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What to Do & See Downtown This Holiday Season! (+Free Weekend Parking)

What to Do & See Downtown This Holiday Season! (+ Free Weekend Parking)
 Get ready for a season full of family-friendly activities and traditional holiday events in downtown Chapel Hill. 
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Free Weekend Parking 

Shop locally downtown for the holidays! Parking is always free on Sundays in downtown Chapel Hill, but this holiday season The Town of Chapel Hill will be offering downtown patrons and visitors free parking during the daytime on Saturdays in December For complete details and a map visit

Art-Making for All 
Saturday, December 13: On the second Saturday of every month, Ackland Art Museum hosts hands-on art-making classes all day long! Using the Museum's collection as inspiration, people of all ages make art in the galleries and in adjacent art studios. Art Adventures (ages 6-9); Drawing for Tweens (ages 10-13); Drawing in the Galleries (teens and adults). 
Sophie & Mollie Styles
New this week to Sophie & Mollies Boutique: The Aztec cardigan is a must have! Makes for a great gift too for someone special on your holiday gift list! Sophie & Mollies is located at 431 W Franklin Street. 
Crook's Christmas Sweater Party 
Monday, December 15 from 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm: To celebrate Chef Bill Smith's appearance on A Chef's Life Special Holiday Show Tuesday, December 16, Crook's is hosting a preview the night
before. Tickets are $60. This is a fundraiser for the Foodbank of Central and Eastern North
Carolina. Suggested attire: Christmas sweaters. Prizes will be awarded!
Starry Nights Show
Wednesday, December 17 at 7:30 pm: Explore the night sky under the planetarium dome with an expert guide. Learn how to identify the planets, bright stars and constellations that are easiest to find during the current season. Starry Nights programs are designed for adults and teens.
Ugly Sweaters Abound!

Need a good (or in this case bad) holiday sweater? Shop downtown at Rumors Chapel Hill and The Clothing Warehouse for a classic sweater. Or stop by Johnny T-shirt for a Carolina version!  

Give the Gift of Reading
The Bookshop of Chapel Hill, located at 400 West Franklin Street, features inexpensive gifts and rare finds perfect for the bibliophile on your holiday gift list. The Bookshop of Chapel Hill is now featuring "Clay's Cards": beautiful, full-color greeting cards designed and individually signed by Clay Carmichael, award-winning children's author and
artist from Carrboro. Clay's Christmas cards also available.
Holiday Cocktail Class 
Wednesday, December 17 at 5:30 pm: The Crunkleton offers this complimentary class to teach you how to make some inspirational holiday cocktails for yourself or at your next party! Lift a glass to holiday cheer! 
Shop Local Art for the Holidays
Shop local art this holiday season on the 2nd Friday ArtWalk on Friday, December 12 from 6 pm to 9 pm! Featuring galleries, retail shops, studios, and venues throughout Chapel Hill and Carrboro. The ArtWalk is a great opportunity to experience the creative arts scene in our community, explore venues and businesses, as well as socialize with other art lovers! Venues offer live music, food, activities, and more! 

NOW OPEN: Ashley Shops

Grand Opening of the new store on Friday, December 12 from 5 pm to 8 pm. Join them for drinks, shopping, and create a gift your wishes come true this season! Ashley Shops is located in The Courtyard at 431 West Franklin Street, near Kipos Restaurant. Featuring a collection of new and vintage interior furnishings and decor.

Holiday Party & Youth Slam

Saturday, December 13 at 6 pm: Join Sacrificial Poets for their annual holiday party (6pm) and stick around for the Voicebox Youth Slam (7pm)! Bring your holiday spirit and your awesome poems. Free hot chocolate, cookies, and craft making. It's going to be a night of passion, poetry, and empowerment. You don't want to miss these young agents of change voice their truth and experiences. More info...
Breakfast & Brunch with Santa 
Santa is coming to The Carolina Inn. A festive Carolina Inn breakfast or brunch will undoubtedly 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. Reservations required.

Downtown Holiday Parade

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Holiday Parade, presented by The Jaycees, will be held on Saturday, December 13 from 10 am to 12 pm. The parade starts at the Morehead Planetarium and runs the entire length of Franklin Street to Carrboro Town Hall. Stake out your curbside spot and enjoy a great community tradition! Miracle on Franklin Street: During the parade, bring an unwrapped toy to the 140 West Plaza to help support Orange County's Toys for Tots campaign. Santa's elves will be on the Plaza to say thanks and enter you in a drawing for great prizes from downtown businesses!  
Holiday Gifts at Ackland Museum Store
The Ackland Museum Store has something for everyone on your gift-giving list this holiday season! Be sure to visit the Store's "Made in America" curated market, featuring goods designed and manufactured in the United States for fifty years or more. With special holiday hours too! 
Annual Christmas Love Feast
Sunday, December 14 at 7 pm: University United Methodist Church invites you to its 41st annual Christmas Love Feast in the Moravian tradition. The UUMC Youth Choir, Covenant Handbells and Love Feast Band will lead the music for this beautiful celebration of the season featuring traditional 
Christmas carols and Moravian hymns, beeswax candles and sweet Moravian coffee and buns. Childcare will be provided for children up to 5 years of age. To learn more, visit or call 919-929-7191.
Shop Locally at Uniquities

Holiday Concert at Planetarium
Saturday, December 13 at 7 pm: Enjoy this holiday concert with The Sandbox Band who'll have everyone dancing in the aisles. After the concert, there's another treat: hot chocolate and cookies. Tickets are limited. Event registration is required. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for kids. Morehead members receive a $3 discount on each ticket.  / 
Give the Gift of Sutton's

Now until Sunday, December 14 Sutton's is having a holiday gift certificate drive, perfect for stocking stuffers! Buy $50 in gift certificates, get $10 free. Buy $100 in gift certificates, get
$10 free & a free t-shirt. Or get a Sutton's gift basket; featuring an assortment of Sutton's products such as vintage sodas, all natural jams, vintage candy, t-shirts and more. Sutton's is
located at 159 East Franklin Street. 

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The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership is working to bring the resources of the Town, University and downtown community together to maintain, enhance and promote downtown as the social, cultural, and spiritual center of Chapel Hill through economic development.