Scarecrows and pumpkins be gone. Christmas is under construction. While many beg to hold back on the jingle bell soundtracks before the turkey hits their plate, merchants can’t stop themselves. The Starbucks signage and Christmas-bedecked cappuccino cups appeared on November 6. Early Santa, elf, gnome, tree ornament and cozy, winter white sweater sightings are beginning to deck the halls in local stores like Ruby Jane and The Perfect Petal. The Christmas tree lot at Little Man opens on November 20 with the fresh scent of fir in the air. Let’s face it, Santa Claus is coming to town.
After a day of gorging on turkey and football, you know what you have to do. The post-Thanksgiving shopping spree is about to begin! Black Friday followed by Small Business Saturday is the official kickoff to the holiday season. The first night of Chanukah starts on Sunday, November 28, and if you were raised in the Jewish faith you know that the holidays are either “early or late this year.” It’s really early this year. For couch potatoes, Cyber Monday is a preferred shopping method, but ominous warnings of supply chain shortages in toys and popular electronics have been peppering the news. Buy early to avoid broken-hearted kids is the message. Our suggestion, SHOP LOCAL.
Tennyson/Berkeley Small Business Holiday Passport Crawl
Businesses throughout North Denver are planning events to make shopping fun. The 8th Annual Tennyson/Berkeley Small Business Holiday Passport Crawl begins November 27 through December 4. As a special thank you for supporting small businesses this year participating merchants will be offering holiday discounts with the passport. Get 5 stamps or more and turn it in at Jolly Goods by December 4 to be entered in for a chance to win a gift basket full of goodies from all participating businesses.
Highlands Shop Small Saturday Sip & Shop
The Highlands merchants on 32nd Avenue are hosting a Shop Small Saturday Sip & Shop on November 27, as well. Come to the Highlands for a full day of festive holiday fun. Grab a coffee or a cocktail-to-go (one of COVID’s silver linings) and surf the street for hidden gems, great food, and unforgettable gifts. It is the perfect way to keep your dollars local. Keep the spirit going the following weekend, too, at the Perfect Petal. On December 3, 4, and 5 they will hold their annual shopping parties with music, cocktails, food, raffles, and perfect gifts. If you sign up for their email list in advance, special discounts await you.
Cobbler’s Corner Celebrates Small Business Saturday
At Cobbler’s Corner on 44th and Alcott, Intrigue Boutique is turning six on November 20. Get a jump start on shopping with a 20% discount and a local artist pop-up that the owner, Amanda Larimer, will host. She has more secrets in store for you on Small Business Saturday. Next door, Jenna Rice of Honeycomb & Co will provide incentives for her glorious flowers and gifts that provide a one-stop-shop for unique presents for the holidays. Feeling foodie? So Damn Gouda is just that! Order a holiday tray of delectable meats, cheeses, and veggies, or put together your own gift basket for a tasty treat.
Santa Sightings & Toy Drives
Aside from shopping, what would Christmas be without a visit with Santa and some old-fashioned caroling? On Sunday, November 27 from 3-6 PM Local 46 presents Photos with Santa, a Toy Drive, and Happy Hour benefitting the Tennyson Center for Children. Bring a new, unwrapped present or donate $10 for the kids and get some snappy snaps of your kiddos with the big guy. Sign up for a slot at local46bar.com. On Saturday, December 4 from 1-4 PM the giving continues for Tennyson Center Children and Families at Nostalgic Home’s event, Sweets for the Sweets Toy Drop. Photos with a vaccinated Santa at Nostalgic Homes will make the day even sweeter!
Little Man Ice Cream Santa Factory Launches
The Little Man Ice Cream Factory at 4411 W. Colfax is pulling out all the Santa stops this season. Opening on November 26, Santa’s Factory will include events like Bingo with Mrs. Claus, Saturdays with Santa, Crafting with the Elves, Gingerbread House Parties, Santa Baby Drag Queen Bingo, and live holiday music. They are also collaborating with local food purveyors for amazing stocking stuffer goodies and gifts. When you buy $20 of gift cards or swag, Little Man will give you a free scoop and a Buy-One-Get-One in January, too.
Caroling Crawl with North High School
North High School and other local schools will be leading a Caroling Crawl down 32nd Avenue on Wednesday, December 1 beginning at 4:30 PM. Music Director, Ally Olson’s singing angels will land at the Little Man “Can,” 2620 16th Street, for the 10th Annual Pajama Christmas Carol and Hora Around the Menorah celebrating with Santa and a Menorah lighting at 6 PM.
Bienvenidos Food Drive Serves North Denver Families
Tis the season for giving. But, it’s not only gifts for your friends and family. It is giving to our greater community family. With the simple mission that no family goes hungry, Bienvenidos Food Bank has been serving Northwest Denver since 1976. They will support over 250 families this Thanksgiving. Generator Real Estate is collecting donations to purchase grocery gift cards that will be included in the Bienvenidos Thanksgiving distribution to help families shop for the things that will make their holiday special. Generator will match every donation dollar for dollar. As a thank you, all Little Man locations will be offering one pint for $1.00 with proof of donation. Donate at ColoradoGives.org/Generator2021.
Happy and Merry coming your way. Be safe. Be healthy. And keep it in the Ho-Ho-Hood!