Happy Holidays Guide to Middleton

The holidays are magical and made all the more special this year as families come together after what has felt like a very long season apart.

This could lead to undue pressure to make the holidays extra special. Just a reminder, what makes them so is that you are together — the rest are just details.

And details are something we’re good at.

Allow us to present our little Happy Holidays Guide for Middleton!

Clasen's European Bakery's child-size gingerbread house, decorated with real cookies.
Clasen’s European Bakery/Middleton (Child-size gingerbread house on display)

Make a Memory

Whether visiting for the first of fiftieth time, Downtown Middleton is always evolving. The Middleton Center — now three developments strong on the west side of Parmenter — perfectly complements the historic charm of Middleton’s downtown, and will be home to numerous new businesses.

Why not begin your Middleton holiday with a stroll through downtown, beginning with a coffee, cocoa or pastry from Grace Coffee Co., Barriques or Hubbard Avenue Diner. If you don’t mind an extra stop, the morning buns at Clasen’s European Bakery are worth the extra few minutes drive north on Parmenter (think everything you love about a cinnamon roll baked into pastry dough, rolled into a bun).

Now that you have provisions, downtown window shopping can be combined with the following activities:

  • Check out Middleton’s Art Trail, with several installations in downtown. This link has a printable and viewable map as well as a Google map.
  • Middleton’s Historic Walking Tour takes you around the oldest buildings and homes in the downtown area.
  • Capital Brewery & Bier Garten’s “Keg-mas Tree” is all lit up and makes an entertaining backdrop for a photo.
  • The historic train depot is decked with boughs of greenery for the holidays and has ample seating to take a break.
  • Drive over to the outdoor shopping center, Greenway Station, only minutes from downtown and check out the gloriously tall holiday tree.
  • Clasen’s European Bakery’s child’s size gingerbread house is on display — a favorite holiday card photo opportunity for locals.

And you are invited to join in on the following public community events in Middleton!

  • Candy Cane Hunt: Come out to hunt for candy canes from 6-7 p.m., Dec. 10, at Lakeview Park in Middleton. This event is sponsored by Middleton Parks & Recreation and is free. Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight because this is an outdoor event! Make sure to bring something to hold all your candy canes!
  • Santa Parade: Santa will tour Middleton, beginning at 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 11, with the escort of Middleton First Responders. The route for this year can be found here.  Enjoy the parade from your front porch or sidewalk and wave to Santa as he rolls by!
  • Greenway Station Santa’s Workshop, Dec. 11-12. Holiday Headquarters is located near Soft Surroundings.
    • 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Complimentary gift wrap
    • 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Register for your chance to win a $250 shopping spree
    • 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Selfies with Santa. Please bring your camera to take your own photo
    • 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Free make-and-take kids’ crafts
    • 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Complimentary hot cocoa and specialty coffee
  • Bruce & Co. Reindeer Fly-in: Visit with live reindeer from noon to 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 12, at Bruce & Co. Say “Hello” to Comet and Vixen and learn some interesting reindeer facts from their elf handlers. This event is free to the public, but if you want a professional photo taken of your family with reindeer, there is a charge. More here.
  • Puppy photos with Santa at Hidden Cave Cidery, 1-3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 18.
  • Middleton Community Orchestra Holiday Concert: This concert will be at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 22, at the Middleton Performing Arts Center. General admission is $15 and students are free. More details here.
  • Join Keva Sports Center for a night of family fun, 2-8 p.m., Dec. 31. There will be Open Play Sports along with the following activities and a mock countdown at 7:30 p.m.
  • Fleet Feet New Year’s Day Dash: The 17th Annual Fleet Feet New Year’s Day Dash will be begin at 10 a.m., Jan. 1, 2022, at KEVA Sports Center, Middleton. This event is a 5-mile chip-timed run and 2-mile walk, followed by a party, great prizes, complementary beverage token, and giveaways.

The Regal Find: holiday gift display with tree, Santa and Mrs. Clause, ornaments and tiered tray of little gift items
The Regal Find/Middleton

Make Your List

Middleton has more than 70 places to eat, drink and grab dessert, as well as more than 50 boutiques and name brand stores to find the perfect gift. This makes Middleton the perfect place to check off your list as you shop this holiday season!

We’ve put together a holiday shopping guide of sorts here to inspire ideas. What others call a task, we call an excuse to get out and about with friends and enjoy Middleton’s greatest charms — it’s laid back, welcoming shops, free parking and numerous places to eat, drink and be merry!

Make it an Experience

When the perfect gift eludes you, why not think about giving the gift of an experience?

For the craft lovers, Board & Brush, a downtown shop that allows crafters to pick and paint their own signs (and trays, ornaments and other things made of wood) offers group classes and parties and individuals are welcome to jump in during scheduled public events.

The artist might appreciate pottery classes with local artist Lejia Dongzhu of Dongzhu Pottery Studio. He offers beginner classes, monthly memberships and more, as well as selling his own work.

Gift certificates to Pleasant View Golf Course, Marshall Boats, X-Golf, Playtri, Middleton Cycle, and Wheel & Sprocket are perfect gifts for the active sort.

Put together a spa package with gift cards (or make an appointment) at Happy Nail Spa, ANiU Salon & Spa or Studio 262 Salon — just a few places in town where you, your friends or a lucky gift recipient can relax and destress.

Add a gift certificate to one of our nine hotels to make it a true weekend away. Each of our hotels are clean, comforting and welcoming. Choose from properties with pools, luxury suites, extended stay amenities (like kitchens), and/or those that are pet-friendly!

Make it Corny with a Little Mustard

The National Mustard Museum is a fun place to bring visiting family for an afternoon. The museum is free and full of quirky memorabilia, as well as more than 6,000 jars and tubes of mustard to look at. The shop upstairs contains more than 200 kinds of mustard for sale, as well as other delicious food items like barbeque sauce, chocolate toppings, maple syrup and more, as well as hilarious gift items.

The National Mustard Museum has an online store, a catalog, provides shipping, and offers gift certificates.

Barriques: photo of several wine bottles for sale

Make the Drinks on You

Capital Brewery & Bier Garden, Hidden Cave Cidery, Grape Water Wine Bar and Barriques are just a few of the places in Middleton where locals love to gather for a drink or take home a bottle or two for themselves. Tickets are on sale now for the 25th Anniversary Bockfest at Capital Brewery & Bier Garten, Feb. 26, 2022.

There are also gift cards available, merchandise and wonderful opportunities to combine items to create the perfect Middleton Basket.

Ideas for a Middleton Gift Basket

Visiting Middleton for the first time and wanting to share the bounty with your family back home? Or perhaps you have family visiting and would like to send a piece of Middleton home with them? Here are a few Middleton-specific ideas to create your own special gift: