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First Show at The PIT - Chapel Hill: Hillary Begley Standup

Saturday, December 16
8:00 P.M.

Hilliary Begley is a true Southern gem. Her laughter is infections and gladly caught unlike the common cold. She’s chock full of charisma and she’s been known to whip up a mean fried bologna sandwich. Get ready to laugh this weekend with 50% off the first show at PIT Chapel Hill! Use coupon code FRANKLIN to get the deal.  (More info)

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A Christmas Carol By PlayMakers Repertory Company

Through December 23

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

Thursdays through December
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)
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Free Tour at
Ackland Art Museum

Wednesday, December 20 
2:00 P.M. 

Enjoy a free, 30-minute docent-led tour every Wednesday at 2:00 PM. These tours enable visitors to explore the Ackland Art Museum collection with a guide. Meet at the visitor services desk in the Ackland’s lobby and experience the Ackland in a new way! (More info)

Free helmets with the purchase of a kid's bike this holiday season at The Bicycle Chain!
Get the gear at Johnny T-Shirt!
Mellow Mushroom
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)
Holiday Market at Carolina Inn


Breakfast with Santa at Carolina Inn

Saturday, December 16 
8:30 A.M. 

Santa is coming to The Carolina Inn. A festive Carolina Inn breakfast will undoubtedly usher in the Christmas magic for young and old alike. Magicians and face painters will be on hand to entertain everyone. Children are welcome to sit on Santa’s lap and share their Christmas wish list. Every child will leave with a holiday treat. (More info)

Holiday Market at Carolina Inn

Saturday, December 16 
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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Enjoy a Discount at Brilliant You Denim!

Through December 31st

Get 5% off these custom jeans
manufactured in Downtown Chapel Hill!
Check out for more info!


Need a last-minute gift at Julian's?

Pheasants make great presents! These Alexander Julian ties are all adorned with flocks of pheasants and make the perfect gift for that special someone. (More info

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Whole Hog Butchery & Sausage Making Workshop at Midway Community Kitchen

Saturday, January 20 
10:00 A.M

Break down a whole Heritage breed pig into cuts for cooking and for charcuterie and salumi. Learn about meat quality, tools and safety. Enjoy a sit down lunch of roasted pork and sides, and learn more in this hands-on class.  (More info)


Opening Reception at Light Art+Design: 

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