Forget all of that “togetherness” stuff. The holidays are really just about two things: parties and shopping. And today, you can do both at the same time at Shop N Mingle. While you check out the clothes (including labels Harriet’s Alter Ego and Laidback and vintage sneakers for men), take advantage of the open bar, complimentary barber services for men, makeovers for women, and dessert tastings by local pastry chefs. Also happening today is the Handmade Cavalcade, featuring more than 50 talented craftspeople you’d typically find online at Etsy, selling clothing, jewelry, paper goods, bath and body products, and toys. And with every purchase, you get a free raffle ticket to win something for yourself! Shop N Mingle, from 1 to 7, National Black Theatre, 2031 Fifth Avenue, 718-783-2074, admission is free with RSVP to going.com/shopnmingle09; Handmade Cavalcade, from 11 to 8, Openhouse Gallery, 201 Mulberry Street, RSVP online for free goodies at handmadecavalcade.com, free

Sat., Dec. 5, 2009