There’s so much going on in Wake Forest this time of year with cooler temperatures, tailgates, and getting ready for Halloween. The fun continues with Thanksgiving and Christmas activities, so get your calendar out because we’ve got you covered with all the not-to-miss fun!
Take off running at the Super Hero 5k and 1 Mile Run on Oct. 27th at 10 am. Come dressed as your favorite super hero character as you run through a quiet Wake Forest neighborhood. The run benefits the Sam Hopper Memorial Fund and The Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (CureFA.org).
For pumpkin picking, hay rides and corn mazes, visit Medlin Farm in Wake Forest or Hillridge Farms in nearby Youngsville. For some fun getting lost in a corn maze, head to Crossroads Corn Maze in Wake Forest to experience a five-acre corn maze, a hay maze, fresh fall produce, games and more!
If you’re into getting scared out of your mind and plan on leaving the kids at home, head to the Haunted Forest at Panic Point! The popular, half-mile Haunted Forest Trail is an 11-scene scream fest and is just one of six haunted attractions including the Dark Trail, The Haunted Hayride, Killers in Corn, The Carny Crypt and the Corn Maze.
It’s not too early to start thinking about and scheduling holiday events, and Wake Forest offers much to do to get in the holiday spirit!
The Lighting of Wake Forest celebration on Nov. 30th includes the town Christmas tree lighting followed by Santa's arrival in a Wake Forest fire truck.
The Wake Forest Historic Preservation Commission and the Wake Forest Woman's Club will present their biennial Christmas Historic Home Tour on Saturday, Dec. 1st, from 1-7 pm. Come stroll down the street, listen to holiday music and visit a decorated home.
The Wake Forest Holiday Artisans Market is Dec. 1st, from 9 am-3 pm, at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre. This third annual Artisans’ Market will be a unique gift-shopping opportunity featuring many types of handmade items in a wide range of prices.
The free Downtown Holiday Open House is Dec. 1st at 10 am and includes special offers and complimentary refreshments at participating shops and restaurants as well as fun-filled activities for kids and families. Pictures with Santa and complimentary face painting will be offered from 10 am-3 pm at The Cotton Company Event Gallery.
The special Memory Café Holiday Show offers an opportunity for persons diagnosed with early stage memory loss, their caregivers and families to engage in a holiday music singalong with the Wake Forest Community Choirs in a relaxed, unstructured environment. This free show will take place Dec. 2nd at 3 pm at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre and promotes social engagement and support through interaction with others experiencing similar lifestyle changes. For more information about this and other Memory Café events visit - https://www.wakeforestnc.gov/dementia-awareness-education-series.aspx.
The Wake Forest Community Christmas Dinner, now in its 71st year, was first held in 1947 to show appreciation to the town’s returning World War II veterans. In the 70 years since, the Wake Forest Community Christmas Dinner has retained a spirit of giving and friendship and has become part of the story of Christmas in Wake Forest. Offered on the first Monday in Dec., this year’s dinner will be at 6:30 pm on Dec. 3rd at the Forks Cafeteria. Tickets are $15 each and are available at the Forks Cafeteria, the Wake Forest Chamber of Commerce, and the Wake Forest Historical Museum.
This holiday season Wake Forest Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department will offer “calls from Santa” for kids ages 3-9 on Thursday, Dec. 7th from 6-8 pm. For more information on registration - https://www.wakeforestnc.gov/calls-from-santa.aspx
Celebrate the holiday season at Wake Forest’s largest community event - the Wake Forest Christmas Parade on Dec. 8th at 1 pm.
The Snowball Dance for those with special needs will take place Dec. 8th at the Wake Forest Community House. It will be a night in winter wonderland, complete with a DJ, refreshments and dancing! Chaperones will be available for supervision, but participants can bring additional support. The dance is for ages 10 and older. There is a $15 registration fee and pre-registration is required. For more information on this and other specialized programs visit - https://www.wakeforestnc.gov/specialized-programs.aspx
The Renaissance Centre’s Christmas Jubilee Concert will feature Celtic Angels Christmas on Dec. 9th at 3 pm. The Sheeva Quintet, Celtic Knights and Angel Dancers with Trinity Band Ensemble of Dublin, will perform an awe-inspiring show which encompasses vocal and instrumental seasonal music and Irish favorites along with world class champion Irish dancing.
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