Now in its eighteenth year, The Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill will once again celebrate the Christmas season with enchanting decorations inspired by the traditional holiday song, The Twelve Days of Christmas. A vision of seasonal wonder will be displayed throughout the Inn including magnificently decorated trees, beautifully appointed holiday décor, and events to keep you and your little one’s entertained.
December 1st – January 3rd
Relish the festive display of the 13th Annual Gingerbread House Competition entries. Contestants from Chapel Hill and surrounding areas will showcase their creativity and imagination with their edible masterpieces this holiday season. Competition is open to amateur and professional bakers alike, with separate categories for youth and adults. Registration form is due Monday, November 23rd. Due to space limitation, limited entries will be accepted. Gingerbread houses will be judged by our Executive Pastry Chef Sara Thomas. The winner will be announced on Monday, December 28th at 4pm, immediately following our gingerbread making class including on our Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ pages and at 12daysevents.com.
Congratulations to our 2015 Gingerbread House Competition Winners
First Place - Amalia C. Bolivar
First Place - Aliana Poillucci
December 1st - December 31st, 2:00pm - 5:00pm Everyday, except Christmas Day.
Make Reservations at least 24 hours in advance by Calling 919.918.2777 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Limited Seating. Reservations Required. Please call at least 24-hours to cancel an existing reservation to avoid charges on your credit card. Prices listed are per person. Service charge and tax added separately.
Enjoy our festive holiday decorations and music while the Inn’s staff serves delightful teas in vintage China cups and saucers, along with an array of savory tea sandwiches and delightful sweets.
CLASSIC HOLIDAY TEA $32
Indulge in three assorted tea sandwiches, savories and sweets per person, chocolate covered strawberries and scones.
Royal Holiday Tea $40
Add a special touch to your afternoon respite by treating yourself to a glass of sparkling wine with a tantalizing selection of sweets, tea sandwiches, scones and tea
Little Prince and Princess Holiday Tea $20
Our Tea Hostess and Pastry Chef Sara Thomas will gladly adjust their menu to flatter the tastes of our young patrons. We welcome children to experience the grace and charm of our Afternoon Tea and partake in this cherished tradition. (Children 4 - 12)
A festive Carolina Inn breakfast or brunch will undoubtedly usher in the Christmas magic for young and old alike. Magicians and face painters will be on hand to entertain everyone. Each child is welcome to sit on Santa’s lap and share their Christmas wish list. Every child will leave with a holiday treat.
December 13th, 1:30pm and 4:00pm
Limited Seating. Reservations Required. Children Must be Accompanied by an Adult. Join the Triangle Youth Ballet for their annual Sugar Plum Fairy Tea. Ballerinas will dance as you sample treats from the land of sweets. Enjoy Nutcracker story time. See a magic show and get your picture taken with the Sugar Plum Fairy! It's the perfect holiday gathering.
$25 Children and Adults, Ideal for Children 12 and Under.
December 20th, 2:30pm
Reservations Not Required. Enjoy a holiday performance by academy students ranging in ages from 5 to 10 years old. Holiday classics will be performed by this talented string ensemble.
December 16th, 7pm
Reservations Not Required. Join us for a lively presentation by Footnotes Tap Ensemble, a professional tap company based in Durham.
December 22nd, 23rd, 2pm
Limited Seating. Reservations Required. Children Must be Accompanied by an Adult. Just in time for Christmas, The Carolina Inn is hosting a children's Gingerbread House Making Class. Join us for a cozy afternoon that begins with a story of Christmas magic. Each child will then be able to assemble and decorate their very own Gingerbread House complete with an apron, chef's hat and all the holiday sweets and goodies that their imaginations can hold. At the end of class, each child will take home a completed Gingerbread House and accessories.
$45 Per Child Ages 5-12
December 20th, 22nd, 23rd - Carriage ride runs every 30 minutes noon until 4pm
Limited Seating. Reservations Required. Nothing says Christmas like the sound of bells on a horse drawn carriage. Enjoy the sites of Chapel Hill, North Carolina as you take a leisurely ride through the campus of UNC Chapel Hill. Tours leave from The Carolina Inn main entrance.
$10 Per Person