Holiday Events at The Shops at Yale


Celebrate your holiday season in historic downtown New Haven at The Shops at Yale. All events are free and open to the public.

FREE 4-Hour Parking
Free 4-hour parking with same-day purchase of $30 or more from retailers at The Shops at Yale. Friday, November 24 – Sunday, December 24 at 255 Crown Street, 161 York Street and 56 Broadway. (Store employees are not eligible).

Shop, Dine & Explore Holiday Giveaway
Enter to win 1 of 5, $500 Shopping & Dining packages, November 24 – December 24, 2017, at select retailers. (For complete Rules & Regulations, please visit> .)

Entry locations:
-Barbour, 27 Broadway
-dwell New Haven, 1022 Chapel Street
-Trailblazer, 296 Elm Street
-Yurway Boutique, 1130 Chapel Street

Ice Carving Competition, 12:00-4:00pm, Saturday, December 9
8 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. Yuletide Carolers, hot cocoa and other specialty drinks on-site at the Crepes Choupette kiosk, live music and a raffle for gift cards and other prizes. Free 4-hour parking with receipt of just $30 or more. See below for details.
Location: Broadway Island, across from Apple/J.Crew/Urban Outfitters.

Ice Carving Demonstrations, 1:00-3:00pm
Location: In front of L’Occitane En Provence and WAVE Gallery (1046 Chapel Street.)
Friday, November 24, Holiday Bear • Saturday, Nov 25, Elm City Elf
Sunday, December 3, Bulldog (with appearance from Yale’s Handsome Dan)
Sunday, December 10, Penguin • Sunday, December 17, Snowman

FREE Downtown Horse & Carriage Rides, 12:00-4:00pm
Location: Pick-up located on the Corner of College & Chapel Streets on College Street.
(across from New Haven INFO Center, 1000 Chapel Street.)
Route: Chapel, right onto York, right onto Elm and right on College.
Sunday, December 3 • Sunday, December 10
Sunday, December 17 • Saturday, December 24

Story Time with Santa and Jewish Storytelling (Claire’s only), 2:00-3:00pm.
Selfies with Santa 3:00-4:00pm.

Broadway District – Yale Bookstore, lower level
Saturdays, November 25 and Dec. 2, 9, 16 and 23.
Insomnia Cookies & milk provided.
Come early for free face painting, 12:00-2:00pm.

Chapel District – Claire’s Corner Copia, 1000 Chapel Street
Sundays, November 26 and December 3, 10, 17 and 24.
Jewish storytelling, Sundays, December 3, 10, 17 and 24.
Cookies & milk provided.

Yuletide Carolers (roaming), 2:00-6:00pm
Broadway District and Chapel Districts
Saturdays, November 25 and December 2, 9, 16 and 23.

All events are free and open to the public. For directions and parking, visit