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Enjoy an Eventful 2021 Holiday Season in Chatham Park

Imagine a beautifully wooded backdrop, cold nights, lovely homes lit up with warm lights, and a delicate flurry of activity amongst new businesses. You have just envisioned Chatham Park during the holiday season! Add in the historic town of Pittsboro with its picturesque shops and eateries lining the street and you have a Norman Rockwell postcard in the making. As elves begin to prepare for the wonderful events in and around our master-planned community, we hope you will mark your calendars for the most magical of festivities! 

Annual Tree Lighting in Pittsboro
Kick off the season with the Annual Tree Lighting ceremony on Hillsboro Street in downtown Pittsboro. This family favorite will take place on Sunday, November 21st from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. and will lead into Pittsboro’s Holly Days – a series of seasonal events presented by the Pittsboro Business Association that occur each weekend in December. Be prepared for an array of activities such as live performances by choirs, bands, dancers, and theatre performers as well as refreshments in beautifully decorated downtown shops. Santa Claus sightings have also been known to happen!

Christmas Trees from Phillips Farm of Chatham
When it is time to decorate your own Christmas tree, consider a pre-cut Fraser Fir from Phillips Farms of Chatham. These freshly cut firs are grown in Alleghany County, North Carolina and come in an array of sizes from 3-foot tabletops to 13-foot marvels. You can also pick one of their Choose & Cut trees grown right here in Chatham County. This full-service tree farm carries wreaths, garland, and bows, as well as White Pine and Fraser/White Pine mix roping (garland). They also provide extra services such as the cutting and trimming of your tree to fit your stand, dislodging any stray needles, netting the tree, and tying it on your vehicle. Open the weekend after Thanksgiving, Phillips Farm of Chatham is located at 1282 Hanks Chapel Road in Pittsboro. Visit their website for hours of operation and additional details. 

Pittsboro First Sunday Artisan Fair & Market
Spice up your holiday shopping during Pittsboro’s First Sunday Artisan Fair & Market. Hosted by downtown Pittsboro, this family-friendly event features food trucks and vendors selling art, jewelry, textiles, woodwork, soaps, pottery, and more. The next First Sunday will take place on December 5th from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. and is the perfect opportunity for you to find unique, handcrafted gifts for all of the loved ones on your holiday list!  

Pittsboro Holiday Parade
Colorful, exciting, and just plain old fun, the Pittsboro Holiday Parade is a procession of marching bands, handcrafted floats, dance teams, horse-drawn wagons, and of course…Santa Claus. On Sunday, December 12th from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m., take in the sights and sounds of this moving celebration that travels from the east side of town through the center of downtown Pittsboro. Make sure to browse the Pittsboro’s shops and restaurants for a sweet treat or a special gift!

Miracle on Hillsboro Street
This final event of Pittsboro’s Holly Days is scheduled for Sunday, December 19th from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. at the Chatham County Courthouse in downtown Pittsboro. Experience a live show in the historic Chatham County Courthouse with local actors and legal experts. Kids can bring a letter to Santa Claus and their letter may be picked to read during the performance! You do not want to miss Miracle on Hillsboro Street, a local tradition sponsored by Main Street Pittsboro and presented by the Pittsboro Business Association.

During the holiday season you will also have plenty of opportunities to support local businesses when you visit the restaurants in Penguin Place and MOSAIC at Chatham Park (don’t forget that gift cards make great stocking stuffers!). As more dining and shopping establishments grand open in the coming months, our community’s streets are sure to be a buzz of seasonal activity. For more information on how you can be a part of this live, work, play, learn community, visit The Chatham Park and MOSAIC Information Centers. Happy Holidays everyone!

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Experience Autumn in Chatham Park

Between cozy sweaters, beautiful foliage, hearty recipes, and fun family traditions, the fall season is a favorite amongst many so at Chatham Park, we ensure our residents are surrounded with opportunities to enjoy the autumn season.  Here are a few of our favorite fall-themed activities taking place in and nearby our 7,068-acre master-planned community located just outside of Raleigh in Pittsboro, North Carolina:

Phillips Farm of Chatham
Nothing says the beginning of fall like pumpkins! Whether you want to carve, decorate with, or eat them, pumpkins are the perfect way to start the season. Support local by visiting Phillips Farm of Chatham – open every day from now through Halloween – and picking your perfect gourd! (Keep this venue in mind for your Christmas tree needs as they start selling their beautiful Fraser Firs the weekend after Thanksgiving.)

Huckleberry Trail Farm
Reminisce on those childhood memories of hayrides and corn mazes when you discover
the Huckleberry Trail Farm Festival. This year’s festival will last through the month of October and marks the 10-year anniversary of Huckleberry Trail Farm in Siler City. With our cotton patch, Field of Dreams, and special scavenger hunt – scheduled for Education Day on October 29th– you are sure to find something to entertain the different generations of your family. Admissions tickets are available for purchase online, and the festival is open on the weekends (Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.). 

For Garden’s Sake
Plant lovers can unwind at For Garden’s Sake (FGS) and take advantage of seasonal workshops including Fall Floral Arrangements, Preparing Your Houseplants for Winter, and How to Create “Spooky” Floral Arrangements. This nursery and landscaper offers an array of workshops, classes, and live music sessions at their gorgeous venue off Hwy 751. FGS has goats, a fall-decorated vintage truck (great for photo-ops!), and Potting Shed for refreshments (including mimosas!). Check out the Pittsboro-Siler City Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Event Page for details on dates and times. 

Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge
On Saturday, October 30th, explore the Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge in Pittsboro during its Halloween-themed tour from 11 a.m to 2 p.m. Feel free to come in costume! Meet rescued farm animals and enjoy vegan candy, enchanting stories, and pumpkin carving.

Pittsboro Fall Street Fair
Another fantastic fall event on October 30th is the Pittsboro Street Fair. This annual festival will showcase local creativity with over 140 booths ranging from food vendors, performers, and musicians to craft merchants and handmade goods. This year’s activities will also include fun children’s entertainment and games to join. From 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., along the downtown streets of Salisbury, Hanks, and Fayetteville Streets, this free event will be a spectacular outing to peruse the traditional and locally crafted southern home wares of Chatham County on your search for holiday gifts. 

Trunk or Treat Fall Festival
Looking for a little Halloween fun? Join Chatham County Parks and Recreation on Saturday, October 30th from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. for a FREE outdoor event at Northeast District Park. Activities will include pumpkin carving and painting, games, crafts, and a photo booth. 

Shop Pittsboro
The quaint town of Pittsboro offers a variety of storefronts where you can enjoy a fall afternoon. Complete a fall-themed craft at The Creative Goat, browse French Connections for unique gifts and home decor, and then grab a coffee or delicious pumpkin spice muffin at Aromatic Roasters. Don’t forget about First Sunday where you can meet with artisans and local businesses. During the First Sunday event on November 7th, Chatham Park and MOSAIC are proud to sponsor the Chatham Art Council’s Chatham Experience. This event will showcase art from 15 local artists who were awarded the JumpstART grant. Their work will be on display in both the Welcome Center and participating surrounding businesses. Pittsboro First Sunday is a family-friendly event with food trucks and live music. 

MOSAIC at Chatham Park
Experience the beginning of MOSAIC at Chatham Park. This 44-acre live-work-play-learn mixed-use development – located within Chatham Park along Highway 15-501 – will provide upscale opportunities for shopping, dining, and entertainment as well as space for businesses. Mark your calendar for Saturday, November 13th, when MOSAIC will host the rescheduled last day of the MOSAIC Comes Alive series. Guests will enjoy an array of locally produced handicrafts and goods including delectable eats and drinks, and live music from renowned Counterclockwise String Band!

We love that these adventures are just a stone’s throw from Chatham Park but remember that you do not have to leave the community to enjoy the sights and sounds of fall. Watch the changing foliage on our beautiful nature trails, picnic at the Knight Farm Community Park, tour our stunning model homes in Vineyards at Chatham Park, and enjoy autumn in this live, work, play, learn community.