The air is getting chilly and Christmas lights are twinkling, but 2020's holiday season will look a little different this year than in years past. You can make this holiday a memorable one while still keeping yourself, your family, and your community safe with safe events throughout the Sacramento area. Learn how these local organizations are offering socially-distanced holiday cheer this winter.
8 Local Events for a Festive, Safe Holiday Season
#1: Virtual Tree Lighting
What: This Thanksgiving Eve, indulge in the tradition of watching the tree lighting at the Old Sacramento Waterfront. Even better, now you can do it in your pajamas! This year's tree lighting will stream live on Facebook, so be sure to tune in.
When: Wednesday, November 25th at 6pm
Where: The Old Sacramento Waterfront Facebook Page
#2: Paint Your Own Holiday Cards
What: The Crocker Art Museum is hosting a virtual watercolor holiday card class via Zoom. Sign up to learn the techniques you need to dazzle your family with elegant handmade cards this year. Ages 15+.
When: Saturday, December 5th from 1pm to 3pm
Where: Register on the Crocker's website to attend via Zoom.
#3: Zoom for the Holidays Show
What: City Theatre at Sacramento City College is streaming ten short seasonal plays for their "Zoom for the Holidays" series.
Monday, November 30 at 7:30pm
Friday, December 4th at 7:30pm
Saturday, December 5th at 7:30pm
Sunday, December 6th at 2:00pm
Monday, December 7th at 7:30pm
Friday, December 11th at 7:30pm
Saturday, December 12th at 7:30pm
Sunday, December 13th at 2:00pm
Where: Get tickets on City Theatre's website to watch online.
#4: Virtual Philharmonic Performances
What: The Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera is offering a digital series, so you can live stream these amazing performances from your home! Concert links are available with a gift of $25 or more. The streams will go live at 7:00pm the evening of the concert, and will be available for up to 30 days afterwards.
Saturday, December 5th at 7:00pm
Saturday, December 12th at 7:00pm
Saturday, December 19th at 7:00pm
Where: Donate online to the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera to receive a link.
#5: Curbside Shopping With Santa
What: Curbside Holiday is a wonderful opportunity for your kids to see Santa while shopping safely and locally. Shop online with local favorites like Capital Books, the Crest Theatre, the Kitchen Table, and more! You'll select a pickup window and Santa will bring your gifts directly to your car!
Saturday December 19th from 11:00am to 7:00pm
Sunday, December 20th from 11:00am to 7:00pm
Where: Shop online at curbside.holiday and pick up your gifts in the designated zone between 1011 and 1013 K Street.
#6: A Christmas Carol Livestream
What: Manual Cinema is bringing a breathtaking re-invention of A Christmas Carol to audiences of all ages. This new take on a holiday classic is presented by the Mondavi Center at UC Davis.
Friday, December 18th at 7:00pm
Saturday, December 19th at 5:00pm
Sunday, December 20th at 4:00pm
Where: Get tickets from the Mondavi Center.
#7: Outdoor Ice Skating
What: Treat your family to an afternoon of outdoor ice skating in Historic Folsom! To make sure you stay safe, please observe social distancing and wear a mask while skating.
When: Ongoing beginning November 20th.
Where: Purchase tickets online to skate at the rink located at 200 Wool Street, Folsom CA.
#8: Driving Lights Tour
What: Take in the Christmas cheer from the comfort of your car with a drive-through holiday lights experience. The beautiful Rancho Cordova Holiday Lights display features more than 200 lighted silhouettes, 3 dozen vignettes, and other features.
When: Ongoing from December 11th through December 20th, from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
Where: Purchase tickets online to take in the lights at 2300 Mineshaft Lane, Rancho Cordova CA.
The Sacramento community is working hard to bring a little cheer into 2020's holiday season with safe virtual or outdoor events. What holiday events are you planning to attend this winter?