Wake Forest NC – Calendar of Events November 30 – December 6, 2009

Wake Forest NC Calendar of EventsI hope the past week found all of you enjoying your Thanksgiving Holiday with friends, family, good food and plenty of cheer!  I know many will be hitting the roads today trying to get back “home” – be careful

The upcoming week in Wake Forest NC is full of events for all ages and includes some of the most attended and sought after events in the area!  There is everything from Photos with Santa, a Charity Art Show, a Holiday Bazaar to the Lighting of Wake Forest!  Wake Forest NC will transform this week into a magical holiday village – you must come visit! 

Life in Wake Forest NC will be in full Holiday swing this week…….

From the Town of Wake Forest NC website: 

Wake Forest Woman’s Club Meeting
Thursday, Dec. 3; 6:30 pm – 8 pm
Wake Forest Community House, 133 W. Owen Ave
Refreshments will be served and guests are welcome. For more information, call membership chair Quinn Berardinelli at (919) 761-1646.

Lighthouse Christian Homeschool Band Christmas Concert
Thursday, Dec. 3; 7 pm – 9 pm
Wakefield Baptist Church, 13209 Falls of Neuse Rd.
Bands featured are our Beginner, Concert, Wind Ensemble & Jazz Ensemble. This event is free and open to the public so bring your family & friends out for a wonderful evening of holiday music. Refreshments will be served. For more information, please contact Patricia Jennings at partyof8@nc.rr.com.

Charity Art Show at Red Rooster Gallery
Friday, Dec. 4; 5 pm – 10 pm
The Mill Room at The Factory, 1839 S. Main St., Wake Forest

The evening will consist of a silent auction including gifts, gift certificates, jewelry, and home decor, a pencil portrait/art raffle, a variety of local fine art and art by RRG students, live entertainment, wine, and light appetizers. Donation proceeds will go to needy children in local orphanages. Contact Boni Arendt for more information at (919) 556-3200 or visit www.redroostergallery.com.

Lighting of Wake Forest
Friday, Dec. 4; 6 pm – 9 pm
Downtown Wake Forest – Municipal Parking Lot

The Lighting of Wake Forest is the official opening of the holiday season for the downtown historic district. Mayor Vivian Jones will light the town Christmas tree and music groups from local schools will provide entertainment. Santa arrives on a horse-drawn carriage and children of all ages can share their wish lists with him and have their photos taken. (919) 570-1372  www.wakeforestdowntown.com 

WALK THROUGH BETHELEM
Friday, Dec. 4; 6 pm – 9 pm 
Saturday, Dec. 5; 1 pm – 4 pm: Interactive Daytime Program
Saturday, Dec. 5; 6 pm – 9 pm
Sunday, Dec. 6; 6 pm – 8 pm
Wake Forest Presbyterian Church
Now in its 10th consecutive year of production, this elaborate outdoor nativity program brings to life the night of our Lord Jesus’ birth. With a cast and crew of more than 150, the church grounds of Wake Forest Presbyterian Church are transformed into first century Bethlehem as the story of the Nativity comes to life under the night sky. Visitors journey through the streets of Bethlehem in small groups, following behind the three wise men as they seek the birthplace of Jesus, the Messiah. Along the way they encounter townspeople, view merchant displays, and hear storytellers, all by the light of torches. Authentic costumes immerse visitors in this great story about the birth of Jesus Christ. There will be a daytime interactive program Saturday, December 5 from 1 pm – 4 pm.  Visitors will experience the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of first century Bethlehem in the marketplace.

The entire program will be presented in Spanish (en Espanol) Saturday, December 12, from 5 pm – 9 pm and Sunday, December 13, from 5 pm – 8 pm. All programs are free to the public. Donations of canned goods or gifts suitable for babies will be accepted from local charities.

Wake Forest Farmers’ Market Winter Market
Saturday, Dec. 5; 8 am – Noon
Municipal Parking Lot, 110 S. White St.
Visit the market for seasonable produce, cakes, breads, honey, jams and jelly, cheese, and meats. Many high quality craft items including pottery and unique bird houses make interesting holiday gifts. Hand made wreaths will also be on sale. www.wakeforestmarket.org 

WFE Rockin’ Holiday Bazaar
Saturday, Dec. 5; 9 am – 3 pm
Wake Forest Elementary Gym

Join the Wake Forest Elementary PTA for our Rockin’ Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 9 am – 3 pm. There will be vendors selling jewelry, pottery, handmade crafts, baked goods, food, and other holiday treats for you to enjoy!! While you shop, don’t forget to buy raffle tickets and take a picture with Santa Claus, who will be there from 10 am – 2 pm. This fundraising event will also benefit the WFE Backpack Buddies program. Wake Forest Elementary is located at 136 W. Sycamore St.  For more information, visit wfes.wcpss.net/PTA/rockin.htm or email rockinbazaar@gmail.com.

Pictures with Santa
Saturday, Dec. 5; 11 am – 3 pm
Downtown Wake Forest – Municipal Parking Lot

Children are invited to meet Santa and have a photo taken. Parents are welcome to take their own photos for no charge or photos can be printed at CVS in downtown Wake Forest 48 hours after the event for $0.25 each. (919) 570-1372  www.wakeforestdowntown.com

Regional Premiere of Mark Hayes’ Gloria
Saturday, Dec. 5; 3 pm
Binkley Chapel, Campus of the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
The Northeast Piedmont Chorale will present the regional premiere of Mark Hayes’ Gloria, a dramatic presentation of the Christmas story, from the announcement of Jesus’ birth to the affirmation of His divinity. Mark Hayes is an internationally known composer whose vocal and instrumental writing is widely acclaimed and performed throughout the nation. In addition to Gloria, the Chorale will sing a mix of seasonal favorites, including “Once in Royal David’s City,” John Rutter’s “Candlelight Carol,” Clark and McCullough’s “Once in Bethlehem,” “Angels We Have Heard on High,” “Glory to the Newborn King,” and “A Christmas Suite” of traditional carols. The Chorale will be joined by members of the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary Choir. The concert is free and open to the public.

Wrap it up!! Parent’s Night Out
Saturday, Dec. 5; 6 pm – 9:30 pm
Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club, 325 S. Wingate St.
Need some shopping time during the holidays?  The Gotta Dance Performing Company is hosting another Parents Night Out! The cost is $25 first child; $10 second child; $5 third child (and each thereafter). We will be offering pizza for dinner and will have crafts, dancing, a holiday movie and maybe a special visitor! Please take advantage of some shopping time or even a night out and drop your kids off with us! Contact Nikki Ransdell at (919) 761-3347 with questions or to sign up!

Centennial Community Christmas Gala
Saturday, Dec. 5; 7 pm – 11 pm
Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.

Hold the Date! The final centennial celebration, the Centennial Community Christmas Gala, will be held at the new town hall on Saturday, December 5. Tickets will be on sale in October on this website, at the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce and Town Hall. Click here for more information.

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