Theatre of Lights in Old Sacramento: This event transforms the historic district into a stunning light display, with performances on select evenings.
Global Winter Wonderland: Typically held at Cal Expo, this is a large-scale lantern festival with themed displays from around the world, carnival rides, and live entertainment.
Holiday Train Rides: The Sacramento River Train and Placerville & Sacramento Valley Railroad often host special holiday-themed rides.
Sacramento Ballet's Nutcracker: A holiday tradition, the Sacramento Ballet typically performs this beloved ballet during the holiday season.
Christmas Tree Lighting: Various communities in the Greater Sacramento area, including the downtown Sacramento tree lighting, kick off the holiday season with tree lighting ceremonies.
Sacramento Choral Society's Home for the Holidays Concert: This annual concert often features festive music and the popular candlelit processional.
Holiday Shopping: Local retailers and holiday craft fairs, such as the Sacramento Arts Festival, provide plenty of opportunities for holiday gift shopping.
Holiday Meals and Food Drives: Many local organizations, such as Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services, host food drives or offer special holiday meals for those in need.
Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink: Open from November to January, this outdoor ice rink is a fun way to celebrate the holiday season.
Christmas Masses and Services: Churches throughout the Sacramento area offer Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services.