Holiday season

Activities in Chatham County this holiday season

Christmas Day arrives on Saturday, and with many people planning to welcome loved ones into their homes and into Chatham County over the holidays, here are some suggestions for fun and festive activities:

Last minute Christmas shopping

Need a last minute gift for a loved one? Chatham County has you covered. Various retailers will be open on Christmas Eve; check early closing times.

Pittsboro Toys will be open on Christmas Eve if you need a gift for the little ones in your life. Located in historic downtown Pittsboro on Hillsboro Street, Pittsboro Toys offers “classic toys,” such as wooden trains, board games, toy trucks, toy cars and more. They open at 10 a.m. and close at 5 p.m., except on Christmas Eve (2 p.m.).

For those 21 and older, Starrlight Mead will also be open on Christmas Eve at The Plant at 130 Lorax Lane in Pittsboro. According to their website, Starrlight Mead will be packing bottles of mead for sale to customers from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve “just in case Santa needs a little last-minute help.”

The Chatham News + Record has also published a list of local businesses and their favorite holiday items that make great gifts. You can find that list in last week’s edition of News + Record, or on our website here.

Christmas treats at local bakeries

A staple of Christmas festivities are treats such as cookies, pies and more. Carolina Cravings in Pittsboro offers a wide range of holiday treats, according to co-owner Iliana Escalante.

The bakery – located at 84 Hillsboro St. – offers a wide range of baked goodies, including hot chocolate bombs, eggnog pie, decorated gingerbread cookies, shortbread cookies and more .

“We also have promotions such as a $25 box,” Escalante said. “It includes a brownie, three bars, half a dozen cookies, and you can choose between three macaroons or four truffles.”

Carolina Cravings is open daily through weekends, including 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve or while supplies last.

Holidays at the Farm

1870 Farm at 1224 Old Lystra Road in North Chatham County hosts Christmas-themed events throughout the week leading up to Christmas Day.

“Holidays on the Farm” will feature activities such as a petting zoo, s’mores, a scavenger hunt and a chance to meet Santa himself.

“Enjoy access to the farm, transformed into a festive winter wonderland,” the website reads. “Meet Santa (all kids get a gift), pet festive animals, grab a candy cane from our Peppermint Forest, pet reindeer ponies, taste s’mores, meet Frosty the snowman and make a hay ride in our animal pasture… even better with blankets and hot apple cider.

1870 Farm follows various COVID-19 guidelines, including a mask requirement. Children will not be able to sit on Santa’s lap, according to the 1870 Farm website. But the children will receive a gift from Santa Claus and can tell him what they want for Christmas.

“Interaction with Santa will be determined based on COVID-19 at the time of the event and will range from story time with Santa to Santa on a tractor,” according to the website.

The farm is open to guests every day this week, including Christmas Eve. You must make an appointment for a timeslot on the day you wish to visit the farm, and you can find tickets available on the Ferme 1870 website.

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