Five Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Activities in Sacramento

1488267_10153642396675065_1666433344_nBy Alyssa Green

It’s hard to believe that another year has come and gone and it’s already time to celebrate the beginning of 2014.  If you are looking for some New Year’s Eve activities  in Sacramento that the whole family can enjoy together, you are in luck.  Check out our list below – you are sure to find at least one event or activity that you will want to participate in.  Happy New Year!

1. New Year’s Eve Sky Spectacular in Old Sacramento – The 2013 New Year’s Eve Sky Spectacular event will offer kid-friendly programming, lively street entertainment and live music provided by the popular Radio Disney Road Crew, the ever-energetic Natomas Drumline, Nashville Recording Artist McKenna Faith and the Northern California-based funk and soul phenomenon, Joy & Madness band. In addition, the magical and electrifying “Theatre of Lights” will wrap up the holiday season with two final – and free – performances at 7 p.m. and again at 8:30 p.m. on K Street (between Front & 2nd Streets).  Fireworks shows are at 9:00 pm and Midnight.

2. Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink – Presented by the Sacramento Downtown Partnership, the holiday ice rink is located at St. Rose of Lima Park and is open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on New Year’s Eve day.  Bring in a receipt from the Downtown Plaza and you’ll receive free skate rental.

3. Noon Year’s Eve: A Free Family Festival at the Crocker Art Museum – Say a big hello to 2014 with a high energy New Year’s celebration that takes you around the world and back again. Families can count down to the New Year at noon at this fun and free celebration of global cultural experiences. With live music and dance performances and festive art activities happening throughout the Museum, this is one New Year’s celebration everyone can stay awake for.

4. Sacramento New Year’s Eve River Cruise – Spend your New Year’s Eve on the Sacramento River aboard the Hornblower.  Enjoy a unique view of  the New Year’s Eve Sky Spectacular Fireworks show* onboard a one hour River  Cruise! There are two Cruise times available so you can catch the earlier  Fireworks Show*, or the traditional show timing. You and your guests can relax  during an evening cruise under the Tower Bridge and I Street Bridge with  background music and a complimentary toast of champagne! A bar is available on  board to purchase additional wine, beer and cocktails. Mingle inside or step  onto the outer deck to view the fireworks show put on by the City of Sacramento  as you ring in 2014.

5. Who Year Celebrations at the Sacramento Children’s Museum – Come celebrate the arrival of the New Year at SCM on December 31st, with Who Year activities all day! Every hour, guests will learn what countries are celebrating New Year’s Day in real-time. Every hour you will be invited to participate in a Bubble Stomp, creating the sounds of celebration! Guests will also participate in Cultural Connections activities that relate to the celebration of New Year’s Day around the world!  All admissions are 50% off!


2 thoughts on “Five Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Activities in Sacramento


    • Maria, thank you for your comment. Old Sacramento is definitely a Sacramento gem and we love it too! Here’s to a fabulous 2014 to you and yours.

      Sincerely, Alyssa and the team at Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau

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