It’s almost the MOST wonderful time of the year. This year your lovely social committee is kicking it up a notch and starting the FIRST annual Winterfest! It will be a

 day full of festivities. There will be something for ALL ages. Below are all the details

  • Santa Firetruck Visit @9:00 -11:30 am
    Thanks to the North Chatham Fire Department, Santa will be driving around the neighborhood between 9:00 – 11:30 am on Saturday, December 17th
  • Main WinterFest @ 2:00 – 5:00 pm in the Stadium Park Field 
    • 2:00 – 4:00 pm: Pictures with Santa, Free Craft Tables
      • The Coffee Truck (Quench 305) and Donut Truck (Drizzle D’s) will also be available during this time
      • The Sound Guy/DJ will also be here delighting us with some music 
    • 3:30 – 4:00 pm: Cookie Swap/Bar
      • Cookies from the swap will be open to anyone to eat (Cookie Bar) starting at 4 pm
      • If you would like to participate in the cookie event please fill out this form:
    • 4:00 – 5:00 pm: Holiday Sing-Along (Christmas Caroling)
      • We will have 10 – 12 songs picked out and pre-announced to the neighborhood (by next weekend)
      • We encourage everyone to bring “led” candles to carol with
    • 4:00 – 6:00 pm: Ta Conteno and Kono Pizza will be available for people to come to get food/dinner. They will be parked on the road down on VPD (near the awesome house with all the blowups). 
    • Additional Reminders:
      • Please bring blankets or chairs to sit on as there will not be any setup. 
      • The Pool Bathroom will NOT be accessible during the event, so please plan accordingly
      • If you have an LED Candle or a lantern we encourage you to bring it to Carol with as a community from 4:00 – 5:00 pm. 

  •  House Decorating Contest @ 5:00 pm
    For all the Clark Griswolds in the neighborhood, we are having our annual home decorating contest this year on that same night! If you would like to enter your house in the competition please complete this form: NO LATER THAN December 14th but the sooner the better. 

    Be ready to showcase your holiday cheer on Saturday, December 17th from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. The Social Committee will select winners out of all houses that enter. Whether or not you are participating in the contest I still encourage everyone to go walk or drive around the neighborhood to admire all the decorations. 
  • 22nd Annual Luminary Night @5:00 pm
    The wonderful Tim Watkins is hosting our 22nd Annual Governors Village Luminary Night on December 17th this year as part of our community’s Winterfest event.  We hold this event each year to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill ( in their mission to provide a home away from home for families in life-altering moments seeking care for sick and injured children in our community hospitals. Those who wish to participate in our community event will purchase luminary kits and be responsible for assembling and lighting their own luminaries.  Each kit will contain 10 luminaries and will cost $10.  You may purchase a luminary kit (or kits) by visiting the Ronald McDonald House luminary website and selecting the “Governors Village” button.  Here is a link to the website Light A Luminary 2022 – Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill. If you prefer to not order kits online, please reach out to Tim at or 919-636-2038 to place your order and pay by cash or check.Luminaries will be available for pick up from 1-4 pm on Saturday, December 17th at the Governors Park STADIUM or, if you prefer, separate arrangements can be made for delivery or pick up of kits by reaching out to me.  We are planning to light luminaries as a community on the evening of December 17th, but you may also choose an alternative night if you prefer.If you are unable to participate in the community lighting, please still consider making a donation by visiting the above website or by reaching out to me. All proceeds go directly to supporting families that call the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill “home”. 
  • Santa Mailboxes (Dec 1st – Dec 17th)
    For those on the nice list,  I was told by Santa’s helpers that the holiday mailboxes at both the Village playground and the Park playground where you can drop your letters to Santa in are going to be available again this year, starting Dec 1st, he will pick them up the morning of December 17th to take back to the North Pole!