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Posted on: November 18, 2021

Shop Small, Eat Local this Holiday Season

The Woodland City Council recently declared Saturday, November 27 “Small Business Saturday” in the City of Woodland, a recognition of our community’s continued commitment to small business success.

The proclamation was the latest in a series of City actions to recognize and invest in our small business community. Roughly a year ago, the City administered the Support Small Business Grant Program to directly assist local businesses as they weathered the pandemic. Forty-two local businesses received funds that they then invested in personnel and operations, including the construction of outdoor use spaces. In particular, grant resources partially funded five “parklets” in Downtown Woodland that have helped businesses stay afloat and increased foot traffic on Main Street. In addition, the City produced and launched two “Shop Small” videos that highlighted small businesses as the backbone of our local economy. You can check out the videos here. Finally, the City collaborated with the Historic Downtown Woodland Group to reinvigorate monthly First Fridays with live music and increased promotional efforts. First Fridays, which returned to Downtown Woodland in Summer 2021, are possible thanks to sponsorship from Visit Yolo, Experience Woodland, the City, and coordination from the Historic Downtown Woodland Group.

Woodlanders have many opportunities to support local small businesses this holiday season:

December 3: First Friday

  • Enjoy Downtown Woodland shopping, food, and drink alongside twinkle lights and live music. The free Woodland Dining Pass offers discounts and promotions at local Woodland businesses. Click here for more info. 

December 3 - 17: Charity Opportunities

  • Support four great causes this holiday season: 
    • Donate toys to Toys for Tots at Savory Cafe, Father Paddy's, Local Inspirations, Little Chances, Woodland Gold & Silver, Fire Station No. 3, and City Hall
    • Donate winter outerwear to Fourth & Hope at Crucial Vibes Unlimited, Embellish, and Maria's Cantina
    • Donate non-perishable food items to the Woodland Food Closet at Corner Drug, Haven a Boutique, and Las Milpas
    • Donate hiking boots and socks to Tuleyome at Morgan's on Main, Matthew Taylor's Home, and Woodland Carpet One Floor & Home

December 6, 7, & 8: Santa Sleigh Rides

  • Santa Claus will visit multiple neighborhoods, including Downtown Woodland the evening of December 8. Click here for more info.

December 10: Holiday Tree Lighting, Parade, Ugly Sweater Crawl, & Parents’ Night Out

  • Head Downtown the evening of the 10th to enjoy a festive community celebration including a lighted parade, carols, donation barrels for worthy causes, the tree lighting ceremony, live music, and more.
  • Woodland Public Library Teen Advisory Board and Home Church Youth Group will wrap gifts for free at two locations downtown, including in front of the new mural at the Diggs Building between First and College.
  • Wear an ugly sweater to a number of Downtown Woodland small businesses for a chance to win prizes and enjoy special offers! Click here for more info.
  • Parents can drop their kids off at the Woodland Community Center for supervised crafts while they enjoy an evening in Downtown Woodland. Click here for more info and to sign up.

December 18: Candyland at the Public Library

  • Come and play a life-sized version of Candyland! Mark your calendar for December 18 to see the Woodland Public Library transformed into Candyland, complete with treats and photo opportunities. Runs until 2 PM, with activities in the Leake Room from 10-11 AM. Click here for the Library website.

Furthermore, the following Downtown businesses will host Santa Claus:

  • December 1 from 10 AM – 2 PM: Corner Drug 
  • December 4: The Nest
  • December 11: Little Chances & Jami Ray Boutique
  • December 19: Father Paddy’s 

You can help Woodland Police "Fill the Trunk" with new and unwrapped gifts for kids in need at the following dates and locations:

  • Nov 28 from 9 AM – 12 PM at Walmart E. Main St
  • Dec 4 from 9 AM  - 12 PM at Bronze Star Shopping Center
  • Dec 12 from 10 AM – 1 PM at Costco
  • Dec 15 from 2 - 5:30 PM at Dutch Bros East Main
  • You can also donate at the Woodland Police Department main lobby during normal business hours.

When residents shop small in Downtown Woodland, they will enjoy holiday decorations and lights courtesy of local business the Twinkle Light Crew, now stretching West past Elm Street and the historic State Theatre.

The Downtown Woodland Holiday Boutique is open Monday through Friday from 10 AM - 6 PM, Saturday from 10 AM - 5 PM, and Sunday from 10 AM - 4 PM through December 24. The Boutique features more than 15 vendors at 711 Main St. in the old Daily Democrat building.

Lastly, the Woodland Opera House presents “Elf the Musical” from November 19 to December 13 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2 PM. Click here to learn more. The Opera House also invites Woodlanders to donate new, unwrapped toys to their annual toy drive whenever they see "Elf" or their next show, "The Nutcracker Sweet."

2021 Shop Small and Holiday Events are sponsored by the City of Woodland, Historic Downtown Woodland Group, Visit Yolo, Experience Woodland, VisitWoodland, and Downtown Woodland businesses. 

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