By Heather Crivellone
Where did this year go? If you are like me, you are scratching your heads and wondering what happened to 2017! But, nonetheless, it’s the holidays and it’s time celebrate. Whether you are hosting Thanksgiving dinner, scoping out the best “Black Friday” advertisements or trying to find at least one good picture of your children to put on holiday cards- tis the season for holiday everything.
One of the best ways (in my opinion) to kick off the holiday season is to enjoy the annual tree lighting ceremonies in my neighborhood and to view Old Sacramento’s Theatre of Lights. There are plenty of ceremonies in the surrounding areas and here is my quick list of for your family to choose from and enjoy:
This Wednesday, November 22 is the annual tree lighting ceremony in Old Sacramento. Enjoy a break from Thanksgiving prep and join other families at this festive event. Family friendly events begin at 4:30pm with the tree lighting at 6pm. Following the
Following the tree lighting, Old Sacramento’s Theatre of Lights will kick off the annual season with the classic “Twas the Night before Christmas. If you haven’t seen this show, it’s one not to miss. The Theatre of Lights is a unique state-of-the-art live staging of this classic tale. Incorporating a symphony of lights sounds and visual effects that takes the audience back to a time when the beloved poem was first introduced in Sacramento in 1857. This poem comes to life on the balconies and rooftops of Old Sacramento’s historic buildings on K Street between Front and 2nd Street.
The Theatre of Lights will take place through the holiday season with two 20-minute light shows at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. every Thursday through Sunday through Christmas Eve. December 24 showing will be at 6pm only.
Here is a list of other tree lighting ceremonies in the area to get you in the festive spirit:
Elk Grove: Saturday November 25, enjoy a day at the Dickens Street Fair and conclude it in the evening with a Parade of Lights, concluding with the tree lighting ceremony at approximately 7:30pm. All festivities are free and take place in Old Town Elk Grove located on Elk Grove Boulevard.
Roseville: Thursday November 30 from 6pm-8pm on Vernon Street in Old Roseville, enjoy a “Winter Wonderland” with activities for the entire family. Kid’s activity zone, crafts, vendors and even snow! It will be an event not to be missed.
Folsom: Friday, December 1 from 6pm-9pm, enjoy a winter wonderland in the Folsom Historic District. Activities for the entire family will lead up to the tree lighting at 7:30. Bring your warm jackets and even ice skates to take your turn on the rink. 200 Wool Street in Folsom
Carmichael: Thursday, December 7 from 5pm- 8pm, join other families at this family friendly event. Food trucks will be on site for your dinner needs, kids activities and crafts will keep everyone busy waiting for tree to be lit. Festivities will take place at the Carmichael Park at 5750 Grant Avenue.
This is just a small list of all the festivities in the area. We will keep you posted on other events throughout the month. Enjoy the beginning of the holiday season!