Enjoy a 'winter wonderland' of downtown shopping specials

Celebrate the holidays with sounds of the season, window wonderlands, and shopping discounts. The shops at Yale will help shoppers get into the holiday spirit with special deals, free parking — and a little fun during the month of December. 

Free weekend parking
During the holidays, the shops at Yale will give free parking on weekends to shoppers who park in the Broadway Center lot or the 255 Crown St. lot (across the street from BAR restaurant) and who present a same-day receipt of $15 or more for either shopping or dining from one of the stores or restaurants that are members of the shops at Yale.

Black Friday and Small Business Saturday specials
Shoppers will have a chance to take advantage of discounts and promotions on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, Nov. 29 and 30. Among the participating retail establishments, Thom Brown at 37 Broadway will offer 10% off of any items purchased, sale items included, Friday, 8 a.m.–noon; Urban Outfiitters at 43 Broadway will take an additional 50% off sale items until 10 a.m. (arrive before 10 a.m. and receive a ticket good all day Friday for the 50% discount); Idiom at 1014 Chapel St. will host an appearance by WTNH anchor and reporter, Jocelyn Maminta of Frangi Pangi Hosiery, Saturday 2-4 p.m.

A complete list of all discounts is available online <theshopsatyale.com/holidays-promotions>.

Special offers for the Yale community

The Yale Bookstore and Campus Customs are offering discounts to the Yale Community this holiday season.

The Yale Bookstore, 77 Broadway, is offering a 20% discount off all purchases and 25% off Yale sweatshirts and sweatpants to those with a Yale I.D. Monday-Sunday, Dec. 9–15 (normal exclusions apply).

Campus Customs, 57 Broadway, is offering 40% off your entire purchase of Yale memorabilia to shoppers with a Yale I.D. on Friday, Dec. 6 7–9 a.m. Beginning that day after 9 a.m., Campus Customs will offer a 20% discount to all Yale employees and through Friday, Dec. 13.

Holiday windows by art students
More than 10 businesses along Chapel Street will feature decorative window displays designed by students and professors from Paier College of Art. The “winter wonderland” of white-paper sculptures will be on display from Nov. 30 to Jan. 4.

Music in the streets
The Connecticut Yuletide Carolers will serenade shoppers along Broadway and Chapel Street. Dressed in traditional Victorian garb, they will perform on Thursdays, Dec. 5, 12, and 19 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Santa will visit the shops at Yale
Santa will greet shoppers as he strolls along Chapel Street and Broadway on Saturdays, Dec. 7, 14, and 21 from 2 to 6 p.m.

Find the Elm City Elf and win a prize
Every day, for the 24 days leading up to Christmas, an elf doll will be placed in one store or restaurant throughout the city. Follow Elm City Elf <http://twitter.com/elmcityelf> on Twitter and Facebook to see a photo of the elf in a new location. Find and turn in the elf to win a prize from one of the 24 participating businesses.

Wreaths of Hope in harmony with Trees of Hope
The shops at Yale have partnered with Ronald McDonald House of Connecticut and their 24-year-long tradition: Trees of Hope, a display of more than 100 decorated trees which takes place at the Maritime Center located on Long Wharf Drive, Dec. 7-15. The tree created by the shops at Yale is decorated with blue and white ornaments and 18 gift cards, which are worth a combined total of $735.  One lucky supporter will win the entire package.  Each shop and restaurant that donated a gift card will display a Wreath of Hope on its door to indicate its support of Ronald McDonald House of Connecticut, an organization that provides shelter for families of children receiving medical treatment.

… and for Yale Alumni
On Thursday, Dec. 5 the Yale Alumni Magazine will host a night of holiday shopping and socializing at Agabhumi the Best of BaIi, 1020 Chapel St., a store that features apparel, handbags, belts, shoes, and jewelry crafted by artisans from the island of Bali, Indonesia. Shoppers who identify themselves as Yale alumni or supporters of the magazine will have 15% of their purchase proceeds donated to Yale Alumni Magazine.  

For information about downtown merchants and restaurants, visit the shops at Yale website.