No matter which holidays you might celebrate, there’s no denying the fact Sacramento and the surrounding communities have some simply outstanding holiday attractions and events. We thought we’d get into the spirit of the season by highlighting some of the top options that are still available, even if for only a couple more days.

Celebrating the Holiday

On K Street—between Front and Second streets—in Old Sacramento is the Theatre of Lights. This is a great option for families, as kids will love seeing projections of falling snowflakes and Santa’s reindeer taking flight into the night sky, and parents will love the cost (this is a free attraction). Up on the balconies and rooftops, Jack Frost and Santa Claus act out the classic Christmas poem The Night Before Christmas. Narration is provided by Emmy-winner Bill Farmer (the voice of Disney’s Goofy and Pluto since 1986) in character as Mark Twain. If that isn’t all enough, there is a nightly lighting of a 60-foot Christmas tree.

If you have a little extra cash and enjoy the theatre, the Sacramento Theatre Company has a couple more shows left in its production run—through 12/24—of the Dicken’s classic A Christmas Carol. This adaptation is a musical rendition by local playwright Richard Hellese and contains original songs written by David de Berry. Prior to this season, the troupe had taken a five-year hiatus from this holiday staple, but local patrons are once again having a great time watching as Ebenezer Scrooge see the error of his ways by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. Tickets range from $30-$40.

From now through December 30, you can catch Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley at Capital Stage on J Street. Written by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon, this sweet and comical play picks up two years after Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice and is centered on a blossoming romance between Elizabeth Bennet’s younger sister Mary and Fitzwilliam Darcy’s cousin Arthur – both of whom are academically-inclined. Tickets range from $25-$42.

For a truly multicultural holiday experience between now and January 7, you may want to check out the Global Winter Wonderland at the Cal Expo. This is a 17-acre fantasy land where you and your family can walk through an indoor Toyland exhibit (complete with oversized, glow-in-the-dark figurines) or visit Santa’s workshop and the Elves’ Clubhouse. Of course, you will also want to check out the over 80 different glowing LED lanterns, including ones that keep with this year’s theme of “Holidays Around the World” and depict landmarks like the White House, the Statue of Liberty, the Taj Mahal, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and Mount Fuji. If you go, don’t forget to catch Circus of Light performances, featuring dance teams, contortionists, and fire dancers! Tickets are $18 for 12+, $16 for children 4-12, and ages 3 and under are free.

One more theatrical offering in our greater Sacramento community is Madeline’s Christmas, based on the classic children’s book series by Ludwig Bemelmans. Until December 30, you can bring along your kids, grandkids, or nieces and nephews to see this performance—adapted as a musical for the stage by Jennifer Kirkeby and Shirley Mier—at Sutter Street Theatre. The story centers around Madeline’s attempt to care for her classmates and then get them home to their families for the holiday after they all (except Madeline) come down with the flu. Tickets for ages 13 and up are $17 ($13 for 12 and under).

We hope you enjoyed our list and encourage you to comment below this post with some of your own thoughts and favorite holiday attractions and events from our community. 

We also hope you and your loved ones have a happy and safe holiday season!

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Dr. Brian McDowell
Dr. Brian McDowell, board-certified podiatrist, provides cutting-edge foot and ankle care in Carmichael, CA.
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