(Last UPDATED 12/2/18) The Holiday Season in Sacramento is upon us. Thanksgiving is past, and the leftovers have been consumed (yum – my favorite part of the Thanksgiving holiday).
There have been some years in the past where it took an effort for me to get into the holiday spirit. If decorating the tree did not work, then baking special holiday cookies usually did the trick. I am sure that some of you have had the same difficulty from time to time.
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Consider the following if you need some help getting into the right “holiday” frame of mind:
State Capitol Tree. In early December each year the Governor and First Lady host the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting on the West Steps of the State Capitol. Even if you miss the event you can stop by and admire the tree with the State Capitol Building in the background. It is always a beautiful sight – especially at night.
State Capitol Holiday Music Program. Starting in late November and running daily through December 23, a variety of holiday musical performances take place in the rotunda of the State Capitol Building. Free. Check days/times.
Downtown Ice Skating Rink. The Downtown Ice Skating Rink at St. Rose of Lima Park (7th & K Streets) in downtown Sacramento is open starting in November through January (partial). ($) If ice skating is not for you – I find that watching others skate (especially the children) can be entertaining and fun. Check days/times.
Global Winter Wonderland. The Global Winter Wonderland at Cal Expo (1600 Exposition Blvd.) is open through early January. Illuminated displays, entertainment, carnival rides, international food and more. ($) Check days/times.
Holiday Music. Sacramento has a number of holiday musical offerings each year. Check out the following organizations to see what they have on tap this year:
Holiday Shows. Each year local theaters offer up holiday-themed shows. Check out the following to see what is onstage during this holiday season:
Old Sacramento Christmas tree. Stop by and admire the Old Sacramento Christmas Tree at Front and K Streets while you shop for gifts in Old Sacramento.
The Nutcracker. The annual Sacramento Ballet production of The Nutcracker is performed each year in December. ($) Check days/times.
Old Sacramento Theatre of Lights. At Front and K Streets in Old Sacramento, the Theatre of Lights features a live-action retelling of the poem “A Visit From St. Nicholas” (aka “The Night Before Christmas”), by Clement Clarke Moore. Ongoing late November to late December. (free) Check days/times.
Bonus – Free Parking. Parking at meters in much of downtown, midtown and Old Sacramento is free after 4:30 on weekdays and all day on weekends. The free meter zone is from I Street to L Street and from Front Street in Old Sacramento to 29th Street.
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