6 Santa-Approved Shindigs

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Cue the inner child, because Christmas is only a week away! Since you've all been extra busy curating the perfect gifts for friends, family, and lest we forget, lovers — you probably haven't had the time to stop and smell the pine needles. This grouping of parties will throw you right into the mindset, while you count down the arrival of Old Saint Nick. Enjoy some of your favorite seasonal treats, sneak in a DIY session, and get that last-minute shopping done, already! These events are awesome, so ho-ho-hop in your sleigh ride and don't miss out.
Brit & Co. and Forever21 Holiday Makeshop
At this time of year, keeping your noggin stylishly toasty is a must. Forever 21 is sponsoring our go-to blog Brit & Co. with a style-savvy Makeshop, which includes some serious beanie DIYing. Customize your favorite knit hat and give yourself the ultimate winter accessory. Go all glam, or just a little detail here and there. Regardless, your creation will be one of a kind.
When: Friday, December 20, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Brit & Co. Makeshop, 550 Sutter Street (between Powell and Mason streets); No phone.
Alternative Apparel Store Opening Celebration
While you were busy bustling through your workload and attending seasonal fêtes, Alternative Apparel has been up to something pretty cool, and are finally ready to share. In lieu of its store opening, it has teamed up with local entrepreneur Mike Del Ponte of Soma and TechShop to hand-select a talented recipient of a "Sustainability In Design" grant. And, while the winner will receive a one-year residency and all the creative freedom to create a product prototype, party attendees will get to vote in-store and get the low down on all the competitors. Oh, and did we mention the cocktails, bites, and good music by DJ Andy Cabic of Vetiver?
When: Wednesday, December 18, 7 to 10 p.m.
Where: Alternative, 424 Hayes Street (between Gough and Octavia streets); No phone.
Baggu and Voyager Party
Is there anything more tempting than the cookie, beer, and bag trifecta? You may not have known that this combo means for serious success, but after the Baggu & Voyager party you will be convinced. Join the two in a holiday gathering, oh, and an all-store sale! For those of you who have been slacking on the shopping, here is your chance to get some goodies. Asahi will sponsor with free beer, so you really have no excuse not to stop in and say hi!
When: Thursday, December 19, 6 to 9 p.m.
Where: Voyager, 356 Valencia Street ( between 14th and 15th streets); 415-779-2712.
Alyssa Nicole Holiday Pop-Up
In honor of your generous state, it's time to treat yourself to something that you've had your eye on. This something being any of the pieces from the glorious fall 2013 collection by Alyssa Nicole. Yep, those frocks will be hanging out at FashionElles, waiting for you to swing by and pick one up for 20% off. In fact, the entire boutique will be on sale and brimming with holiday treats! If you need a few extra tips, look to co-host Kathleen Murillo of Inspirafashion.
When: Saturday, December 21, 1 to 5 p.m.
Where: FashionElles, 2030 Chestnut Street (Between Fillmore Street and Mallorca Way); 415-673-1471.
RSVP: here!
Heritage Mercantile Vintage Christmas Miracle
Join in on an evening that is sure to throw some glitter on the season, with Heritage Mercantile. Hostesses Robyn Miller and Jenni Witt will put the true meaning back in to the holidays, featuring a diorama made entirely of rum balls and a very festive Christmas piñata. Bite into some fabulous cookies and sip on eggnog while you count down the days until Mr. Claus is near. Did we mention the shopping? Yes, there will be wares aplenty to scoop up, and if you can't make it for the party, the pop-up will run until Christmas Eve.
When: Thursday, December 19, 7 to 9 p.m.
Where: Smokey's Tangle, 4709 Telegraph Avenue (between 47th and 48th streets), Oakland; No phone.
Wholiday Pop-Up Shop at The W Hotel
Who are you trying to impress this year with your giving skills? Wholiday at the W Hotel and Storefront have got you covered with a grand scheme to have all stockings stuffed with the best of the best! Shop designers such as Coffee and Cream Press, Girl On A Motorcycle, Gyoie Jewelry, and more. Each brand is bringing its own special edge to an all-together wonderful and crafty collection.
When: Wednesday, December 18, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: The W Hotel, 181 Third Street, 2nd Floor (at Howard Street); 415-777-5300.

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