12/8 – Holiday Magic at the Sacramento Zoo – Bundle up the family and come enjoy the holiday season at the Zoo! The Zoofari Market will be open at 10am for Sacramento Zoo Member shopping. Members recieve a 25% discount with their Membership card. This discount excludes books; disposable cameras; sunscreen; sunglasses; Fair Trade; and promotional, discounted, or sale items. Food and Toy Drive: Bring a new, unwrapped toy or non-perishable food item and receive a $1…
12/8 – Holiday Concert with the Capitol Pops Concert Band – It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas as the Capitol Pops Concert Band performs holiday music. Maestro Jerry Lopes will conduct the free concert. Bring your family and friends to enjoy traditional sounds of the season, including solos and classic carols.
12/8 – Family Activity: Those Wacky Woodpeckers at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Woodpeckers are instantly recognizable by their unique behavior of pecking vertically on trees and poles, but how much do you really know about these outstanding birds? We will clue you in! All ages welcome.
12/8 – Old Sacramento Living History Ball and Pony Express Ride – Enjoy 1850’s style dancing and festivities commencing with the annual Pony Express holiday card delivery. Abundant covered parking is available at the main parking structure located at 3rd and J Streets. There are a limited number of metered, 90-minute on-street parking spaces throughout the park.
12/8 – Hands On History: A Simple Emigrant Christmas & Candlelight Tour at Sutter’s Fort – Join at Sutter’s Fort for this special seasonal event. In John Sutter’s day, people from around the world passed through the gates, each with their own
customs and traditions for the holiday season. A Simple Emigrant Christmas presents several vignettes showing holiday scenes, including foods, music, decorations, and traditions from other cultures. During the day visitors will be able to dip candles, make cornhusk dolls, and create…
12/8-12/15 – Christmas Memories at the Governor’s Mansion – Get ready to experience lavishly re-created period décor and an impressive array of live holiday music during two upcoming special events. Surrounded by docents in period costume, Mansion visitors will be transported back in time to the very place where thirteen of California’s early governors and their families lived,
spent Christmas seasons, and shared holiday traditions. In fact, then-Governor Edmund G. Brown and his family were the last first-family to celebrate Christmas in the stately mansion. And, to add to the festive activities, Mr. and Mrs. Claus will make special visits to the Mansion to meet excited little ones and be available for holiday photographs.
12/9 – The Elves and the Shoe Maker at the California Theater Center -Laugh when two merry elves arrive at a small village in the Black Forest to discover a poor shoemaker who clearly needs assistance. Their good deeds, kindness, and resourcefulness save the shoemaker from a bleak and unhappy holiday in this CTC classic, adored by both children and adults all over the world. Recommended for grades preK-5
12/9 – Family Activity: Cold Blooded Critters – Some have scaly skin, some have slimy skin, some have legs and some do not. Can you guess what they are? Join us at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center and find out! Meet a resident animal up close. Admission is free (parking is $5 per vehicle.) All ages welcome.
12/9 – 6th Annual Elk Grove Nativity at the LDS Church – Come join with your neighbors as you celebrate Christ’s birth through art and music at the 6th Annual Elk Grove Nativity. Experience the beauty of hundreds of crèches from all over the world. Listen to music from community members singing portions of Handel’s Messiah Saturday & Sunday at 7pm. Watch children bring to life the event that continues to inspire young and old today as they perform a live Nativity. Enjoy a self-guided tour with a scavenger hunt for all ages.