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Merchants Square to host William & Mary night

Merchants Square, in conjunction with the William & Mary Bookstore and the W&M MBA Association, will host the fourth annual W&M Night on Dec. 5. 

treeThe event will begin at 6 p.m. in the William & Mary Bookstore with a canned food drive to benefit the Foodbank of the Virginia Peninsula. The first 400 participants to donate three cans or more will receive a special holiday-themed commemorative T-shirt. Santa will also be available throughout the evening for photo opportunities. 

Additional activities will include chili and cider outside the Trellis, dessert from the Wythe Candy & Gourmet Shop and a special Christmas carol sing-along by the Williamsburg Waites.  

Guests with a valid W&M ID will also receive additional discounts throughout the evening from area merchants: The William & Mary Bookstore and Wythe Candy & Gourmet Shop will offer 20 percent off storewide purchases (10 percent on Nook devices), and, after the festivities outside, the DoG Street Pub will offer $5 meal deals and drink specials until 9 p.m.

“Students deserve a night of holiday spirit prior to the beginning of exams. W&M Night is an opportunity for Merchants Square to reward students for a job well done and to wish them a happy holidays,” said Cathy Pacheco, William & Mary Bookstore manager and vice president of the Merchants Square Association.

Suzana Maricic, of the W&M MBA Association added, “There are so many needy families in our community so our hope is to make an immediate impact while bringing awareness to the fact that hunger is a year round issue.”

The Foodbank of the Virginia Peninsula serves the cities of Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson and Williamsburg and the counties of Gloucester, James City, Mathews, Surry and York.

For additional event information and to learn which items are most needed by the Foodbank, visit