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Special discounts and events during first annual William & Mary Night

  • Special discountsMerchant Square businesses will offer W&M students, faculty and staff special discounts during the first annual W&M Night Dec. 1.

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  • Bookstore bountySpecial discounts during William & Mary Night at Colonial Williamsburg's Merchants Square will include, in addition to the regular discount on clothing, 20 percent off general books, W&M merchandise and CafĂ© items for W&M students.

    Photo by Stephen Salpukas

    Bookstore bounty

William & Mary students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend the first annual William & Mary Night in Merchants Square from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 1. The evening includes discounts and specials around Merchants Square, a food drive, pictures with Santa, free food and hot beverages, and a street performance.

“With the abundance of shops and restaurants in a historical setting as beautiful as Merchants Square, what better way for the William & Mary community to celebrate the holiday season than with a night of festivities in our very own back yard,” said Cathy Pacheco, general manger of the William & Mary Bookstore and co-coordinator of the event.

The celebration starts at the William & Mary Bookstore in Colonial Williamsburg, where the first 200 individuals to donate at least two canned goods or non-perishable food items will receive a free, limited-edition William & Mary holiday t-shirt.  Participants will also receive a special gift bag from Merchants Square with coupons and samples from area shops and restaurants.  A photographer will be set up with Santa and his sleigh to capture the magical memories of the evening.  Picture packages will be available for purchase, starting at $15.

Free hot chocolate, cider and chili will be served from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The Trellis restaurant.  An exclusive performance of “A Christmas Carol” will begin at 8:30 p.m. on Duke of Gloucester Street.

Individuals with their W&M ID will receive discounts and specials at the shops around Merchants Square.  In addition to the regular student discount on clothing, students will also receive 20 percent off general books, W&M merchandise and Café items at the College Bookstore.  The faculty/staff discount of 10 percent will be doubled to 20.