Seasonal Activities

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Seasonal Activities
Old Sacramento Waterfront

Join us in the Old Sacramento Waterfront for festive and fun activities year-round! Take a peek below at some of the fun fall offerings we have going on in the district as well as some great promotions! 

HolidayTour in Old Sacramento Waterfront

Kick off holiday shopping while supporting local, and get rewards! Every purchase with the HolidayTour map gets you a stamp and is entered into a raffle. 

Enjoy The Holiday Tree, Theatre of Lights, Saving Santa, Holiday Cheer, and so many more activities. 

To get a HolidayTour map, visit select retailers in the district, or head to the Visitor’s Center.

Click HERE for a digital version!

Holiday Promotions

Warehouse Creative – Scratch off card up to 30% off 
Stage Nine – Scratch off card
Copper Forged – Buy two pairs of earrings and get the 3rd pair free!
Threadeco - Coco and Candy Canes with 15 % off store purchases Thursdays – Sundays from Nov. 25th. – Dec. 24th.
Holding Space *Located on Front St. near the Polar Express* - Every Saturday from 8 PM – 10 PM enjoy a FREE Open Mic Night! Each participant will get 5 min to share poetry, comedy, music, etc.

Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony

Wednesday November 23rd

Enjoy the holiday season downtown with us and kick off with the Tree Lighting Ceremony.

5 PM Pre-show performances followed by Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6:00 p.m. with the first Theatre of Lights Show at 6:15 p.m.!

For more information, click HERE.

Front Street Festivities

Christmas Candy Carousel

Winter Wheel 

California Dream Express Train

1150 Front Street

Click HERE for times and dates!

Theatre of Lights

Thursday – Sunday November 25th – December 24th 

6:00 PM & 7:30 PM each night on K Street

Theatre of Lights is a free holiday lighting extravaganza at the Old Sacramento Waterfront produced by the Downtown Sacramento Partnership. The nightly performances are Thursday through Sunday from Thanksgiving Eve – Christmas Eve (no show on Thanksgiving) featuring a live-action retelling of Moore’s 1823 poem — “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” more popularly known as “’ Twas the Night Before Christmas.”

The highlight of the 20-minute production is a live dramatization on the balconies above K Street, complete with a special appearance by Jack Frost, and the lighting of the 60-foot Christmas tree by St. Nick himself. Discover how early pioneers experienced the calamities — and revelry — that befell the new city in the 1850s, the sounds of the fires, floods, and parties will surround the audience as the 150-year-old building facades light up with color.

Conceived and created by Stage Nine Exhibitions’ Troy Carlson, Theatre of Lights brings together some of California’s finest talents in the field of light and sound: BP Productions, Associated Sound, and Emmy-nominated voice actor Bill Farmer, the voice of Disney’s Goofy.

Click HERE for dates and times.

BearPaw Nights

Support a local charity by donating $25 and get a pair of bear paws!

Dates: Dec 10, Dec 17th 

More details to come

Star Wars Night

Enjoy a Star Wars-themed night on Dec. 17th in between the Theatre of Lights shows.

Polar Express

Ride the Polar Express at the Old Sacramento Waterfront and enjoy the holiday cheer!

Dates: November 25 – December 21

Wednesday – Sunday

3:30 PM, 5:00 PM, 6:30 PM, 8:00 PM

Click HERE for more information.

 125 I Street 

Holiday Cheer 

Tis the season! Thousands of Sacramentans make it a family tradition during the Holidays to attend Theater of Lights and The  Journey of the Polar Express in Old Sacramento. Now you can add to these traditions by joining Sacramento Living History for ‘Holiday Cheer’!

Come down to Old Sacramento in the late afternoon to get good parking and get in the spirit with us! This free, family-friendly event will teach you all about Christmas in the mid-1800s with era crafts and games, hot cocoa and mulled cider, a venue to take family photos, and caroling!

Nov 26, Dec 3, Dec 10, Dec 17

Saturdays 3-6 PM

Click HERE for more information.

1002 2nd Street

Holidays at the Atrium 916

Saving Santa Photo Experience

Warm drinks are offered– mulled wine and hot cider!

Enjoy creating clay ornament sculpting and painting.

Nov 25 – Dec 23

 Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Saturday & Sunday 2:30 PM – 8:00 PM

1020 Front Street

Candlelight Concerts at Railroad Museum

Candlelight concerts bring the magic of a live, multi-sensory musical experience to awe-inspiring locations like never seen before in Sacramento. Get your tickets now to discover Holiday music from “The Nutcracker” and more at the California State Railroad Museum under the gentle glow of candlelight.

Click HERE for tickets.

125 I Street 

Parking/RT/Transit Info

Parking

Two-hour metered street parking is available throughout Old Sacramento Waterfront 7-days a week from 10 a.m.–10 p.m. If you’re visiting during the holidays, you can take advantage of free holiday parking on select days and times.

Surface lot parking is available at Front & L Street, accessible from Firehouse Alley, and two public parking garages are available:

Old Sacramento Garage, entrance on I Street between 3rd and 2nd.

Weekend Pre-Pay Rates – $10-$15

Friday from 3 p.m. to close

Saturday and Sunday, all-day

Tower Bridge Garage, entrance on Capitol Blvd at Neasham Circle near the Tower Bridge.

Weekend Pre-Pay Rates – $10-$15

Friday from 3 p.m. to close

Saturday from 3 p.m. to close

Sunday from 3 p.m. to close (if Monday is a holiday)

Visit SacPark.org for rates and more public parking information.

Some businesses also offer valet parking.  

California Dream Express Train

All Aboard!! The California Dream Express is here! Come take a tour and treat your kiddos to a train ride on the train through the Old Sacramento Waterfront.

Read more about the train HERE.

November 23rd, Dec 4th, 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 18th

Time: 3 PM – 8 PM

Event Specialty Entertainment

The Sacramento Horror Film Festival – 16th Edition
Love Horror Events

Celebrate 16 years of independent horror in Sacramento! Saturday, January 21st, 2023, witness a carefully curated assortment of short films from across the globe as well as an array of horror inspired performances by the area’s finest performance artists. Your festival pass gets you access to a full day of horror. Hosted by Bloody Bethy, The 16th Edition of the Sacramento Horror Film Festival also features a special program, The 9th Annual Love Horror Short Film Festival. Purchase your pass in advance and save on an increased fee at the door.

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Candlelight Concerts in Sacramento

Enjoy a host of concerts illuminated by candlelight and performed by live musicians in some of the most iconic venues in Sacramento.

Candlelight concerts bring the magic of a live, multi-sensory musical experience to awe-inspiring locations like never seen before in Sacramento. Get your tickets now to discover Holiday music from “The Nutcracker” and more at the California State Railroad Museum under the gentle glow of candlelight.

Event Specialty Entertainment

Saving Santa – Immersive Photo Experience
Atrium 916

Cinematic family photo experience, clay ornament sculpting, & hot holiday beverages all proceeds support the Atrium 916 nonprofit.

The Atrium elves have built a winter wonderland exploratory experience in historic Old Sacramento and need your help Saving Santa. Things have fallen out of Santa’s Sleigh. Can you help find the items and help Santa restore the magic? The North Pole is getting warmer and Santa needs all the help he can get to keep it cold and keep the magic alive for the whole planet. 

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Holiday Cheer
Sacramento History Museum

Tis the season! Thousands of Sacramentans make it a family tradition during the Holidays to attend Theater of Lights and The Journey of the Polar Express in Old Sacramento. Now you can add to these traditions by joining Sacramento Living History for ‘Holiday Cheer’!

Come down to Old Sacramento in the late afternoon to get good parking and get in the spirit with us! This free, family-friendly event will teach you all about Christmas in the mid 1800’s with era crafts and games, hot coco and mulled cider, a venue to take family photos, and caroling!

Event Specialty Entertainment

Holiday Cheer
Sacramento History Museum

Tis the season! Thousands of Sacramentans make it a family tradition during the Holidays to attend Theater of Lights and The  Journey of the Polar Express in Old Sacramento. Now you can add to these traditions by joining Sacramento Living History for ‘Holiday Cheer’!

Come down to Old Sacramento in the late afternoon to get good parking and get in the spirit with us! This free, family-friendly event will teach you all about Christmas in the mid-1800s with era crafts and games, hot cocoa and mulled cider, a venue to take family photos, and caroling!