The Best Christmas Lights Displays Around Sacramento

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It’s the most wonderful time of year – hot cocoa, cold winter evenings, hot-baked cookies and the most glorious light displays you can find!  One of our family traditions is to bundle up and go around the Sacramento valley searching for the best lights.  Luckily, we don’t have to travel far to find some neighborhoods that go “all out” and decorate their homes for the season.

Growing up, I can always remember Candy Cane Lane (or more accurately, Dovewood Court.) It was the one night of the of year that my parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins all got together to drink hot cocoa, stay up late and walk down the cold (and sometimes rainy) court.

Year after year, we have been going to view the spectacular lights at Dovewood Court in Orangevale and once you take a walk down this memorable street and see all the lights and holiday trimmings, you will also be transformed into another world. As a kid, I remember walking down this street in amazement to see all the lights and displays. And as an adult, I’m even more amazed that the entire street can all pull together to make something so magical and amazing for everyone to see.

Now, this isn’t the only place to see a fantastic light show.  Many areas around Sacramento have become family favorites and people drive many miles to view the light spectaculars.  Here is my quick list of places not to miss this holiday season:

North of Sacramento in Rocklin, the community on Pebble Creek Drive has also put together a wonderful light show.  Kids will love this area as almost every house has characters of one of their favorite Disney movies.  My kids were especially excited when they spotted Olaf!Holiday Lights collage

The “Fab 40’s” in East Sacramento.  The homes in this area are worth the drive to just view their fantastic landscaping and architecture.  But every year, they come together to give the neighborhood a light display that really helps put everyone in the holiday spirit!  You can walk down any of these streets—but I would suggest beginning on 48th Street and Folsom Boulevard.

Bayside/Adventure Church in Rocklin has transformed their parking lot into a mile-long, drive-through light display.   This is worth the drive, but be prepared for quite a wait to get through.  This is the first year of the display, and it seems that everyone in Sacramento wants to take a peek and we don’t blame them. The display is quite the sight, with Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker battling it out, jolly elves and an incredible light tunnel all set to the tune of great Christmas music.  If you are willing to pack up some hot cocoa and wait in line, it’s well worth the wait.

Global Winter Wonderland at Cal Expo has become a family favorite for many.  Gorgeous light displays, exciting carnival rides and even ice skating!  This is an event not to be missed. Runs through January 8. Admission $16-18, not including the cost of rides and concessions.

Folsom Zoo’s Wild Nights and Holiday Lights is an event for anyone who wants to combine the  beauty of holiday lights with the fantastic animals at the zoo.  This is an annual family holiday event with thousands of colorful lights and decorations, train rides, carolers and even a visit with Santa!  December 16-23 from 5 pm-8 pm.  Admission is $5

Old Sacramento’s Theater of Lights is one of my favorite traditions.  Bringing the classic “The night before Christmas” to life with music, lights and dramatization- it’s a wonderful way to experience Old Sacramento and celebrate the holiday season. There are two shows nightly, through December 23,  6:15 and 7:45pm.  On December 24 there will be onlyshow at 6:15pm.

For a detailed list of where some great houses are to see, check out this website for more information.

A few tips for viewing the light shows around town. Dress warmly and prepare to walk (weather permitting of course), as some of these streets are very popular and sitting in a traffic jam with antsy children is NOT my idea of a good time. Bring hot cocoa for sipping and some canned foods for donating.  Most of these areas are accepting donations this holiday season.  And most important, cherish these precious moments with your loved ones. Happy Holidays!

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By Heather Crivellone

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Best Places to View Holiday Lights in Sacramento

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Cold noses, hot cocoa, sticky peppermint candy fingers and lights galore!  Yes, it’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Growing up, I can always remember “Candy Cane Lane”. It was the one night of the of year that my parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins all got together to drink hot cocoa, stay up late and walk down the cold (and sometimes rainy) court.

Year after year we have been going to view this spectacular light show that this court has to offer. Now, I call it “Candy Cane Lane”….however, it wasn’t until just recently that I realized that it’s actually just Dovewood Court in Orangevale. But once you take a walk down this memorable street and see all the lights and holiday trimmings, you will also be transformed into another world… hence the name “Candy Cane Lane” that I have somehow nicknamed and it’s just stuck with my family.

This street really has everything… Snoopy, the Grinch, and even a tribute to summertime with some Buffet and Margaritas!

As a kid, I remember walking down this street in amazement to see all the lights and displays. And as an adult, I’m even more amazed that the entire street can all pull together to make something so magical and amazing for everyone to see.

They have taken the simple “string of lights” to another level and have seriously transformed their homes into a winter wonderland. And, to make everything even more wonderful, they continue to collect cans of food to donate to Food for Families. These neighbors truly show everyone the real meaning of the holiday season!

Now, this isn’t the only place to see a fantastic light show.  Many areas around Sacramento have become family favorites and people drive many miles to view the light spectaculars.  Here is my quick list of places not to miss this holiday season:

The “Fab 40’s” in East Sacramento.  The homes in this area are worth the drive to just view their fantastic landscaping and architecture.  But every year, they come together to give the neighborhood a light display that really helps put everyone in the holiday spirit!  You can walk down any of these streets—but I would suggest beginning on 48th Street and Folsom Boulevard.

North of Sacramento in Rocklin, the community on Pebble Creek Drive has also put together a wonderful light show.  Kids will love this area as almost every house has characters of one of their favorite Disney movies.  My kids were especially excited when they spotted Olaf!

South of Sacramento in Elk Grove, the house not be missed is on Point Pleasant Road.  Another spectacular show to get you into the holiday spirit.

You can also find a detailed list of each area at this website.

And if you want a little more “excitement” to your holiday lights, then check out Folsom Zoo’s Wild Nights and Holiday Lights”  This is the 6th annual family holiday event with thousands of colorful lights and decorations, train rides, carolers and even a visit with Santa!  December 4 and 5, 11 and 12, and December 16-23 from 5pm-8pm.  Admission is $5 per person.

2nd Annual Global Winter Wonderland at Cal Expo has become a family favorite for many.  Gorgeous light displays, exciting carnival rides and even ice skating!  This is an event not to be missed.
Runs through January 3.
Admission $14-$25

A few tips for viewing the light shows around town. Dress warmly and prepare to walk (weather permitting of course), as some of these streets are very popular and sitting in a traffic jam with antsy children is NOT my idea of a good time.   Bring hot cocoa for sipping and some canned foods for donating.  Most of these areas are accepting donations this holiday season.  And most important, cherish these precious moments with your loved ones. Happy Holidays!

By Heather Crivellone

Holiday Lights Around the City!

imagesBy Heather Crivellone

Every family has their own traditions of some sort. And this time of year, moms all over the city are dragging their kids to events and doing activities to make their traditions “stick”.

Growing up, I can always remember “Candy Cane Lane”. It was the one night of the of year that my parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins all got together to drink hot cocoa, stay up late and walk down the cold (and sometimes rainy) court.

Year after year we have been going to view this spectacular light show that this court has to offer. Now, I call it “Candy Cane Lane”….however, it wasn’t until just recently that I realized that it’s actually just Dovewood Court in Orangevale. But once you take a walk down this memorable street and see all the lights and holiday trimmings, you will also be transformed into another world… hence the name “Candy Cane Lane” that I have somehow nicknamed and it’s just stuck with my family.

This street really has everything… Snoopy, the Grinch, and even a tribute to summertime with some Buffet and Margaritas!

As a kid, I remember walking down this street in amazement to see all the lights and displays. And as an adult, I’m even more amazed that the entire street can all pull together to make something so magical and amazing for everyone to see.

They have taken the simple “string of lights” to another level and have seriously transformed their homes into a winter wonderland. And, to make everything even more wonderful, they continue to collect cans of food to donate to Food for Families. These neighbors truly show everyone the real meaning of the holiday season!

Another area in Sacramento where the community has come together to put on a beautiful light display for the public is downtown in the “Fab 40’s”.  The homes in this area are worth the drive to just view their fantastic landscaping and architecture.  But every year, they come together to give the neighborhood a light display that really helps put everyone in the holiday spirit!  You can walk down any of these streets—but I would suggest beginning on 48th Street and Folsom Boulevard.

North of Sacramento in Rocklin, the community on Pebble Creek Drive has also put together a wonderful light show.  Kids will love this area as almost every house has characters of one of their favorite Disney movies.  My kids were especially excited when they spotted Olaf!

South of Sacramento in Elk Grove, the house not be missed is on Point Pleasant Road.  Another spectacular show to get you into the holiday spirit.

You can also find a detailed list of each area at this website.

A few tips for viewing the light shows around town. Dress warmly and prepare to walk (weather permitting of course), as some of these streets are very popular and sitting in a traffic jam with antsy children is NOT my idea of a good time.   Bring hot cocoa for sipping and some canned foods for donating.  Most of these areas are accepting donations this holiday season.  And most  important, cherish these precious moments with your loved ones.   Happy Holidays!

Holiday lights at Dovewood Court and the Folsom Zoo will make your nights “Merry and Bright”

imagesCAPUCGYPBy Heather Crivellone

Every family has their own traditions of some sort. And this time of year, moms all over the city are dragging their kids to events and doing activities to make their traditions “stick”.
Growing up, I can always remember “Candy Cane Lane”. It was the one night of the of year that my parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins all got together to drink hot cocoa, stay up late and walk down the cold (and sometimes rainy) court.

Year after year we have been going to view this spectacular light show that this court has to offer. Now, I call it “Candy Cane Lane”….however, it wasn’t until just recently that I realized that it’s actually just Dovewood Court in Orangevale. But once you take a walk down this memorable street and see all the lights and holiday trimmings, you will also be transformed into another world… hence the name “Candy Cane Lane” that I have somehow nicknamed and it’s just stuck with my family.
This street really has everything… Snoopy, the Grinch, and even a tribute to summertime with some Buffet and Margaritas!
As a kid, I remember walking down this street in amazement to see all the lights and displays. And as an adult, I’m even more amazed that the entire street can all pull together to make something so magical and amazing for everyone to see.

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They have taken the simple “string of lights” to another level and have seriously transformed their homes into a winter wonderland. And, to make everything even more wonderful, they continue to collect cans of food to donate to Food for Families. These neighbors truly show everyone the real meaning of the holiday season!

If you are in the area, and even if your not…it’s well worth the drive to check out the light show at Dovewood court. My family will be there, as we are every year…and I’m just as excited this year as I was 20 some years ago when I first set foot on this magical (yet sometimes cold) walk down “Candy Cane Lane“!
One simple tip… try not to drive through the court if you can. Depending on the age of your children, you may find that bundling everyone up and parking a few blocks away is a better way to view the light shows. Some of the houses have displays that are better seen on foot…and with the traffic that can occur, you may rather want to be in the fresh air than stuck inside the car with some screaming kids that want to get a better look at Santa or what not.

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Also, if you are looking to make a night of some “holiday cheer”- think about hitting up the Folsom Zoo before going to Dovewood Court. The Folsom Zoo is hosting their “Wild Nights and Holiday Lights” from 5-8pm on December 7-8 and December 13-23.  Admission into the zoo is $5.

The zoo will be lit up and the animals exhibits are all festive and glowing for the holiday season. The miniature steam train (which is a favorite among kids of all ages) will be running and offering family rides on the “Starlight Express”.
There will be thousands of lights, an enchanted forest of lighted trees, Christmas carolers, refreshments and even a visit from Santa Claus!

So whether you decide to make the drive out to Folsom and Orangevale (it’s only about 20 minutes out of downtown Sacramento) or you decide to stay close to the city and view the lights in town… we wish you a very merry holiday season!

 

 

Make your holiday nights “merry” at Dovewood Court in Orangevale and the Folsom Zoo

RoastingMarshmellosBy Heather Crivellone

Every family has their own traditions of some sort. And this time of year, moms all over the city are dragging their kids to events and doing activities to make their traditions “stick”.

Growing up, I can always remember “Candy Cane Lane”. It was the one night of the of year that my parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins all got together to drink hot cocoa, stay up late and walk down the cold (and sometimes rainy) court.

Year after year we have been going to view this spectacular light show that this court has to offer. Now, I call it “Candy Cane Lane”….however, it wasn’t until just recently that I realized that it’s actually just Dovewood Court in Orangevale. But once you take a walk down this memorable street and see all the lights and holiday trimmings, you will also be transformed into another world… hence the name “Candy Cane Lane” that I have somehow nicknamed and it’s just stuck with my family.

This street really has everything… Snoopy, the Grinch, and even a tribute to summertime with some Buffet and Margaritas!

As a kid, I remember walking down this street in amazement to see all the lights and displays. And as an adult, I’m even more amazed that the entire street can all pull together to make something so magical and amazing for everyone to see.

They have taken the simple “string of lights” to another level and have seriously transformed their homes into a winter wonderland. And, to make everything even more wonderful, they continue to collect cans of food to donate to Food for Families. These neighbors truly show everyone the real meaning of the holiday season!

If you are in the area, and even if your not…it’s well worth the drive to check out the light show at Dovewood court.
My family will be there, as we are every year…and I’m just as excited this year as I was 20 some years ago when I first set foot on this magical (yet sometimes cold) walk down “Candy Cane Lane“!

One simple tip… try not to drive through the court if you can. Depending on the age of your children, you may find that bundling everyone up and parking a few blocks away is a better way to view the light shows. Some of the houses have displays that are better seen on foot…and with the traffic that can occur, you may rather want to be in the fresh air than stuck inside the car with some screaming kids that want to get a better look at Santa or what not.

Also, if you are looking to make a night of some “holiday cheer”- think about hitting up the Folsom Zoo before going to Dovewood Court. The Folsom Zoo is hosting their “Wild Nights and Holiday Lights” from 5-8pm on Dec.7-9th  and 14th-23rd.

The zoo will be lit up and the animals exhibits are all festive and glowing for the holiday season. The miniature steam train (which is a favorite among kids of all ages) will be running and offering family rides on the “Starlight Express”.

And on Saturday, Dec. 8th from 11am-2pm “party like an animal” at the Annual Holiday Party for the Animals.  Santa will be on hand for holiday wishes and each animal will receive a special package to open.  This is sure to be a fun event for the entire family!

So whether you decide to make the drive out to Folsom and Orangevale (it’s only about 20 minutes out of downtown Sacramento) or you decide to stay close to the city and view the lights in town… we wish you a very merry holiday season!

Local Holiday Light Shows make for a Fun Family Tradition….

  By Heather Crivellone                                                                                                                          

Every family has their own traditions of some sort. And this time of year, moms all over the city are dragging their kids to events and doing activities to make their traditions “stick”.
Growing up, I can always remember “Candy Cane Lane”. It was the one night of the of year that my parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins all got together to drink hot cocoa, stay up late and walk down the cold (and sometimes rainy) court.

Year after year we have been going to view this spectacular light show that this court has to offer. Now, I call it “Candy Cane Lane”….however, it wasn’t until just recently that I realized that it’s actually just Dovewood Court in Orangevale. But once you take a walk down this memorable street and see all the lights and holiday trimmings, you will also be transformed into another world… hence the name “Candy Cane Lane” that I have somehow nicknamed and it’s just stuck with my family.
This street really has everything… Snoopy, the Grinch, and even a tribute to summertime with some Buffet and Margaritas!

As a kid, I remember walking down this street in amazement to see all the lights and displays. And as an adult, I’m even more amazed that the entire street can all pull together to make something so magical and amazing for everyone to see.
They have taken the simple “string of lights” to another level and have seriously transformed their homes into a winter wonderland. And, to make everything even more wonderful, they continue to collect cans of food to donate to Food for Families. These neighbors truly show everyone the real meaning of the holiday season!
If you are in the area, and even if your not…it’s well worth the drive to check out the light show at Dovewood court.
My family will be there, as we are every year…and I’m just as excited this year as I was 20 some years ago when I first set foot on this magical (yet sometimes cold) walk down “Candy Cane Lane“!

One simple tip… try not to drive through the court if you can. Depending on the age of your children, you may find that bundling everyone up and parking a few blocks away is a better way to view the light shows. Some of the houses have displays that are better seen on foot…and with the traffic that can occur, you may rather want to be in the fresh air than stuck inside the car with some screaming kids that want to get a better look at Santa or what not.

Now, even though I am partial to Dovewood Court, there are many other fantastic “light shows” in the area. Some of my friends swear that the show on Pebble Creek Drive and Strand Road in Rocklin is the largest display in the area. I have yet to check it out- but I trust their judgement and I’m sure it’s worth the drive. And the lights in East Sacramento in the “Fabulous 40’s” are indeed- fabulous. If you are looking to take the family out for an evening of holiday lights and fun- check out the website: www.lightsofthevalley.com and it will lead you in the direction of many festive homes in the area.

So bundle up, pack some hot cocoa and start a tradition of your own- I’m sure many memories are bound to be made!

 

Holiday Lights- Dovewood Court in Orangevale and Folsom Zoo

Every family has their own traditions of some sort. And this time of year, moms all over the city are dragging their kids to events and doing activities to make their traditions “stick”.

Growing up, I can always remember “Candy Cane Lane”. It was the one night of the of year that my parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins all got together to drink hot cocoa, stay up late and walk down the cold (and sometimes rainy) court.

Year after year we have been going to view this spectacular light show that this court has to offer. Now, I call it “Candy Cane Lane”….however, it wasn’t until just recently that I realized that it’s actually just Dovewood Court in Orangevale. But once you take a walk down this memorable street and see all the lights and holiday trimmings, you will also be transformed into another world… hence the name “Candy Cane Lane” that I have somehow nicknamed and it’s just stuck with my family.

This street really has everything… Snoopy, the Grinch, and even a tribute to summertime with some Buffet and Margaritas!

As a kid, I remember walking down this street in amazement to see all the lights and displays. And as an adult, I’m even more amazed that the entire street can all pull together to make something so magical and amazing for everyone to see.

They have taken the simple “string of lights” to another level and have seriously transformed their homes into a winter wonderland. And, to make everything even more wonderful, they continue to collect cans of food to donate to Food for Families. These neighbors truly show everyone the real meaning of the holiday season!

If you are in the area, and even if your not…it’s well worth the drive to check out the light show at Dovewood court.
My family will be there, as we are every year…and I’m just as excited this year as I was 20 some years ago when I first set foot on this magical (yet sometimes cold) walk down “Candy Cane Lane“!

One simple tip… try not to drive through the court if you can. Depending on the age of your children, you may find that bundling everyone up and parking a few blocks away is a better way to view the light shows. Some of the houses have displays that are better seen on foot…and with the traffic that can occur, you may rather want to be in the fresh air than stuck inside the car with some screaming kids that want to get a better look at Santa or what not.

Also, if you are looking to make a night of some “holiday cheer”- think about hitting up the Folsom Zoo before going to Dovewood Court. The Folsom Zoo is hosting their “Wild Nights and Holiday Lights” from 6-9pm on Dec. 9-11 and 16-23.

The zoo will be lit up and the animals exhibits are all festive and glowing for the holiday season. The miniature steam train (which is a favorite among kids of all ages) will be running and offering family rides on the “Starlight Express”.

Whether you decide to make the drive out to Folsom and Orangevale (it’s only about 20 minutes out of downtown Sacramento) or you decide to stay close to the city and view the lights in town… we wish you a very merry holiday season!