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Lighting of Wake Forest Dec. 4

Area residents are invited to experience the wonder and magic of the holiday season at the annual “Lighting of Wake Forest” on Friday, Dec. 4. Sponsored by Traditions at Heritage and presented by Wake Forest Downtown, Inc., the festivities get underway at 6 p.m. in Centennial Plaza, 301 S. Brooks St., the gateway to the Wake Forest Town Hall.

This year’s ceremony will feature the lighting of the town’s 30-feet-tall Christmas tree by Mayor Vivian Jones, followed by the exciting arrival of Santa Claus aboard a Wake Forest fire truck.

The event will also include performances by local choirs and free hot cocoa, along with a children’s craft activity and complimentary “Pictures with Santa” in the town hall lobby.

Guests planning to have a photo taken with Santa Claus must pick up a time ticket in the town hall lobby beginning at 5:30 p.m. Designed to reduce wait times, each ticket will indicate the time guests should arrive at the line-up to have their photo taken. Pictures can be viewed and purchased at the Wake Forest CVS, 245 E. Roosevelt Ave., beginning Monday, Dec. 7.

Weather permitting, free horse and carriage rides will also be offered along South White Street beginning at 6:30 p.m. The rides depart from the Depot Parking Lot, 110 S. White St.

The Lighting of Wake Forest is free and open to the public. For more information, visit or contact Downtown Development Director Lisa Hayes at 919-435-9415 or [email protected].  

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