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What to Do & See Downtown this Week! 12/22/10

What to Do & See Downtown This Holiday Season!

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Downtown Chapel Hill Holiday Events & Sales

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FREE Saturday Parking 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.  Visit the Town's website for an udated map of the available municipal parking downtown -CLICK HERE.


Sheila Geibig AgencyWelcome to Downtown...  

Sheila Geibig Agency-Nationwide Insurance 

The Sheila Geibig Agency - Nationwide Insurance is now open at 400 West Rosemary Street, Suite 1006 - just down from Mama Dip's Restaurant. After 13 years located in Carrboro, Sheila is excited to be doing business now in downtown Chapel Hill! The agency is committed to providing world-class, full-service to its customers by offering all types of insurance such as homeowners, auto, commercial, general & personal liability, life, and more. The agency delivers "On Your Side" service as well as sells bonds, has a notary on staff, and is a bilingual agency. Give them a call today at 919-968-4321 and visit their Facebook Page or at


Free Movies & Popcorn from the Town!       

Enjoy fun for the whole family on days-off from school when the  Chapel Hill Parks & Recreation Department presents two, great FREE movies! 

Thursday, December 22 at 6PM, The Polar Express in 3-D. Special 3-D glasses will be provided to all for the movie. And on Tuesday, December 28 at 1PM, Toy Story 3. Free popcorn (while supplies last) -so bring something cozy to sit on like a pillow or sleeping bag! Children under 10 must be accompanied by someone over 18. Both movies are rated G. Hargraves Community Center is located at 216 N. Roberson Street. For more information call 919-968-2784.


Dante Beatrix  Little Kid BackpackChristmas Sale at Glee Kids

At Glee Kids this week almost all fall clothing has been marked down - and, Glee Kids is offering an extra 10% off all Tea sale items from now until Christmas! Come and check their growing selection of great gifts -- guaranteed smiles for babies, toddlers, and big kids! Glee Kids is located in University Square (next door to Time Out). For more information visit


Shop Chapel Hill Florist For the Perfect Gift

All is Bright in Chapel Hill NC, Chapel Hill FloristBetter than a sweater, flowers are always the right size! Chapel Hill Florist has seasonal and Christmas flower arrangements and gifts that can be sent nationwide to loved ones! Chose from  wide selection of wreaths, centerpieces, and bouquets as Christmas decorations and gifts. Chapel Hill Florist is located at 200 West Franklin Street. Call 919-929-2903 or order online at


Start a New Holiday Tradition at The Franklin Hotel

Click on picture to watch a wonderful video of the window display! 

Get in the holiday spirit and bring the whole family to The Franklin Hotel this year! The owners of downtown's landmark hotel have inaugurated a new Christmas tradition in the four, street-level, display windows by commissioning a 3D winter scene. Visit the hotel any evening through early January and you'll find groundhog Santa Claus and his eight reindeer, hand-carved and painted just for the hotel, taking off on their Christmas Eve journey. Wintergreen Hospitality commissioned the hotel's agency partner Sprocket House to conceive and build the display in advance of the annual Chapel Hill Christmas parade, which passes in front of the hotel. For more information visit


This is the only scarf you'll ever need! Cotton blend, knit infinity scarf. Loop it twice to wear it loose, loop it three times and wear it as a neck warmer under your jacket. Perfect for traveling! 55-761Winter Warm Up at Uniquities
Uniquities is the place to be for the season's warmest outerwear! Scarves, gloves, hats, and sweaters to warm you up this holiday season! From designers Patterson J Kincaid, Theory, Woolrich, Line, Tolani and more. Uniquities is located at 452 West Franklin Street - under the pink awning. For more information call 933-4007 or visit


Holiday Gift Guide at Chapel Hill Comics

Still have that certain someone on your list that always proves hard to shop for? Well Chapel Hill Comics has made it easier to pick something out -- with their annual Holiday Gift Guide! Choose from stocking stuffers or for larger gifts. Items include graphic novels & comics, stuffed animals, posters, toys, key chains, playing cards, figurines,and so much more. And while you're there - drop into the back gallery to view the Kids' Art Show! For more information visit


Peacock Alley Logo XmasHappy Holidays from Peacock Alley

Peacock Alley will be open Christmas Eve from 9AM to 1PM.  Don't miss the After Holiday Sale beginning on Tuesday, December 28th at 10AM with huge savings.  Holiday items are 50% OFF, select items are 30-50% OFF, and most everything else in the store is 20% OFF! Free front door parking is always available. Peacock Alley is located in University Square at 123 West Franklin Street. For more information call 919-967-2152 or visit


Krispy Kreme Gifts Under the Tree  

This holiday season Krispy Kreme has the perfect gifts and stocking stuffers for you and your family and friends - 2011 Wall Calendars featuring Krispy Kreme road signs are filled with four special coupons each month. Each calendar costs $5 and has more than $75 worth of money-saving coupons. New this year is the collectible holiday tin filled with a delicious sugar cookie mix, sanding sugar and a dozen holiday gift tags, each with a free offer on the back. Holiday tins sell for $9.99 each or $8.99 each with the purchase of a dozen doughnuts. So stop by Krispy Kreme today for these great holiday gifts! Krispy Kreme is located at 157 East Franklin Street - click here for their Facebook page.

12 Days of Christmas at the Carolina Inn

Twelve Drummers DrummingThe Carolina Inn will once again celebrate the season with enchanting decorations inspired by the traditional holiday song, "The Twelve Days of Christmas". The month long festivities include the 8th Annual Gingerbread House Competition. Contestants from Chapel Hill and surrounding areas will showcase their creativity and imagination with their edible masterpieces this holiday season. Relish the festive display starting December 11th thru December 27th. To see the list of exciting events - download the holiday brochure or visit 


Weekly Specials at SANDWHICH & Holiday Hours


Thursday nights are $4 Free-Range 'Whichburger night!  The 'Whichburger starts with hand-formed Painted Hills ground beef, grilled medium, and is served with lettuce, juicy tomatoes, shaved red onion, and melty Wisconsin cheddar on a grilled potato bun. Saturdays feature every single bottle of wine at 1/2 price.  The carefully chosen wines at SANDWHICH represent unique flavors & characteristics and exceptional value. Open Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve for lunch! Remember that Monday-Saturday starting at 5PM, SANDWHICH participates in the free valet parking along West Franklin Street. For more information on SANDWHICH visit


Light Years StorefrontHoliday Specials at Light Years Jewelry

The holiday season is HERE and Light Years Jewelry has a FABULOUS selection of affordable jewelry, accessories, and gift items at GREAT prices! HUNDREDS of earrings under $10; Pashminas at $12; Hats and gloves under $14; and beautiful stone jewelry under $50 - all make great stocking stuffers! Light Years is located at 121 East Franklin Street, next door to the Varsity Theatre. For more information visit


Somethin' Else - GiftsWhere Every Gift is a Work of Art   

Where can you find the most unique and personal presents for every budget?  You guessed it!  Somethin' Else Gallery on West Franklin Street offers the most dazzling selection of whimsical art in the Triangle. Somethin' Else prides itself in successfully bringing you creations from American artisans from all over the nation.  Stop by to share a cup of coffee and a cookie on a relaxing, entertaining and inspiring shopping environment. New Bella Luz nightlights have arrived, and as usual, these copper encased lights illuminate artist Joline El-Hai's (of Seattle) commitment to color and whimsy. Come on down to Somethin' Else Gallery where every gift is a work of art, for the most unique and whimsical holiday gifts. And enjoy complimentary holiday gift wrapping! Visit


Kidzu Children's Museum FREE on Sundays
What's the best thing to do the day after Christmas? Get the kids out of the house and go to Kidzu Children's Museum - and admission is always FREE on Sundays at Kidzu! Hours from 1PM to 5PM. Parking is also always FREE in downtown Chapel Hill on Sundays! For more information visit

Traditions in Clay Exhibit at Ackland Museum

Tradition in Clay: Two Centuries of Classic North Carolina Pots opens Sunday, December 26 at the Ackland Art Museum. Pottery is North Carolina's most famous indigenous art form. With highlights from the Ackland Art Museum's esteemed and growing collection of pottery, as well as loans from significant local collections, Tradition in Clay: Two Centuries of Classic North Carolina Pots presents over 100 pots and pottery vessels, including works by masters from the Seagle and Fox families, as well as Ben Owen, Mark Hewitt, and others. For more information visit


Wachovia Tar Heel 10 Miler - Sign Up Now!

Now is the perfect time to start training for the 2011 Wachovia Tar Heel 10 Miler: North Carolina's Premier Running Experience.  On Saturday April 9, 2011, 4000 runners are expected to run in Endurance Magazine's landmark running event in Chapel Hill. Last year history was made when 2200 runners took to the streets of Chapel Hill and ran through downtown and historic neighborhoods ultimately finishing in UNC's Kenan Football Stadium.  The ten mile distance is a great way to challenge yourself if you're used to running 5k and 10k distances; or, if you're training for a late spring half- or full marathon! The UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center has been selected by Endurance Magazine as their primary charity partner. Last year's race sold out weeks before race day - so be sure to register early!  As a bonus, when you register you'll automatically be eligible to win exciting pre-race giveaways from sponsors, so the earlier you register - the more opportunities you will have to win!  Registration is open NOW at: and


Special Offer from Chapel Hill Training

Chapel Hill TrainingChapel Hill Training is the premiere personal training and group boot camp specialist serving Chapel Hill, Durham and surrounding areas. Specializing in weight loss, strength building, toning, and cardiovascular and muscular endurance. Offering personal one-on-one training at hourly rates; and boot camp circuit training for $150 per person, with a minimum group of three.  That equals about $17 per session! And take advantage of 2 free sessions as part of the grand opening special.  Whether you are looking for private studio personal training, in-home personal training, or group training, Chapel Hill Training is here to help you! Chapel Hill Training is located at 400 West Rosemary Street, Suite 1003 - between Moss Waxing + Beauty Studio and The Red Window. For more information please call 919-636-4556 or visit

Carolina Science Cafe at Top of the Hill Here's your opportunity to explore science topics making national and international headlines and to meet the experts behind the headlines! The Morehead Planetarium's Carolina Science Cafe, held in the Top of the Hill's Back Bar, is a FREE monthly educational program for adults, offering a behind-the-scenes look at cutting-edge research. On Thursday, December 30 at 7PM join solar cell specialist Ken Varner to explore 21st-century solar energy and the race for higher efficiencies at lower costs. Talk, listen and learn! For more information visit


New Year's Eve Celebration at Cypress on the Hill

Cypress on the Hill will be serving an exceptional five course menu to help ring-in the New Year on Friday, December 31st. The meal will be paired with wines to make your meal truly special. Dinner is $65 with the wine flight available for only $20 more. There will be two seatings: an early seating between 5:30pm and 6:30pm and a late seating between 8pm and 9pm. Call now for reservations at 919-537-8817. For more information visit


Ring in the New Year with The Nomads

Ring in the new year, on Friday, December 31st, with local legends The Nomads at Breadmen's Restaurant, located at 423 West Rosemary Street. Enjoy great music, dancing, a Champagne toast, and a midnight breakfast buffet. But mostly just enjoy a really great time to welcome in the New Year. Bring your family, your friends, or the guy down the street - but be prepared to dance with him. No one can resist dancing when The Nomads are playing. Only $45 per person! Email Robert Humphreys for more information or for reservations at


New Year's & Holiday Parties at La Residence

La Residence is now booking for holiday parties. Experience their award winning wine list, a seasonal menu featuring fresh ingredients, and warm ambiance in the heart of downtown Chapel Hill.  On New Year's Eve enjoy a special Four Course Dinner for $45 per person. La Residence Restaurant is located at 202 West Rosemary Street. For information visit  


Celebrate the Holidays at Kildare's Irish Pub

Happy Holidays from Kildare's! To celebrate- Kildare's is offering a four course meal for only $45 per person; this is a great way to sample everything Kildare's has to offer for a low rate! Also during the holidays enjoy package deals on Christmas and office parties, so call today and let the fun begin. Get into the spirit of holiday giving by bringing in cans of food for Kildare's food drive to benefit the Caring House Cancer facility - you'll receive 10% off your food! Ring in 2011 at Kildare's by first, counting down and toasting the Irish New Year at 7pm. Then at midnight celebrate the countdown again to 2011! Complimentary toast at midnight. Music & entertainment all night long. To make reservations and or ask about specials- e-mail or visit

Click on photo to watch a video of Sugarland's pastry chefs in action! 
 Wedding Cake Special at Sugarland 

Through December 31st, select designs and flavors of wedding cakes at Sugarland are less than half price for 2011 weddings! Back by popular demand, Sugarland is selling 3-tiered wedding cakes to feed 80 for $159 and 100 people for $199. They are Buttercream-iced and filled, French Vanilla or Double Chocolate round cakes. This great deal is valid for weddings within 50 miles of Sugarland in 2011 only. Additional servings and flavors are available at regular price. For complete details visit or call 919-929-2100. 



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FREE Valet Parking Downtown!
Enjoy an evening downtown with the ease and convenience of complimentary valet parking from Monday through Saturday at one of 19 participating downtown businesses. Patrons enjoying other establishments can also use the valet service for a $5.00 charge. Drop-off your car at two conveniently located valet parking stands; in front of the UNC Information Technology building(440 West Franklin Street), near the West End Wine Bar or in front of Spanky's Restaurant (101 East Franklin Street).

Participating Businesses: 411 West Italian CafeBonne Soiree,Carolina Brewery, Elaine's on Franklin, Mediterranean Deli & Catering, La Residence Restaurant & Bar, Lantern Restaurant, Talulla's Restaurant, Vespa Restaurant, West End Wine Bar, Cypress on the Hill , Mint Restaurant, FRANK: Franklin Street Arts Collective, Franklin Street Pizza & Pasta, R&R Grill, Salon 135, SANDWHICH, Spanky's Restaurant, Top of the Hill Brewery & Restaurant.

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