- Start off your holiday season by visiting a North Carolina treasure based right here in Chatham. When you visit Southern Supreme Fruitcake & More in Bear Creek, you’ll discover that this place offers much more than just a delicious fruitcake. The showroom is in a beautiful, peaceful location, full of Christmas treats that will take you back to your childhood. Make your way through the tasting room, where you will be offered complimentary cider, cocoa or coffee and hearty samples of the Southern Supreme favorites!
- Professional Artists. Fine Art. Open Studios. The Chatham Artists Guild 26th annual Chatham Studio Tour features 52 local artists, opening 36 studios across Chatham County, with 10 new studio tour artists this year. The final weekend is December 8-9, and studios are open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, artist information and an online tour map please see chathamartistsguild.org. And don’t miss out on the other Chatham Artists Guild exhibits featuring this year’s tour artists, like the Studio Tour Exhibit at the NC Arts Incubator, on display through January 4, and the all-member show at the Chatham Arts Council, running through December 10.
- Siler City’s annual Lighted Christmas Parade, presented by Chatham Chamber of Commerce, lights up the town Thursday, December 6, from 7-8 p.m. and travels down South Chatham Avenue in downtown Siler City onto South Birch Street before taking a left onto West Raleigh Street and ending at Park Shopping Center, dispersing from there.
- The family-friendly Reindeer Run 5K run/walk in historic downtown Pittsboro on Saturday, December 8, at 8 a.m., raises funds for Chatham Partnership for Children to promote healthy lifestyles in Chatham County. Taking place on the Chatham Campus of Central Carolina Community College, Rudolph’s Fun Run (three-quarters of a mile) follows the 5K and is free for children 12 years old and younger.
- Join in the hometown holiday fun at the Pittsboro Christmas Parade on Sunday, December 9, at 3 p.m. The parade begins at Martin Luther King Drive (near Food Lion) and travels west on East Street (Hwy 64), around the Chatham County Historic Courthouse, and down West Street, ending at Farrell Street. Come see floats, fire engines, marching bands, cars, tractors, elected officials and Santa Claus! After the parade, visit our local shops and eateries!
- The trial of the century occurs at the Chatham County Historic Courthouse, where Santa Claus is on trial during the Miracle on Hillsboro Street. Enjoy audience participation, local actors and the real Kris Kringle during performances at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m Saturday, December 15. Admission is a $5 donation to benefit Jamie’s Vision, a non-profit organization benefiting children with medical needs in Chatham County. Children younger than 5 are free.
- Miserly Scrooge must face the ghosts of his past, present and future on the road to redemption during A Christmas Carol Dinner Theater. The Phoenix Theatre Company and the Pittsboro Roadhouse bring the holiday favorite to life every holiday season, this year for two performances – one at 2 p.m. and one at 5 p.m. – on Sunday, December 16. The audience is also a part of Scrooge’s journey – join the Fezziwig Christmas party, where you will enjoy your first course starter. With the Cratchits, take in a traditional holiday meal, and then have dessert with Scrooge’s nephew and his family.
- Join the Beer & Hymns band, featuring members of The Pinkerton Raid, for an evening of revelry, Christmas cheer and holiday brews – all benefiting CORA Food Pantry and the Take and Eat Food Pantry in Chatham County – during Beer & Carols Monday, December 17, from 7-8:45 p.m. at House of Hops. Bring a canned good or donation for the food pantries while enjoying $5 drafts and singing along to your favorite Christmas carols.
- Bobby Gales and New Direction Bluegrass perform during the Bynum Front Porch Christmas Show Friday, December 21. Visiting and refreshment begins at 6:30 p.m. The show starts at 7 p.m.
- Postal Fish Company‘s Feast of the Seven Fishes on Monday, December 24, is part of the Italian-American Christmas Eve celebration. Although, it is not called that in Italy and is not a “feast” in the sense of “holiday,” but rather a grand meal. Christmas Eve is a vigil or fasting day, and the abundance of seafood reflects the observance of abstinence from meat until the feast of Christmas Day itself. Today, the meal typically consists of seven different seafood dishes. The tradition comes from Southern Italy, where it is known simply as The Vigil (La Vigilia). This celebration commemorates the wait, the Vigilia di Natale, for the midnight birth of the baby Jesus. The long tradition of eating seafood on Christmas Eve dates from the Roman Catholic tradition of abstaining from eating meat on the eve of a feast day. This event is all-inclusive. Seven courses are paired with five wines. Dinner starts at 4:45 promptly; doors open at 4:30pm.
- Round out the season by donating your live Christmas trees to Carolina Tiger Rescue! And make sure to book your tour well in advance to watch the tigers enjoying them! Christmas trees are great enrichment items for the residents of Carolina Tiger Rescue. The keepers pass the trees out to animals, spraying the trees with scents and stuffing them with pieces of meat!