Downtown Chapel Hill


Find all the fun activities in Downtown Chapel Hill this holiday season!

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Holiday Happenings in Downtown Chapel Hill

Downtown Chapel Hill shines bright with holiday spirit and cheer! Here's a cheerful list of family-friendly activities and traditional holiday events to enjoy.

Holiday Events

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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

FREE Weekend Parking for Holiday Season

Shop local and enjoy downtown Chapel Hill for the holidays! The Town of Chapel Hill's parking specials begin on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, Nov. 24) with free public parking downtown. It continues on Friday, Nov. 25 for the UNC Home Football game with Special Event Parking Operations at Wallace Deck and Rosemary/Columbia Lot and free on-and off-street meters.

 Parking will be free throughout December during Saturday daytimes at all Town-owned parking lots and metered parking (2 hour time limit).  After 5 p.m. normal rates will be charged at Wallace Deck and Rosemary/Columbia Lot.  On Saturday, Dec. 24 and Saturday, Dec. 31, all public parking is free.

 And remember...public parking is always free on Sundays year-round! Visit for a map and list of downtown parking options.

The Giving Season...

Share your holiday dinner with someone who needs it. For Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa; please consider sharing a dinner with someone who might not otherwise get one. A gift of only $25 helps the InterFaith Council for Social Services (IFC) offer a family a holiday dinner:  a turkey or ham, mashed potatoes, stuffing, vegetables, bread and dessert. This year, with your help, the IFC will provide holiday dinners to at least 700 families. To contribute, visit

 Community Toy Chest Commmunity: Toy Chest provides an opportunity for low income parents to select two to three gifts per child aged 18 or under to ensure that every child in Orange County has something to celebrate during the holidays. Donations of toys and volunteers are needed! Great opportunity for businesses, organizations, or groups to get involved! For detals, CLICK HERE.