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Looking for ways to get in the holiday spirit? The Midtown Business Association has a host of events, sales and services planned to bring holiday cheer to everyone this year.

12 Days of Midtown

Dec. 1
Santa’s Tavern Unveiling at Golden Bear, 2326 K St.
6 – 9 p.m.
Admission is free
Golden Bear is transforming into Santa’s Tavern for one day only, so stop by and have a beer at the bar with festive holiday vibes.

Dec. 2
YELP Ice’s Midtown at Kupro’s Bistro, 1217 21st St.
8 – 10 p.m.
Ice art, drink specials and an Eskimo-style fashion show will be presented at Kupro’s Bistro Thursday night by YELP and local clothing boutiques. Admission is free.

Dec. 3
Karaoke Carol-Off at Hamburger Patties, 1630 J St.
9 p.m.
Hamburger Patties and Sacramento News & Review will host the inaugural Karaoke Carol-Off Friday, Dec. 3. People of all ages are encouraged to compete for cash, gift certificates and other prizes worth more than $500.

The competition will be judged by representatives from Hamburger Patties, Midtown Business Association and SN&R.

“We just want people to have fun,” said MBA’s marketing and outreach manager Amber Schmaeling. “If they want to come in costume, that’s great, but it’s not mandatory.”

According to Schmaeling, the song selection will try to focus on holiday favorites but will not discriminate against songs that aren’t in the spirit.

Dec. 3 – 5
SGMC Wonderland Concert at the First United Methodist Church, 2100 J St.
8 p.m.
The Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus presents its 26th annual holiday performance titled “Wonderland!” From silly to serious musical arrangements, the Chorus promises to get people in the holiday spirit.
Tickets are $20 here.

Dec. 4
Holiday Port & Pairing at Revolution Wines, 2831 S St.
2 – 4 p.m.
Revolution Wines will pair two port wines with two plates so you can enjoy holiday wines with friends and family.
Price: $35, or $25 for wine club members

Holiday on MARRS at MARRS Building, 1050 20th St.
6 – 9 p.m.
Storybook reading, ornament decorating, a comedy showcase and holiday treats will all be a part of the MARRS Open House and Tree Lighting ceremony Dec. 4.
Admission: Free

Dec. 5
Santa Paws at Tres Chic Boutique, 2228 J St.
1 – 4 p.m.
Tres Chic Boutique and United Animal Nations will host a photoshoot for your pets, complete with holiday music and treats for the animals. Print photos will be available for purchase, but a lucky few may walk away with a free electronic photo. According to the Explore Midtown website, a portion of the proceeds will go to United Animal Nations.
Admission: Free

Dec. 6
Season of Giving at Bloodsource, 1608 Q St.
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sacramento’s local Bloodsource will be hosting this holiday blood drive to help save lives throughout northern California. All donors will receive a gift.

Dec. 7
Give a Gift, Get a Gift at Blue Cue, 1004 28th St.
6 – 9 p.m.
Drop off a gift at Blue Cue and receive one back. Donations will go to the Children’s Receiving Home of Sacramento.

Dec. 8
Gingerbread House Decorating Party at ArtBeast Studio, 2831 S St.
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Admission: $8
ArtBeast Studio invites parents and children to hang out and build gingerbread houses Wednesday to ring in holiday cheer. According to ArtBeast Assistant Director Erin Tinney, Oriental Trading Co. is providing the majority of the supplies, but they are hoping for contributions from Sugar Plum vegan cafe and Freeport Bakery.

Kinney said that for only $8 you can build a gingerbread house and play in the studio for the rest of the day.

Dec. 9
Midtown Art Competition at Barton Gallery, 2226 K St.
6 – 9 p.m.
Admission: Free
The call for art deadline has been extended until the end of November for the Midtown Art Competition at Barton Gallery Thursday, Dec. 9. The art will highlight themes of people, places and events in Midtown.

This event is open to the public, and food, wine and music will be provided.

The grand prize winner will get the opportunity to display his or her art on a wall in Midtown donated by Harv’s Carwash, according to Kinney. Other prizes will include cash, gift certificates and theater tickets for the local theater companies.

Partners include Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, Barton Gallery, Midtown Business Association and SN&R. Representatives from each will judge the competition.

Dec. 10
Philharmonic Winter Wine & Jazz at Antiquite Maison Privee, 2114 P St.
6 – 9 p.m.
Tickets: $15 here in advance or $20 at the door
The Sacramento Philharmonic will host the “Winter Wine & Jazz” event at the Antiquite Maison Privee in Midtown. Admission includes a glass of locally produced wine and hors d’eovres by Jackson Catering.

Dec. 11
Holiday Craft Fair at Midtown Bazaar, I Street between 16th and 17th streets
10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Admission: Free
The Midtown Holiday Bazaar will feature handmade gifts and garments available for purchase to make holiday shopping that much easier. There will also be a special performance by the Midtown Elves.

Dec. 12
Junie B Jingle Bells at B Street Theatre, 2711 B St.
1 – 4 p.m.
Tickets: Purchase here for $15-$22
Kids ages 4 and up can meet Santa before the performance of “Junie B Jingle Bells” at the B Street Theatre Dec. 12.

In addition to the 12 Days of Midtown, the Midtown Business Association presents a few extra holiday festivities throughout certain dates in December.

Dec. 1 – 12
Midtown Elf Hunt
First, pick up your Elf Hunt passport from participating Midtown retailers or download it here. Then start hunting for the 12 holiday elves hidden among the holiday racks in these retailers. Stay updated with elf sightings via ExploreMidtown’s Twitter and Facebook. Persistent participants may be rewarded with holiday gifts, cash, gift certificates and other prizes, according to the event website.

Charity Gift Wrap
Tres Chic Boutique and French Cuff Consignment are offering a charity gift-wrap service at their respective establishments and will be collecting donations for the River City Food Bank.

Dec. 1- 31
Light Up Midtown Contest
All Midtown residents, visitors and suburbanites alike will be treated to the dazzling storefront displays of participating Midtown businesses and get to vote on their favorite. The voting will take place Dec. 1 – 31, and a prize of $1,000 in advertising grants will be awarded to the winning store on Jan. 20, 2011. To vote for your favorite decorated business, go to exploremidtown.org.

For more information, click here

Photos courtesy of Explore Midtown.

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