Bill of Rights Day Bell Ringing – Thursday, noon – The public is invited to “bring bells, ring bells” of any size and shape in Hillsborough’s historic merchant district at Cameron Park for 225 seconds (3 minutes, 45 seconds) in honor of the 225th Bill of Rights Day. Free.
Gingerbread Decorating – Thursday, 3-6pm – Get in the holiday spirit with La Vita Dolce Expresso & Gelato Cafe! A family fun event for all ages with Gingerbread Lattes, Nutella Hot Chocolates, Spiced Apple Chais and more. $3.95 for a large gingerbread cookie with icing and plenty of candy to decorate.
Meet the Author Tea – Thursday, 3:30-5pm – Come listen to William Ferris, well known professor and author, read some of his work at the monthly Author Tea Event. Enjoy tasty refreshments while Bill reads an excerpt of his new book, “The South in Color: A Visual Journal.”
Nutcracker on Ice – Friday, 6pm; Saturday, noon – Bundle up and prepare to be amazed by this 20+ year tradition involving around 100 skaters of all skill levels and ages at Orange County Sportsplex. $8-$10.
PopUp Chorus Holiday Show – Friday, 6pm – Love to sing? Drop by The ArtsCenter for the Holiday PopUp Chorus Show to see everyday community members come together and perform selections like Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” and John Lennon’s “Happy Christmas (War is Over).” $10 admission; $5 student admission; kids under 12 get in free.
Milk Steaming & Latte Art – Saturday, 11am – Your local barista may make pouring a beautiful rosetta seem magically effortless, but what does it really take? Join Carrboro Coffee Roasters to learn the science and art behind steaming and pouring sweet, glossy, micro-foamed milk. $30.
Holiday Sing Along – Saturday, 5-6pm – University Place invites the community to enjoy this family-friendly event. Children in attendance will receive small gifts related to holiday songs (while supplies last!)
Chatham County Line – Saturday, 8pm – Join this Triangle-based band at the Haw River Ballroom in Saxapahaw for their Electric Holiday Tour. $20-$22.
The Barefoot Movement – Saturday, 8pm – Get whisked away to a simpler time with The Barefoot Movement’s program at the Earl & Rhoda Wynn Theater. This award-winning bluegrass group’s Christmas show is always a local favorite. $25.
Skate with Santa – Sunday, 12-2:15pm – Join the big man in red on ice for an afternoon of seasonal celebration just days before Christmas at the Orange County Sportsplex. $5.50-$6.50 + $3.50 for skate rental.
Solstice Celebration Lantern Walk – Sunday, 5:30pm – Register to join in this community parade illuminated by a host of creatively decorated and constructed lanterns along Hillsborough’s Riverwalk.