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What To Do & See This Week! 12/10/09

Downtown Holiday Events & Sales! 12/10/09

Downtown Chapel Hill Sales & Events

December 10, 2009 

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Park for FREE Downtown this Holiday Season! 
Parking is always FREE on Sundays in downtown Chapel Hill, but this holiday season parkingSnowflake - blue will be FREE on Saturdays as well! The Town of Chapel Hill will be offering FREE parking on Saturdays in December at all municipal lots, the Wallace parking deck, and at on-street meters. At 5:00 PM on Saturdays, the Wallace Deck and Rosemary/Columbia Lot will begin charging at their normal rate. CLICK HERE to view a map of all municipal parking downtown. For more information or questions contact us at  967-9440 or   
UNC Student Holiday Print & Art Sale
Friday, December 11Ariel Rudolph - UNC print sale
9:00 AM - 9:30 PM
The UNC-Chapel Hill Art Department presents the Third Annual Student Holiday Print & Art Sale at The Artery. Original artwork created by UNC-Chapel Hill students will be on sale including etchings, ceramics, screenprints, photographs, drawings, digital works, and paintings. At very reasonable prices, these one-of-a-kind works of art make great gifts for the holidays. The Artery is located at 137 East Rosemary Street (follow the signs through the Bank of America building atrium). Image by Ariel Rudolph.
Ackland Art Museum Pajama Party!
Friday, December 11Pajama Party Ackland
Pajama Party 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Music 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Young children (ages 4-8) and their families are invited to wear their pajamas, enjoy milk and cookies, and listen to classic children's books read by Ackland staff and volunteers at the Ackland's Pajama Party. After the Pajama Party, enjoy music from Wilson Hill 309 and a cash bar from 7:00 - 9:00 PM. For more information visit
Chapel Hill - Carrboro Holiday Parade! Holiday Parade
Saturday, December 12
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM 
The Chapel Hill -Carrboro Holiday Parade, presented by The Chapel Hill Jaycees, will feature over 60 entries! The parade starts at Henderson Street and winds the entire length of Franklin Street to Carrboro Town Hall. Parking will be FREE downtown for the parade!  For complete details visit  
Muralist Michael Brown to Paint at Kidzu!
Kidzu Noodle Magic
 After the Holiday Parade on Franklin Street, stop by Kidzu Children's Museum to watch Chapel Hill's favorite muralist Michael Brown in action! Michael will be painting the new mural element that was selected by kids during the Kids Count Voting Campaign at the museum! Kidzu Children's Museum is located at 105 East Franklin Street. For more information visit
Sugarland Offers Holiday Treats to Please All!
Before or after the holiday parade, don't forget to stop at Sugarland for festive holiday treats, including Christmas cookies, homemade egg nog, and cocoa with special housemade peppermint marshmallows. Be sure take time to visit our holiday window display and giant Christmas tree. Sugarland is located at 140 East Franklin Street. For more information visit
Trim Your Tree in North Carolina Style!
Toots & Magoo - Ornament
Toots & Magoo has new holiday ornaments in stock. A classic pewter Old Well or a hand-painted ceramic Tar Heel snowman make the perfect gift for your favorite Carolina fan.  From great jewelry finds for that special someone to Carolina fight song pencils for stocking stuffers, Toots & Magoo has something for all of your holiday shopping needs! Toots & Magoo is located at 142 E. Franklin Street. Questions or comments? Call at 919.942.3339 or email at
The Spirit of Chapel Hill - Holiday Home Tour!
Saturday, December 12 & Sunday, December 13Holiday House Tour
1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
The Preservation Society of Chapel Hill is pleased to announce their 2009 Holiday House Tour, "The Spirit of Chapel Hill."  Explore the Horace Williams House and the Wagstaff House, Chapel Hill's finest example of a Colonial Revival home. Also open is Berry Brown Tax House, built by Harriet Berry as a wedding present to her sister. Holiday refreshments and entertainment by, Chapel Hill's own, Village Band, during the tour. Tickets cost $20 in advance or $25 day of tour. Visit for ticket information or call 919-942-7818.
Aveda Specials - 12-09Aveda Holiday Gift Certificate Specials!
Aveda Chapel Hill is located at 200 West Franklin Street. for more information- Click Here!
Breakfast and Brunch with Santa!
Saturday, December 12 & Sunday, December 13Carolina Inn - Holiday Display 1
Breakfast - 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Brunch - 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM

Round up the kids! Santa Claus is coming to The Carolina Inn. Watch the magic come alive and feast on a hearty Carolina Inn breakfast or brunch buffet. Each child is welcome to sit on Santa's lap and receives a holiday Beanie Baby. Additional dates include December 19, 20, 23 and 24. Reservations are required with open seating. Information about all the amazing holiday events at The Carolina Inn is available online at
Holiday Movies at The Varsity on Franklin!Miracle on 34th Street 
Following a great opening weekend, the Varsity on Franklin will be showing a great slate of holiday movies throughout the month of December, including National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Miracle on 34th Street, and The Polar Express. With renovations and expanded concession offerings - the new Varsity is only $3.00 per person!  Movie times are available on the Varsity's website, at Yahoo Movies and at MovieTimes.  For information visit  or become a fan at the Varsity's Facebook page!  
Yoga Events at Franklin Street Yoga Center!Yoga- FSYC
Free Yoga Classes this Holiday Season:
Dec. 7- Dec. 11 - 9:15 am classes are free
Dec. 15- Dec. 17- Noon classes are free
Dec. 21- Dec. 23- 5:45pm & 7:30pm classes are free
Jan. 2- Jan. 3- Saturday & Sunday classes are free
Franklin Street Yoga Center is an oasis in the heart of downtown Chapel Hill.  Check out the 40 Days to a Personal Revolution Workshop. And don't miss out on a great deal  - If you buy selected class passes between Tuesday, December 1st and Sunday, December 13th you will be entered into a drawing to win 6 months of unlimited yoga.  Franklin Street Yoga Center is located at 123 West Franklin Street (University Square Shopping Center). For more information call 919-929-0414 or visit   
Studio Supply Holiday Sales & Promotions!
Studio Supply is here to make your holiday shopping experience a little less stressful. This year, Studio Supply will be holding extended holiday hours to help you get your shopping done on time with a little something for everyone, including stocking-stuffers and fun craft supplies for the little ones!  The store will be open Mon-Sat: 10am-7pm and Sun: 12pm-5pm. Additionally, Studio Supply will be open on December 24 & 26.  Be sure to visit their website at  and Facebook page for holiday sales that will be highlighted throughout the month of December!
Nicholas Nickleby Performance at Playmakers
Until December 20

The complete Dickens masterpiece comes to life by David Edgar!  Edgar's adaptation takes you on a thrilling ride, with humor, fantastic turns of fate, and the rich, emotional moments that make up life's astounding journey. Spend a day at the theatre on December 19th - see both parts the same day and enjoy dinner too! For more information call the box office at 923-8704. Visit for ticket information. Photo by Jon Gardiner.
Town of Chapel Hill Gifts for the Holiday!
Chapel Hill Mug & Chocolates
For the holidays, give someone a taste of home with Chapel Hill merchandise. New this year are mugs with the Chapel Hill logo handcrafted by North Carolina potter Pam Brodbeck ($20) and chocolates imprinted with the Chapel Hill logo, custom-made by Chocolaterie Stam ($5). Other merchandise is available, including tote bags ($15) and baseball caps ($20). Purchase Chapel Hill merchandise at the Revenue Office on the first floor of Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. For more information visit
Star of Bethlehem Show at Planetarium
Showing until January 3, 2010Star of Bethelehem
In "Star of Bethlehem," science explores the mystery surrounding a legendary celestial event. One of the longest-running planetarium shows in the world, "Star" weaves art, music and science into a fascinating holiday tradition. What are some of the possible astronomical explanations for this event? Viewers can examine whether a blazing comet, an exploding or shooting star, a major eclipse or a conjunction of planets might explain the reported event. For show times visit  
Vespa Introduces New Early Bird Menu!
A staple of downtown chapel Hill, Vespa has made its home on West Franklin Street for over ten years. Vespa is now offering an Early Bird Special Menu, Sunday through Thursday - available from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.for $19.50. For appetizers the menu features Eggplant Caviar, Vespa Salad, and Polenta & Funghi. Entree selections are sure to please everyone with offerings that range from Orecchiette Porcelle, Fettuccine Primavera, to Penne al Fumo as well as daily specials! Vespa is located at 306 West Franklin Street. For more information visit  
West End Valet Parking is FREE! West End Logo
Spend the evening on the West End and take advantage of FREE Valet Parking six nights a week! Monday through Saturday - 5:00pm to 11:00pm. Courtesy Valet Parking is provided to patrons of participating businesses with a validated parking receipt. Downtown visitors enjoying other establishments can also use the valet service for a $5.00 charge. Drop cars off at the Valet Parking stand located in front of the UNC Information Technology building (440 West Franklin Street), near the West End Wine Bar.
Parking is always FREE in Downtown Chapel Hill on Sunday!
Participating Businesses:
411 West Italian Cafe                                 Bonne Soiree
Carolina Brewery                                        Elaine's on Franklin
Mediterranean Deli & Catering                    Lantern Restaurant
La Residence Restaurant & Bar                   Mansion 462
Talulla's Restaurant                                    Mint Restaurant
Vespa Restaurant                                       Cypress on the Hill
West End Wine Bar                                    
The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership is charged with leading and managing downtown.  We build human and financial resources through partnership efforts; we market and promote the assets of downtown; we improve the visual appeal of downtown; and we rebuild downtown as a mixed use center of retail, service, professional, governmental, institutional, and residential uses. Contact us at 919-967-9440 or or visit