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Chapel Hill-Carrboro Holiday Parade

Santa Is Coming to Town

Post Date:11/29/2016 9:46 AM


The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Holiday Parade will be held from 10 a.m. to approximately noon Saturday, Dec. 10. Presented by the Jaycees and the Town of Chapel Hill, the parade this year again promises to be a great way to start the holiday season.

A favorite Chapel Hill tradition, the annual holiday parade highlights the rich diversity of our community. From marching bands to business leaders, youth groups, and creatively decorated floats, this event puts everyone in a festive mood. At 10 a.m., the parade begins in front of the Post Office on Franklin Street and progresses through Chapel Hill, ending around noon at the Carrboro Town Hall.

Music, live interviews, and commentators will be broadcast by live public address on the street. If you miss any of the fun, The People's Channel will be recording the parade for a later broadcast. There will be plenty of hot chocolate and sweets from 140 West Franklin merchants.

Don't miss the elves, reindeer, candy canes and of course, Santa Claus riding his sleigh! Make sure you get there early to get a good spot to view the parade along Franklin Street and Main Street in Carrboro. More than 10,000 people are expected to line the streets to see this event.

Special thanks to our major Parade sponsors this year:

National Pawn, Town of Chapel Hill, The Goddard School, Bud Matthews Services, The Tumble Gym, UNC Healthcare, 1870 Farm, WCHL/, School of Rock, and Wright Brothers Landscaping and Tree Service.

The Town of Chapel Hill helps make the event run smoothly, with help from our colleagues in the Town of Carrboro. The Town of Chapel Hill’s Parks and Recreation Department float showcases youth athletic and teen programs in the community.

In planning to enjoy this year’s Holiday Parade, note that East Franklin Street between Henderson and Boundary Streets will CLOSE from 8 a.m. to noon for the parade line up. A rolling closure along the parade route, East Franklin Street westward towards Carrboro’s Main Street, will go in effect at 10 a.m. Traffic may be delayed or detoured during the parade, which is expected to last about two hours.

On Saturday, Dec. 10, street parking along East and West Franklin Street will be closed from 8 a.m. to noon, when the parade is expected to wrap up. Towing will be enforced, so please be helpful in keeping these areas clear of parked vehicles on Dec. 10.

For more information about parking locations visit the Downtown Partnership’s website

It is not too late to be part of this year’s fantastic parade! For more information, contact or visit

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