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

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 in Dec!

FREE Parking Downtown This Holiday Season
Shop local and shop downtown Chapel Hill for the holidays! The Town of Chapel Hill's parking specials begin for Thanksgiving, with metered parking and Town-owned lots being free on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 26-27.  Free parking continues throughout December during Saturday daytimes at all Town-owned parking lots and metered parking.  After 5 p.m. normal rates will be charged.  Public parking is always free on Sundays! Visit for a map and list of downtown parking options.

The Giving Season...

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!  Over the holiday season, please consider sharing a holiday meal with someone who might not otherwise get one. 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.

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