Christmas Parade Applications Now Accepted

Applications are now being accepted for participation in the 2016 Wake Forest Christmas Parade. 

Applications are available here and at the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.

Interested participants may submit their application online or by mail to Wake Forest Christmas Parade, c/o Wake Forest Downtown, Inc., 301 S. Brooks St., Wake Forest, NC 27587. Entries postmarked by Saturday, Oct. 22, will be considered for inclusion based on the number of entries needed for each category. Accepted entrants will be notified via email no later than Monday, Oct. 31.

Payment for entry must be received by Monday, Nov. 14, to secure a position in the parade. Parade packets for accepted participants will be mailed Monday, Nov. 28. The packet will include vehicle passes, parking information, and other pertinent details for the event. 

Sponsored by PowerSecure and presented by Wake Forest Downtown, Inc., this year’s Wake Forest Christmas Parade is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 10, at 1 p.m.

For more information, contact Downtown Development Director Lisa Hayes at 919-435-9415. 

PLEASE NOTE: Due to space considerations we can only accept a limited number of car and motorcycle clubs for participation each year. We have reached our maximum number of entries in that category for the 2016 parade.



2016 Wake Forest Christmas Parade

Area 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.

Road 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 east along the Dr. Calvin Jones Highway/NC 98 will not be permitted to turn left onto South Franklin Street. In order to ensure a smooth flow of traffic, motorists will only be allowed to access South Franklin Street by traveling west along the Dr. Calvin Jones Highway/NC 98 and turning right.

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.

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. 

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

Contact Information 
For more information, contact Downtown Development Director Lisa Hayes at 919-435-9415.