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What To Do & See This Week! 12/17/09

Downtown Holiday Events & Sales! 12/17/09

Downtown Chapel Hill Sales & Events

December 17, 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   
Holiday Party Dresses at Uniquities!
Sale Ends Friday, December 18
Buy One Dress, Get the Second at 50% Off!
Uniquities will keep you looking stylish this season with a great sale on party dresses. Styles from Alice + Olivia, Burberry, DVF, Ella Moss, Jay Godfrey and much more. Specializing in emerging to established designer clothing and accessories, Uniquities is the boutique southern women rely on to outfit themselves in the latest fashions. Uniquities is located at 452 West Franklin Street. For more information visit
Holiday Movies at The Varsity on Franklin!Christmas Vacation Movie 
The Varsity on Franklin is 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 at Yahoo Movies, MovieTimes and at  
Toots & Magoo Presents its New Online Shop!
 Visit the gallery's site at! Peruse handbags, jewelry, tableware, art, stationery and much more from the comfort of your own computer. You can also learn about featured artists, receive special online deals and read their blog. In the spirit of the giving season, Toots & Magoo is providing FREE standard shipping on all online purchases through the holidays! Toots & Magoo is located at 142 E. Franklin Street. Questions or comments? Call at 919.942.3339 or email at
Dinner, Dancing, & Decorating at La Residence!
La Residence is located at 202 West Rosemary Street. Reservations are required for events. Call 919-967-2506 or visit Res Holiday Party 
Gingerbread House Decorating
December 20 at 2:00 PM & 3:00 PM
Decorate your own Gingerbread House for a cost of $27 per person, group rates are available. La Residence will donate $3 per person to participating schools.
Music & Dancing on the Patio
Fridays in December from 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Bring your dancing partner and enjoy complimentary music and dancing on the beautifully lighted and heated patio!
New Year's Eve Dinners
La Residence is offering delicious 3 and 4 course meals on New Year's Eve. Choices are: 3 course menu with selections at 6:00 PM & 6:30 PM for $40; or a 4 course menu with selections from 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM for $60 ~ add wine pairings $85.
Nightlight Holiday Craft Fair
Sunday, December 20barehand press tshirt
2:00 PM to 6:00 PM, FREE

Last minute shopping is easy at the Nightlight Holiday Craft Fair! Featured artists include: Reciprocities (feathered talismans and jewelry) / Danger Designs (leather wrist bands) / Abigail Martin (totebags from vintage linen dishtowels 1960's-80's) / Flytrap (screenprints, clothing) / Karen Casey (Fused Glass Designs) / Barehanded Press (Y.A. Ponce de Leon-clothing, screenprints) / Ed Gendron / Peter Pendergrass / Jodi Bock (stained glass jewelry boxes and jewelry) / Beth Peddle ... and several other mystery CRAFTERS! Nightlight Club is located at 405 1/2 West Rosemary Street. For more information visit
Shop for the Radical in Your Life!
Come into Internationalist Books & Community Center to find terrific gift items for that special radical or progressive in your life! Items include 2010 Peace Calendar from Syracuse Cultural Workers, We-moon feminist weekly planners, Found Magazine #7, Slingshot Organizers- radical day planners, and a wide variety of postcards, note cards, bookmarks, stickers, and tons more. And all that is on top of a wide selection of new and used books and magazines to challenge the status quo, from politics to history to fiction to poetry. Internationalist Books & Community Center is located at 405 West Franklin Street. For more information visit
Holiday Events for the Family at Carolina Inn!
Twelve Drummers Drumming
Information about all the amazing holiday events at The Carolina Inn is available online at
Breakfast and Brunch with Santa!
Saturday, December 19 & Sunday, December 20
Breakfast - 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Brunch - 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Watch the magic of Christmas 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 23 and 24. Reservations are required with open seating.

Holiday Cookie Decorating
Monday, December 21 & Tuesday, December 22  at 2:00 PM
Children will find a wide array of holiday shapes and toppings to create their edible art. Children 7 or under must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $10 per child and reservations are required.
Ornament Making
Wednesday, December 23 & Thursday, December 24  at 2:00 PM
Christmas tree decorating will be extra special with your children's handmade ornaments. This is a fun event for kids of all ages. Children 7 or under must be accompanied by an adult. Cost is $10 per child and reservations are required.
Music in the Galleries at Ackland!
Sunday, December 20Cantari
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Enjoy a selection of holiday music from Cantari, an affiliate of the Chapel Hill Community Chorus. They will perform Rejoice!, a joyful and majestic holiday concert that depicts traditions in countries as diverse as Great Britain, China, Mexico, and the US. Featuring music by Herbert Howells, Michael Praetorius, Judith Weir, Cesar Carrillo, John Tavener, and Elizabeth Alexander. Visit for more information.
Local 506 Honky Tonk & Burlesque Show!
Holiday Honky Tonk & Burlesque Show
Saturday, December 19 at
10:00 PM, $6
Local 506 is hosting The Whiskey Smugglers, The Pneurotics and Gambling the Muse with special burlesque performances by Miss Mary Wanna. 
New Year's Eve Party
Thursday, December 31 at 9:30 PM, $8
Don't miss the New Year's celebration at Local 506 with The Love Language, Violet Vector & The Lovely Lovelies, and Dirty Little Heaters.
Advance Tickets available via, CD Alley & Local 506. For more information visit
The Cave's XMas Show and Holiday Gift Swap!
 Jim Watson  - Cave
Jim Watson's 22nd Annual XMas Show
Tuesday, December 22 at 8:00 PM
The Cave hosts Jim Watson, of Red Clay Ramblers fame, as he spreads good holiday cheer and sings seasonal songs - with a little help from the audience.
Open Gift Swap Meet
Wednesday, December 23 & Thursday, December 24 - All Day!
It's that time of the year and if you still haven't finished shopping, the Cave is hosting two whole days of Swap Meet to buy, sell or trade and find that perfect gift for someone!

Christmas Potluck and Open Mic with Mr. Mouse
Friday, December 25 at 5:00 PM
Join the Cave family and friends for a holiday feast; bring something to share! The Cave is located at 45 1/2 West Franklin Street. For more information visit
Vespa Open for the Holidays!
A staple of downtown chapel Hill, Vespa Ristorante has made its home on West Franklin Street for over ten years. Vespa will be open on Christmas Eve & Christmas Day and New Year's Eve & new Year's Day. Vespa will be offering its regular menu plus specials! Don't miss the Early Bird Special Menu, Sunday through Thursday - available from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.for $19.50.  Vespa Ristorante is located at 306 West Franklin Street. For more information visit  
Aveda Specials - 12-09Aveda Holiday Gift Certificate Specials!
Aveda Chapel Hill is located at 200 West Franklin Street. for more information- Click Here!
Johnny T-shirt Has UNC Holiday Gifts for All!
Ram New Year T-shirt
Have a Carolina Blue Christmas and ring in the New Year with Johnny T-shirt exclusives! The t-shirts feature a Santa Ram or Party Ram. And every stocking should have a little Carolina blue treat in it - check out Johnny T-shirt stocking stuffers for under $25! 
Johnny T-shirt has Meineke Car Care Bowl gear in stock and ready for that Tar heel fan on your shopping list! Located on Franklin Street, Johnny T-shirt has been a Chapel Hill tradition since 1983. Visit the store at 128 East Franklin Street or online at
Yoga Events at Franklin Street Yoga Center!Yoga- FSYC
Free Yoga Classes this Holiday Season:
Dec. 21 to Dec. 23- 5:45 PM & 7:30 PM classes are free
Jan. 2 to 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 just in time for that New Year's resolution!  Franklin Street Yoga Center is located at 123 West Franklin Street (University Square Shopping Center). For more information call 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 962-PLAY. 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, 2010
Star 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  
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