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 Events


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 for a map and list of downtown parking options. 

The Giving Season...

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 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 

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