Best 2014 Holiday Events In Sacramento

Best 2014 Holiday Events In Sacramento

The holidays can be a blur of shopping, school productions, family get-togethers, travel, church events, volunteering for charities, craft fairs, cookie baking, home decorating and parties with friends and coworkers. Time for outside events becomes a precious commodity, with so many things from which to choose. These Sacramento holiday happenings promise to be some of the best in town.

Theatre of Lights in Old Sacramento
K St. and Front
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 442-8575

Date: Nov. 26 – Dec. 31, 2014

Old Sacramento is always a great destination for holiday fun and shopping, but this Christmas event makes it even more exciting. On the balconies above K Street, visitors can see a live-action performance of “Twas the Night before Christmas” as told by Mark Twain. An enthralling history of Sacramento during the 1800s is also presented by Twain, with professional lighting and sound that brings it all to life. Santa makes a grand entrance at the end of the event, which runs every evening from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve.

“The Nutcracker” in Oak Park
Guild Theater
2828 35th St.
Sacramento, CA 95817
(855) 222-2849

Date: Dec. 22-24, 2014

The holiday ballet “The Nutcracker” is lovely in its traditional format, but the Guild Theater really lights up the night with this gorgeous and joyful update. The performance is an emotional experience created by talented local artists, using ballet, jazz, hip-hop, vocals and storytelling as their mediums. The event is put on by The Girls Self-Esteem Program (G-SEP), a local youth outreach and mentoring program. G-SEP Program Director Kandice Kelly says the production is performed by Sacramento youth up to age 18, including a precious two-year-old in a mouse costume who is “just dripping with sweet.”

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The Ugly Sweater Run
William Land Park
3800 South Land Park Drive
Sacramento, CA 95822

Date: Dec. 13, 2014

If you have never been sure what to do with that, um, festive sweater that Aunt Bertha made for you, this is the perfect chance to actually enjoy wearing it. Grab some friends, toss on the ugliest holiday gear you can find and hit the road for this fun and silly 5k run. The festivities start at William Land Park, which will be filled with giant inflatables, fun photo booths and plenty of energetic holiday music. Instead of getting yet another race t-shirt, runners will receive a custom knit hat. Hot chocolate, hard cider and beer will be part of the post-race festivities, and prizes will be given for the worst sweater, best mustache and more. The event benefits Save The Children, a nonprofit child advocacy group.

A Celtic Christmas
Sacramento Master Singers
St. Francis Church
1066 26th St.
Sacramento, CA 95841
(916) 788-7464

Date: Dec. 13, 18, 21 and 23, 2014

Beautiful, elegant St. Francis Church is the perfect setting for this holiday presentation by the Sacramento Master Singers. Experience the captivating music of Michael McGlynn, as the Singers perform the Irish composer’s work in the flickering light of holiday candles. The evening also includes the funny, down-to-earth folk music and stories of Men of Worth, an Irish and Scottish duo.

“It’s A Wonderful Life”
Sacramento Theatre Company
1419 H Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 443-6722

Date: Dec. 3-28, 2014

Director Michael Laun brings this iconic holiday story to the stage with the Sacramento Theatre Company. The touching message of joy, perspective and appreciation as seen through the eyes of Bedford Falls’ George Bailey and his guardian angel-in-training, Clarence, is perfect for the holiday season.

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Valerie Heimerich is a freelance writer out of Sacramento. She typically covers animals and community issues. She has volunteered and worked for many organizations helping animals and people.
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