This Week: Finding Holiday Cheer

Santa Parade photo by Barry Wisdom.

There's always something to cheer about here in Sacramento and this week is no exception: You'll find the State Capitol all-a-glitter with the annual lighting of the State Christmas Tree, K Street and the Governor's Mansion embrace their Christmas pasts and plenty of opportunities to squeeze in a little holiday shopping.

See below for just 10 fun events you can do with friends and family in the next seven days!

Monday, December 9

Hot Toddy Competition
The Golden Bear

At this 12 Days of Midtown event, Sacramento bartenders will "duke it out" to see who will earn the coveted title of Hot Toddy Champ. Event proceeds will support Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services.

Thursday, December 12

State Capitol Tree Lighting Ceremony
CA State Capitol - North Steps

Join Governor Jerry Brown as he illuminates the State Christmas Tree! While there, donate a canned good item to feed Californians in need.

Saturday, December 14

Santa Parade
CA State Capitol Park

Marching bands and community groups will help Santa & Sacramento ring in the holidays.

Holiday Pop Up Shops
Building 212

Find unique gifts that pop! Enjoy soda tastings & an ice cream sundae bar while finishing up your Christmas shopping at the Mansion Flat creative space.

Christmas Memories
Governor's Mansion

Discover how 13 of California's earliest governors celebrated the holiday season.

Ray Eames' 101 Birthday Celebration
California Museum

Celebrate the 101st birthday of the local designer & the history of K Street’s legacy as a hub of local commerce!

2nd Saturday
Various locations

A few highlights:

Wells Fargo Home for the Holidays
Memorial Auditorium

The Sacramento Children's Chorus will perform new &  traditional choral music at this concert.

Sunday, December 15

YMCA Holiday Art, Craft & Gift Festival
Sacramento Area YMCA

Peruse local artisan wares, eats & take pictures with Santa during this special benefit craft fair.

Navidades! Christmas on K Street
Various locations

The day's events include La Pastorela de Sacramento at Convention Center Plaza & Calidanza Dance Company's Navidades y Tradiciones at the Crest Theatre!


This Week: Counting Down to Christmas

The Sacramento Ballet will perform the beloved Christmas classic, The Nutcracker, starting this weekend at the Community Center Theater. (Image courtesy of the Sacramento Ballet.)

Now that the hustle-and-bustle of Thanksgiving and Black Friday is over, make the most of December right here in Sacramento. This week Midtown Sacramento businesses gets in the holiday spirit, Sacramento Ballet dancers transform into sugar plums fairies and the halls of five Fab Fourties homes will be decked with boughs of holly with its annual holiday home tour.

See below for other ways you can countdown this holiday season:

Thanksgiving Meal by Creative Commons/flickr user Craig Dugas - See more at:
Thanksgiving Meal by Creative Commons/flickr user Craig Dugas - See more at: Thanksgiving week officially kicks off the holiday season. During this special day of gratitude, spend more quality time with your family and make new traditions. Why not participate in a morning fun-run or have a local restaurant taken care of this year's meal? Turkey Day also means that another big holiday is around the corner... Prep for Christmas day by shopping local on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, checking out a holiday show or donating your extra cash to groups that do good.


1. 12 Days of Midtown, Dec 2-Dec 12
A few highlights:

2. Electric Christmas, Sleep Train Arena, Dec 4
Cage the Elephant, Alt-J, Grouplove, Capital Cities, The Features and MS MR come to SacTown to alternatively rock the holiday season.

3. The Santaland Diaries, Capital Stage, Dec 4-Dec 29
This wickedly funny play, based on the experiences of best-selling author David Sedaris, stands up for the Grinch in all of us.

4. KVIE Uncorked, KVIE Studios, Dec 5
This exciting night of food, wine & beer benefits KVIE Arts programming.

5. Holiday Home Tour, Sacred Heart Parish School, Dec 6-Dec 8
Five Fabulous Forties homes will be "dressed to the nines" in holiday trimmings for this popular home tour, now in its 40th year.

6. First Dibs Preview Party & Auction,The Merchant Building, Dec 6
This exclusive evening allows guests to stake claim on spectacular recycled, re-fashioned pieces before Saturday's First Dibs Auction.

7. Children's Lantern Parade, Sacramento Turn Verein, Dec 6
Kids can get crafty creating their very own lantern during this annual parade around the East Sac landmark.

8. The Nutcracker, Community Center Theater, Dec 7 & 8
In this classic production, sugar plum fairies, Clara & the Nutcracker Prince will pirouette their way into your heart.

9. GOOD Street Food + Design Market, 1409 Del Paso Blvd, Dec 7 & 8
Grab something unique for the special people in your life at this two-day edition of the artisan marketplace.

10. Talib Kweli, Ace of Spades, Dec 8
Get schooled by the conscious hip-hop legend for one night only at the intimate music venue.

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