Chapel Hill-idays

December 1 - December 20, 2019
Chapel Hill

Presented by Town of Chapel Hill & Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership

DECEMBER 1, 2019 – DECEMBER 20, 2019 | Various time/locations around Chapel Hill

Celebrate your holidays in downtown Chapel Hill with a variety of merry events and festive activities. The celebrations will kick off by lighting up downtown with the annual Tree Lighting at University Baptist Church on Sunday, December 1 and culminate with the Santa Rooftop Rescue (note – this event has been rescheduled for  Friday, December 20).

All events are free &  open to all! Free public parking downtown is also available on Saturdays and Sundays in December. 

Downtown Chapel Hill Tree Lighting + Holiday Lights

December 1 | 6 PM
University Baptist Church

Kick off Downtown Chapel Hill’s holiday season with a sparkling tradition. Franklin Street will be alight as University Baptist Church hosts the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in Memorial Garden on the corner of Columbia and Franklin St. Enjoy a visit from Santa and Ms. Claus, caroling, and UBC Youth will have hot cocoa and baked goods available for purchase.

More information available here. 

Menorah Lighting at The Pit

December 2 | 12-3 PM
UNC-Chapel Hill Campus Pit

Hosted by Chabad at UNC-Chapel Hill/Duke University. All are welcome to light up The Pit! Enjoy music, latkes, and donuts.

More information available here. 

Conscious Holiday Bazaar

December 7 | 1-4 PM
The Courtyard at 431 W. Franklin Street

Hosted by Thousand Petals Yoga and Franklin St. Yoga. The Conscious Holiday Bazaar is a vibrant and curated holiday market full of gifts and self-care experiences which support zero-waste efforts and small, local makers.  This event is fun for the whole family with upcycled gift wrapping, mini bodywork sessions on site, beeswax candle decorating for kids, hot cocoa, and more!

More information available here. 

Carolina Inn Holiday Gift Market

December 8, 15, 24 | 12-4 PM
Carolina Inn Lawn at 211 Pittsboro Street

Don your Santa hat, bundle up the kids, and enjoy the holiday season at The Carolina Inn during three special markets on December 8th, 15th and 22nd. Featuring vendors from across N.C., you’ll find an abundance of hand crafted yuletide gifts – from chocolates and jewelry to garlands and ornaments – along with Carolina Inn’s delicious selection of food and beverages. For more family-friendly holiday activities, check out the Carolina Inn’s 12 days of Christmas.

More information available here. 

2nd Friday Holiday Art Walk

December 13 | 6-9 PM
Franklin Street

Take a festive stroll down Franklin Street on December’s 2nd Friday for a Holiday Art Walk! The sidewalks will feature luminaries and twinkling lights. Enjoy local art, beverages, downtown eats, and more!

Update: due to rain, there will be no luminaries on Franklin Street this evening. 

Chapel Hill-Carrboro Holiday Parade

December 14 | 10 AM-12 PM
Downtown Chapel Hill and Carrboro

The annual Chapel Hill – Carrboro Holiday parade celebrates a wide variety of community groups, from marching bands and dance troupes, to local businesses, officials, and non-profit organizations. The parade begins at 10 in front of the Morehead Planetarium and ends around noon at Carrboro Town Hall.  Arrive early to grab a good spot along the parade route, which marches down Franklin Street through Main Street in Carrboro.

More information available here. 

Santa Rooftop Rescue


December 20 | 5:30-7:30 PM
140 West Plaza on the corner of Church and Franklin Street

We’ve heard that Santa might find himself in a tricky situation in downtown Chapel Hill this December – and you’re invited to see how he makes out! Join us at the 140 West Plaza for holiday music, hot cocoa, and treats – and keep your eyes peeled for Santa on a nearby rooftop. We’ll call in the Chapel Hill Fire Department’s brave firefighters to rescue Santa and bring him safely down to earth. Stick around after the rescue while Santa and the firefighters greet children and hand out candy canes. Hot beverages and treats available for purchase from Tenco Coffee truck.

More information available here. 

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