Do you see it? So you smell it? Can you feel it? Christmas is right around the corner and I have been witness to some of the most amazing display of lights in the area – they just leave you breathless! And the smells? Oh my, the smell of fresh pine trees and cookies baking permeate the air everywhere I go in Wake Forest NC!
This past week was quite busy with great opportunities to get some shopping done, meet up with Santa for pictures (and we ALL know how busy HIS schedule is this time of year!) and take in the local Rolesville Parade. This week? Keep that pencil handy as you’ll want to definitely pencil in some of the upcoming activities…..
Life in Wake Forest NC is alive with the spirit of the Holidays…..
From the Town of Wake Forest NC website:
Phone Calls From Santa
Thursday, Dec. 10; 6 pm
A phone call from Santa Claus is on every child’s wish list. The Wake Forest Parks & Recreation Department is making those wishes come true by offering “Calls from Santa” to kids ages 3 – 7 on Thursday, Dec. 10 between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Registration forms are available at the Wake Forest Town Hall, 401 Elm Avenue, or online at www.wakeforestnc.gov/Residents/parksrecreation.aspx. Completed forms must be received at the Parks & Recreation office by 5 pm, Wednesday, Dec. 9. There is no charge for the event, but all calls must be local. For more information, call (919) 554-6180.
Art After Hours
Friday, Dec. 11; 5 pm
Downtown Wake Forest
On the second Friday night of each month the streets of downtown Wake Forest come alive with food, merchants and music! Everyone is invited to come and experience the dining, art and retail merchants of downtown Wake Forest. Downtown businesses stay open until 9 pm. You never know what treasure you may find! www.wakeforestdowntown.com
Pictures with Santa
Saturday, Dec. 12; 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
Wake Forest Christmas Parade
Saturday, Dec. 12; 1 pm – 3 pm
Downtown Wake Forest
Celebrate the season with the entire town at the annual Wake Forest Christmas Parade. (919) 570-1372 www.wakeforestdowntown.com
Family Holiday Movie Night in Wake Forest
Saturday, Dec. 12; 4 pm – 6 pm
Crossroads Entertainment, 415 Brooks St., Wake Forest
Enjoy a showing of “The Santa Claus” with your children or drop them off to watch the movie while you shop, relax, or dine. There is no charge for admission or to drop your children off. All attending are encouraged to wear pajamas. Santa will also make an appearance and give a small gift to each child, so bring your cameras! This event is hosed by the Graham Johnson Cultural Arts Endowment. Contact Meredith Brown for more information at (919) 554-9899 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Walk Through Bethlehem en Espanol
Saturday, Dec. 12; 5 pm – 9 pm
Sunday, Dec. 13; 5 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. On December 12 and 13, the entire program will be presented in Spanish (en Espanol) 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. Visitors will experience the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of first century Bethlehem in the marketplace. All programs are free to the public. Donations of canned goods or gifts suitable for babies will be accepted from local charities.
Breakfast with Santa and All-You-Can-Eat Pancakes & Sausage
Sunday, Dec. 13; 8 am – 1 pm
American Legion Hall, 225 E. Holding Ave., Wake Forest
The American Legion Post 187’s monthly pancake and sausage breakfast features a visit from Santa Claus this month at the Legion Hall, across from the Wake Forest Post Office. All-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, orange juice and choice of hot beverage for only $5 per person/$20 max per family. Proceeds support community and veterans projects. For information call (919) 494-2707.
Holiday Concert by Candlelight
Sunday, Dec. 13; 3 pm
Wake Forest Baptist Church
Enjoy the Holiday Concert by Candlelight featuring America’s premier youth harp ensemble, a 12-member elite traveling ensemble. Previous performances have been held at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, CNN, and United Nations. Tickets are available by calling (919) 556-5141 for $15 per adult and $10 for children 10 and under.