For city shoppers: carriage rides, ice carving, music, Santa, and more

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New Haven shoppers can enjoy free rides on a horse-drawn carriage. (Photo courtesy The Shops at Yale)

For the Yale community


At the Yale Bookstore, 77 Broadway:
20% discount off all purchases with a valid Yale ID Dec. 10-18, and 25% off all fleece Dec. 5-18 (normal exclusions apply).

At Campus Customs, 57 Broadway: 40% off your entire purchase of Yale memorabilia with a Yale ID, 6:30-9 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 9. After 9 a.m. on Dec. 9, Yale employees receive a 20% discount through Dec. 18.

Peabody sale

At the Yale Peabody Museum gift shop, 170 Whitney Ave.: All Yale ID holders will receive a 20% discount off all purchases 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2 (no further discounts apply). Free gift wrapping also available 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

The shop’s offerings include jewelry, scarves, home decor and accents, books, calendars, toys, holiday cards, stocking stuffers, and more.

In addition finding gift ideas galore, shoppers in downtown New Haven this holiday season can also enjoy free four-hour parking, horse-drawn carriage rides, ice carving demonstrations, culinary events, storytelling with Santa, caroling, musical performances, and free New Haven-themed ornaments — all sponsored by The Shops at Yale.

Free four-hour parking

Dates: Nov. 25–Dec. 25
: 255 Crown St., 161 York St. and 56 Broadway

Enjoy free parking with a $25 or more purchase from any of The Shops at Yale retailers. New this year, the free parking offer is available seven days a week at the following surface lots: 56 Broadway, across from the Apple Store; 255 Crown St., behind Pacifico and Oaxaca Kitchen; and 161 York St., behind the Yale Center for British Art. All three lots are located within steps of the most popular shops and restaurants in New Haven, in the heart of the Yale campus.

Storytelling with Santa

Dates: Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18
: Chapel Street Historic District and Broadway District

Santa will read stories to children at The Yale Bookstore (77 Broadway) 4-5 p.m. on Saturdays, Dec. 3, 10, and 17 and at Claire’s Corner Copia (1000 Chapel St.) 4-5 p.m. on Sundays, December 4, 11 & 18. Free milk and cookies will be provided at each location. Santa will also stroll the Broadway District on Saturdays and the Chapel St. Historic District on Sundays for photo opportunities 5-6 p.m.

Santa will tell stories and pose for photos. (Photo courtesy The Shops at Yale)

Horse-drawn carriages

Dates: Dec. 1, 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, and 18.
Downtown New Haven

See New Haven from a new perspective during free horse-drawn carriage rides 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1 (the evening of the City of New Haven holiday tree lighting) and noon-4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays in December. Board the carriage at the corner of Temple and Chapel streets on Saturdays for a ride around the Winter Festival on the Green, or at the corner of York and Elm streets for a ride on city streets. The rides are sponsored by the City of New Haven, Town Green Special Services District, Market New Haven, and The Shops at Yale.

Chapel Street ice carving demonstrations

Dates: Nov. 26; Dec. 4, 11, and 18
: 1046 Chapel St., in front of Wave Gallery and L’Occitane En Provence

Watch as professional ice carvers create a masterpiece from a solid block of ice 1-3 p.m. on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 26, and Sundays, Dec. 4, 11, and 18 in front of Wave Gallery and L’Occitane En Provence at 1046 Chapel St. The ice carvers, from Ice Matters in Cheshire, Connecticut, will begin with a 300-pound, solid block of clear ice, measuring 40” tall x 20” wide and transform it into an Elm City Elf (11/26), a snowman (12/4), a bulldog (12/11), and a penguin (12/18). The ice carvings will be available for photo opportunities 3-4 p.m. after the demonstration ends.

Live performances at the Broadway Island holiday stage

Dates: Dec. 3, 10, 16, and 17
: Broadway Island (56 Broadway)

Groups from Yale and local schools will fill the air with music as they perform on the stage at Broadway Island (across from Apple/J.Crew) throughout the day on Saturdays, Dec. 3, 10, and 17, and Friday Dec. 16. This community celebration of the arts includes The St. Thomas Day School Bluestars, The Yale Spizzwinks (?), Lincoln Basset Community School, Sacred Heart Academy Chorus, Yale Undergraduate Choral Society, Unity Boys Choir, Whim n’ Rhythm, Yale Out of the Blue, Neighborhood Music School and many more. See the performance schedule online at

The holiday stage will feature a colorful backdrop, and two 7-foot-wide whimsical stand-ins, currently being created by students at Paier Art School in New Haven, will offer photo opportunities. The stand-ins will be in place Nov. 25–Dec. 24. Musicians (school groups, amateurs, and professionals) interested in being considered for a performance on the Broadway Island stage should send an email to or call (203) 982-0676.

Saturday Cider Night Lunch on Broadway Island

Dates: Nov. 26; Dec. 3 and 10
: Broadway Island (56 Broadway)

Junzi Kitchen’s Cider Night Lunch will feature hot ciders and food from area chefs (for purchase), DJ music, a raffle, and more 5-9 p.m. on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 26, and Dec. 3 and 10. Guest chefs include Lucas Sin from Junzi Kitchen, Charlie Negaro from Atticus, Seth Marino from Heirloom at The Study, and Matthew Wick from Krust. There will also be offerings from Arethusa Farm Dairy and Ashley’s Ice Cream.


Dates: Nov. 26, Dec. 3, 10, 17, and 23
: Chapel Street Historic District and Broadway District

Connecticut Yuletide Carolers, garbed in traditional Victorian costumes, will perform 4-7 p.m. on Saturdays on Chapel Street and Broadway.

Free New Haven ornaments

Dates: Nov. 25 – Dec. 24
: Chapel St. Historic District

The Shops at Yale and Town Green Special Services District will celebrate the holidays by providing free New Haven Ornaments to hang at home. Eight small evergreen trees will line the Chapel St. Historic District and have collectable ornaments for people to take home. The ornaments are three inches in diameter and feature a historic image of New Haven from winters past (while supplies last).

Downtown valet service from Park New Haven

When shopping or dining, visitors to downtown New Haven can take advantage of valet parking service. The downtown valet parking stand is located near the Shubert Theater, across the street from Pacifico and Oaxaca Kitchen. The stand is open Thursday through Saturday 5:3- p.m.-midnight. The rate is $20. For more information, visit

About The Shops at Yale and Yale University Properties:

The Shops at Yale is made up of the Chapel Street Historic and Broadway Districts in New Haven, and it includes a mix of retailers and restaurants such as Apple, Union League Cafe, J. Crew, Tarry Lodge, Barbour, Arethusa Farm Dairy, idiom, Raggs Fashions for Men & Women and many more. University Properties manages Yale’s commercial properties in the city, including retail stores, office spaces, and residential units. Enabled by Yale’s community investment program, University Properties is committed to enhancing the quality of life in New Haven through the development of high-quality retail and office environments and the revitalization of surrounding neighborhoods. Ample parking is available in downtown New Haven with parking lots located at 56 Broadway, 161 York St. and 255 Crown St. and more than 2,500 on-street parking spaces, with many accepting credit and debit cards. Learn more at

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