The staff here at Northern California Fertility Medical Center has been diligent about ignoring holiday displays that began cropping up just after Labor Day weekend. In our minds, Halloween spiders and little elves don’t go together. But now, as Thanksgiving is officially here, we’re reveling in the magic of the holiday season.
Of course, part of that magic involves running around like crazy, trying to accomplish a million things while enjoying a very full calendar of family gatherings and social events. In and among that frantic, festive runaround – we recommend taking a little time out to enjoy some of the Sacramento regions most enjoyable holiday events.
5 Holiday Events You Won’t Want to Miss
Below are 5 holiday events that are worth a little calendar time, and we made sure to choose things that are enjoyable for everyone – “…for kids from one to 92…”
- Christmas Gallery at The Museum of Wonder and Delight. Who doesn’t want to visit a Museum of Wonder and Delight? The name alone is compelling. This museum, a member of the Folsom Historical Society family, celebrates vintage toys and international folk art. This season, you can enjoy the Christmas Dreams gallery, which expands upon Dolph Gotelli’s record-breaking display of An Enchanted Christmas that debuted at the Folsom History Museum in 2009. The display consists of 40, individual vignettes, created by Dolph, using characters, toys and folk art – some of which date back to the 1800s. No matter how long you stare at a single scene, there is something new to notice or delight in. Tickets are $5 for adults, $2 for ages 6-17; free for ages 5 and under. You can visit the Christmas Dreams. Check their schedule for specific days and times.
- The Biggest Show on Snow. We admit, Sacramento isn’t known for White Christmas kind of weather. But, for the month of December, we get to suspend reality at The Biggest Show on Snow. Between the thrill of humongous ice slides and an outdoor ice skating rink, to holiday tree farms and visits with Kris Kringle, Raley Field would have you believe we really do live in a winter wonderland. It even snows from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. each night! In addition to holiday-oriented events, they’re also hosting a Star Wars night (12/15), and Ugly Sweater night (12/22), Disney night (12/26), making it a great place to take the extended family visiting around the holiday. Visit their Calendar to get a list of event times and ticket prices.
- A Christmas Carol. There are plenty of TV and movie-based Christmas Carols you can stream at home, but we prefer to support our local live theaters. The talented crew at the B Street Theatre will be performing Charles Dickens’s beloved, “A Christmas Carol” each Saturday and Sunday night, from November 21 through December 27, with special holiday shows running 12/21, 22, 23, and 24. Tickets run from $15 to $20, depending on show times and discount availability.
- Two variations on Winter Wonderland. The Biggest Show on Snow is a modern variation on Winter Wonderland. There are also two more variations on that theme. The first is geared towards the younger folk – Winter Wonderland at Fairytale Town, where the entire town is bathed in twinkly lights and real snowfall each evening at 7:00. On select days, kids can take a peek into Santa’s Workshop and meet some of his reindeer, and Victorian carolers are there each day to regale visitors with traditional holiday music. For a more pared down and nostalgic version, we recommend visiting A Simple Elegant Christmas at Sutter’s Fort, where you will feel as if you’ve traveled back in time to the 1840s. This one-day-only event takes place on Saturday, December 12, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Docents, dressed in period costumes, explain the simpler traditions of holidays past, and visitors have a chance to practice hands-on crafts, including the making of snowflakes, corn husk dolls, and holiday cards using “nip” pens dipped in colorful ink.
- The Sacramento Santa Run. Ever wondered how jolly ol’ St. Nick has the stamina to make it all around the world in one night? Perhaps it’s the training he receives at events like the annual Sacramento Santa Run. Thousands of racers participate in this 5K race each year, and your family will have a hard time figuring out which one is the real Santa amidst the other runners’ Santa-themed costume variations. The run passes along the Capitol Mall, through Old Sacramento, on over the Tower Bridge and right through the finish line at Downtown plaza. Participating Santas also have the option to take place in the mini-mile version of the race. And, forget about healthy snacks and sports drinks, participants in this run get to fuel up at candy cane and refreshment stations set up along the race course, and can celebrate their finish with some holiday cookies and milk.
Do you have favorite, must-do holiday events in and around Sacramento? Share them with NCFMC and our followers via our comment box below.