There are a few ways we determine whether or not the holiday season is really here, from the first Christmas decor popping up at Target to the 4 pm sunsets we get courtesy of Daylight Savings Time coming to an end, but nothing ushers in the holidays so flavorfully as Starbucks releasing its holiday cups and beverages. Well, that means that tomorrow, November 7, is the official start of the holiday season, because that’s when Starbucks is bringing back its seasonal holiday beverages, releasing FOUR holiday cups and one reusable holiday cup that they’re giving away for free.
That’s right. If you head to Starbucks on November 7th in the US and Canada, you’ll get a free reusable red holiday cup, while supplies last. Even better? Bring that reusable cup back to Starbucks between November 7 and January 7 and order a grande holiday beverage after 2 PM, and get 50 cents off your purchase.
If you aren’t lucky enough to get your hands on one of the reusable red cups, you still have the standard holiday cups to look forward to. There are four designs this year: Polka Dots, a red cup with green polka dots; Merry Dance, a white cup covered in red and green letters spelling out the word Merry; Merry Stripes, a dark green cup that says “Merry Coffee” in white lettering; and Candy Cane Stripes, a red and white striped cup that says Starbucks all over it in black letters.
Along with the release of the new holiday cups comes the return of the store’s classic holiday handcrafted beverages: the Peppermint Mocha, Toasted White Chocolate, Caramel Brulee Latte, Chestnut Praline Latte and Eggnog Latte; as well as holiday food items: the Holiday Turkey & Stuffing Panini, Cranberry Bliss Bar, Sugar Plum Danish, Snowman Cookie, Gingerbread Loaf, Peppermint Brownie Cake Pop and Snowman Cake Pop.
There are a couple of other fun benefits that come with the new cups.
If you take an Instagram Story of your Starbucks holiday cup, you’ll be able to access fun AR features to enhance your photo or video.
And, stranger still, if you show up to an Alaska Airlines flight with a Starbucks holiday cup from November 7-10, you’ll get priority boarding, and on some west coast flights guests will be on a holiday-themed plane that has Starbucks treats for each passenger. Random, but cool!