The merchants of the Tennyson Street business district, which stretches along Tennyson from 38th to 52nd avenues, already offer unique merchandise, friendly service and a cozy mom-and-pop ambience to die for. But this holiday season, they're stoking the pot with just a little more incentive. The neighborhood's Jingle and Mingle: The 12 Days of Shopping, running today through December 12, also offers a chance to get more bang for your buck: During this time, any purchase of $5 or more made at a participating merchant works as instant registration in a drawing to win one of more than fifty gift cards. The more you shop, the more likely you are to win, and if you don't, you're still guaranteed a happy shopping experience.
There's more: For the Jingle and Mingle finale on December 11 and 12, carolers will be out on the street, stores will host open houses with refreshments and holiday cheer, and Santa will be stopping by. On Saturday, kids can get up close and personal with the jolly old elf over breakfast from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Comfort Cafe, 3945 Tennyson Street; on Sunday, he'll be strolling the streets from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.