Here's a surefire way to get into the Christmas spirit: Spend tonight gathered around a festively decorated Christmas tree sipping hot spiked drinks and raising money for Toys for Tots.


The Gibson's festively decorated patio opens tonight. (Photo by Dominique Fierro)

The Gibson's back patio isn't usually open during the winter, but the staff has placed a giant tree in the middle of it and strung greenery, bows and lights along the walls. Ornaments from Miss Pixie's and Target have been hung on the tree. You're invited to stop by and sip one of the new warming cocktails from the Gibson's winter menu -- I'm partial to the Starbucks-esque Chai Chi with Chairman's Reserve Rum -- and take a close look at the ornaments, which are all for sale. Proceeds from all ornament sales and a portion of tonight's cocktail sales will benefit Toys for Tots.

Doors open at 6 p.m. No reservations are necessary. The patio will remain open through Saturday, Jan. 4.