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12 Days of Midtown: Festive Fun Awaits

November 17th, 2023

Welcome back to another year of holiday magic in Midtown Sacramento! The 12 Days of Midtown are coming soon, and we’ve curated a delightful list of activities for you to enjoy each day from December 1st to December 12th. Let’s dive into the festive spirit and make this holiday season unforgettable!

12 Days of Midtown

Day 1: Paragary’s $12 Holiday Cocktails and Gift Card Giveaways

Purple Cocktail Drink

Kick off the festivities at Paragary’s restaurants, by tasting their special $12 holiday cocktails. Paragary restaurants including Centro’s, Paragary’s and Four Palms will be having special $12 holiday cocktails this year in honor of 12 Days of Midtown. Savor the Wassail at Four Palms, a warm cider drink with hints of orange and apple cinnamon. Or try the Jamaica de Navidad at Centro’s, with tequila, triple sec, Jamaica, lime juice and bitters. Paragary’s will have a variety of options including the Sleigh Ride, a gin drink with triple sec and grenadine, Weekend Getaway, a tequila drink with pineapple, orgeat, Benedictine, and bitters, and Strong Improvement, a bourbon drink with bitters and velvet falernum. Bonus, follow @exploremidtown and @paragaryrestaurants to discover daily gift cards to Paragary Restaurants the first 12 days of December.

Day 2: Sutter’s Fort Movie Night – the Elf

Elf themed mug at a Midtown Park

Join us for a free outdoor movie night at Sutter’s Fort on December 2, featuring the Christmas classic, ‘Elf’. Bundle up, bring your blankets, and enjoy a cozy evening under the stars with Buddy the Elf. Guests can also enjoy snacks and warm beverages available for purchase. Let’s kick off this holiday season with joy, laughter, and a little Elf magic at Sutter’s Fort. The movie will start after sunset around 5 p.m.

Day 3: Acheson Wine Holiday Workshops

Get crafty at Acheson Wine this holiday season! On December 3, Acheson Wine will be hosting a create your own wave resin cutting board with Awkwood Things – a perfect DIY gift for a loved one during the holidays. Plus, enjoy some wine as you unleash your creativity. Although, the December 3 event is already sold out, there will be another workshop on December 10. Find tickets here. Acheson Wine also hosts the Ocean Wave Resin workshop every month, so plenty of opportunity to sign up in the future. All materials are complimentary with your ticket and include a free glass of wine for adult participants.

Day 4: Midtown Spirits Holiday Drinks and Holiday Decorations

Adults looking for some holiday cheer can enjoy the holiday spirit at Midtown Spirits! Savor festive cocktails and immerse yourself in the enchanting, bright and festive holiday decorations that will transport you into a winter wonderland.

Day 5: Holiday Shopping & Festive Market at Kulture

Shoppers can explore Kulture, a delightful gift shop, for unique finds including Mexican imports, jewelry, art, pottery and more. Then on December 9 from 4-8 p.m. , shoppers will want to return for their Posada event on K Street– a festive celebration that includes delicious food such as tamales, hot chocolate and empanadas, amazing vendors, and live music.

Day 6: B Street Theatre Christmas Play

Snow Fever: A Karaoke Christmas is produced by B Street Theatre and promises a fun and lively show to all guests. Be transported into a backwater Montana bar, the Wet Whistle, as a small band of co-workers and malcontents are determined to make this Christmas nothing like the last. Will everything work out? Will everything fall apart? Only determination and karaoke can save this holiday party. Get your tickets here.

Day 7: Jungle Bird Sippin’ Santa

Always a Midtown favorite, guests can experience the joy of the season at Jungle Bird’s Sippin’ Santa pop-up, which offers festive drinks and holiday cheer to elevate the holiday spirit.

Day 8: Kupros Holiday Sweaters & Warm Drinks

Adults can cozy up in favorite holiday sweaters at Kupros while indulging in warm drinks perfect during wonderful wintry evenings.

Day 9: Midtown Farmers Market

Shoppers can explore local treasures at the Midtown Farmers Market, the perfect place to find unique, handcrafted items sure to please family and friends on holiday gift lists. Plus, Matty the Giant Elf will be roaming throughout the market to bring some extra holiday cheer. Make sure to participate in the market Ugly Sweater Contest at 11:30 a.m. in the Market Square. Visitors will have a chance to win gift cards to local restaurants by showing up in your holiday worst.

Day 10: Roscoe’s Drag Brunch

Those looking to add some flair to Sunday Brunch are encouraged to experience Roscoe’s Drag Brunch, a fabulous way to enjoy delicious food and dazzling entertainment. There are two drag brunch shows available, with seating options at either 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. Buy your tickets in advance here.

Day 11: Rick’s Dessert Diner – Holiday Treats

Sweet lovers can indulge in mouth-watering holiday treats at Rick’s Dessert Diner, offering a delectable selection of festive, house-made desserts.

Day 12: Golden Bear Hot Toddy Competition

Adult revelers can wrap up 12 Days of Midtown with the annual Hot Toddy Competition at the local hotspot, The Golden Bear. The festive annual tradition includes special festivities, live music, and a spirited competition to determine the best Hot Toddy. The event has a $5 cover that benefits Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services and starts at 7 p.m.

More Holiday Happenings in Midtown!

Midtown Farmers Market Activations

Visit us at the Midtown Farmers Market every Saturday to support small businesses and find your friends and family a unique gift. Plus the month of December has plenty of festive things to look forward to. On December 2, Courtyard Private School will be offering a snowman STEM-activity for children at the Market Square and IKEA will have information about their holiday toy drive. On December 9, is our ugly sweater contest with special appearances from Matty the Giant Elf. On December 16, find Safe Credit Union at the Market Square for some free gift wrapping and live music. Follow @midtownfarmersmarket to stay tuned on what to look forward too.

Festive Fun at Sutter’s Fort

In addition to their movie night on December 2, Sutter’s Fort has plenty of fun activities during the winter to look forward too. On December 1st they will have their first ever Flashlights & Friends event – where you and your family can enjoy holiday music, activities and crafts and more. Plus guests are invited to use flashlights and lanterns to tour the Fort from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Find tickets here. 

Holly Jolly Santa Bar Crawl with XOSO Sports

You can’t miss out on the annual Midtown holiday pub crawl hosted by XOSO Sports on December 9. Enjoy a bunch of midtown bars including Limelight, Cornerstone, Kupros and more with your friends. Make sure to dress up in your best holiday sweaters for a fun night out on the town. Get your tickets here.

Jingle Bell Pup Crawl

Join the Sacramento SPCA to celebrate the Pawlidays by giving back to the animals while you sip, savor and shop this holiday season on December 9. Check in at Truitt Bark Park for your map, jingle bells for your pup(s), photos with Santa Paws and other holiday giveaways. Get your ticket here.

Festive Eats at Burger Patch

Known for its tasty plant-based menu items, Burger Patch is launching its seasonal holiday menu highlighted by a Holiday Patch Burger – complete with stuffing and gravy – and a Wintry Mix Shake for those hungry for some holiday spirit.

Topstitch Production – Gift It Like You Mean It

Join Topstitch for a heartwarming sewing workshop on December 16 where the joy of gifting takes center stage. In this hands-on experience, you’ll dive into the world of sewing to craft personalized presents that will warm hearts. This 4-hour workshop is all about creating gifts with purpose and intention. You’ll have the option to make a gift item just as unique as the person you love, including – an apron, a bucket hat, a crossbody bag, and a tote and toiletry bag.

To make this experience extra special, guests will have the option to choose a made-to-order custom-scented candle at our candle bar. Mix and match scents, dyes, and pen a handwritten label for the perfect gift or keepsake.

Reserve your spot here! 

Queering the Holidays Night Markets with Lavender Library

Follow @sacllace for their third annual HoliGay market series – queering the holidays! Every year, queering the holiday markets brings together hundreds of community members looking to fund unique gift items for the holidays from LGBTQ+ vendors. This year their night markets will be November 25, December 2 and December 9 from 6 – 8 p.m.

Art and Beats Event at The Art Studios: Deck the Wallz

Stop by the Art Studios for their December Second Saturday art show Deck the Wallz from 4-9 p.m. Discover talented artists, awesome music, and dope art. Learn more here.

Midtown Sacramento is alive with holiday cheer, and the 12 Days of Midtown are your ticket to festive fun. Explore, indulge, and share your experiences using #ExploreMidtown or tag us on social @exploremidtown for a chance to be featured. Let’s make this holiday season in Midtown one to remember!