Here’s what is going on in historic downtown Wake Forest:
Downtown Wake Forest
Wake Forest Christmas Parade
The annual Wake Forest Christmas Parade is held in historic downtown Wake Forest. Each year spectators line South White Street, Wait Avenue and Brooks Street to view parade participants and entries – from high school marching bands, local sports teams, and local clubs and businesses. The highlight is always Santa Claus who makes his grand entry through downtown Wake Forest on the last float in the parade. Special thanks to Power Secure for being this year’s Grand Sponsor!
Mardi Gras Street Festivalhttp://www.wakeforestnc.gov/mardi-gras-street-festival.aspx
Join us for the Wake Forest Mardi Gras Street Festival on Saturday, March 1, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sponsored by the Town of Wake Forest, this free, family-friendly event is designed to showcase the new and improved South White Street in historic downtown Wake Forest and bring together the entire Wake Forest community for a one-of-a-kind celebration.
This FREE, family-friendly event will offer fun-filled activities for children and adults, including a children’s parade, face painters, strolling entertainers, live music, inflatables, entertainment, games and much more. The downtown merchants will be offering specials and activities in their stores. See the schedule for a list of times and activities.
The Wake Forest Farmers Markethttp://wakeforestfarmersmarket.org
You won’t get more local or fresh than this! Find homegrown products and other crafts from farms within a 75-mile radius of Downtown Wake Forest including fresh produce, pasture-raised meats, free-range eggs, herbs, honey, jams, preserves, baked goods, fresh-cut flowers, handmade soaps, art and more.
The market is open year round every Saturday from 8 am to noon in the large parking lot at 150 North White Street. A midweek market is held on Wednesdays starting in May and running through September, from 3 pm to 6 pm at the same location. Winter market hours from December until March are from 10 am to noon. There is also a special Holiday Market usually the first Saturday in December. Please check the Wake Forest Farmers Market website for exact hours before you visit as well as holiday hours and special events.
Wake Forest ARTShttp://wakeforestarts.org/
Wake Forest ARTS is a volunteer organization whose mission is to support and enhance a strong, vibrant community through the development, promotion and coordination of arts and cultural activities. The group plans and assists with several arts related events throughout the year, many which take place in or around Downtown Wake Forest.
Celebrate the Holidays
The Lighting of Wake Forest, Pictures with Santa and the Wake Forest Christmas Parade are events that bring individuals and families together to spend time with neighbors and the community while celebrating the holidays.
Enjoy many delicious food options and find unique gift ideas for everyone on your list–from hand-crafted jewelry to antiques and specialty products. Let our traditional holiday events become a favorite part of the winter season.
• Lighting of Wake Forest
The holiday season officially begins with the Lighting of Wake Forest in front of the new Town Hall, 301 South Brooks Street. The Lighting of Wake Forest tradition commemorates the lighting of the town’s Christmas tree, after a countdown led by our mayor. Experience the charm of downtown mixed with the spirit of the season by listening to performances by local choir groups, taking free photos with Santa, enjoying free horse and carriage rides and eating cookies and hot cocoa.
• Pictures with Santa
Leading up to the parade, the Wake Forest Downtown Revitalization Corporation hosts free photos and visits with Santa in the town depot parking lot on South White Street. After the parade, Santa will be available for free photos and visits throughout the afternoon.
• Christmas Parade
The annual Wake Forest Christmas Parade is held in historic downtown Wake Forest. Each year spectators line South White Street, Wait Avenue and Brooks Street to view parade participants and entries – from high school marching bands, local sports teams, and local clubs and businesses. The highlight is always Santa Claus who makes his grand entry through downtown Wake Forest on the last float in the parade.