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28 November . 2017

Holiday Events in Chapel Hill


Enjoy the holiday hustle and bustle around Chapel Hill with these seasonal festivals, fairs, parades and parties this winter!


Pittsboro First Sunday Artisan Fair & Market

When: Sunday, December 3, 2017, 12 to 4 p.m.

Where: Downtown Pittsboro, N.C.

What: Kick off the final month of 2017 in historic downtown Pittsboro! Browse work from art vendors and local stores, or taste wine and N.C. craft beer while listening to live music.

How much: Free admission


Christmas tree lighting with Santa

Image Courtesy of Downtown Chapel Hill.

Community Tree Lighting Ceremony with Santa and Mrs. Claus

When: Sunday, December 3, 2017, 6-7 p.m.

Where: Memorial Garden of University Baptist Church, 100 S. Columbia St., Chapel Hill

What: Sing your favorite carols with the church choir and snap a photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus!

How much: Free admission with free public parking on Sundays


The Carolina Inn Holiday Market

When: Saturdays December 2, 9 and 16, 2017, 4-8 p.m.

Where: The Carolina Inn, 211 Pittsboro St., Chapel Hill

What: Snag original, hand-crafted holiday gifts made by North Carolina vendors and feast on sweet and savory treats from food trucks and the Inn’s culinary team.

How much: Free admission and parking

Anything else? Check out all of The Carolina Inn’s holiday events, including afternoon teas, the Holiday Express train ride and visits with Santa and the Sugar Plum Fairy.


Preservation Chapel Hill Holiday Stroll 2017

When: Friday, December 8, 2017, 6 p.m. with a Dessert Party at 9 p.m.

Where: Four distinctive private homes in the East Franklin-Rosemary Historic District, Chapel Hill

What: The annual tour returns to take guests on an exploration of Chapel Hill’s finest historic homes. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and wine at each of the four stops, rounding the evening out with a dessert party at the Horace Williams House.

How much: Purchase tickets at the event’s website.


 Christmas parade
Image Courtesy of Chapel Hill Holiday Parade.


Chapel Hill-Carrboro Holiday Parade

When: Saturday, December 9, 2017, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Where: Beginning outside the Morehead Planetarium, 250 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill

Ending at the Carrboro Town Hall, 301 W. Main St., Carrboro

What: Cheer on performances by marching bands, vocalists, youth groups and more. The participating community groups include local Boy and Girl Scout Troops, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP, The ArtsCenter and the Orange County Animal Services.

How much: Free admission, with free public parking on Saturdays

Anything else? Bring toy donations to the Toys for Tots of Orange County collection boxes at 140 E. Franklin Plaza.


Pittsboro Holiday Parade

When: Sunday, December 10, 2017, 3 - 4 p.m.

Where: Downtown Pittsboro, N.C.

What: Partake in the annual tradition as local marching bands, dance groups, Santa Claus and more parade through downtown.

How Much: Free


Pittsboro Holiday Wine and Dine

When: Friday, December 15, 2017, 4 - 8 p.m.

Where: Start at Fair Game Beverage Company, 193 Lorax Lane, Pittsboro, N.C.

What: Venture to three Pittsboro locations – Fair Game Beverage Company, Vino Wine Shop and Chatham Marketplace – to enjoy samples of wine, beer and sweets, all while the kiddos stay occupied with a free film screening of “Elf” in the Chatham Mill.

How Much: Tickets are $12 each to purchase online and include a free drink at Fair Game Beverage Company, a $6 coupon for any bottle of wine tasted at Vino Wine Shop and a free glass of wine and holiday-themed Hot Bar at Chatham Marketplace.


Miracle on Hillsboro Street

When: Saturday, December 16, 2017, 2 - 3 p.m.

Where: Historic Chatham County Courthouse, 9 Hillsboro St., Pittsboro, N.C.

What: Santa Claus is on trial, and you’re sitting on the jury. Participate in this interactive performance by the Phoenix Theatre Company based on the timeless movie “Miracle on 34th Street.”

How Much: Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased at various local locations. Children under 6 years are free. All proceeds benefit Chatham Communities in Schools.


Image Courtesy of Morehead Planetarium
Image Courtesy of Morehead Planetarium


Night Lights: A Family New Year’s Eve Event

When: Sunday, December 31, 2017, 2-6 p.m.

Where: Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, 250 E Franklin St., Chapel Hill

What: Ring in the New Year with an afternoon of family friendly activities, like games and crafts with Kidzu Children’s Museum, performances by Studio A DanceArts and special planetarium shows in the GSK Fulldome Theater.

How much: Tickets for the planetarium show are $5 each and can be purchased online. All other activities and games are free.



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