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Holly Days in Pittsboro

And, just like that, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. In Chatham County, all is merry and bright. You’ve finished your last of the Thanksgiving leftovers and are preparing for a festive frenzy during the month of December. Loved ones may be visiting, you may have time off of work, you may be in the market for a holiday activity that does not require driving to the North Pole. Hop on our sleigh and we’ll guide you in navigating your to-do list!

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Ride on the Reindeer Roundup

‘Cause that’s the way things happen
On the Polar Express

It’s all aboard Santa’s Reindeer Roundup Express and tickets are selling quickly! New Hope Family Valley Railway: The Triangle’s Train is cruising through a winter wonderland at the North Carolina Railway Museum in New Hill. With special holiday scenes set up throughout the route, experience the magic of the season with photo opportunities galore. Tickets are on sale now for the month of December, get yours before they sell out!
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Making Christmas Magical

Sure, the calendars just flipped into November, but the holiday season is on its way. With meals to prepare, plans to organize and gifts to purchase, get a head start with some creative shopping ideas, all local to Chatham County. Store-bought gifts are great, but try on local, try on handmade for size. Give the gift everyone will remember!

Holiday Art Classes – The Creative Goat:

Your Chatham County craft supply store, The Creative Goat in Pittsboro has everything you need to feel equipped for your holiday crafting. Offering a variety of crafting classes, learn how to stain, paint, crochet and stitch all season long. On Tuesday evenings from November 2 – November 16 at 6 p.m., sign up for Dixie Belle’s Make and Take classes.

On November 2, you’ll join a workshop in learning to paint wooden signs, all in the spirit of the holidays. On November 9, make your own Christmas stocking; now, there’s a holiday staple you can use year after year. Finally, on November, 16, experience the art of the Cricut in making the T-shirt of the season! Learn to cut the vinyl designs on the Cricut, press your design onto the shirt. Wear your specialized design home that evening! To keep the craft Tuesdays going, register for the workshop on November 23 at 6:30 p.m. to create your own Thanksgiving centerpiece. All other Tuesday evening workshops begin at 6 p.m. Registration prices may vary; however, materials are included in the price.

On Thursday, November 11 at 6:30 p.m., try your hand at hoop art! What is hoop art? Using a wooden hoop as the border, create intricate embroidery designs to display how you choose! A great class for beginners and experts alike, create a Christmas-themed embroidery design for gifting or for keeping. The choice is yours!

For the grand finale, the 18’’ Merry Christmas Vintage Truck Sign – Sip, Stain and Paint will take place on Thursday, November 18 at 6 p.m. Unwind as you bring your vintage truck sign to life, and bring something to sip on as you go!

Believe in the Christmas Magic:

The Christmas magic returns to Silk Hope Farm Heritage Park on Saturday, November 6. Located at 4221 Silk Hope Road in Siler City, shop from local vendors from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. That’s a full day of shopping for jewelry, handbags, beauty products, kitchen items, wreaths, handmade soaps and lotions, woodwork, baskets, scarves and more. With so many gifts to choose from, don’t plan on leaving emptyhanded.

Makers Market Series:

Keep on shopping local at the Makers Market Series at MOSAIC at Chatham Park in Pittsboro, kicking off on Saturday, November 13. Enjoy music, a market with craft vendors and refreshments. The music starts at 1 p.m. with sounds by Counterclockwise String Band. The Makers Market, hosted by Pop-Up Raleigh, will take place from 1 – 5 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket for the music and plenty of holiday cheer!

And a Happy New Year

The presents have been wrapped, some even opened. Stockings have been hung with care, awaiting a visit from a resident of the North Pole. There is an excitement in the air, leading up to a new year, full of new expectations and opportunities. Known as a time for renewal, the New Year is upon us, meaning a total reset is on the horizon. End the holidays and welcome the New Year by keeping the festivities going!

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The Bradford by Day, Fearrington by Night

For many of you, travel plans for the holiday season have been adapted, altered or altogether cancelled. Traditions that were once annual staples have been put on hold until the next year. Take the opportunity to explore your own neighborhood, right here in Chatham County. Of the many local favorites hosting holiday open houses, The Bradford in New Hill is one of them! A luxurious event and wedding venue, the team at The Bradford welcome you to learn more about their story. Give the gift of exploration to your loved ones and book a private, socially distanced tour today. 

Once you’ve booked your seasonal tour, reserve a Christmas dinner, courtesy of The Fearrington House Restaurant. Look at that, your December calendar is starting to fill up already! 

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Thanksgiving at Home

More than ever, the saying, “no place like home for the holidays,” will ring true. A compromise for your Thanksgiving plans does not mean compromising for your favorite holiday traditions. For Thanksgiving weekend, we have your plans covered. Celebrate at the Pittsboro Christmas Tree Lighting then reserve a table at a local eatery or bring the taste of the season, and all the seasonings, home! 

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‘Tis the Season to Shop Small

This holiday season, shoppers can expect some delay in gift delivery as online retail is expected to grow by nearly 20 percent. With more and more people celebrating the entirety of the holiday shopping season in the comfort of their homes, offline sales are expected to decline, having a direct impact on smaller local businesses.

Take the rush out of rush ordering and support Chatham County businesses while shopping safely. Many of your local favorites are hosting open houses and annual shopping events, all while adhering to social distancing guidelines. Is your gift list ready?

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Jordan Lake Christmas Tree Farm

Rockin’ around the Christmas tree at the Christmas party hop… too soon? The festivities are in full swing at Jordan Lake Christmas Tree Farm in Apex. Before you set out on finding the perfect tree, they’ve got a few summer activities up their sleeve. Open now, U-Pick Flowers appointments allow visitors the chance to bring their fall bouquet visions to life. Throughout September, the Falling For Fall event will open the farm up to vendors offering fall decor from candles to homemade pumpkin plushies!

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Decked Out December

From decking the halls to decking your holiday calendar, there is no doubt that December is a hectic time of year. Save some time to simply enjoy the season with the ones you love. There’s no better place to do that than home. We invite you to explore the many seasonal offerings in the area, with our help, of course!

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A Season of Shopping

It’s beginning to look a lot like the holiday shopping season! As holiday decorations line the brisk, festive streets of Chatham County, stores open their doors to early bird shoppers looking to find their treasures a bit earlier this year. Beat the late December crowd when you start your holiday shopping earlier at the best local shops and restaurants in the area.

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