2019 Holiday Events

Celebrate your holiday season in historic downtown New Haven at The Shops at Yale.


FREE 4-Hour Parking with Purchase

Free 4-hour parking with same day purchase of $30 or more from retailers at The Shops at Yale. Friday, November 29 – Tuesday, December 24 at 255 Crown Street, 161 York Street and 56 Broadway. Simply show your receipt to the parking lot attendant when exiting. (Store employees are not eligible).


Holiday Gift Card Giveaway

Enter to win 1 of 2 $250 Shopping & Dining packages, Friday, November 29 – Tuesday, December 24, 2019. Entry locations: dwellnewhaven at 1022 Chapel Street, Wave Gallery at 1046 Chapel Street. For complete Rules & Regulations, click here. Store employees are not eligible.)


Black Friday & Small Business Saturday Weekend Celebration

Ice Carvings, Customer Appreciation Giveaways, Free Parking with Purchase, Visits from Santa and more! See all the details here; https://www.facebook.com/events/967033486989934/


Ice Carving Competition & A Cappella Concert
, Saturday, December 7

6 professional ice carvers will each transform 900lbs of ice into a spectacular sculpture in only 4 hours. Great photo opportunities with the sculptures after the event. FREE Downtown Horse & Carriage Rides. You’ll also be treated to performances by several accomplished A Cappella groups including, The Yale Alley Cats, SCSU’s NOTEorious (Southern Connecticut State University), Proof of the Pudding, Yale Women’s Slavic Chorus, Out of the Blue, Something Extra, and The Yale Spizzwinks(?), The Legends A Cappella (Quinnipiac University) and more! Free and open to the public. Plus, free parking is available to the first 200 cars at the 150 York Street Garage. Bring your ticket to The Shops at Yale tent at the event to be validated. Please let us know you’re coming by clicking “Interested” on our Facebook event page – https://www.facebook.com/events/1406293959536771/


Location: Broadway Island, across from L.L.Bean/Apple/J.Crew/Urban Outfitters.


Hot Cocoa Contest, 12:00-3:00pm, Saturday, December 7

Join us for a hot cocoa contest from 12:00-3:00pm between top restaurants in New Haven — Tarry Lodge, Sherkaan Indian Street Food, Maison Mathis, Midpoint Istanbul, Shake Shack and L.L.Bean’s own hot cocoa mix. Stops will be located inside retailers on Broadway and winners will be chosen by People’s Choice. Free to participate. Voting cards and tasting cups will be available to the first 250 to arrive at The Shops at Yale tent on Broadway Island.


Ice Carving Demonstrations, 1:00-3:00pm

In front of Neville Wisdom Fashions and WAVE Gallery (1046 Chapel Street.) Free and open to the public. 1:00-3:00pm.
Friday, November 29, Reindeer
Saturday, November 30, Elm City Elf
Sunday, December 1, Snowflake Selfie Frame
Sunday, December 8, Bulldog/Handsome Dan
Sunday, December 15, Train
Sunday, December 22, Santa on Chimney


A Taste of Chapel, 4:30-7:00pm

Join us this holiday season for a series of three complimentary wine and food pairings from popular restaurants in the Chapel Street Historic District on Thursdays, December 5th, 12th and 19th from 4:30-7:00pm.


A Taste of Chapel series will showcase New Haven’s independently-owned retailers and restaurants, and are free and open to the public. Exclusive shopping offers in the Chapel Street Historic District will be available during each event – this is a perfect opportunity to get a great deal on a unique holiday gift.


Find out more details here; https://www.facebook.com/events/759771937818899/


FREE Downtown Horse & Carriage Rides, 12:00-4:00pm

Hop-On/Hop-Off on the Corner of College & Chapel Streets on College Street, (across from Claire’s Corner Copia, 1000 Chapel Street) and at the corner of York Street and Elm Street (across from Patagonia and GANT).
Saturday, December 7 (don’t forget to visit the Ice Carving Competition)
Sundays, December 1, 8, 15 and 22


Storytelling with Santa, 1:00-3:00pm

Santa will visit The Shops at Yale and read stories to children and take photos with families from 1:00-3:00pm. Free and open to the public. Snacks will be provided.
Saturdays: Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 14 and 21 at The Yale Bookstore, 77 Broadway. Snacks provided by Katalina’s Bakery!
Sundays: Dec. 1 and 22 at Willoughby’s Coffee & Tea, 194 York Street.
Sundays: Dec. 8 and 15 at Claire’s Corner Copia, 1000 Chapel Street.


Weekend Craft Activities

Saturdays, 3:00-5:00pm, Nov. 30 & Dec. 7, 14 and 21 at Hull’s Art Supply (1144 Chapel St.)
Sundays, 2:00-4:00pm, Dec. 1, 8, 15 and 22 at The Yale Bookstore, 77 Broadway.


Andy Wolf Holiday TUBULATION Series, 2:00-4:00pm

In front of Union League Cafe and in front of the Yale Center for British Art. Sponsored in part by New Haven Deptartment of Arts, Culture & Tourism.
Black Friday, November 29
Saturdays, November 30 and December 7, 14 and 21.
Sundays, December 1, 8, 15 and 22.


Yuletide Carolers (roaming), 1:00-5:00pm

Broadway and Chapel Historic Districts in traditional garb.
Black Friday, November 29
Saturdays, November 30 and December 7, 14 and 21.
Sunday, December 22


All events are free (some with purchase) and open to the public. For directions and parking, visit http://theshopsatyale.com/parking-directions/. Visit our Facebook events page and click “Interested” to let us know you’re coming!! 




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