Chapel Hill/Carrboro Holiday Parade Dec. 14

Santa is coming to town on Dec. 14 -- and he will impact Chapel Hill Transit schedules and traffic near downtown Chapel Hill. Please read here for this update from the Town of Chapel Hill.

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Holiday Parade will be held Saturday, Dec. 14, from 10 a.m. until about noon. 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 showcases 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 Morehead Planetarium and progresses through Chapel Hill on Franklin Street, ending around noon at the Carrboro Town Hall.

The following Saturday CHT routes will be detoured and/or delayed as a result of the parade:

  • CW - 10:10 to 11:44 a.m.
  • FG - 8:50 to 10:55 a.m.
  • D - 9:05 to 11:40 a.m.
  • JN - 9:45 to 11:33 a.m.
  • T - 8:15 to 11:40 a.m.

The Saturday CM route will be on regular route and schedules. CHT will make every attempt to maintain schedules but is advising customers to expect delays and to allow extra travel time due to the parade. Customers should plan to travel earlier than 10 a.m. and after noon to avoid parade traffic.

The parade will be broadcast by The Peoples Channel from a new location this year, the 140 West Franklin Plaza. Music, live interviews, and commentators will be broadcast both on television, and by live public address on the street. 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, UNC Health Care, 300 East Main and the Goddard School.

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. 14, 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. 14.

Parking is always FREE on Sundays in Downtown Chapel Hill, but this holiday season parking will be FREE at all municipal lots on Saturdays as well. For more information about parking locations visit

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