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The holiday season is a time to look back on fond memories, spend time with family and friends, and most importantly, create new memories to last a lifetime. Why not revisit a place that holds many memories of your younger years.

Have kids? Don’t worry; Chapel Hill offers all kinds of special holiday events—many for you and friends, and some for the whole family. What’s more special during the holiday season than sharing stories with your children?

Twelve Days of Christmas
December 1-January 2

• The Carolina Inn will be festively adorned for the holidays with elaborate decorations based on the traditional song, The Twelve Days of Christmas.
• There will be self-guided tours and a number of holiday activities, including festive meals, breakfast with Santa, cookie decorating, holiday teas and a display of wonderful gingerbread houses. Some events free.
• Visit www.12daysevents.com or call The Carolina Inn at (919) 918-2715 for more information

11th Annual Christmas Holiday Shoppe Craft Show
December 6th, 9 am – 4 pm

• Shoppers can enjoy one stop shopping with 65 talented artisans and crafters from throughout the state. A wide variety of unique, handmade gifts and specialty items await you.
• Christmas music, a bake sale and a delicious hot lunch will put you in a festive mood

The 8th Annual Elf Fair
December 6th, 11 am-5 pm

• A magical festival of holiday arts and crafts, will take place at The Arts Center in Carrboro
• Featuring over 30 local artists offering jewelry, pottery, clothing, accessories, candles, toys, and lots of unique, affordable items for all ages.
• The bar will be open for holiday beverages, and festive foods will be available during the event.
• A kids’ zone will feature hands-on art projects and classic holiday films.

Chapel Hill Holiday House Tour
December 6th, Noon – 7 pm

• Homes in Gimghoul Road community, one of Chapel Hill’s oldest and most historic neighborhoods will be decked out for the season; enjoy a walkable tour among the lights!
• Advance tickets $30 weekend-of-tour tickets $35.

Hillsborough Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting
December 6th, 4:45 pm.

• The parade starts at Corbin Street and ends at East Margaret Lane in Chapel Hill
• Hillsborough Tree Lighting Ceremony begins at 8 pm and includes carols and stories presented by the Orange Community Players, followed by activities for ladies, gents, and kids

December 6th, 9 am-3 pm and Sunday December 7th Noon-3 pm

• St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Hillsborough, will be holding “The Festival of the Society Tree” (FeST), a fundraising event to benefit Orange County outreach programs
• Featuring fine handcrafts and creative arts, homemade foods and baked goods, beautifully hand crafted wreaths and ornaments, and other unique gifts

The Nutcracker - Carolina Ballet
December 6 at 2 pm and at 8 pm; December 7 at 2 pm

• Returning for the ninth time in as many seasons, Carolina Ballet presents The Nutcracker for a performance that has become a Chapel Hill holiday tradition.
• Memorial Hall on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. Tickets range from $10 - $69.