Weekend Family Fun
With the holidays just around the corner, you’ll find plenty of festive activities and events for the family. How about a visit to Santa’s workshop? Or watching zoo animals open up Christmas gifts? There’s picture-taking with Santa at Harley-Davidson Sacramento and even snowfall at Fairytale Town. Take a look at many other fun Sacramento holiday events. Have a great weekend!
12/11 – 12/13 – Winter Wonderland at Fairytale Town – Celebrate the holiday season at Fairytale Town! The storybook park will be trimmed with festive décor and lit up with a dazzling display of lights, starting at dusk. Enjoy hands-on craft activities, holiday vendors, and more at this family holiday event.
12/11 – 12/13 – Save the Frogs with Michael Starkey at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Amphibian populations around the world are declining at an alarming rate. Nearly one-third of the world’s amphibian species are on the verge of extinction. Up to 200 species have disappeared since 1979. Why is this happening? Save The Frogs! Advisory Committee Chairman Michael Starkey will share photos of frogs and other amphibians from around the world, explain what is causing the crisis, and how you can help out. Then join Michael for a field study at the pond– a frog habitat– and a walk through the nature preserve, continuing discussion of the Amphibian Extinction Crisis.
12/12 – Nutcracker: The Ugly Sweater Night – Ditch the tux and gown and don your ugliest holiday sweater to this showing of The Nutcracker This is a chance to show of your true holiday spirit (or maybe the spirit of a remembered elementary school teacher). Attendees are encouraged to wear their ugliest holiday sweaters (extra points will be given for sweaters that are homemade).
12/12 – 12/14 – 8th Annual Elk Grove Nativity Festival – Come see hundreds of multi-cultural creches, watch local children re-enact the Nativity, hear musical talents from our diverse community, and participate in a scavenger hunt as you wander the Nativity Festival.
12/13 – Holiday Magic at the Sacramento Zoo – Bundle up the family and come enjoy the holiday season at the Zoo! Bring a new, unwrapped toy or non-perishable food item and receive a $1 off your Zoo admission. The U.S. Marine Corps will be taking your toy donations for Toys for Tots and food donations go the Sacramento Food Bank and families in need. Animals will get special treats delivered to them and staff will be on hand to share facts, secrets and answer your questions.
12/13 – Santa’s Workshop Open House – Join for holiday fun arts and crafts! Create holiday lanterns, patterned wrapping paper, paper snowflakes, garlands, and ornaments. Move from station to station making holiday masterpieces and enjoying a festive afternoon at Verge.
12/13 – Pictures with Santa at Harley-Davidson of Sacramento – Santa Claus is coming to Harely-Davidson of Sacramento! Avoid the long lines in the mall and take your complimentary picture with Santa! Guests can also enjoy complimentary gift wrapping with any purchases made (while supplies last).
12/13 – Christmas Memories at the Mansion – On Saturday the community is invited to tour the majestic Governor’s Mansion! Delight in elaborate holiday decorations, festive live holiday music, children’s activities, captivating storytellers and docents in period attire sharing holiday-related stories of past governors and their families. To add to the festivities, Santa and Mrs. Claus will make special visits to the Mansion to meet excited little ones and be available for holiday photographs.
12/13 – Sacramento’s First Kings: King Salmon at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – We’re not talking basketball here, we’re talking fish! Join a Naturalist for a walk to the salmon “arena” and see Sacramento’s first Kings! Space is limited though sign-ups can be taken the day of the event as space permits. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to start time.
12/13 – Hands on History: A Simple Emigrant Christmas at Sutters Fort – Families are encouraged to visit the Fort to step back in time to holidays past and enjoy docents in period attire as they demonstrate a variety of early holiday traditions and cultural activities similar to what early emigrants did in the 1840s. Entertaining vignettes will be set up that showcase a few of the diverse holiday scenes that will include food, music, decorations, and other holiday traditions.
Plus, the Fort will be celebrating a 19th century holiday with toys on display from that era for viewing and a captivating storyteller will be on hand to share stories about what Christmas was like in 1848. Fort visitors can also participate in a number of special hands-on activities such as craft holiday ornaments — that include snowflakes, corn husk angels and bird nests – plus decorate the Christmas tree, create popcorn chains, make holiday cards with nib (or “dip”) pens and colored ink, grind raw wheat into “Christmas flour,” sing Christmas carols with Fort musicians and more!
12/13 – Victorian Holiday Ball and Pony Express Ride – Come one, come all to a traditional and FREE Victorian Holiday Ball complete with music and dancing! Guests are welcome to enjoy the festivities and can learn the fashionable dance steps of the time and Father Christmas will even make an appearance during the celebration. Also, the Pony Express will ride into town to collect the mail as part of their day-long ride through Sacramento. And, cards and letters deposited in the Pony Express mailbox at the Sacramento History Museum will be stamped and delivered to loved ones across the country!
12/13 – 12/14 – All I Want for Christmas is Clean Air at the Discovery Museum – Join Breathe California as they explore Sacramento’s air quality. Join for the family feature to learn how you and your family can keep your holidays green. Children are invited to participate in a helping hands craft activity to take home.
12/14 – Gifts from Mother Earth at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Learn the skill of making abalone necklaces to create a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry from Mother Earth. Keep your gift for yourself or share it with someone special! Space is limited though sign-ups may be taken the day of the event as space permits. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to start time.