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What to Do & See Downtown This Week + Free Parking! 12/15/11

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West Franklin Art Installation Video  
Franklin Street Parking Icon FREE Saturday Parking 
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 (3, 10, 17, & 24) at all municipal lots, the Wallace Parking Deck, and at on-street meters. At 5PM on Saturdays, the Wallace Deck and Rosemary/Columbia Lot will begin charging at their normal rate. 
Sugarland - Holiday Display
Estate Boutique Sale
Starting Friday, December 16 to Sunday, December 18 Estate Boutique is hosting a huge sale on footwear, denim, and apparel. UNC students save an extra 10% off purchases by showing a current ID. Located at 400 W. Rosemary St. #1002. 
Big Fat Gap Christmas Jam
On Sunday, December 18 LOCAL 506 is hosting Big Fat Gap for a special holiday show. Doors open at 8:30PM, show at 9PM. 
Moravian Love Feast
On Sunday, December 18 at 7PM University United Methodist Church is hosting a Moravian Love Feast, open to all. The Chancel Choir and Covenant Handbells will lead the music for this beautiful celebration of the season. Enjoy Moravian buns and sweet coffee and raise candles bright. Visit
411 - Holiday Decorations
Bicyclist on Your Gift List?
Back Alley Bikes has compiled a great list of gift ideas from cheap stocking stuffers to budget busting superbikes. There is something in the shop for everyone: lights, tools, pumps, bells, racks, new wheels, or handlebars! And if you are in doubt, there's always a gift certificate to your cyclist's favorite bike shop! 
Give Tickets as a Gift!
Carolina Performing Arts has an amazing schedule of events coming up in 2012 - a great gift for anyone on you list!  From Carolina Chocolate Drops to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater to Herbie Hancock and so much more! But you need to order soon to get those tickets by Dec. 24!  
  Shrunken Head - Holiday Display

$1 Scoops at Ben & Jerry's
Ben & Jerry's is currently remodeling and is excited to wow you with a new design and products at their grand opening on January 11. Some hints at what is to come: milk bottle lighting, a Volkswagen bus inside the store, and Auntie Anne's Pretzel Perfect products! During the renovation, the store is still OPEN and providing classic flavors from noon-7PM each day for only $1.00 a scoop, as well as pints, novelties and cakes. 

The only bird in town
Downtown Holiday Window Display
The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership and local artist Adrian Schlesinger have installed a beautiful window display in the Yates Motor Company building at 419 West Franklin Street. The display is a visual testament to what this winter season brings to us as a community - both a sense of focusing inward and yet reaching out to celebrate each other. It's styled much in the tradition of New York's famous department store holiday window displays. Watch the video or read about the journey to bring this public art downtown. The display will be up through the winter months - so come see it! 
West Franklin Art Installation Video
Need Holiday Help? Hire Sweeps!
Hung those holiday lights yet, raked all of those leaves or baked the holiday cookies? Hire SWEEPS to do the work for you! Sweeps was started by UNC students in 2010 to provide work opportunities for fellow students, and have served 500+ customers. Sweeps can help with: moving, cleaning or yard work; event help; tech support and tutoring; odd jobs and errands; staffing; & more. Sweepers are matched with each client; and all jobs are $25 per Sweeper/per hour! Sweeps provides staffing, $150 per college student or recent grad placed for your company. Visit  
Mention "downtown" for 10% off! 

Gingerbread House Decorating at Kidzu

On Saturday, December 17, 2-3PM or 3:30-4:30PM experience the fun of decorating a gingerbread house. Each participant will receive an undecorated gingerbread house with frosting, shaved coconut snowflakes, and candy decorations. $15 per house (2 children can share a house), only 8 houses per session. For children 3-9 years of age. Registration is required. Visit  

Light Years Holiday Window  

A Little Tar Heel Love Under the Tree
Johnny T-shirt has two great items any Tar Heel fan would love to get this holiday season: the 2011 Men's Soccer Champions t-shirt and the Independence Bowl t-shirt. UNC takes on Missouri in the Independence Bowl on Monday, December 26! Johnny T-shirt also has the Top 50 Gifts of 2011 List - including a wide variety of items forTar Heel fans young and old! 
Brunch with Santa Claus
Santa is coming to The Carolina Inn this weekend for a festive meal that will usher in the Christmas magic for young and old alike. Magicians and face painters will be on hand to entertain everyone. Each child is welcome to sit on Santa's lap and share their Christmas wish list. Every child will leave with a holiday treat. $25- Adults 13 and up;  $20- Children 4-12. Reservations Required. Visit
Holiday Treats at The Chocolate Door
Have a holiday party to attend or looking for a sweet gift for your child's teacher? Well leave the baking to the The Chocolate Door! The custom chocolate box filled with your choice of truffles makes the ideal gift for anyone on your list. And the 12 inch Chocolate Christmas tree is a fantastic table centerpiece. Other holiday favorites include peppermint bark, chocolate bars, and frosted cookies. Visit 
Holiday Parade Video
Peacock Alley's Pre-Holiday Sale       
All holiday items are 25% OFF
Friday, December 16 thru Saturday, December 24. And shopping is easier with these holiday hours:  Monday - Saturday open at 9AM and Sunday open at 1PM. Located in University Square; 123 W. Franklin St.

Holiday Concert Series at Morehead
The series continues with the John Brown Jazz Orchestra on Friday, December 17 and Julie Elkins & Jan Johansson on Saturday, December 18. Performances are in the fulldome theater under a sky of stars! Morehead is offering a special $10 discount on memberships purchases now through Dec. 31. Offer available online-discount code HOLIDAY2011- or in the Morehead gift shop.  

15% Off Your Wish List Items
Make your holiday wish list at Apple Boutique and tell your loved ones about it. They'll receive 15% off any purchases on your holiday wish list. Wrapping and shipping is complimentary. Apple Boutique is located at 133-B West Franklin Street, University Square. Discount valid through December 24. 
Holiday Parade 2011- 1
A Christmas Story at Varsity
"You'll shoot your eye out!" Set in the 1940's, Ralphie has to convince his parents, teachers, and Santa that a Red Ryder BB gun really is the perfect gift for Christmas (PG). Visit for show times. 
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