‘Tis the season! Wake Forest is ready to deck the halls and spread the joy of the Christmas season. Be a part of the magic of the season and join your fellow neighbors by taking part in the many activities the town has planned this month. Below is a list of fun family activities, Santa sightings and shopping opportunities:
Lighting of Wake Forest
Friday, Dec. 2; 6-8:30 pm
Centennial Plaza, Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.
Wake Forest kicks off the holiday season with the Lighting of Wake Forest. The event will be sponsored by Traditions at Wake Forest. The annual event features the lighting of the town’s 30-foot Christmas tree by Mayor Vivian Jones, followed by the eagerly anticipated arrival of Santa Claus. There will be live music during the evening featuring musical performances by local groups. Have your picture taken with Santa from 6:45-8:30 pm. A ticket with a time reservation is required to visit with Santa. Beginning at 5:30 pm, picture tickets will be distributed in the town hall lobby. Once you have your ticket with your time reservation, you are encouraged to enjoy all the festivities and then head back to the picture line at the time on your ticket. There will be live music during the evening featuring musical performances by local groups.
Wake Forest Christmas Historic Home Tour
Saturday, Dec. 3; 1-7 pm
The Wake Forest Historic Preservation Commission and the Wake Forest Woman’s Club hosts their biennial Christmas Historic Home Tour on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 1-7 p.m. – rain or shine! This event takes place every other year, the Christmas Historic Home Tour features several homes decorated for the holidays and is a self-guided tour. To purchase tickets go to historic home tour tickets – $18 advance, $24 day of tour (tax included).
Downtown Holiday Open House
Saturday, Dec. 3; 10 am Downtown Wake Forest
Holiday shopping still to do? Visit historic downtown Wake Forest and experience a fun-filled dose of holiday joy during the Downtown Holiday Open House. Sponsored by Wake Forest Downtown, Inc., the Downtown Holiday Open House will include special offers and complimentary refreshments at participating shops and restaurants. Stores will offer activities for kids and families to take part in. The shopping opportunities are expansive and include art galleries, antique shops, book store, consignment shop and boutiques. Have your picture taken with Santa for free from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Cotton Company Event Gallery (2nd floor), 306 S. White St. The Downtown Holiday Open House is free and open to the public.
Wake Forest Holiday Artisans Market
Saturday, Dec. 3 10-4 pm
Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St
In a joint effort the Wake Forest Arts and Wake Forest Farmers’ Market are presenting an Artisans’ Market. It will be an expansion of the Farmers’ Market annual holiday craft show. It will be held in the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts. There will be a variety of handmade gifts made by area artisans and craft people in a wide range of prices. Gifts include jewelry, photography, furniture, jams and jellies, hangbags, notecards, Christmas decorations and many more skillfully crafted items. There is no admission fee.
Wake Forest Children’s Choir Holiday Concert
Sunday, Dec. 4; 3 pm
Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.
The Wake Forest Children’s Choir will present an evening of holiday music under the direction of Kasie Ryan. The Northeast Piedmont Chorale will perform with them. The choir is comprised of children of all racial, cultural, and economic backgrounds in grades 4th – 9th. The event is free and open to the public.
Calls From Santa
Thursday, Dec. 8; 6-8 p.m. Wake Forest
Is a phone call from Santa Claus on your child’s wish list? The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department wants to bring the magic of Santa to kids ages 3-9 on Thursday, Dec. 8, from 6-8 p.m with a Call from Santa. Registration forms are available Dec. 1. Completed forms must be received at the Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources office, located in town hall, by 5 p.m., Dec. 8. You must drop off your registration form in person, phone reservations will not be accepted. There is no charge for the event, but all calls must be local.
Wake Forest Christmas Parade
Saturday, Dec. 10; 1 pm
South White Street & South Brooks Street
Celebrate the holiday season at Wake Forest’s largest community event – the Wake Forest Christmas Parade. The community truly comes together and showcases what our town is all about on parade day! Community groups, churches, athletic teams and civic groups share their creative flare with festive floats and lots of treats. There will be marching bands from local high schools. Stay till the end for a change to see Santa, he will be there too! Last year it was sunny and hot with kids donning shorts and t-shirts, we’ll have to wait and see if it will feel like winter at this year’s parade!