It’s (almost) the most wonderful time of the year! That’s right, it’s time to put away the fall decor and take out those holiday lights, decorate the tree and home, and let the festivities begin. In honor of this magical season and all of the joy and happiness that it brings, we’ve put together a “Holiday Guide” for the best light displays around town, holiday-inspired activities and events, and more! We also take a look at ways in which you can elevate your home decor this season. Read on for the full scoop!
Looking for some holiday cheer? Make this season a magical one by attending one of the below holiday happenings and events:
Holiday Events & Happenings:
Sacramento’s Brand-New Enchant Christmas
When: Open Now through January 1st
Where: Sutter Health Park | 400 Ballpark Drive, Sacramento
What: Grab your family and friends and head to Sacramento’s Sutter Health Park as it transforms into an enchanted forest with millions of twinkling lights. Presented by the Hallmark Channel, Enchant Christmas was created by best friends Kevin Johnston and Cam Walker. Since their first event in 2016, Enchant has grown to be the world’s largest illuminated winter wonderland, where you can make your way through an immersive walk-through light maze as you discover larger-than-life displays, find your way to the epic 100-foot-tall Christmas tree, and look for special surprises along the way. Enchant also features an ice-skating trail through a dazzling forest of Christmas lights, live entertainment, a village of tiny shops with holiday crafts and treats, the opportunity to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, and so much more. If you’re 21 or over, be sure to make a stop at the Tipsy Tree Lounge to grab a Christmas cocktail in a light-up lightbulb cup that will put even Scrooge in a festive mood.
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Imaginarium – Light up the Night – Presented by Sacramento’s Global Winter Wonderland
When: Open Now – Thursday through Sunday until December 14th – then daily Starting December 15th to January 2nd
Where: Cal Expo Fairgrounds | 1600 Exposition Boulevard, Sacramento
What: Let your imagination run wild at Imaginarium 2022 “Light Up the Night”, Presented by Global Winter Wonderland. Gaze at the 3-million lights as you travel through 15 acres of mazes, rides, our newly designed fantasy zone, carnival rides and so much more!
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Theatre of Lights in Old Sacramento
When: December 1-24 (select days)
Where: Old Sacramento Waterfront District | 1014 2nd St #200, Sacramento
What: Located blocks from the renowned Golden 1 Center, the Old Sacramento Waterfront district transforms into a 19th-century winter wonderland. Watch the light show spectacular and unique retelling of the American classic “Twas the Night Before Christmas.”
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Light Up the Night at DOCO Sacramento
When: December 3rd from 12 – 6 pm
Where: 405 K Street, Sacramento
What: Light Up The Holidays on Saturday, December 3. This free, family-friendly event features the following activities in West Plaza:
- Selfies with Santa | 12-6 pm
- DJ + Carolers | 12-6:30 pm
- 106.5 The End | 12-2 pm
- Cookie Decorating with Insomnia Cookies | 3-6 pm
- Holiday Characters & Photo Ops | 3-6 pm
- Face Painter + Airbrush Tattoos | 3-6 pm
Then, gather in front of Golden 1 Center, when DOCO lights up the sky with two spectacular Drone Light Shows! Each show is 10 minutes. Show 1 will be at 5:30 pm and show 2 will be at 6:30 pm. It will be the perfect day to visit DOCO – holiday shopping, Selfies with Santa, dining, and drone light shows!
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Polar Express in Old Sacramento (ALMOST SOLD OUT)
When: December 1-21 (select days)
Where: California State Railroad Museum | 125 I Street, Sacramento
What: Enjoy this magical family event! The evening begins in our passenger station where you will be entertained by Polar Express characters, and then board your train to the North Pole where you will enjoy hot chocolate and a sweet treat courtesy of our hot chocolate chefs. Once you reach the North Pole, the jolly old elf — Santa himself — will come on board to give each passenger the first gift of Christmas, a silver sleigh bell.
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Magical Christmas Train in West Sacramento (SELLING OUT FAST)
When: December 2-23 (select days)
Where: Sacramento River Train | 400 N Harbor Blvd, West Sacramento
What: This excursion is fun for kids of all ages! Each ticket includes a 1-hour train ride, hot cocoa in a souvenir mug, and a sweet treat. Santa’s elves will be on board the train to guide passengers in Holiday sing-a-longs, elfish games, and fun festive activities. All the way from the North Pole, Santa Claus joins us on the train for a visit with each family. Feel free to come dressed in your cozy P.J.’s to add even more magic to your overall experience.
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Santa Visits and Carriage Rides in Historic Folsom
When: Starting December 3rd, Fridays and Saturdays from 6 pm to 8 pm
Where: Historic Folsom | 905 Leidesdorff Street, Folsom
What: The Historic District has DECKED THE HALLS with the Historic Folsom Christmas Light Promenade! Carolers, Horse and Wagon Rides, Live Music and Entertainment Throughout Historic Folsom all season long. Plus, Santa! Santa makes special visits to Historic Folsom weekends in December. Dec 3, 9/10, 16/17. You can find Santa in his throne just off the intersection of Decatur and Sutter Streets from 5-8 pm Friday and Saturday evenings. Santa visits are complimentary.
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Capital Stage: Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley
When: Now through December 21st (select days)
Where: Capital Stage | 2215 J Street, Sacramento
What: It’s Christmas at Pemberley again! This new companion piece to Gunderson & Melcon’s holiday hit MISS BENNET, THE WICKHAMS takes us downstairs where servants are bustling with the arrival of holiday guests. In the warmth of the Darcy kitchen, family secrets are revealed and loyalties are tested. A bright new holiday tale full of mirth, wit, and the power of giving back to others.
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Christmas in Fair Oaks Tree Lighting
When: December 3rd from 2 pm to 6 pm
Where: Fair Oaks Park
What: The Fair Oaks Recreation & Park District and Fair Oaks Chamber of Commerce present the Christmas in Fair Oaks Tree Lighting event! The annual holiday celebration will feature live music community stage performances, craft vendors, children’s games and activities, food trucks, Santa & Mrs. Claus, tree lighting, and warm Fair Oaks charm for the entire family. Please note – the annual parade will not be taking place this year. The event will be held in Fair Oaks Park due to construction in the Fair Oaks Village. General Admission, parking, and children’s games and activities are free.
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38th Annual Santa Parade Around the State Capitol
When: December 10th from 10 am to 11 am
Where: 14th & N Streets along Capitol Park
What: Join Sacramento’s Official Christmas Music Station Mix 96 at 10 am on December 10th in the heart of California’s Capital City and freshly redesigned Downtown District near Capitol Park for the Santa Parade. Featuring car clubs, pageant winners, clowns, floats, marching bands, and of course, Sacramento welcomes SANTA CLAUS to town! The parade starts at 10 am and Circles Capitol Park. It will start at 14th and N, travel west to 10th, turn right up to L and end at L and 12th.
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Winter Wonderland at Fairytale Town
When: December 10th, 11th, 17th & 18th from 1 pm to 7 pm
Where: Fairytale Town | 3901 Land Park Drive, Sacramento
What: Celebrate the holiday season at Fairytale Town with holiday lights, festive décor and vendors, snow, Santa, arts & crafts, and more at Fairytale Town’s Winter Wonderland event!
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Sacramento SPCA’s 5th Annual Pup Crawl
When: December 10th from 12 pm to 4 pm
Where: Truitt Bark Park | 19th and Q Streets
What: Join the Sacramento SPCA and partnering Midtown businesses to celebrate the Pawlidays by giving back to the animals while you sip, savor, and shop this holiday season! On Saturday, December 10th, from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm check in at Truitt Bark Park for your map, jingle bells for your pup(s), photos with Santa Paws, and other holiday giveaways. Enjoy drink and food specials, shopping discounts, and holiday activity stations at each Pup Crawl stop.
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Santa Hustle in Roseville
When: December 11th from 8 am to 12 pm
Where: Vernon Street Town Square | 311 Vernon Street, Roseville
What: Thousands of Santas will hit the streets of Roseville during the 3rd annual Santa Hustle 5K, Half Marathon, and Kids Dash. Runners and walkers alike are warmly invited to join this magical event, which begins and ends at Vernon Street Town Square.
Santa River Cruises Aboard the Hornblower
When: Saturdays & Sundays in December (select times)
Where: 1206 Front Street, Sacramento (between K and L Street – the L Street Dock)
What: Looking to meet Santa while avoiding the huge lines at the mall? Spend your December afternoon cruising along the Sacramento River with Santa himself! You and your family will be greeted with a complimentary cookie and a cup of hot cocoa to warm up your chilly winter afternoon. Relax to the sounds of background holiday music, or take your family to the coloring area where fun holiday-themed coloring sheets will be available. Don’t forget to bring your camera because Santa will be on board and ready for a photo op!
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Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink
When: Open select days – Now until January 16th
Where: 701 K Street, Sacramento
What: Sharpen your skates and perfect your triple axel—the Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink returns to the heart of the city! Feel a chill blow down K street as you approach Ali Youssefi Square and be teleported into a winter wonderland at the ice rink.
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Holiday Weekends at Old Sugar Mill
When: Weekends in December until the 18th
Where: Old Sugar Mill | 35265 Willow Avenue, Clarksburg
What: Join the Old Sugar Mill as we kick off a month-long celebration of “Holiday Weekends at the Wineries” with live music, food trucks, and vendors!
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Wondering where you can catch a dazzling light display this year? Check out some of our favorite, over-the-top holiday light displays in and around the Sacramento area!
Holiday Light Displays:
East Sacramento’s Fab 40s Christmas Lights (Neighborhood Event): Grab your hot cocoa and bundle up while you admire this classic, established East Sacramento neighborhood (from 40th to 49th, between J and Folsom) for its beautiful homes and brilliant light displays. This neighborhood is transformed into a winter wonderland during the holiday season with lights and garlands draped around the tree-lined streets. You can even hire Top Hand Ranch Carriage Company and take a carriage through the Fab 40s with up to 20 people!
Bayside Christmas Lights Drive-Thru in Roseville (Now through December 31): Join Bayside for its 7th Annual Christmas Lights Drive-Thru that is sure to delight the entire community. Prepare for a night of dazzling lights paired with your favorite Christmas music! Pack up the whole family and get ready to be immersed in music and lights all from the comfort of your own car. FREE tickets are required for entry to maximize your experience and to keep our roads safe. Get your tickets here.
Dovewood Court in Orangevale (Neighborhood Event): This cozy 18-home cul-de-sac brings the holiday spirit to life in the form of lights every night from 5:30 pm to 10 pm. Be sure to bundle up because the neighborhood is only allowing walk-throughs this year. Parking is available nearby at the Orangevale Grange on Walnut Avenue. Every home in this cul-de-sac is extensively decorated with a holiday theme in mind – from How the Grinch Stole Christmas to Peanuts and much more!
Pebble Creek Christmas Lights in Rocklin (Neighborhood Event): Visitors trek from miles around to see this very fun and family-oriented Christmas light extravaganza that includes hundreds of handcrafted characters from your favorite shows, both old and new. A popular and classic Rocklin holiday tradition. Stroll through the neighborhood on foot or bundle up in the car and roll down the windows for an impressive display of lights! Note: Weekdays are best as weekends are extremely crowded.
Home for the holidays? Consider ditching the giant Santa this year and elevating your home decor this season with some helpful tips and tricks from expert interior designers.
You Don’t Have To Keep Up With The Joneses
“As you decorate for the holidays, always keep in mind that the primary goal is for you and your family to love where you live. You shouldn’t feel pressure to have the most spectacular light display or the tallest, sparkliest tree—unless you want to, and I’ll be the first to say, that’s totally okay,” says interior designer and owner of Kathy Kuo Home, Kathy Kuo.
Kuo suggests incorporating pieces that are the most meaningful into your holiday home presentation. “Your Grandmother’s heirloom glass ornaments or homemade paper snowflakes from your kiddos—the things that are heart-opening. From there, add in the well-placed sprigs of greenery or your favorite warm twinkle lights, You’ll find that it’s easy to get to a very meaningful and tasteful result.”
Ditch The Red And Green…When Appropriate
Liz Toombs, CID president and owner of PDR Interiors suggests going with colors that complement your existing furniture and decor. “Your colors should not fight with the standard decor of your room. The colors should be harmonious, but not a match. They need to work together in a way that supports the vibe for your holiday gathering.”
She also likes to add neutral tones. “Layered neutral tones combined with shiny accents or even pops of color work beautifully for creating a festive atmosphere. Winter whites and warm creams are always a great foundation and can be accented with a soft blush or even an icy blue,” she says. “And don’t be afraid to go beyond the traditional evergreens—mix in olive and juniper branches with eucalyptus twigs and even dusty miller for a little subtle silvery tone and visual interest.”
Create Cozy Vibes
One of the things we love most about holidays are the warm and cozy vibes. So, if you’re not sure what to do as far as decorating goes, Kuo advises keeping it simple by mixing in some cozy elements. “Finding time to pause during the holidays is the ultimate luxury, and what better way to relax than with cozy throw blankets and faux-fur decorative pillows. Light a luxe scented candle to touch all senses and enjoy the perfect touch of winter wonderment.”
Use Dishware As A Guide
Creating the picture-perfect tablescape can be one of the most stressful items to check off on your to-do list. But you don’t need to break your budget or find perfectly matching holiday-themed dishes and table linens. “If you want to create an elegant aesthetic, incorporate china and crystal or cut-glass cups paired with cloth napkins and silverware. I also recommend layering,” says Toombs. She suggests starting with your tablecloth and then adding a placement or charger. “Then add your plate(s), and top with a napkin in an eye-catching napkin holder. These layers will create a visual delight for guests without taking up a lot of surface area on the table.”
This year, Diez & Sigg Properties will once again be a drop-off site for the Toys for Tots Drive, which helps collect and distribute unwrapped, new toys to less fortunate children in the local area every holiday season. Last year with your help, we had two overflowing bins!! This year, we will have two collection sites – one at our Carmichael office and the other at our Gold River office. Toys can be dropped off now through December 14th. Give the gift of joy today!
First Office Location: 7144 Fair Oaks Boulevard #7, Carmichael, CA 95608
Second Office Location: 11201 Gold Express Drive #201, Gold River, CA 95670