Your guide to a perfect winter day in Sacramento

The City of Trees is chock-full of festivities during holiday season — Here’s how we would spend a winter day in Sacramento.

A large tree is adorned with ornaments and tinsel in front of the Capitol Building.

Holiday decorations pop up all over Sacramento during the winter months.

Photo by SACtoday staff

Your Itinerary

From holiday markets to aesthetic local coffee shops, winter in Sacramento offers something for everyone. We’ve done the planning for you — so cozy up and get exploring.

Up and at ‘em

Start your morning bright and early with a seasonal drink + pastry item from Temple Coffee. We recommend their ginger snap latte (with your milk of choice) + an almond croissant.

Once you snag your sweet treat, get strolling around the area. If you chose the Temple location on S Street, you’re walking distance to Refill Madness + Pushkin’s Bakery. Shop small gifts and grab a gorgeous, gluten-free sandwich for lunch.

A hot latte in a mug and an iced drink with a cinnamon stick rest on a wooden table.

The ginger snap latte + the Cozy Day are some of Temple Coffee’s seasonal drinks.

Photo by SACtoday staff

Midday movin’

Been to the Downtown Ice Rink yet? You don’t want to miss out on this winter wonderland in the heart of Downtown + walking distance to Downtown Commons (DOCO).

Hit the ice, work up an appetite, then stop at one of the restaurants just a stone’s throw away. If you want something to thaw out that chill, we recommend Kodaiko Ramen & Bar or Solomon’s Vinyl Diner for comfort food + cocktails.

The entrance of the Downtown Ice Rink is surrounded by bright red balloons.

The Downtown Ice Rink is open 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday through Sunday, and 2-9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday.

Photo by SACtoday staff

Early evening screening

Now that you’re a bit worn out + probably staving off that food coma, catch a flick at Tower Theatre and relax. During the Four Weeks of Christmas series, you can watch seasonal classics, like “It’s a Wonderful Life” or “Elf.”

Before you call it a day, poke around at some of Broadway District’s local shops close by or grab a bite to eat.

Light up the night

If you’re really feeling the holiday spirit, drive by some of Sacramento’s best light + decor displays for a more scenic route on the way home.

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