Chapel Hill/Carrboro Christmas Parade

Chapel Hill / Carrboro Holiday ParadeIn case you’re new to us, first of all, welcome, and secondly, let me explain something.  We like to post articles about annual events so that you can have the information for next year.  Afterall, the events are annual, generally fun, and it is good to be able to keep them in mind for the following year.  However, we don’t trust our mom-brains enough to actually remember enough details to wait a full year until posting.  So you, dear friend, end up getting articles post event.  Such as this one about the Chapel Hill/Carrboro Christmas Parade.

Really I couldn’t believe that I hadn’t posted about this before.  DH and I go every year – we love it!  This has such a hometown feel to it.  And now, as parents, we feel like it is a great way to show our son his great town as well as support the spot we choose to make home.

Chapel Hill / Carrboro Holiday ParadeThe Chapel Hill/Carrboro Christmas Parade starts at Morehead Planetarium and ends at Town Hall in Carrboro.  It’s not the shiniest parade you’ll ever see: the floats are all locally handmade and many times during the parade there will be 10 minutes or more of a break where nothing came by at all.

But we can’t get enough of it.  There are Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts groups, dogs performing, karate groups doing kicks, folks in costumes, Trader Joe’s handing out cookies, marching bands from the local high schools and middle schools, and so much more.  To end it all, Santa comes in.  On a National Pawn float.

You can see more of our photos of this event at our Photobucket Site here.
As parents, we might hold standards to parades such as Macy’s grand parade.  But we need to stop.  Because honestly, my child found this absolutely delightful.  He was very pleased when a blue fire truck went by, and all he wanted was a Dum Dum and to watch the bikes ride by from

There is always plenty of curb space around town to view the parade each year.  We generally plop ourselves down on a patch of grass near the Carrboro Farmers’ Market, still open this time of year, after visiting one of the booths there to get fresh baked items (doughnuts!) and hot coffee.

So keep this little community gem in mind for next year.  Pull up a piece of curb next to our family and enjoy!

The Chapel Hill/Carrboro Annual Christmas Parade
Every year in December

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2 comments for “Chapel Hill/Carrboro Christmas Parade

  1. Anonymous
    December 12, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    One tip: if you watch from closer to the beginning of the parade, there aren’t quite as many gaps. We’ve watched from near the Chamber of Commerce the last few years and that’s a great spot! We can walk up 5 minutes before the parade starts and still get curbside seats.

  2. December 13, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    Looks like a great experience!

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