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December 3 Free Community Open House Kicks Off

14th Annual Carolina Inn “Twelve Days of Christmas” Celebration

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (November 28, 2011) – A free Community Open House on Saturday, December 3 from Noon to 4 p.m. commences The Carolina Inn’s 14th annual celebration of the holidays taking place through December 31.

Take in the sights and sounds of the season and enjoy an array of Carolina Inn goodies along with the talents of local craft and food artisans. Tour the Inn’s new unique interpretation of the dozen verses of the traditional holiday carol, “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” which will be on display all month throughout the historic Inn.

There are activities aplenty for all ages, including Breakfast or Brunch with Santa, Horse Drawn Carriage Rides, Christmas Carols from local high schools, Holiday Afternoon Tea, Gingerbread Village Display and 1st Annual CakeWalk benefitting TABLE, Inc.

An array of vendors offer many unique items to assist with your holiday shopping like Carolina Popcorn Shoppe, ShutterBooth, A Southern Season, Sugarland, Woman’s Craft, Shrunken Head Boutique, Chatham Hill Winery, Farmhand Foods, Chelsea Chimes, Tracey Gurley Bath and Body, Susanne Vergara – Homemade Cards and Aprons, YHWH7 Pottery and Kona Chameleon Mobile Coffee.

Complete information about all of the “Twelve Days of Christmas” events at The Carolina Inn including dates, times and cost, if any, is online at

Reservations are required for many of the events and may be made online or by calling 919-918-2715, but note that the December 3 Community Open House is free to the public.

About The Carolina Inn
Built on the campus of UNC Chapel Hill in 1924 by John Sprunt Hill – distinguished alumnus, successful businessman and University trustee – The Carolina Inn’s original concept was “to provide for the special wants and comforts of the University alumni...and University visitors.” The historical Carolina Inn features 185 charming and well-appointed guestrooms including 7 luxury suites.

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