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The Carolina Inn’s First Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on The Front Porch on Dec. 4

A New Annual Holiday Tradition at The Carolina Inn

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The Carolina Inn’s 12th annual celebration of the holidays features a few new treats this year, highlighted by the first-ever Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on the Front Porch on Friday, December 4 from 6 to 8 pm.

“We expect the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on the Front Porch on the First Friday of December to become another annual tradition at The Carolina Inn – much like Fridays on the Front Porch, Tailgate Party on the Front Porch, Birdhouses on Parade and others,” said Mark Nelson, director of sales and marketing at The Carolina Inn. “It is our effort to bring the community together and encourage the community to help those in need.”


In keeping with the spirit of Christmas, The Carolina Inn has partnered with the Orange County Department of Social Services to help more than 7,000 local children living in low-income households.  Guests are encouraged to bring new unwrapped toys at the event for the Orange County Toy Chest.

The free evening event will begin with holiday music by the popular bluegrass band Big Fat Gap, in addition to warm holiday refresh­ments and home-made sweets. Paint Savvy will also be on site to offer professional face painting for children (at no charge).

Santa will be on hand to lead the countdown and take a seat following the lighting so that children can sit on his lap and receive a candy cane.

This year’s Christmas tree from Big Meadow Mountain Nursery in Asheville is a 22-year-old Fraser Fir that will be beaming with 3,000 lights.

About the Carolina Inn

Recognized as one of America’s “cultural resources worthy of preservation,” The Carolina Inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places with elite status as a AAA Four Diamond Award Hotel and Forbes (Mobil) Four Star Award-Winning Dining at the Carolina Crossroads Restaurant. From the day it opened in 1924, the 184-room Inn has played an important role in the life of the University of North Carolina and the Chapel Hill community. As one of only four hotels in North Carolina built before 1925 to remain in continuous operation, it has long been one of the most popular sites in North Carolina for special events, weddings, business meetings, and academic conferences with over 13,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space. In addition to having a rich cultural history, The Carolina Inn is architecturally significant, blending elements of antebellum Southern plantation houses with Georgian and neoclassical features often found in the Northeast. The original front of the building was modeled after the Potomac River front of Mt. Vernon. The Carolina Inn is one of more than 30 independent, upscale and luxury hotels, resorts and golf clubs in the United States managed by Destination Hotels & Resorts, the fourth largest independent hospitality management company in the country.