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What To Do & See This Week! 12/3/09

Downtown Holiday Events & Sales! 12/03/09

Downtown Chapel Hill Sales & Events


Santa with Kid 2 
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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 parking will be FREE on Saturdays as well! The Town of Chapel Hill will be offering downtown patrons and visitors 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   
Soiree Under the Stars!
Thursday, December 3Soiree Under Stars
7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Morehead Planetarium
The community is invited to attend a benefit wine-tasting, featuring North Carolina's finest locally grown wines and hand-crafted desserts, live jazz with Chancellor Holden Thorp & Equinox, and an opportunity to support local initiatives to combat homelessness.  Tickets are $10.00 for students and $15.00 for faculty and community members.  For details contact or visit
Aveda's Annual Holiday Event & Specials!
Thursday, December 3
6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Join Aveda for service specials and purchase gift certificates sure to please everyone on your gift list. Purchase 2 facials or body treatments, receive 1 FREE of equal or lesser value!Purchase a $100 gift card or $100 in Aveda products, receive a $25 service gift card FREE! In store only. Purchase a $50 gift card, receive a $10 service gift card FREE! In store only. Aveda Institute of Chapel Hill is located at 200 West Franklin Street. Visit  for more information.
Front Porch Tree Lighting at Carolina Inn!
Friday, December 4
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Experience the magic of Christmas at The Carolina Inn with their first tree lighting ceremony on the Front Porch.  The evening will start with joyful holiday music with a bluegrass twist by the popular Big Fat Gap.  Warm-up with delicious hot cocoa and eggnog and enjoy  home-made cookies. In the spirit of giving, please bring a canned or non-perishable item to donate to a local non-profit organization helping families in need.Reservations not required.  Open and free to the public. Information about all events at The Carolina Inn  is online at
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
Dece 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   
Insider Sale at davidgerald Fine Timepieces! 
Saturday, December 5davidgerald - store front
10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
25% - 75% Off Every Timepiece
davidgerald Fine Timepieces is holding a ONE DAY ONLY event; find that perfect gift for someone on your holiday list!davidgerald features vintage and contemporary timepiece collections as well as service to fine mechanical and high-grade quartz watches. davidgerald is located in University Square, at 143-A West Franklin Street. For information visit  
Let La Residence Host Your Holiday Party!
Taking off on a trend offered in New York city restaurants, La Residence will be offering a complimentary DJ & communal dance floor to holiday parties booking on Fridays in December.  Choose from a variety of Holiday Menu Packages suitable for every budget.  As always, La Residence will be decorated in the holiday spirit with Christmas greenery and twinkling lights. La Residence is located at 202 West Rosemary Street. For more information on upcoming events or to make a reservation visit  
Holiday Cabaret at the Chapel Hill Museum!
Saturday, December 5Serena Ebhardt
6:30 PM
Celebrate the Season! Chapel Hill Museum's holiday event is a musical time travel through the 20th century performed by siren Serena Ebhardt and musical Director Julie Florin.  Serena will turn the past into the present as she leads the audience through decades of headline news and popular song. Come celebrate the season with a fabulous seasonal dinner, wine and a professional performance by award-winning Ebzb Productions. Cost $125 per couple, $70 single. For more information visit
CoVelo Sweaters at Toots & Magoo!
Newly arrived CoVelo wool sweaters and jackets are the perfect way to complete your holiday party ensemble! Come by Toots & Magoo to see ovarious styles and get some of your holiday shopping done at the same time. Be sure to follow Toots & Magoo on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook to receive daily specials! Toots & Magoo is located at 142 E. Franklin Street. For more information call 919-942-3339.
Carolina Ballet's Nutcracker at Memorial Hall!
Saturday, December 5 - 2:00 PM and 8:00 PMNutcracker
Sunday, December 6 - 2:00 PM
A holiday season staple, Robert Weiss' Nutcracker is a fantasy classic, capturing the irrepressible imagination of a child's world in which all things are possible. Featuring toy soldiers, dancing snowflakes, an army of mice and the Sugar Plum Fairy, the original work was Tchaikovsky's third and last major ballet. For ticket information visit
Holiday Movies at The Varsity on Franklin!Christmas Story 
Following a great opening weekend, the Varsity on Franklin will be showing a great slate of holiday movies throughout the month of December, including A Christmas Story, 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!  
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!
Kidzu Hosts Dance & Drama Workshops!
Kidzu Noodle MagicPower of Creativity Drama Workshop   
Saturday, December 5 from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Kids will learn basic dramatic techniques through games, theater improv, and character development at this workshop. Drama games will focus on the use of one's imagination to create community connections.  Fee: $12 per child (ages 5-8). Registration required and limited. 
Wiggle, Giggle, & Shake with Virginia Queen   
Saturday, December 5 at 3:15 PM
Get your creative juices flowing with this dramatic movement and dance program for the whole family.Free with admission and for members. No registration required. Kidzu Children's Museum is located at 105 East Franklin Street. 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  
McAlister's Deli Holiday Catering!
McAlister'sWouldn't it be nice to have a stress free gathering with colleagues, students, and friends for the holidays? Then let McAlister's cater your holiday party!  From soups, salads and sandwiches to a fun filled potato bar, McAlister's Deli can brighten any holiday party or gathering.  With FREE Delivery and Set-Up party stress melts away.  Breakfast, lunch and dinner options available! McAlister's top floor is available for holiday parties too! With FREE set-up, clean-up and refills, what more could you ask for? Contact Sam Wright, General Manager of McAlister's Deli of Chapel Hill, at (919) 969-1102 - phone and (919) 969-1105 - fax.
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  
Chapel Hill - Carrboro Holiday Parade Holiday Parade
The Chapel Hill -Carrboro Holiday Parade, presented by The Chapel Hill Jaycees, will be held on Saturday, December 12, 2009 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. The parade, featuring over 60 entries, 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  
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