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

Artist Talk at FRANK
Thursday, December 18 at 6 pm: Join FRANK Gallery for a conversation with featured artist Rob Levin, the former resident glass artist at Penland School of Crafts.  
Shop Local Downtown
Do your shopping right here in your hometown, supporting local shops and our local economy. There are many unique locally-owned, locally-operated businesses downtown with gift buying options for all on your list. Even that uncle you SWEAR has everything! Downtown Shopping Guide
Crunkleton Gift Ideas
The Crunkleton is giving the gift of spirits this holiday season. They offer personalized tastings with Gary Crunkleton and any spirit you prefer at $100 per person and Scotch Tastings at $150 per person. In December they are offering a 50% off discount from the normal price! Another
gift idea is a t-Shirt from The Crunkleton. And you can get gift certificates for that hard-to-
shop for family member too! For more information email or call 919-265- 9413. 
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. 
Holiday Mystery Sale at The Bookshop of Chapel Hill. Writers from A to D and U to Z: 99-cents
each or 3 for $2.00. Fun, affordable reads for trains, planes, and holiday weekends.
Local 506 Benefit Show
Sunday, December 21 at 9 pm: Toys For Tots Benefit concert featuring Bitter Resolve,
Transportation, Scribblin', and Beau Bennett at Local 506. Doors 8:30 pm/ Show at 9 pm. Tickets
are $5 at online and at the door.
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. 

Support The Varsity Theatre
Go Digital or Go Dark

The historic Varsity Theatre is at risk of closing unless they can convert from film to digital projection equipment.  We've created a Kickstarter campaign to raise $50k to make the upgrade and we need your help!  Learn more and donate at 


Gingerbread House Making Class

Monday, December 22, at 2 pm: Just in time for the holidays The Carolina Inn is hosting a children's Gingerbread House Making Class. Join them for a cozy afternoon that begins with storyteller, Heidi Werner and her tales of Christmas magic. Each child will then be able assemble and decorate their very own Gingerbread House complete with an apron, chef's hat and all the holiday sweets and goodies that their imaginations can hold. Reservations required. 

 Holiday Hum-Along at Ackland

Sunday, December 21 at 2 pm: Back for a second year-because anyone can hum!-the Ackland welcomes
folks with any level of musical ability to hum along to classic winter tunes. Enjoy snowflake snipping, snacks, and the works of art on view during this all-ages program. 
Night Lights: Ring in the New Year

Wednesday, December 31 from 3 pm to 6 pm: Kids and families can enjoy ringing in the new year too at Night Lights: A Family New Year's Eve at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. The event offers family-friendly crafts, activities, performances, refreshments, and a kids' countdown under the stars in the fulldome theater to ring in the new year! The event is $5 / person. Space is limited, registration is required. For information and to register, 
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.
'A Winter's Tale' Show
"The Longest Night: A Winter's Tale" is a one-of-a-kind fulldome planetarium show that captures its audience with a timeless fable of courage, generosity and renewal. Its story explores the concept that winter is a time for Earth to rest, waiting for new growth in the spring. Morehead Planetarium collaborated with Paperhand Puppet Intervention to develop the story and visuals of "The Longest Night. 
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Raw Bar & Bubbles Party 
Monday December 29 at 7 pm: What better way to ride out 2014 than with oysters and bubbles? Lantern Table's Community Kitchen will host Jay Murray of Piedmont Wine Imports for a cocktail- party style evening of Jay's thrilling sparkling wines and a raw bar featuring the freshest catch
from the North Carolina & Virginia coasts, including sashimi and oysters shucked to order. Tickets are $50 a person and include tax and gratuity.  
Best in Show: Julian's! 

Congratulations to Julian's on winning The Best in Show award in the Downtown Holiday Window Display Contest sponsored by the Chapel Hill Downtown Parntership. You Can Still Vote For People's Choice award online! Vote here, vote daily, vote until December 24. The winner of this category will also win $400 of advertising in the media of their choice. 

CHDP Logo 2011 
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.