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Seasonal Sunday Stroll on Central

Dec. 6, Noon to 5 p.m.

The Central Street Business Association presents its annual Holiday Open House. Many shops on Central Street in north Evanston will offer special sales, refreshments, entertainment and seasonal surprises including a visit from Santa. Some of the participating businesses include Stella, Perennials, Lois & Co., Table Manners, Walsh Natural Health, George Ritzlin Antique Maps and Prints, Allegro Dance, Maya Papaya and Tony Macarony Children’s Boutique, Montoya Fiber Studio and The Spice House.

The festivities will kick-off Central Street’s “Shop Small Stores” campaign, an effort to work with the community to support Central Street’s distinctive shopping district.

Rachel Hershinow of Stella, 2116 Central St., says, “The holiday open house is an opportunity for merchants to give back to the community that continues to support them.”

Visit www.centralstreet-evanston.com/events.

 

Holiday Walk at Chicago/Dempster

Dec. 4-6, during regular business hours

The Chicago Dempster Merchants Association’s Holiday Open House has been a neighborhood tradition for over twenty years. Participating merchants will offer special in-store events, including sales, refreshments and entertainment.

Some of the activities include a special collection of Santa’s pixies and vintage ornaments for sale at Secret Treasures, 605 Dempster St., and a visiting artist who will draw caricatures of customers at Interiors Et Cetera, 1243 Chicago Ave..

Paul Giddings of FolkWorks Gallery, 1310-1/2 Chicago Ave., says he is hopeful the event will help bring patrons around.

“We want to continue the tradition,” says Mr. Giddings. “We’re hoping it will remind our neighbors to shop locally.”

Visit www.shopevanston.com

A Magical Visit with Santa in
Downtown Evanston, Sherman Plaza

Dec. 5 and 6, noon to 4 p.m.

Downtown Evanston (EvMark) will host its annual North Pole at 1620 Sherman in the Sherman Plaza passageway just between LA Fitness and Lululemon. Visitors will enter a magical holiday wonderland where children can visit with Santa and share their Christmas wishes.

The event is free. Families are encouraged to continue the holiday festivities with a stroll around the downtown to visit local shops and restaurants.

“After the kids visit with Santa, we hope families will take the time to rediscover the wonderful and unique variety of shops in the downtown,” says EvMark executive director Carolyn Dellutri.

Visit www.evanstondowntown.com

Window Wonderland on Main Street

Dec. 12, noon to 4 p.m.

Children and adults alike can enjoy watching the windows on Main Street magically come alive. Actors from Evanston’s Piccolo Theatre will be “on display,” dressed in period costumes and interacting with people walking by.

Participating merchants are also offering prizes to be drawn by Santa at 4:30 p.m.

“We have a lot of prizes to give away, “says Main Street Merchants president Susanne Donoghue. “We are also planning to have some caroling. It will be lots of fun.”

Black Friday Brings Seasonal Sentiment and Sales to Downtown Evanston

The holiday decorations are up, there is a chill in the air, and downtown Evanston merchants are poised to welcome shoppers on Black Friday. Historically one of the busiest retail days of the year, the day after Thanksgiving is known for kicking off holiday shopping season with deep discounts. Most downtown Evanston stores will be featuring savings – many storewide – and some are offering extended hours.

The following stores have confirmed specials on Nov. 27, with some continuing through Sunday or beyond: American Apparel, Ashley Lauren Natural Products, Asinamali, Ayla’s Originals Bead Bazaar, Benefit Cosmetics, Blick Art Materials, Campus Gear, Coucou, Design Within Reach, Hot Mama, J. Antou Salon, Lemoi Ace Hardware, Stepping Out on Faith, Thriftgeek, Urban Outfitters, U.S. Cellular, Vintage Vinyl and WineStyles.

Adding additional holiday merriment to the downtown Evanston shopping experience, eight child members of the Next Theatre’s cast of “”A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant!”” will meander through the downtown Friday from 1 to 2:30 p.m., caroling with musical numbers from this irreverent holiday hit.

Shoppers should be sure to stop by the corner of Church Street and Maple Avenue between 3 and 5 p.m. on Friday, where free roasted chestnuts will be passed out, courtesy of Church Street Plaza. This festive offering will continue every Friday and Saturday from 3-5 p.m. through Dec. 19.