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2nd Friday ArtWalk

Friday, December 8
6:00 P.M. 

Join us for December's 2nd Friday ArtWalk!
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Chapel Hill-Carrboro Holiday Parade

Saturday, December 9 10:00 A.M. 

The Chapel Hill- Carrboro Holiday Parade! Experience the exciting sights and sounds of marching bands, vocalists, beautifully decorated floats, and youth group performances. The parade promises to deliver everything the holiday season has to offer including elves, reindeer, candy canes, and of course, Santa Claus! (More info)

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Teen Science Cafe: The Martian at Morehead Planetarium

Friday, December 8
5:30 P.M. 

Join us to screen The Martian in the fulldome theater and afterwards have a lively discussion with NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador Tony Rice. 

This program is just for young adults, ages 13-18, and it's free! No registration is required.

(More info)
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"Dot" by PlayMakers Repertory Company

Various times
through Sunday, December 10

This laugh-out-loud, dysfunctional family comedy tosses us into the midst of a holiday family reunion in the West Philly home of aging matriarch Dot Shealy. As her grown children come home for Christmas, soul food will fly and tempers will flare, but love will always win out in the end. (More info)
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A Christmas Carol By PlayMakers Repertory Company

Begins December 12th

Bring the family to an intimate evening of storytelling with PlayMakers legend Ray Dooley.  

Ray embodies Scrooge, Marley, Tiny Tim and a lifetime of Christmas memories in Dickens’ classic tale of redemption, charity, and love. (More info)

Ernest Turner Jam Session at Imbibe

Thursday, December 14
8:00 P.M. 

Ernest Turner Trio hosts a weekly jam session at Imbibe. Hear the Trio every Thursday through December 28th at Imbibe in Chapel Hill!
(More info)
Enjoy our fare-free bus system. Visit and download the Park Mobile app to pay for parking by smartphone.
Free Weekend Parking for the holidays continues! (More info)
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Holiday Market at Carolina Inn

Saturday, December 9 
4:00 P.M. 

Enjoy the holiday season with The Carolina Inn for three magical Saturdays between December 2nd and December 16th. Don your Santa hat, bundle up your kids, and get into the festive spirit because it is going to snow every Saturday in December at The Carolina Inn. With vendors from all over the state, our market will be a wonderful place to shop for hand crafted yuletide gifts from chocolates, to jewelry, to garlands and ornaments. (More info)

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Triple Feature: Improv at The Varsity

Saturday, December 9
9:30 P.M. 

Improv at the Varsity: The perfect beginning, middle, and/or end to your amazing Saturday night out! Featurig Carpe Noctem, Heist, and Third Date! (More info)

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5 Year Anniversary Chili Cook-Off at Beer Study

Sunday, December 10
12:00 P.M. 

Bring your best chili and see if you can walk away with bragging rights and a $100 gift card! (More info)

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Afternoon with the Sugar Plum Fairies at The Carolina Inn

Sunday, December 10
1:30 P.M. 

The Triangle Youth Ballet presents an afternoon with The Sugar Plum Fairies. Ballerinas will dance as you sample treats from the land of sweets. Enjoy Nutcracker story time. See a magic show and get your picture taken with the Sugar Plum Fairy! (More info)

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Storytelling Night: "Never Again" at The Northside District

Wednesday, December 13th
9:00 P.M.

The second Wednesday of every month is an opportunity for local folks to tell their stories. This month, hear stories about things you'll never do again, experiences you never want to repeat, etc. Whether you were young, foolish, mistaken, duped; whether you can laugh at it or regret it; bring some never-again stories. 
(More info)

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A book like no other, for a University like no other... at Julian's

Julian's, along with College Green Publishing, would like to offer you the Carolina Book.

College Green Publishing took the opportunity of spending one academic year at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to attempt to capture the spirit of the university, and forever lay it in elegant text and evocative imagery. 

Available in-store Tuesday, December 12th. (More info)

Nerd Nite 4: Seeing is Believing 

Wednesday, December 13th at 9:00 P.M.

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