PITTSBURG — Local businesses are helping area residents get a jump on their holiday shopping.

The holidays are fast approaching and bringing with them a long line of friends and family with Christmas lists of their own. That’s why the Kiwanis Club of Pittsburg and Circle K of Pittsburg State University are throwing the Pittsburg Holiday Sip and Shop in conjunction with several downtown Pittsburg merchants.

Organizers are hoping to encourage residents to shop local this holiday season. “We really wanted to keep people close to home,” said Jock’s Nitch owner, John Minton.

From 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, downtown businesses will offer special pricing and deals to shoppers. “There are so many great places to get to, we wanted to open it up for the whole day,” Minton said. “That way, people have time to take advantage of everything the Sip and Shop has to offer.”

Tickets to the event are $20 — proceeds to go to the Kiwanis Club of Pittsburg and Circle K of PSU — and include spirit tastings, drink vouchers, shuttling service, a goodie bag and more! The event will start at Jock’s Nitch, 533 N Broadway in Pittsburg, where shoppers can register anytime between 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. While businesses will be open to shoppers who don’t purchase tickets, only ticketed shoppers will receive the event’s special deals and discounts.

Other exciting offerings include the Sip and Shop Postcard. Ending at Pairott Head Liquor, shoppers who get their postcards stamped by every participating business will be entered into a drawing for $400 worth of local gift cards.

When shoppers have worked up an appetite, they can stop into one of downtown’s many bars and restaurants for a little break. “We’ll have a lot of restaurants running food specials and drink specials. I think several businesses will have tastings going on,” Minton said.

The event promises to have a little something for everyone. Participating business include: Main Street Urban Axe Co., Embellish Boutique, Strawberry moon, Sweet Designs Cakery, Willow Tree Weaving Creations, Harry’s Cafe, 5th Street Bar and Grill, Repurpose Boutique, Audacious Boutique, The Pitt, Jock’s Nitch, Sara Loree’s Bridal and Formal, TJ Lelands, Deja Vu Resale, Merle Norman Cosmetics, The Home Place, Sugar Rush Sweet Treats, Root Coffeehouse, Salon 9, John’s Sport Center and Pairott Head Liquor.

Wristbands can be purchased before the event on EventBrite or at Jock’s Nitch day-of.