From parades to tree lights, here’s how to celebrate the season in Chatham – The Chatham News + Record | Team Cansler

It’s November, which means it’s officially acceptable to perform Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas is You.

And while the pumpkins are being wrapped and the Christmas wreaths out, Chatham County residents have a wealth of area activities to choose from to get into the Christmas spirit and reap all that the season’s festivities have to offer.

From parades and tree lighting to craft fairs and cooking classes, we’ve compiled this list of events across the county to mark the upcoming holiday. Here’s what you need to know.

Wednesday 16 Nov

• Order wreaths, garlands and trees by November 16th at for collection at the Bynum Front Porch Holiday Bazaar on Saturday November 26th. They range in height from 5 to 11 feet and range in price from $60 to $215.

Saturday 19 Nov

• Pittsboro’s Bynum Front Porch is hosting a winter music series this season. On November 19th, from 7pm to 9pm, the Bynum Front Porch will host musicians Andrew Finn Magill and John Doyle for an evening of Irish folk music. Doors open at 6:30pm and there are no entry or parking fees, but donations and tips are welcome.

• From 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, take part in a Healthy Thanksgiving Cooking Class hosted by the Traveling Café Culinary Studio in Pittsboro, where participants learn how to reinterpret Thanksgiving basics and “put health on the table “ can bring. Register online at; General admission tickets are $75 and wine tickets are $10.

Sunday 20 Nov

• Join the City of Pittsboro to light an 18-foot Christmas tree at the historic Chatham County Courthouse from 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm. The afternoon also includes a visit from Santa Claus starting at 3:30pm, in addition to performances by school choirs and carol singers. The tree lighting ceremony kicks off celebrations for the city’s 2022 Holly Days.

Thursday 24th Nov

• For the first time, the Quiltmaker Café is hosting a pay-what-you-can Thanksgiving dinner in partnership with the Postal Fish Company and the Traveling Café. It takes place from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The family-style dinner, hosted at the Postal Fish Co. in Pittsboro, features Thanksgiving classics and some vegetarian and gluten-free options. Seating is limited to 50 guests and free registration is available at, although attendees can also opt-in with a pay-what-you-can donation or a pay-what -you can donate -can post on the day of the event.

Saturday 26 Nov

• From 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, visit the Bynum Front Porch Holiday Bazaar in Pittsboro for a day of local artists, pottery and crafts. Sales Benefit educational scholarships for Chatham County students who are part of the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) college readiness system.

• The Pittsboro Business Association is hosting a Small Business Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm to support independent businesses in downtown Pittsboro. The day features special offers, refreshments, Shop Small Passports and a raffle and free gift wrap at the Pittsboro Welcome Center.

• Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge, a Pittsboro animal sanctuary, is hosting a Day of Turkey Tour & Explore. From 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, participate in turkey-themed activities including trivia, a raffle, treats for the Sanctuary’s turkeys, and one-time turkey sponsorships. Participants can also meet more than 100 farm animals and tour the refuge’s grounds. The Refuge offers season tickets; Tickets used to be $15, but this month prices range from free to $40.

• The Traveling Café Culinary Studio in Pittsboro is hosting a Flourless Holiday Cake Workshop from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Try making cakes from around the world with desserts that are safe for people with gluten-free dietary restrictions. Attendees can register for a ticket online at; Tickets are $75 for general admission and $10 for a wine list.

Friday December 2nd

• Take the kids to Dinner with Santa at the Earl B. Fitts Community Center in Siler City from 5:30-7:30pm. Enjoy a packed take-away dinner and festive craft kit, plus photo opportunities with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Attendees require a ticket, which can be purchased online at or in person at City Hall for $10 for adults and $5 for children. The deadline for purchasing tickets is November 25th or until the event is full and space is limited.

Saturday December 3rd

• Union Taylors Community Center is hosting Chatham’s first interfaith Holiday Thrift Market from 9am to 3pm at Taylors Chapel Baptist Church in Sanford. The community center is accepting donations directly at its Bear Creek location through November 30; To schedule a donation appointment, call (919)-545-1812. Donations will benefit the community center’s purchase of a new HVAC system. For more details on what the community center is looking for go to

• St. Juliet’s Catholic Church will be hosting the Celebration of Lights, a fundraiser for Chatham Cares Community Pharmacy from 6:15-7:15 p.m. The event features live music and a bilingual Christmas message, as well as a chance to drive by hundreds of luminaries. Admission is free, but lights can be purchased for $10 each to honor loved ones, and all proceeds go toward purchasing prescription drugs to be dispensed to patients at the pharmacy.

• Join Starrlight Mead, a meadery in the Chatham Beverage District at The Plant in Pittsboro for the annual Community Solstice Party from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. The celebration includes a raffle, food donation bin and optional table with take-home pagan gifts, drum circle and potluck snacks, as well as a family-friendly ritual presented by the Triangle Wednesday Kindred.

Sunday December 4th

• From 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm, the City of Pittsboro will host an Artisan Fair featuring food, crafts and music on the first Sunday. The Chatham Historical Museum, as well as shops and restaurants in town, are planning special events.

Thursday December 8th

• The Siler City Christmas Parade will be held at 7:00 pm, themed “Christmas: Past, Present and Future”. After the parade, Santa Claus visits the participants in the inner courtyard. Visit for more information.

Friday December 9th

• Chatham Parks and Recreation celebrates the holidays with the fourth annual Holiday in the Park celebration from 5pm to 8pm. This free event at Siler City’s Northwest District Park includes a tree lighting ceremony, photo opportunities with Santa, holiday-themed games and crafts, hot beverages and candy canes, Christmas carols, letters to Santa, and a hay wagon ride around the pond. The tree lighting will start the event at 5:15 p.m

Sunday December 11th

• Pittsboro’s Holiday Parade, featuring marching bands, handcrafted floats, dance teams, horse-drawn carriages and more, takes place from 3:00pm to 4:00pm. The parade moves east to west along US Hwy. business 64

December 17th

• Attend a Loop Christmas Village at Haywood at 438 Moncure Loop Rd., Moncure. The 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. event includes shopping, a Christmas sleigh ride, Santa Station and Kids Zone, as well as specialty food vendors such as Seven Springs Winery, Vicious Fishes Brewery, Que’s Ribs and Brisket, Favors Desserts and Stephanie’s Philly Steak and Cheese. The celebration is free to attend, but those interested can register at or Karen Cheek at (919)- 770- contact. 2089 for more information.

Do you have a holiday event you’d like to add to this list? Send it to Maydha Devarajan at

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