Santa paintings at the Burwell School
The Burwell School Historic Site will display paintings of Santa Claus on loan from Nancy Campbell 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday to Saturdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays until Dec. 15 at 319 N. Churton St., Hillsborough. 919-732-7451.
Hillsborough Holiday Home Tour
The 27th annual Hillsborough Holiday Home Tour will be noon-6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. Horsedrawn carriage rides will be 1-5 p.m. The tour of seven decorated homes will include local storytellers, artists, food demonstrations and live music.
Tickets bought early are $15 for adults, $3 for ages 5-12, free for kids under 5 and $12 each for groups of 15 or more. Tickets the day of the tour are $20 for adults, $5 for ages 5-12, free for kids under 5 and $15 each for groups of 15 or more. Carriage rides cost $5. Buy tickets by phone or online in advance; on the day of the tour, go to the Alexander Dickson House, 150 E. King St. 919-732-8156, hillsboroughchamber.com.
‘The Storyteller’s Gift’
Anne Clinard Barnhill, Natania Barron, Barbara Davis, James Maxey and Barbara Claypole White will tell original stories and talk about books and stories as gifts at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at the Orange County Public Library, 137 W. Margaret Lane, Hillsborough.
Gift wrap station
The Orange County Public Library will host a gift-wrapping station starting Dec. 12 at 137 W. Margaret Lane, Hillsborough.
Coping during the holidays
Dr. Deborah Barrett of the UNC School of Social Work will talk about “A Mindful Approach to the Holidays: Strategies to Cope Ahead and Appreciate the Moment” 3-4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at the UNC Wellness Center, 100 Sprunt St., Chapel Hill. Registration is required. 919-966-5500.
Carrboro’s Holiday Tree Lighting
Carrboro’s annual Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony will be at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, in front of Carrboro Town Hall, 301 W. Main St. Choral groups from local schools will sing holiday songs.
Learn about winter festivals around the world in an imaginative train ride on the Arctic Express led by Conductor Steve at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Orange County Public Library, 137 W. Margaret Lane, Hillsborough.
Open Sing of Handel’s ‘Messiah’
The 48th Annual Open Sing of Handel’s “Messiah” will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at 214 Pittsboro St., Chapel Hill. Nathan Leaf, Director of Choral Activities at N.C. State University, will conduct. All are welcome. Bring your own score. 919-942-2152.
The “Not-A-Holiday” Party for teens will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, at the Orange County Public Library, 137 W. Margaret Lane, Hillsborough. Teens will fold origami, roll sushi and sing karaoke.
‘A Christmas Carol’
Allan Gurganus and Michael Malone will perform “A Christmas Carol” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, and Saturday, Dec. 21, at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 210 St. Mary’s Road, Hillsborough. Tickets cost $15 at the Burwell School Historic Site, the Alliance for Historic Hillsborough, the Hillsborough Wine Company, Purple Crow Bookstore and St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church. Proceeds benefit the Burwell School Historic Site and St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church. 919-732-7451.
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