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A Head Start on Holiday Shopping

Get the scoop on special shopping events this week in Benicia, Danville, Livermore, Pleasanton, and Walnut Creek.

Who says you can’t start the holiday excitement early? Merchants are offering great deals for holiday shoppers who are getting a head start, with several local shopping events planned throughout the East Bay this week.  Here's the scoop:

November 17: Danville
Spirit of Danville Holiday Shopping Evening

More than 50 merchants and restaurants will participate in this evening of holiday cheer, with special offers, deep discounts, gift ideas, and free trolley rides between downtown, the Livery, and The Rose Garden shopping destinations. Pus, 100 percent of ticket proceeds go directly to the charity from which you purchase your ticket! Downtown Danville, 5–9 p.m., $5, (925) 339-8330, discoverdanvilleca.com/.

November 19: Benicia, Livemore, and Pleasanton
Earlier than the Bird

Start off the holiday season right with this multi-town shopping extravaganza. Downtown retail shops in Benicia, Livermore, and Pleasanton offer refreshments, from hot cocoa to mimosas, to fuel their shoppers. Special offers, value campaigns, plus special gifts for those who show up in their pajamas will all make this a shopping trip to remember! Downtown Livermore and Pleasanton, 7 a.m.–12 p.m.; Livermore: (925) 373-1795, livermoredowntown.com; Pleasanton: (925) 484-2199, pleasantondowntown.com. Downtown Benicia, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., beniciamainstreet.org.

November 19–20: Walnut Creek
Semi-Annual Sidewalk Sale

Walnut Creek joins in on the holiday shopping action with its semi-annual sidewalk sale. This year's event features stores ranging from Bonne Nuit lingerie to Wine Hardware, so stroll through downtown to find some great bargains. Downtown Walnut Creek, regular business hours, walnutcreekdowntown.com.