Santa Claus at Maple View Ice Cream – Thursday, 4-8pm – Don’t miss the chance to get ice cream from Santa’s elves this holiday season! Head over to Maple View Farm to visit Santa and his helpers while enjoying a delicious holiday-themed sundae or milkshake. Donations benefit Sam’s Wish Fund Holiday Cheer. Diapers, baby wipes and gift cards will be collected for Kids Path families.
Southern Fried Fiction – Thursday, 7-8:30pm – Come out to Chapel Hill Public Library to celebrate the fifth year of the Crook’s Corner Book Prize with a panel discussion about Southern food and its role in Southern identity and fiction. The panel includes chefs and authors such as Bill Smith, Bridgette A. Lacy and Tonya Council, among others.
Khatia Buniatishvili – Thursday, 7:30 – Enjoy a lively performance by Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili at Carolina Performing Arts. Tickets start at $15.
Holiday Tree Lighting – Friday, 6-9pm – Celebrate the holiday season with Carrboro’s annual tree lighting and a children’s chorus featuring students from McDougle, Frank Porter Graham and Carrboro elementary schools singing tunes at Carrboro Town Hall.
Holiday Stroll House Tour – Friday, 6pm – Join Preservation Chapel Hill for a candlelit tour of distinctive private homes in the Franklin-Rosemary Historic District with food and wine.
Hayrides with Santa – Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 5:30, 6:30 & 7:30pm – Join Maple View Farm for its last weekend with jolly ‘ole Saint Nick. Enjoy story time, views of the farm strung with holiday lights and milk and cookies with Santa. Reservations are required.
Chapel Hill-Carrboro Holiday Parade – Saturday, 10am-noon – This annual festivity is filled with music, floats and performances starting at the old post office on East Franklin Street and making its way to the Carrboro Town Hall on Main Street.
Chatham Artists Guild 25th Annual Studio Tour – Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday 12-5pm – Tour the studios of 49 talented artists during this signature Chatham County event.
Holiday Classic Movie Series – Saturday, 10am – Warm up your Saturday morning, and your heart, with “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” at The Lumina Theater.
Santa Claus and Baby Goats: Farm Winterfest – Saturday & Sunday, 2-6pm – Interact with Santa and baby goats, ride the Farm Express Train or hayride and enjoy various kid’s activities at Spring Haven Farm.
The Carolina Inn Holiday Market – Saturday, 4-8pm – Embrace the holiday atmosphere and shop from the market filled with chocolates, jewelry and ornaments – complete with food and sweets to get into the Christmas spirit.
Christmas with a Twist! – Saturday, 7-9pm – Enjoy refreshments as you jam out to electric tunes from the Triangle Gay Men’s Chorus group for its 23rd annual winter concert at Binkley Baptist Church.
Afternoon with the Sugar Plum Fairy – Sunday, 1:30 & 4pm – Celebrate The Carolina Inn’s 12 Days of Christmas with sweet treats, a magic show and story time. The Triangle Youth Ballet presents this afternoon of deliciously sweet fun.
The Village Band – Sunday, 3pm – Head over to University Place for a free holiday concert featuring this band from Chapel Hill and Carrboro that’s been playing music for more than four decades.
Hillsborough Candlelight Tour – Sunday, 3-7pm – Tour six historic, decorated homes that were built between the Revolutionary War and the Vietnam War. The tour will feature reenactments by Orange Community Players and period holiday decorations from the Hillsborough Garden Club. Cost is $20.
Chapel Hill Philharmonia Concert: “Out of the Woods” – Sunday, 7:30pm – Supported by the N.C. Arts Council, this free concert will take place at Moeser Auditorium. The program opens with the well-known overture to Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel” followed by a colorful arrangement from Khachaturian’s “Masquerade.”
Big Band Holidays – Sunday, 8pm – The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis returns to Memorial Hall to spread holiday cheer.