The Christmas shopping is done (hopefully) and it’s time for holiday fun! Sacramento365 hopes to bring holiday cheer with this last-minute list of festive things to do!
Macy’s Theatre of Lights
Old Sacramento Waterfront
Through December 24 | Thurs-Sun 6pm & 7:30pm, Mon 6pm
Macy’s Theatre of Lights is part Christmas classic, part Sacramento history, and all dazzling entertainment for the whole family! A 19th-century winter wonderland comes to life in 20 minutes with a theatrical rendition of “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” on the Old Sacramento Waterfront’s historic balconies.
Global Winter Wonderland 2018
Through January 6 | Various Times
For families still in need of illumination, Cal Expo’s Global Winter Wonderland is the perfect solution. Its highlights include lantern structures stretching up to 72-feet and a Chinese circus filled with acrobats and entertainers. Carnivals rides, delicious fair foods, and handmade crafts ensure a night of holiday fun for all!
A Christmas Carol
Sacramento Theatre Company
December 19-23 | Wed 7pm, Thurs 7pm, Fri 8pm, Sat 2pm & 8pm, Sun 2pm
Another holiday classic comes to Sacramento with the story of Ebenezer Scrooge. Watch his heartwarming transformation in this Sacramento Theatre Company presentation.
Sacramento Ballet presents The Nutcracker
Community Center Theater
December 20-23 | Thurs 7pm, Fri 2pm & 7pm, Sat 2pm & 7pm, Sun 2pm & 7pm
A new take on a Sacramento Christmas tradition from new Artistic Director Amy Seiwert comes to the Sacramento Ballet. Some modern-feminist know-how that stays true to its classical roots makes this production a can’t-miss for the family. (Sacramento365 gives you an in-depth look at this new vision of the Sugarplum Fairy here.)
Harris Center for the Arts
Dec 21 | Fri 7:30pm
A “Christmas in Mexico” is brought directly to you by the Ballet Folklorico de Sacramento. With their legendary choreography, this collective of dancers and musicians recreates all the fun, magic, and lively colors of a traditional posada for the whole family.
It’s A Wonderful Life
December 23 | Sun 7pm
Arguably the most bitter-sweet of Christmas tales, Jimmy Stewart’s performance explores the question, “What would the world be like without your presence?” The 1940’s film comes to the big screen at Crest Theatre giving hundreds of Sacramentans the opportunity to tear up in unison this holiday.
Pajama Christmas Eve
December 24 | Mon 9am-1:30pm
Free for the whole family, experience the most comfortable Christmas tradition without even changing out of your pajamas! The Sacramento Zoo makes Christmas Eve a bit more fun by adding bobcats and fruit bats to the holiday’s traditional lineup of reindeer.
Fairytale Town Free Admission Day
December 24 | Mon 10am-2pm
For more free, Fairytale Town makes Christmas Eve your chance to experience their winter wonderland gratis.
Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink
St. Rose of Lima Park
Through January 21 | Mondays-Thursdays 2pm-9pm. Fridays & Saturdays 10am-11pm, Sundays 10am-9pm
Nothing says Christmas quite like ice skating – or holding the wall and constantly slipping, depending on your skill level. No matter how talented of a skater you are, The Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink offers a delightful experience for the whole family with its newly-expanded rink to bring you even more holiday magic.
Looking for even more Christmas events to check out? Take a look at Sacramento365’s Holiday Events page.