking lot, 231 S. White St., from 11 am to 3  pm. 

  • ​Downtown restaurants include Back Alley Coffee Roasters, Backfins Crabhouse, The Burger Shop, Domino’s Pizza, The Forks Cafeteria, Hardee’s, LaForesta Italian Café & Pizzeria, Las Margaritas, The Lemon Tree, Lumpy’s Ice Cream, Olde English Tea Room, Olies, Over The Falls, Pizza Amore, Shorty’s Famous Hot Dogs, and Wake Forest Coffee Co.

  • Food and dessert trucks scheduled to be on hand include Charlie's Kabobs on Wheels, Cousins Maine Lobster, Lumpy's Ice Cream, Sweet Traditions, and the VFW Chuckwagon. 

Map of Christmas Parade RouteRoad Closures
Several street closures will take effect Saturday morning in the downtown area prior to the parade.

At 10 am, the following roads will be closed:

  • 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.

At noon, these roads will be shut down:

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

  • Wait Avenue, from South White Street to South Brooks Street;

  • South Brooks Street, from Wait Avenue to Elm Avenue.

South Franklin Street Advisory 
Starting at approximately 10 a.m., motorists traveling along the Dr. Calvin Jones Highway/NC 98 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.

Christmas Parade Map
Click the image above to view/download our Christmas Parade map highlighting the parade route, related road closures and free event parking. 

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary has agreed to allow free parade parking in several campus lots.

Map of the southeast baptist theological seminary

Click the image above to view permitted parking in the following areas:

  • green lots between South Main Street and South College Street

  • green lot behind Patterson Hall

  • red lot on Wingate Street

  • purple lots at North Avenue and Rock Spring Road

Parade parking signage will be posted at each of these locations.

Handicap Parking 
Handicap-accessible parking will be available at The Forks Cafeteria, 339 S. Brooks St.; Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.; and SunTrust Bank, 353 S. White St. Residents with a Disabled Person placard or license plate will be permitted to access these parking lots via Franklin Street and Elm Avenue.

Parade Rebroadcast  
Beginning in mid-December, the Town of Wake Forest will rebroadcast the Christmas Parade daily on Wake Forest TV 10 throughout the remainder of December at 7 a.m., 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. 

tis the season with a christmas tree

Christmas in Wake Forest App
Complete information about town-sponsored holiday events is provided through the "Holiday Events" function on the Town of Wake Forest app. Download the app and utilize the "Holiday Events" function for instant access to the Lighting of Wake Forest (Dec. 2); the Wake Forest Christmas Parade (Dec. 10) and more! IPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and Android users can download the app by searching for “Town of Wake Forest" on iTunes, in the iPhone app store, or in Google Play or by scanning the appropriate QR code provided at www.wakeforestnc.gov/app.aspx.

sign up for special event remindersContact Information 
For more information, contact Downtown Development Director Lisa Hayes at 919-435-9415. 

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