Holiday joy at the State Capitol- Free fun for the entire family!

By Heather Crivellone

A visit to Sacramento just wouldn’t be complete without a trip to our Golden State’s Capitol. Even if you are a life-long resident to the area- if you haven’t visited the State Capitol since you were on an elementary school field trip, then you should plan an outing to visit the capitol’s gardens and museum.

This time of year is especially a great time to visit.  Not only can you brush up on your California legislative history, but starting December 1st through the 23rd, enjoy a festive backdrop, vintage holiday decorations and amazing live holiday musical performances in the Capitol Rotunda every day.

Visitors will enjoy live musical entertainment that includes a Salvation Army brass quintet, a Cal-Trans choir (made up of a spirited group of state workers), trombone jazz, world and baroque music, bell-ringers, a harp circle, a youth violinist, a number of talented school choirs and much more.  Entrance into the museum is free, so this is a wonderful holiday experience for your family (that won’t break into your gift-giving budget!).

Along with the musical programs at the capitol, on Wednesday, December 7th at 4:45, join Governor Brown as he lights the 40 ft. tall Christmas tree at the 80th annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony.  The tree will be decorated with 900 hand-crafted ornaments created by children and adults with developmental disabilities who receive services and support from the state’s development centers and 21 nonprofit regional centers.

This is also a free family fun event. Donations of non-perishable food items will be collected to help support the California Emergency Foodlink.

Happy Holidays!


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