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At New Pop-Up Bar, Visit Santa and Drink Holiday Cocktails

Greyson F

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Now that Thanksgiving is in the rearview mirror and many in greater Tucson have their sights set on Christmas, now is the time to not only begin holiday shopping but take the time to visit Santa. But maybe stopping by the mall Santa isn’t in your cards, and you’d rather avoid the rush of holiday shoppers scurrying around in hopes of scoring the perfect gift. If you’d much rather take it easy, grab a cocktail, and say hi to Jolly Old Saint Nick, you’re in luck, because the Miracle on Congress Street is back and better than ever this year. 

Playground Bar & Lounge (located at 245 East Congress Street) has been closed up for the last several months, leaving a hole in the hearts of downtown cocktail lovers ever since. However, this hole will be filled with fresh, seasonal cocktails, ice cream, and Santa himself. Starting December and running until December 19, every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday Playground will be converted into Miracle on Congress Street. 

So what does all of this mean? Well, if you’re out shopping with your kid, they’ll be gifted a free scoop of Candy Cane ice cream. As an adult, you’re free to purchase your own, or better yet, you can help yourself to one of the holiday cocktails. The special cocktails include the HUB’s Coquito, Santa’s Peanut Butter Cookies, Tucson Boulevardier, and the Winter Sangria.

The HUB’s Coquito is made from cream of coconut, vanilla, and cinnamon. Santa’s Peanut Butter Cookies is Screwball peanut butter whiskey, creme de cacao, and half and half. The Tucson Boulevard is used with local spirit Whiskey Del Bac, sweet vermouth, and Campari. And lastly, the Winter Sangria is the classic sangria, just part of the glass is dipped in Sugar, to give a frosted look to the beverage (and a little extra pick-me-up to help after a long day of holiday shopping). 

If you’re more interested in a scoop of holiday ice cream, you can try one of several flavors available, which includes pecan pie, candy cane, egg nog, Mexican hot chocolate, lump of coal, pecan kiss, as well as sparkling mimosa and lemon cranberry sorbet. 

You’ll want to make sure and stop by the pop-up bar on Friday and Saturday from 4 PM until 6:30 PM, and 12 until 4 PM on Sunday. It is free to visit Santa (which isn’t something all the local malls can say), although it is recommended to bring a non-perishable item for donating to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, which will collect the donations on site. 

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