(UPDATED 12/4/16) 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 things to do if you need some help getting into the right “holiday” frame of mind:
Capitol Tree Lighting. Governor Jerry Brown and First Lady Anne Gust Brown will host the Annual Christmas Tree lighting on December 5 at 5:00 p.m. on the West Steps of the Capitol. (free) This year’s tree is a 60-foot tall white fir from the Redding area.
Downtown Ice Skating Rink. Ice skating at St. Rose of Lima Park (7th & K Streets) in downtown Sacramento through January 16. ($) If ice skating is not for you – I find that watching others skate (especially the children) can be entertaining and fun. Check days/times.
Global Winter Wonderland. The Global Winter Wonderland at Cal Expo is ongoing through January 8. Illuminated displays, entertainment, carnival rides, international food and more. ($) Check days/times.
Old Sacramento Christmas tree. Stop by and admire the 58-foot 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 at the Community Center Theater – December 10th through December 23rd. ($) Check days/times.
Theatre of Lights in Old Sacramento. At Front and K Streets in Old Sacramento, the Theatre of Lights (sponsored by Macy’s) features a live-action retelling of the poem “A Visit From St. Nicholas” (aka “The Night Before Christmas”), by Clement Clarke Moore. Ongoing through December 24. (free) Check days/times.
Bonus – Free Parking. Parking at meters in much of downtown, midtown and Old Sacramento will be free after 4:30 on weekdays and all day on weekends through Christmas. 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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(UPDATED 12/4/2016) Picture Added.
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