Holiday Happenings

Holiday Cheer is abound in New Haven this season, we guarantee surprise and delight around every corner, with FREE family fun! Experience all the Elm City has to offer as you take in the sights, you’ll never know who you’ll bump into!



New Haven Holiday Tree Lighting 2018

For over 30 years, the Elm City has celebrated the holiday season with a tree lighting on the New Haven Green. Join us for family fun on Thursday, November 29, from 4pm – 8pm. FREE activities include hay rides, live music, a Ferris Wheel, amusement rides, petting zoo and special guests.

Ice Carving Demonstrations

FREE Holiday-themed ice sculptures created by professional ice carvers in front of L’Occitane En Provence and WAVE Gallery at 1046 Chapel Street. 1:00-3:00pm, Sundays, Dec. 2, 9, 16 and 23. Visit The Shops at Yale for complete information.

Ice Carving Competition & A Cappella Concert

Eight professional ice carvers will each transform 900 lbs of ice into a spectacular sculpture in only 4 hours. Enjoy performances by several accomplished a cappella groups including, The Yale Alley Cats, Something Extra, Whim ‘n Rhythm, The New Blue of Yale, Proof of the Pudding, Guilford Carolers and more! The FREE fun happens from 12:00-4:00pm, Saturday, Dec. 8 at 56 Broadway, across from Apple/L.L.Bean. Visit The Shops at Yale for complete information.

Storytelling with Santa

Experience Santa read beloved holiday stories this season!  Santa will be visiting The Yale Bookstore (77 Broadway) with face painting, Willoughby’s Coffee & Tea (194 York St.) and Claire’s Corner Copia (1000 Chapel St.). Complimentary snacks will be provided. Visit The Shops at Yale for complete information.

Weekend Crafts

Saturdays at Hull’s Art Supply & Framing from 3:00-5:00pm (1144 Chapel St.) and Sundays at The Yale Bookstore from 2:00-4:00pm (77 Broadway). Visit The Shops at Yale for complete information.


Yuletide Carolers

Roaming the Broadway and Chapel Historic Districts. 1:005:00pm, Saturdays, through – Dec. 22 and Sunday, Dec. 23.Visit The Shops at Yale for complete information.