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Christmas in Wake Forest
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The town of Wake Forest will host Christmas events throughout December. For details, go to WakeForestNC.gov.
• 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1: The 67th Wake Forest Community Christmas Dinner will be at The Forks Cafeteria, 339 S. Brooks St., Wake Forest.
• 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5: The Lighting of Wake Forest will be at Centennial Plaza, 301 S. Brooks St. The event features the lighting of the town’s Christmas tree and the arrival of Saint Nick.
• 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 6: Breakfast with Santa will be at the Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club, 325 S. Wingate St. Enjoy a pancake breakfast and pictures with Santa. Tickets are $5 per person or $20 for a family.
• 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 6: The Downtown Holiday Open House will open historic downtown Wake Forest for free tours of shops and restaurants, school and dance group performances, horse and carriage rides and more.
• 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6:
The Christmas Historic Home Tour will feature 10 historic homes, Christmas music, costumes and decorations, carriage rides and more. Advance tickets are $16, or $22 on the day of the tour.
• 7 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6: Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary will host a free Christmas concert at Binkley Chapel, 120 S. Wingate St. There will be Christmas carols and hot chocolate. For details, go toSEBTS.edu
• 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11: The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department will offer “Calls from Santa.” Completed registration forms must be submitted by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10.
• 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13: The Wake Forest Christmas Paradedowntown will feature community groups and businesses displaying their creative talents, as well as a visit from Santa.
• 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31: The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre will host a New Year’s Eve celebration at 405 S. Brooks St. featuring live entertainment by the EG Peters Band. “Living the Dream in 2015” will offer a buffet dinner with desserts and midnight snacks catered by Main Street Pizzeria & Grille and an open bar and spacious dance floor. Individual tickets are $100.
Historic Home Tour
The Wake Forest Preservation Commission and the Wake Forest Woman’s Club will present the biennial Christmas Historic Home Tour from 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6. Tickets are now on sale for $16. For details, visit WakeForestNC.gov.
Haywood Hall open house
Haywood Hall Museum House and Gardens will host its annual Christmas open house from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, at 211 New Bern Place, Raleigh. There will be refreshments and live period music. For details, email JChurch5@aol.com.
‘A Colonial Christmas’
Joel Lane Museum House will present “A Colonial Christmas” open house from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at 160 S. Saint Mary’s St., Raleigh. For details, go to JoelLane.org.
New Year’s Eve celebration
The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre will host a New Year’s Eve celebration from 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, to 1:30 a.m. Jan. 1, at 405 Brooks St., Wake Forest. “Living the Dream in 2015” will feature live entertainment by the EG Peters Band, a dance floor, buffet dinner, open bar, desserts and midnight snacks by Main Street Pizzeria & Grille.
VIP sponsorship packages for groups of eight are available for businesses, homeowners associations and other organizations. Individual tickets are $100. For details, go to WakeForestNC.gov.
Museum of History events
The North Carolina Museum of History hosts educational events year-round for all ages. The museum is located at 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. For details, call 919-807-7992 or go to NCMuseumOfHistory.org.
• 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2 and 9: Time for Tots: First in Flight will feature a program on the Wright brothers’ plane and other famous flying machines. Children ages 3-5 can make a paper plane or helicopter to fly at home. $3 per child or $1 for museum members.
• 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3: History Corner will offer a tour of the “Starring North Carolina!” exhibit, teaching about the state’s role in making movies and TV programs.
• 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3: History Hunters: Behind the Scenes at the Movies will teach participants ages 10-13 about the ins and outs of filmmaking. $3 per child or $1 for museum members.
• 10 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, 11 and 18: Storytime in the Gallery will feature a staff-led tour through one of the museum galleries. Ages 3 and up.
• 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7: Former Raleigh mayor Smeades York will share his experiences of growing up in Raleigh in the 1940s and ’50s with his new book. A book signing will follow the program, and copies will be available in the museum shop.
• Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10: Linda Carnes-McNaughton will discuss the settlement of the Sandhills region up until the Fort Bragg purchase of 1918 at History à la Carte.
• 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11: The annual tree-lighting ceremony will be on the Capitol grounds. Exhibits and the Museum Shop will remain open until 7:30 p.m. Get half-price admission from 5 to 7:30 p.m. to the new exhibit “Starring North Carolina.”
• 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6: The “Starring North Carolina!” film series will continue with “Iron Man 3.” Much of the movie was filmed at EUE/Screen Gems Studios and around Wilmington. SAS Institute and Epic Games in Cary served as the headquarters of Stark Industries. $5 per person, $4 for museum members.
• 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13: Learn about Tar Heel holiday traditions and make a Victorian style ornament to take home in Make It, Take It.
• 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31: Celebrate the break of 2015 with the Museum of History and Artsplosure. Buy one exhibit admission and get one free with a First Night button until 6 p.m., when the exhibits close. A children’s celebration will run from 2 to 6 p.m., with events in Daniels Auditorium from 7 to 11 p.m.
HIPPY Home Instruction
Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) is a free home literacy program for low-income English- and Spanish-speaking families with children ages 3-5. Materials, supplies, curriculum and activities are provided. For details, call the Family Resource Center of Raleigh at 919-755-6959.