Every year, Santa’s got his list and you’ve got yours. But from gift-gathering to rounding up all your holiday trimmings, your to-do list might not leave much time for fun. Of course the season of hope has a solution: Holidate, which lets you shop and celebrate at the same time.
Downtown Portland’s weekly roundup of special in-store events and merry-making restaurant deals, Holidate runs every Thursday evening in December, 4-7 p.m., ideal for the fresh-from-the-office crowd or suburban working folks who want to enjoy some holiday spirit in the city.
Downtown businesses roll out new events every week, starting Thursday, Dec. 6. Here are some of the many highlights:
- Enchanted Alpaca, a holiday pop-up shop, will have wine tasting, live models & live acoustic music from 5-8 p.m.
- Nordstrom will offer demos on men’s bow tying and complimentary monogramming with a men’s sportswear purchase.
- Gypsy Chic is running discounts of 15-30 percent off while serving wine and snacks.
- Portland Center Stage is extending a $10 discount on adult tickets with the “Holidate” promo code.
And then, of course, there are the special Holidate drinks — concoctions created specifically for the season by some of the city’s best restaurants. Paddy’s Bar and Grill is rolling out the Portland Nudge, which mixes an Irish coffee with a hot toddy. But we’re giddy for Gracie’s warm eggnog and glogg. Thank goodness Holidate lasts all month long — otherwise there wouldn’t be enough time to try them all!