10 Festive, Family-Friendly Sacramento Holiday Events in 2021

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10 Festive, Family-Friendly Sacramento Holiday Events in 2021

November 3, 2021 | By The Railyards


The weather is chilly, and storefronts and family homes alike are filling with festive lights, welcoming the holiday season to Sacramento! Mask up and enjoy an exciting family holiday with these ten local Sacramento holiday events to add to your calendar for the 2021 season.

10 Local Events to Celebrate the Holidays in Sacramento

#1: Happy Holidays Shop Small Market

What: This pop-up market at Warehouse Creative offers exciting goodies from local artists and makers. It’s the perfect spot to pick up memorable handcrafted gifts!
When: November 13th from 11 AM to 3 PM, and December 11th from 11 AM to 3 PM.
Where: Warehouse Creative at 110 L St. Learn more.

#2: Holiday Sip and Shop Indoor Market

What: Enjoy wine and mimosas paired with music and a great atmosphere when you visit this festive indoor market. Support local businesses with this unique Sacramento experience, as you browse gifts from over 30 women-owned businesses.
When: November 20th from 6 PM to 9 PM, and December 18th from 6 PM to 9 PM.
Where: Hacker Lab at 2533 R St. Learn more.

#3: Annual Tree Lighting

What: Kick-off this season’s festivities with Sacramento’s Annual Tree Lighting! This Thanksgiving Eve, gather at Front and K Streets in Old Sacramento for entertainment and family fun followed by the tree lighting on the waterfront.
When: Wednesday, November 24th at 6 PM.
Where: 1002 2nd St in Old Sacramento. Learn more.

#4: Theater of Lights

What: Presented by Dignity Health, The Theater of Lights shares the tale of Old Sacramento in a thrilling display of light. This twenty-minute production is a free event for families to enjoy.
When: November 24th through December 24th. Showtimes vary.
Where: 1002 2nd St in Old Sacramento. Learn more.

#5: Christmas Toy Fundraiser Dance

What: The 10th Annual Christmas Toy Fundraiser Dance will feature live music from The David Perez Band, Sueños and Ritmo Cafe, Alincia and Jr, and DJ Leo Silva. Guests are asked to bring an unwrapped toy.
When: November 27th from 7 PM to 11:30 PM.
Where: Veteran of Foreign Wars Hall Post 67 at 2784 Stockton Blvd. Learn more.

#6: A Baroque Christmas

What: Presented by the Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera, this special Christmas concert is conducted by Margaret Batjer. The program features Bach and Corelli.
When: December 3rd at 8 PM.
Where: SAFE Credit Union Performing Arts Center. Purchase tickets here.

#7: Holiday Extravaganza and Pajama Party

What: Santa Claus is coming to town! Don your coziest PJs for a morning of games, crafts, activities, and a visit from Santa.
When: December 4th from 10 AM to 12 PM.
Where: Kay F. Dahill Community Center in North Highlands. Learn more.

#8: Winter Wonderland Holiday Jazz Concert

What: Join Brickhouse Art Gallery for a festive winter concert featuring old favorite tunes as well as new original songs and arrangements.
When: December 10th from 7 PM to 9 PM.
Where: The Brickhouse Art Gallery. Get tickets.

#9: The Nutcracker

What: Join the Sacramento Ballet for a stunning performance of The Nutcracker. Enjoy this classic tale, told through the eyes of a child, as we battle the Rat King, explore the Land of the Sweets, and more.
When: December 16th through December 19th. Showtimes vary.
Where: SAFE Credit Union Performing Arts Center. Get tickets.

#10: The Polar Express™ Train Ride

What: Treat your whole family to a magical experience aboard The Polar Express™. The kids will enjoy meeting characters from the movie while sipping hot chocolate. Journey to the North Pole where you'll meet Santa and receive your own silver sleigh bell.
When: November 26th through December 19th. Departure times vary.
Where: Board at the California State Railroad Museum. Get tickets.

Celebrate with the Sacramento community this winter season. From holiday shopping to exciting lights shows, there’s plenty to do around town this year! What holiday events are you planning to attend?

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