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What is Curbside Holiday?

COVID makes it challenging, and dangerous, to shop anywhere these days, so how are we expected to get our holiday gift shopping done? We’ve figured out a way for families to have the Santa experience, still shop local, and pick up your holiday gifts — all in one fell swoop! This will be a great way for everyone to support local businesses — especially when they need it after many months of shutdowns and limited shopping.

We’ve amassed several local retailers to make it easy for you to order gifts online from their stores.

When is it?

Saturday, December 19
Sunday, December 20

11 am – 7 pm

(Additional dates will be added as these dates fill up.)

Here’s how it’ll work:

Order directly from participating stores (links to their websites are below) and indicate that you are participating in Curbside Holiday.

Select your designated window to drive up to the area between Capital Books and Crest Theatre (button below). Note that you must purchase something from one of the retailers below in order to select a drive-up time to see Santa.

Arrive within the 1-hour time slot on the day you selected. Be mindful of the lightrail train. Pull into the designated area between the Crest Theatre and Capital Books.

Santa will bring your pre-purchased gifts to your car. Please remain inside your car at all times (we need to keep Santa safe for his Big Night). 

On your way out, tour the holiday-inspired window displays throughout Downtown! Find the map at and don’t forget to vote for your favorite by December 26.


In between 1011 & 1013 K Street
Pull your car into the area between the Crest & Capital Books OFF of the light rail tracks

Bring the Holiday Spirit!

Please arrive to this event full of the holiday spirit and have patience. We’ve done our best to create what we think will be a smooth schedule so that every car has a chance to interact with Santa and pick up their gifts. You may need to wait in a line of cars until it’s your turn to pull in. 

The light rail train will come around about every 30 minutes. Cars cannot block the train. They will honk loudly if you do! If you see a train coming up behind you, take a lap around the block (turn right on 10th Street, right on J Street, right on 12th Street, then right on K Street again).



You MUST schedule an appointment to pick up items you’ve purchased from the retailers below. We’re allowing families to select a 1-hour window in which to arrive for pickup and time with Santa (from your car). There is a $5 fee for your appointment, which will be credited to you if you purchase something from Capital Books.

Participating Sacramento Retailers

You must purchase something from any of the retailers below to see Santa.

Downtown’s only independent, family-owned bookstore, selling new books, games, puzzles, and book-related sidelines. Offering in-store shopping, curbside pickup, local delivery, and shipping. 

Catering to every palate and cuisine, the Allspicery’s brick and mortar shop opened in 2016 in Downtown Sacramento. We carry over 400 spices and house-made blends, gifts and more.


Craft spirits, fine wines, bar tools and more. Curated with the bartender in mind.

The Blue Ox is your one-stop shop for quality workwear and apparel, delivering an extensive supply of classic brands that have been around for decades, provoking a sense of nostalgia. No matter the occasion, whether you want to dress up or down, dress for work or play, or dress for inside or outside, The Blue Ox has you covered.

The Kitchen Table is a curated kitchen boutique for people who love to cook, eat, and find unique gifts. Born out of a love of gathering around food and helping people connect with one another, we enjoy finding products that show our love for our city and community, often sourcing local makers. We carry quality cookware, bakeware, and barware as well as delicious gourmet treats and supplies. We pride ourselves in helping people find the perfect gift for any occasion—especially those hard to shop for!

Strapping opened its doors to the Sacramento community, wooing Sacramento with our wacky, classy, trashy, and trendy merchandise. Strapping’s mission is to provide our customers with the most memorable shopping experience ever, by offering the best variety of gifts and housewares at a fair price, treating everyone as a welcomed friend, and going the extra mile to make sure you not only find the perfect gift, but you leave with it wrapped and ready to go.

Jam is an online one-stop shop for moms looking for ethically sourced, beautifully made essentials for their little one. We carry clothing from size newborn to 5 years and all the things you need along the way.

Welcome to the beautifully curated collection that is Wild Poppy & Co! Whether you are shopping online or at our Midtown Boutique, you’ll find something for everyone! We carry everything from on-trend pieces to the must-have classics as well as fun, unique gifts. Follow us on Instagram or Facebook to see all of our daily New Arrivals! Happy Holidays!

Founded by Professional Tea Sommelier, Leo Hickman, Classy Hippie Tea Co. is a member-based TEA company, dedicated to connecting individuals through T.E.A, Travel, Events, and Activism. Our social mission is to break cultural barriers through service, education, herbs and tea, with a larger goal of improving public health.

Tomato Alley Collective is a small retail shop and gallery tucked away in a quiet little neighborhood in Midtown Sacramento. Here you will find a variety of gifts from local makers, crafters, artists, plus a wide selection of specialty craft foods. Shop local this holiday season and discover the array of talent that Sacramento and Northern California have to offer. For the bbq enthusiasts, we also carry a large selection of bbq supplies including Traeger products.

Jolly Trading Co. is a Sacramento based bbq sauce and spice mix company. At Jolly Trading Co., we pride ourselves on producing the highest quality, small-batch sauces and spice mixes you will find. From unique combinations, like our Blueberry Chipotle bbq sauce, or traditional flavors such as Sweet and Smoky – we have something to fit any occasion!

The Crest Theatre is a historic theater located in downtown Sacramento, California, just blocks from the State Capitol, Sacramento Convention Center, and Golden 1 Center. We’d like to thank the Crest Theatre for providing their outdoor lobby for this event, as well as popcorn and hot cocoa. Please support them by buying tickets to their events.

Find out about holiday activities in Downtown Sacramento.