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Home for the Holidays: Getting into the Christmas Spirit Around Chatham Park
Here at Chatham Park, we feel very fortunate to call Pittsboro our home. In Pittsboro, both residents and visitors alike can enjoy the town’s unique blend of shops, restaurants, local events and—most importantly—its people! Now that the holiday season is in full swing, there are even more ways to enjoy what’s right in your backyard; and to make it even easier for you, we’ve put together a list of several ways you and your loved ones can enjoy all that Pittsboro has to offer this time of year. Think: hot chocolate, meet-and-greets with Santa Claus, live music, creative workshops and more—all with the beautiful backdrop of twinkling lights and holiday décor.
“Holly Days,” Presented by the Town of Pittsboro
While “First Sunday Artisan Fair & Market” is a recurring Pittsboro tradition, this month will include festive events and unique shopping experiences that you are sure to enjoy. This family-friendly event, which will take place on December 4th between 12-4pm, is free to attend. Artisans, non-profits and local businesses will be out and about in downtown Pittsboro, and while you browse through their art, jewelry, woodwork, soaps, pottery and more, you can enjoy a sweet treat from one of the holiday food trucks!
The Annual Pittsboro Christmas Paradeis another memorable tradition complete with a procession of marching bands, dancers, holiday revelers, Christmas carolers and Santa Claus himself. This year’s theme is “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” and prizes will be awarded to the best entries! The parade will begin at 3pm on Sunday, December 11th, but most locals show up early to browse the food, drink and shopping offered by local businesses. Can’t make it? Pittsboro by Luminariagives you yet another chance to enjoy lights, music and shopping on Thursday, December 15th. Not only will shops be open late, but they will have beverages and snacks on hand too!
Other Happenings In and Around Pittsboro
Celebrate the Christmas season in your very own backyard on MOSAIC’s event lawn! On December 3rd from 2-5pm, MOSAIC will be collaborating with United Way of Chatham County to host a Holiday Festival full of food and fun. Come learn about local nonprofits, find the perfect holiday gift at our market of vendors, enjoy lunch at one of the on-site food trucks and get your photo taken with The Grinch!
Test your culinary skills by booking an instructor-led baking class at the Traveling Café Culinary Studio. Throughout the month of December, the studio is offering several sessions where you can learn how to make, shape, decorate and EAT your holiday favorites! Featured classes include:
Step back into time this holiday season and experience the greenery-decorated Alston House by candlelight. A ticket to “O Blessed Season” Candlelight Tours will give you a guided look at the 18th century Christmas practices, celebrations and traditions of the historic site.
Beyond Pittsboro: The Triangle (Honorable Mentions)
Chapel Hill. The17th Annual Christmas Holiday Shoppe and Craft Show is your one-stop-shop for handmade gifts and tasty treats. Featuring over 60 talented local artisans and crafters, there is sure to be something for everyone on your holiday list! The craft show will take place on December 3rd from 9am to 4pm, and admission is free. The following day, you can also stop by the “Holiday Market at The Barn” between 12-5pm for more arts and crafts, holiday photos, food and family fun.
Raleigh. Try something new this year by signing up for an instructor-led class with the English Garden of Raleigh! Whether you’re crafting a festive candle centerpiece or an elaborate wreath for your front door, these classes are an excellent way to spend time with friends while adding something unique to your holiday décor.
Cary. Just down the road in Cary, NC you’ll find Fenton’s outdoor ice skating rink. “Skate the Square” is a magical holiday experience surrounded by spectacular food, trendy shops and winter holiday cheer. The rink will be operating from now until January 16th and tickets can be purchased in advance or on-site (or, you can purchase a season pass!).
Raleigh. The Temple Beth Or is thrilled be hosting its Handmade Hanukkah Market on Sunday, December 4th. Jewish artisans will be displaying and selling their work, which will range in style from textiles and photography to jewelry, pottery and much more. The Chabad Center of Raleigh is also hosting a Grand Menorah Lighting on Sunday, December 18th, and will feature live music, donuts and hot drinks. Families of all ages are welcome!
Durham. Over the course of two days (December 10-11), The Patchwork Market will feature more than 100 local vendors and creatives. Not only can you browse a diverse selection of high-quality and original goods, but you can also put a face, name and story to the gifts you give this year!