Holiday season brings city celebrations, discounts for Yale employees

Victorian carolers, festive live window displays and free trolley rides are just some of the ways that downtown New Haven will celebrate the holidays in December. There are also special discounts at the Yale Bookstore and Campus Customs.

Holiday Window Wonderland

On Thursday, Dec. 2, from 5 to 8 p.m., downtown city merchants will unveil their holiday window displays. Stores will stay open late and offer in-store events and musical performances.

Festival Fridays

Held on Dec. 3, 10 and 17, the event will feature in-store wine tastings, live window models and free holiday trolley rides with caroling. Shoppers will receive a 20% discount on an item (some exclusions apply). Register at 268 York St. for a fee of $5.

Saturday Shopping Strolls

Visit more than 50 shops and boutiques downtown for in-store promotions and hear Victorian carolers singing in the streets on Dec. 4, 11 and 18 from 2 to 5 p.m.

Sunday Singing

Local school musical ensembles will give live performances along Chapel Street and Broadway on Dec. 5, 12 and 19.

Pictures with Santa

Santa will be giving away free pictures at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore at Yale, 77 Broadway, on Saturday, Dec. 4, 11 and 18; and Sunday, Dec. 5, 12 and 19. Guests will receive both a print and digital photograph as a holiday keepsake.

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Alternative Gift Market

The Alternative Gift Market — an opportunity for shoppers to buy gifts for family and friends while supporting a worthy cause — will take place at Dwight Hall Chapel on Friday, Dec. 3, 2-7 p.m. Items for sale include fair trade goods — such as jewelry, soaps, scarves, coffee, teas, belts and decorations — made by entrepreneurial artisans from developing countries around the world. Also available will be gift options from Alternative Gifts International, which allows shoppers to donate to charitable international causes in the name of their friends and family members.

Holiday Discounts for Employees

Yale faculty and staff can also enjoy holiday discounts at a variety of locations in New Haven.

The Yale Bookstore — a.k.a. The Barnes & Noble Bookstore at Yale — and Campus Customs (57 Broadway) are offering a 20% discount on purchases to Yale staff and faculty Saturday-Friday, Dec. 11-17 (normal exclusions apply).

Members of the Yale community can save 30% on a selection of Yale University Press’ gift titles, including many new and award-winning books. To browse the selection on the holiday catalogue page, visit Enter promo code YALEU at checkout to receive your discount.

The Yale Peabody Museum gift store will offer Yale staff and faculty a 10% off, in-store coupon (valid through Dec. 23). To receive the discount, the coupon must be presented when making a purchase. The coupon will be available online the day after Thanksgiving: The limit is one per customer. The gift shop is located inside the museum at 170 Whitney Ave.

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