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Gayety opens kitschy Christmas-themed pop-up to Collingwood

The fun pop-up bar is designed to get you into the Christmas spirits

The Historic Gayety Theatre is launching a holiday themed cocktail pop-up bar called Miracle in Collingwood for the 2022 Christmas season.

“Having received over a thousand reservations already, it looks like people are ready for some holiday cheer!” said Gayety owner Joseph Patrick, who is responsible for bringing the global Christmas cocktail bar pop-up to Collingwood.

The concept was born in 2014 by Greg Boehm, when he decided to halt the construction of his new East Village cocktail bar and transform it into a pop-up bar serving holiday-themed drinks among over-the-top Christmas decorations.

The following year, Miracle expanded to four locations and in 2016, it went worldwide with pop-ups in Greece, Montreal and Paris. The concept has since expanded to all corners of the United States, plus pop-ups in Canada, Europe, Asia, and Central America.

Miracle manager Joann Spiegel is the master mixologist behind recipe creation, and has developed an array of delicious holiday cocktails for all of the Miracle menus this year, including some returning fan favourites, such as the Christmapolitan and the Snowball Old Fashioned, which has hints of gingerbread and is made with a real snowball.

This is the first year for the pop-up in Collingwood, and Patrick is excited to see the lounge transformed into a festive space, with tons of holiday kitsch and thousands of twinkling lights.

“Downtown Collingwood is the perfect place for Miracle,” said Patrick. “The residents and BIA are very supportive and folks here are keen for new and fun experiences.”

Miracle in Collingwood will run from Dec. 1 to Dec. 29, with festive live entertainment every evening and special events taking place throughout the month, such as the Worldwide Ugly Christmas Sweater Party, Christmas Carol-oke, and the Holiday Slay Drag Show. Both walk-ups and reservations will be accepted.

The pop-up will be open from 4 p.m. until 2 a.m on weekdays and 2 p.m. until 2 a.m. on weekends. Families with kids are welcome to enjoy hot chocolate until 6 p.m., but after that, it's adults only. 

The fun mugs and glassware will also be available for purchase during the pop-up and 10 per cent of all proceeds from the retail sales will be donated to Seva Foundation, a global nonprofit eye care organization that works with local communities around the world to develop self-sustaining programs that preserve and restore sight.

For more information or to make a reservation, visit Miracle in Collingwood.

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Maddie Johnson is an early career journalist working in financial, small business, adventure and lifestyle reporting. She studied Journalism at the University of King's College, and worked in Halifax, Malta and Costa Rica before settling in Collingwood
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