The time of year is here again to travel around the area and look at the beautiful holiday lights and decorated yards. Some local yards truly turn into a Christmas wonderland. You will find that some of the places below increase their light show every year, and their websites show the history of the changes. Start a holiday tradition in your family and decorate your home for the holiday. Read below to find a few suggestions of places to take the family and enjoy the wonder of the season, or get ideas for your own decorating enjoyment.
Rosie’s Light Show
3961 Fair Oaks Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95864
Rosie’s light show in the yard is in memory of the daughter they lost in 2004. Every year, they decorate their yard and receive donations for Sutter Children’s Center, which hosts the Child Life Program. This program was a blessing to the Carollo family during Rosie’s short life. You can read the history of this Toy Drive on its Facebook page, as well as touching stories that have happened since it started. You can also find updates to the page to keep locals aware of what the needs are, dates and times to make donations.
5712 Nonnie Way
Turning off Madison Avenue, you will enter an Old Foothill Farms neighborhood, where a treat is to be found at 5712 Nonnie Avenue. In previous years, this home has had more than 10,000 lights, a 15-foot air balloon, an eight-foot train and a 15-foot Christmas tree. Homeowners have two dedicated circuits of 30 amps each to power the display, adding to it each year. Homeowners recommend if you plan to light up your home, shop for lighting displays in the after Christmas sales.
Macy’s Theatre Of Lights
Front and K streets
“Twas the Night Before Christmas” will come to life in Old Sac as it is preformed on the balconies of the buildings. The Theatre of Lights show can be seen at 6:15 and 7:45 p.m. from November 26 through December 31 on Thursdays through Sundays. Holiday performances on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve will be shown at 7 and 8:30 p.m. Check the website to find out about free holiday parking.
3037 Sand Dollar Way
Sacramento, CA 95821
It’s a Wonderful Christmas on Sand Dollar Way has an animated Christmas light show that has over 50,000 lights. In 2013, it had a rocket-powered sleigh and dancing circles join the cast of Snoopy, Rudolph and the Bumble, with the supporting cast of seals, polar bears, mice, penguins, deer and snowmen. For dates and times to see the light show, check the website.
3601 Kranhold Way
Sacramento, CA 95827
At the website for 3601 Kranhold Way, you can see the history of its annual lights going back to the year 2000. In 2006, they changed everything out and installed 15,000 LED lights. In 2007, they had 16,500 lights in their yard. In 2013, they made over the complete yard, and added colored nets along the new fence. Who knows what’s in store this year!
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Deb Ling is a freelance writer covering all things Sacramento. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.