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What To Do & See Downtown This Holiday Week + FREE Parking!

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Franklin Street Parking Icon FREE Saturday Parking 
Saturday, December 24th is the last day to shop & dine and...  PARK FOR FREE DOWNTOWN at all municipal lots, the Wallace Parking Deck, and at on-street meters. At 5PM Wallace Deck & Rosemary/Columbia Lot  begin charging at normal rate. And remember parking is always FREE on Sundays in downtown Chapel Hill! 
Artsy Hanukkah Gifts 
Chanuka Sameach! Stop by the Ackland Museum Store for everything you need to celebrate Hanukkah artfully - beautiful handmade judaica by North Carolina's K4 Glass Art, menorahs, mezuzahs, & dreidels.
Store front tree
Christmas Comedy Show
On Friday, December 23 at 9PM -Kumail Nanjiani and Jerrod Carmichael bring some spirited holiday comedy to LOCAL 506. Tickets: $8. 
Holiday Sale at Peacock Alley
Only a few shopping days left in the pre-holiday sale which extends through Christmas Eve. All Holiday Items 25% OFF - new shipment of children's teepees just arrived. Holiday Hours: Monday - Saturday open at 9AM with free front door parking. Located in University Square. 
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Bundle Up at Uniquities
Ready for the cold style? Uniquities has the holiday and cold weather must- haves: vests and jackets from Georgie and BB Dakota; scarves, hats, and phone-friendly gloves from Echo; Infinity scarves & wraps from Paula Bianco and Tolani; outerwear, jackets, sweaters from Barbour & more. 
Glee Kids Clearance Sale
Almost all clothing on the racks at GLEE KIDS is marked down 40% and everything in the buckets is marked down 50% -- plus some $5 and $10 buckets. GLEE KIDS has tons of great gift ideas for all the children on your list too! Visit 
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Celebrate at Nightlight 
On Thursday, December 22 at 9PM Nightlight Club hosts a free party for all. Enjoy live performances plus free food and special prizes! Special guests Magnolia Collective & Prypyat. 

Celebrate at La Residence

One stop shopping at it's finest - have dinner or drinks at La Residence and while you're at it purchase a gift! Wine Lover's Package for $50: bottle of wine & $25 gift card or the Coffee     Lover's Package for $25: 16 oz. bag of coffee and dessert for two.  

West Franklin Art Installation Video
The new year is coming fast! Let's take a minute and reflect on 2011 before it's gone. We've had another dynamic year here on Franklin Street with big events, wonderful memories, and many changes.  Check out our list of some of the big things that happened on Franklin Street and beyondWhat did we forget? Let us know by commenting on Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter

Lighting the Menorah

Online Shopping Now at bevello 
bevello's mission is to help you dress your best and feel your best wherever you go. Now offering online shopping in addition to their store at 142 East Franklin Street- bevello has made it even easier for you to find that perfect New Year's Eve party dress! SPECIAL OFFER: bevello is offering a special promotion of 20% off one single item full price order for our email readers! The promo code is: DTCH20. Visit

Holiday Craft Projects at Kidzu

The kids are out of school and the cousins are in town - bring them all to Kidzu Children's Museum for special holiday craft projects! The art room is open 11:15AM-4:15PM Tuesday to Saturday for making fun and easy make & take crafts. This month the crafts have a special holiday theme. They'd make great gifts too! Recommended for ages 2 and up. Free with admission. Visit    
West Franklin Art Installation Video
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! 
Bread & Butter For Your Holiday Baking
Taking reserve orders now and OPEN on Christmas Eve until they sell out (or from 7AM to 8PM). Items include Pumpkin Pie, Roasted Vegetable Quiche, Cranberry Walnut Boules, Yeast Rolls, Country Dinner Rolls, Brioche Rolls (popovers), Brioche Sandwich Bread, Brioche Snowmen, Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Cookies, Gingerbread Men, scones, muffins, and more! Like us on Facebook
De-stress from the Holidays with Yoga
If you need to mellow out before the big family meal or are dying to try out that new yoga mat from Santa, there's a place for you to practice on Christmas Day. Surround yourself with a little peace and tranquility with the Level 1-2 class at 3PM with Lori, regular class 
price. Visit
Snow day - UNC Campus
Festive Holiday Meals at Carolina Inn
The award-winning Carolina Crossroads Restaurant at The Carolina Inn celebrates the holiday season with a memorable Christmas Eve Dinner 5:30PM to 10PM and Christmas Day Brunch 11:30AM to 2PM. Make your reservation today by calling 919-918-2735,  or visiting 

Holiday Gift Card Deal at Kildare's

Give the gift of good food and good fun this year - for a loved one AND yourself! Receive a FREE $20 gift card for every $100 in gift cards you purchase. Receive $10 if you purchase $50 in gift cards. Kildare's has nightly drink & dinner specials, features great live music, sports packages on TV, karaoke, dance parties, and much more.  Visit

Get Glam For Holiday Parties at AVEDA
Ready for those holiday parties? Get beautiful and save money too! Enjoy these specials at AVEDA: Thermal hairstyle and make up application for $20 ($25 value); Shampoo w/ Simple style and make up application for $35 ($44 value); Complimentary Hair Tinsel- free w/ any service. Come in for beautifully wrapped holiday gifts and get a $10 service card and personal size Hand Relief for yourself! Supplies limited!
Aveda - Holiday Parade 2011
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