Celebrate the Holidays in Downtown Traverse City

Downtown has lots of fun in store for Holiday shoppers this Christmas season. The events begin tonight, with Ladies Night, followed by the Downtown Open House, the ever popular Men’s Shopping Night and a special Shop and Win special. Here’s all the details:


Ladies’ Night
Thursday, December 10

Downtown Traverse City will be hosting Ladies Night, Thursday, December 10 from 5 to 9 pm.   Visit participating stores for specials, refreshments, prize drawings, free gift wrapping and more! Caroling throughout the evening.

Downtown Open House

Friday, December 11

Share the spirit of the season with family and friends while merchants throughout the Downtown district host open houses and in-store specials Friday, December 11.  Participating stores will be open until 10 pm offering store specials, free gift wrapping, food, refreshments and more!  Bringing a little bit of the islands to winter in Downtown Traverse City, a student Steel Drum Band will be performing at the corner of Cass and E. Front from 6 – 8 pm. Horse & Carriage Rides from Abraham Carriage Service will be available at an affordable price from 6-9 pm. Caroling will take place throughout the evening with the Sweet Adelines and students from TC West High School while Santa will be in his house visiting with little ones.
Men’s Night Downtown
Thursday, December 17
Gentlemen, the evening is yours, finally!  Celebrate and shop with friends during Men’s Night Downtown on Thursday, December 17.  The gents can enjoy hors d’oeuvres and specials at many restaurants and merchants will be offering in-store specials, gift wrapping and drawings.

Shop Downtown and Win!

Spend $200 in Downtown Traverse City between December 1-10, 2009 and enter to win a $250 Downtown Shopping Spree. It’s easy to enter. Visit the Downtown Office no later than December 11, 2009, show your receipts totaling $200 in purchases between December 1-10, 2009 and enter to win. The drawing will take place on Monday, December 14, 2009.  And don’t forget to keep your dollars local this holiday shopping season, Downtown Gift Certificates Make the Perfect Gift!

Santa’s Hours

Santa will be visiting with little ones in his house at the corner of Cass and E. Front throughout the holiday season.
Santa’s Arrival: 11/27
6 – 8 pm
Saturdays: 11/28, 12/5, 12/12, 12/19
11 am – 4 pm
Sundays: 11/29, 12/6, 12/13, 12/20
1 – 4 pm
Fridays: 12/4, 12/18
5 – 8 pm
Fridays: 12/11
5-9 pm
Extended hours:  December 21, 22 & 23
3 – 7 pm
Christmas Eve: 12/24
Noon – 3 pm

Parking  – Free and Easy!
The price is right for downtown parking this holiday season. Two-hour free parking will be offered at the Larry C. Hardy Parking Deck.  And, remember, parking at the two hour meters is always free for the first 30-minutes, so enjoy Downtown! Downtown parking in the Hardy Deck is also free after 5 pm and all day on Saturday and Sunday.

Downtown Holidays are hosted by the over 150 merchants, restaurants and businesses who are members of the Downtown Traverse City Association. Please contact the Downtown Traverse City Association at 922-2050 or e-mail colleen@downtowntc.com for further information or visit their website at www.downtowntc.com