2nd Annual Light Up the Holidays Window Decorating Contest

Davis Downtown invites locals and visitors to come downtown and enjoy the 2nd Annual Davis Downtown Window Decorating Contest. Beginning November 29, 34 downtown businesses will be competing for top honors as having the Best Holiday Window Decoration. During the contest, our secret panel of judges will stroll the streets of downtown Davis enjoying the festive window displays and determining which business has best captured the Holiday spirit. The contest will continue through December 12 with window decorations to be on display through Christmas Day. Print

The Window Decorating contest also has a People’s Choice Award. The community is invited to tour downtown Davis and visit participating businesses. After viewing the wonderful storefronts, cast your vote for the People’s Choice Award on-line at:


Voting for the People’s Choice Award will be open from November 29 to December 14. Winners of the contest will be announced during the week of December 16. This is a fun and exciting event for all. Thirty-four businesses will add a huge splash of light and color to the downtown.

Visitors to downtown Davis will be in for a treat as they shop for that perfect holiday gift and as they celebrate with friends and family at our wonderful restaurants.

Participating businesses in the 2013 Davis Downtown Window Decorating Contest are:

  1. Ken’s Bike Ski Board – 650 G St –
  2. Davis Ace Hardware – 240 G St and 830 4th St –
  3. Bubble Belly – 340 G St –
  4. Yolo County SPCA Thrift Store – 920 3rd St, Suite F –
  5. Tres Hermanas – 805 2nd St –
  6. JEEBA Jewelry Studio – 712 3rd St. –
  7. Himalaya Gifts – 713 2nd St -
  8. Freewheeler Bicycle – 703 2nd St –
  9. Optical Phases – 718 2nd St –
  10. Mother and Baby Source – 714 2nd St. –
  11. Mathnasium of Davis – 618 4th St –
  12. The Paint Chip – 217 F St –
  13. nestware – 207 F St, Suite B –
  14. Paulina’s – 207 F St, Suite A –
  15. Armadillo Music – 205 F St –
  16. Outdoor Davis – 623 2nd St –
  17. Avid Reader/AvidReader Active – 605 2nd St and 617 2nd St –
  18. Fleet Feet Sports – 615 2nd St –
  19. Riki – 202 E St –
  20. The Wardrobe – 206 E St –
  21. Spa Central – 213 F St –
  22. Teach Your Children – 232 E St –
  23. Icekrimski Cafe – 618 2nd St –
  24. Mishkas Cafe – 610 2nd St. –
  25. Newsbeat – 514 3rd St –
  26. Cultive Frozen Yogurt – 231 E St, Suite 1 –
  27. Salon Blonde – 227 E St, Suite 10 -
  28. de Luna Jewelers – 521 2nd St. –
  29. Logos Books – 513 2nd St –
  30. Art-Is-Davis – 222 D St –
  31. Haute Again Consignment – 129 E St, B-1 –
  32. Whole Foods Market Davis – 500 1st St –
  33. Helmus + Baker Optometry – 353 2nd St –
  34. U.S.E Credit Union – 200 B St #1 –


Here is a map for you to use as you visit the thirty-four businesses participating in this year’s contest. Need more contest info, contact our Stewart Savage, Executive Director of Davis Downtown at or via telephone at 530-392-8324

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12 Days of Downtown Davis :: Shop Small & Shop Local

window2012aceA special promotion this holiday season are the 12 Days of Downtown Davis, running Dec. 1-12. The promotion invites shoppers to try small, local businesses first, says marketing director Nina Gatewood “When the community shops at these small, local businesses, they support all the things that make the Davis community unique,” she says. “The money they spend here, stays here.” Participating businesses are commemorating the season with special offers and longer store hours. For example, riki is offering a luxurious, gift-wrapped pashmina scarf with any purchase of $150.
Participating businesses are Bubble Belly, Mother and Baby Source, Riki, Ken’s Bike Ski Board, Yolo Federal Credit Union, Outdoor Davis, Davis Ace Hardware, Helmus + Baker Optometry, Spa Central, The Avid Reader, Boheme Hip Used Clothing and The Wardrobe.

December 1st
Bubble Belly 15% off entire purchase of regular priced merchandise and 10% off all R+F Dermatologists Clinical Skincare Products.  Coupons can not be combined with other promotions/discounts.  One coupon per customer/per visit.

December 2nd
Spa Central
 20% off Decleor producst this day and 10% off all waxing services booked for this day.


December 3rd
riki TODAY ONLY: A luxurious Pashmina scarf gift wrapped with your purchase of $150 or more. Treat yourself or give it to someone special. Also, free gift wrapping on any purchase for the holidays!

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December 4th
Avid Reader
7:30 Author Event – Duck, Duck, Goose with Hank Shaw


December 5th
Helmus + Baker Optometry Shop Small :: Shop Local

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December  6th
Yolo Federal Credit Union Bank Small :: Shop Small


December 7th
Ken’s Bike and Ski Voted Best Bike Shop in Yolo County.


December 8th
Boheme Hip Used Clothing  30% off all $6-$12 items when you mention 12 Days of Downtown Davis.


December 9th
Outdoor Davis Giving away a  free Outdoor Davis BPA free Camelbak Eddy bottle with any purchase over $100 while supply last.

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December 10th
Davis ACE  Having a  holiday party 5-8pm with food, drinks, entertainment, as a well as special sale items and 50% off 1 item $30 or less.





December 11th
The Wardrobe Extended store hours.Print


December 12th
Mother and Baby Source  2o% off all fall and winter clothing.




The 32nd annual Downtown Davis tree lighting, Thursday December 5th


The 32nd annual downtown Davis tree lighting and holiday opening will take place on Thursday, December 5 beginning at 6:00 p.m. The community is invited to take part in one of Davis’ oldest community traditions which includes the children’s parade, the holiday tree illumination in the E Street Plaza, Santa and Mrs. Claus greeting guests, performances by local musical groups, horse- drawn carriage rides and free showings of “The Grinch” at the historic Varsity Theatre.The annual Children’s Parade has been sponsored by the Davis Food Co-op for over two decades. Parade participants will begin lining up at 5:30 p.m. at the Co-op at 620 G Street and the parade steps off at 6:00 p.m. following a Unitrans double decker bus and a fire truck from the UC Davis Aggie Pack. Walkers, strollers, wagons and bicycles are welcome and holiday lighting and decorations are encouraged for parade entries.

Families who drive are encouraged to park in the free public parking structure behind the Signature Stadium 5 Theatres at 4th and G streets. No parade parking is available in the Food Co- op parking lot on G Street.

Free candles with safety drip cups and free glowsticks will be provided to children participating in the holiday parade courtesy of the Davis Food Co-op. Voluntary donations to the Wallace & Vannucci Women & Children’s Shelter will be gratefully accepted at the Food Co-op prior to the parade.

The parade will end at the E Street Plaza where the holiday tree is located in downtown Davis. Special red recycling containers for the candles will be available at the end of the parade.


The holiday tree will be illuminated at 6:30 p.m. in E Street Plaza by the Davis City Council. The tree this year is sponsored by West Coast Arborists and Whole Foods Market, Davis with additional decorating support from the Davis Sunrise Rotary Club and DHS Cheer teams.The Davis High School Jazz Choir will perform immediately prior to the tree lighting. The Davis High School Madrigal Choir and the new elementary-aged Madrigals Holiday Caroling Workshop will perform onstage after the tree lighting. The Cal Aggie Marching Band-uh will march in the parade and provide musical entertainment at the E Street Plaza following the choirs. The main stage at the E Street Plaza is sponsored by Watermelon Music and the city of Davis.

Beginning at 6:40 p.m., Santa and Mrs. Claus will be located in the former Dimple Records store site at 212 F Street (next to PDQ) where they will receive guests until 8:15 p.m. Santa’s location is sponsored by Royal Guest Hotels and A Grand Affair Party & Event Rentals. Other holiday costumed characters including the UC Davis’ “Gunrock” will entertain downtown visitors during the evening.

Free screenings of the classic “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” television broadcast and video will be shown at 6:00 p.m., 6:40 p.m., 7:20 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. at the Varsity Theatre, 616 2nd Street. The Grace Valley Carolers will perform outside the Varsity Theatre from 6:45 to 8:00 p.m.Free horse-drawn carriage rides will depart every 10 minutes from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. from the curb in front of the Nestware gift store at 207 F Street. This is a change in location from previous years.

The carriage rides are a popular downtown tradition and they are sponsored annually by John Brinley Properties.

Davis High School Cheer Team members will be assisting with the downtown event and also selling holiday treats such as hot cider and cookies. The concession booth is sponsored this year by Whole Foods Market, Davis and it will be located on the E Street Plaza. Proceeds from the fundraiser will support the DHS Cheer Team’s travel expenses and competitions.

The Davis Chamber of Commerce will host a “Toys for Tots” drop-off in their 604 Third Street office (on the corner of Third and E Streets) during the Holiday Parade. All new, unwrapped toys and funds donated will help the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots Foundation provide toys for children who would go without a gift on Christmas morning. A uniformed member of the Marines is scheduled to assist with the toy drop-off and Chamber staff will be providing hot chocolate and candy canes to good boys and girls of all ages. The Chamber will be collecting toy donations until December 20.The Davis Downtown Association is holding their 2nd annual Window Decorating Contest. The public is encouraged to vote for their favorite downtown store windows.

A free-for-all-ages “Thursday Live Holiday Music Show” will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second Street. Donations for artists will be gratefully accepted and donations will help send children to summer camp. The evening will include a variety of local groups performing their holiday music selections including:

  •  “Wealth of Nations” performing original tunes and favorite covers David Hafter (guitars and vocals), Chris Stabenfeldt (sax and vocals), Dave Walters (bass and vocals), Eric Stitt (drums and percussion) and Mark Morse (drums and percussion).
  •  “Cold Shot” with Richard Urbino (bass, support instruments, vocals), and René Martucci (guitar, accordion, vocals).
  •  Eve West Bessier, Davis’ Poet Laureate performing jazzy Christmas classics and original poetry.
  •  “Elvis and the E-Men” featuring Dave Cowden on drums, Ron Cowden on upright bass and Tom Moore performing as Elvis.
  •  “Biscuits and Honey” trio with Dianna Craig on guitar, Ron Cowden on upright bass and Kurt Roggli on guitar performing a blend of bluegrass and folk holiday songs.
  •  “Calvin Handy and The Jazz Patrol” performing their holiday standards.
  •  “Me & Him” acoustic guitar duo of Martin Lewis and Kurt Roggli putting a new twist on the old tunes.
  • “David Campos and “Friends” will play traditional and contemporary Latin American tunes with a holiday theme.

This concert is supported by The Davis Odd Fellows Music & Concert Committee and KDRT Radio. For event information find the Davis Odd Fellows on Facebook or on the web at: