Downtown Chapel Hill shines bright with holiday spirits and cheer! As the holiday season rapidly approaches, mark your calendars now for a cheerful list of family-friendly activities and traditional holiday events in downtown Chapel Hill.
Holiday Shopping Guide
FREE Holiday Weekend Parking in December
Parking is FREE on weekends in downtown Chapel Hill this holiday season! Parking at on-street meters and off-street lots is free on Saturdays and Sundays through the end of December. In addition these parking lots will be free until 5pm on the same Saturdays: Wallace Parking Deck located at 150 E. Rosemary St., 140 West Lot, and at the Rosemary /Columbia Lot at 100 E. Rosemary St.
Visit www.parkonthehill.com for a map and list of downtown parking options.
The Giving Season...
Book Fairy Collection for Pediatric Oncology Patients
For the fifth consecutive year, UNC’s libraries are partnering with campus departments to collect children’s books for the Book Fairy, an organization that donates books to the Pediatric Oncology Clinic at UNC Hospitals. The drive will run through Dec. 5, 2013. All new or gently-used books for ages one through mid-teen are welcome. The need is especially great for English and Spanish-language board books, the sturdy picture books made for young children. Also needed are books featuring children and families of many cultures.Friends of the Library will wrap up the drive by accepting donated books at the annual Winter Stories program on Thursday, Dec. 5, at 5 p.m., in the lobby of Wilson Library.The Bull’s Head Bookshop will offer a 25 percent discount on children’s books purchased for donation to the book drive. At the time of purchase simply mention the phrase “Book Fairy” to the staff. More Info- Click Here.
Blanket Orange County Drive
The 9th annual drive to Blanket Orange County started on Thursday, November 15 with the goal of collecting 300 blankets by December 9. Blankets are collected for the Inter-Faith Council for Social Services and other community organizations in need. If you’d like to help, please deliver new or gently used blankets (twin size preferred) to a variety of drop-off locations listed at www.blanketorangecounty.com. As of November 28- 260 more blankets were still needed!
Holiday Meals for Those in Need
Only $25 helps the Inter-faith Council for Social Services offer a holiday meal to an entire family-a turkey or ham, stuffing, vegetables, bread & dessert. DONATE TODAY! In 2011, community donors gave $25,800, enough to provide Thanksgiving and Christmas (Hanukkah or Kwanzaa) meals to 956 households which included 2,781 people. Over the holiday season, please consider sharing a holiday meal with someone who might not otherwise get one. Visit http://www.ifcweb.org/holidaymeals.html