It’s officially the holiday season which means Sacramento will soon be transformed into a magical winter wonderland full of bright, colorful lights. What better way to get in the holiday spirit than grabbing a nice cup of warm hot chocolate and looking at all the festive decorations? Here are a few Christmas light displays in the Sacramento region that will surely get you into the holiday spirit.


Each year, this neighborhood in East Sacramento puts on some of the best festive light displays in the city.

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Fab Fourties Christmas Lights

Sacramento’s Fab Fourties will dazzle you with their impressive decorations, bright colors, holiday cheer and more. Touring the Fab Fourties is a longstanding holiday tradition for many Sacramento families, and there’s truly no better way to experience the magic than on Sac Brew Bike’s 90-minute Fab Fourties Light Tour. Grab your family and friends and pedal through the beautifully lit streets as you sing Christmas carols loud enough for all to hear. Be sure to bring some hot chocolate and lots of cookies with you to enjoy while you pedal!


decorated tall christmas tree in old sacramento

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Old Sacramento Waterfront Holiday Tree

Grab the whole family and head out to the Old Sacramento Waterfront for a free holiday lighting extravaganza! The month of fun begins with the lighting of the 60-foot Old Sacramento Waterfront Christmas tree on Wednesday, Nov. 22 at 6 p.m. For the rest of the month, enjoy Old Sacramento’s Theatre of Lights which features a 20-minute live-action retelling of “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Each performance features a special appearance by Jack Frost and the lighting of the gigantic Christmas tree by St. Nick.


Imaginarium Sacramento

Imaginarium "Holiday Lights, Fairytale Delights"

Imaginarium, Sacramento's largest holiday light festival of the year, is sure to impress all the little elves in your family. Packed with over 5 million lights, this new concept from the producers of Global Winter Wonderland features dozens of festive light displays, including the Fairytale Garden, Enchanted Fantasyland Forests, and Infinity Mirrors. The fun doesn’t stop there-- Imaginarium also features circus shows, ice skating, carnival rides, games, live entertainment, and more. Be sure to purchase your tickets early for the best pricing to enjoy Cal Expo’s Christmas lights this year.

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Dovewood Court

Talk about going all out! For over 35 years, thousands of people have flocked to Dovewood Court to experience the extravagant holiday lights and decorations each year. As if this iconic cul-de-sac couldn’t get any more recognition from residents and visitors, it even gained the attention of Mariah Carey, the Queen of Christmas herself. If Mariah Carey talked about it, you know it must be worth checking out! Bundle up and take a stroll through the court on foot or enjoy the decked-out halls from the warmth of your vehicle. Consider bringing a few non-perishable food items with you to donate as the Food for Families charities will be collecting donations.