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Visiting Davis in December

Visiting Davis in December is a great way to glimpse what the area offers in the winter months. On top of the amazing dining, shopping, and activities normally available in Davis, winter months provide an opportunity to experience the small-town charm and nostalgia many yearn for during the holidays and the perfect weather for taking in outdoor events or festivities. Whether looking for a family vacation, a romantic getaway, or just a weekend with friends, you'll find everything you need in Davis.



Pence Gallery Holiday Market

Open daily, 11:30 AM – 5 PM during Holiday Market

Simplify your holiday shopping this year by attending Pence Gallery’s annual Holiday Market, overflowing with fun soaps and lotions, candles, scarves, hats, and original works of art. Enjoy their collection of rare vintage jewelry as well. New artists Camille Hoffman and Jean Decker will join the mix this year, along with your favorites Jill Van Zanten, Heidi Pauer, Jenna Matsubara, Julie Clements, and many more.


Wildhorse Golf Club

2323 Rockwell Dr., Davis, CA 95618 - (530) 753-4900

Winter golf is oftentimes the best golf. One of the perks of living in or visiting Northern California is the option of winter/year-round golf. Award-winning course architect Jeff Brauer uses trees, bunkers, ponds, and Covell Creek to frame each hole from the tee box. You'll enjoy tightly-manicured fairways and views of the mountains to the east and west. Wildhorse was voted Best Public Course in Yolo County, and you'll understand why with its excellent greens, challenging length, and delicious food. You'll see plenty of shopping bags throughout December, but let's not forget about our golf bags.


Gift Basket Central - Davis Farmers Market

Open regular hours (8 AM - 1 PM) every Saturday, including Christmas Eve

On Saturdays in December, shoppers can purchase items for custom gift baskets and have them wrapped for free at the market’s Gift Basket Central station. The service is available to anyone who purchases three or more items at the Davis Farmers Market.

Looking for ideas? Aside from the ample produce, you'll also find preserved jams and sauces, lemon curd, honey, balsamic vinegar, olive oils, dried herbs, nuts, and nut butter. There are sweets, like dried fruit or chocolate-covered almonds, pistachio brittle, and local wines. Other items include handmade soaps and lotions, wreaths, hats, and scarves. Enjoy coffee and hot food, and browse artisan crafts, market-logo merchandise, and incredible local ingredients for gift baskets.


Davis Downtown - December To Remember

Downtown Davis provides a festive backdrop to enjoy holiday activities throughout the month. Locals and visitors can unwrap winter activities, family fun, and more with downtown businesses joining in the celebration.

Wreaths designed and created by the community will be displayed throughout December at participating downtown locations. E St. Plaza is home to the city's holiday tree lit up for all to enjoy, and the 2nd Annual Holiday Model Train Display is open through December 24, on Saturdays from 10 am - 12:30 pm, downtown at the Davis Amtrak Station. Check out this blog for last-minute holiday shopping ideas.


If you're looking for your Hallmark holiday movie moment, plan a getaway to explore Davis and take in the delightful surrounding Yolo countryside and the downtown and university areas. Davis is home to lodging options for any budget or need, making it a December destination for those looking to warm up with the holiday spirit.

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