2017 Christmas Events in Sacramento

Published Dec 1, 2017 | Updated Apr 17, 2018

Christmas is approaching, and like Santa, there is a lot for us to do! But where are all the fun events? Here is our schedule:

Now that the weather has started to cool off it is a wonderful time to start celebrating and enjoying all sorts festive fun with your family! Here’s a list of some of the best Christmas and community events that Sacramento has to offer!

2017 Christmas Events in Sacramento

Global Winter Wonderland

Where: Cal Expo

When: Dec 1st & 2nd

If you are looking for an amazing holiday festival that is a multi-cultural celebrate we suggest taking the family to Global Winter Wonderland. This year there will be awe-inspiring illuminated landscapes celebrating holidays for all over world, entertainment by Circus of Light, holiday ice skating, thrill rides, food, photos with Santa, and much more!

39th Annual Holiday Show of Hands

Where: St. John’s the Evangelist School

When: Dec 1st

Join the fun at the 39th annual Holiday Show of Hands, an arts and crafts Christmas sale featuring custom work by over 150 craftsmen and artists! This year features a fashion pavilion, beauty boutique, a “man cave,” plus an exciting silent auction with more than 500 items!

Santa will be there to take pictures with the kids, plus enjoy delicious food, free parking, and more.



A Christmas Carol

Where: Benvenuti Performing Arts Center

When: Dec 1st - 9th

It’s Christmas again! So why not bring the family out to see Ben Scrooge, a young and wealthy video game designer, and get visited by spirits of the past, present, and future. Will Ben learn to change his ways before it’s too late? This modern retelling of the Charles Dickens novel is sure to put you in the holiday spirit.



Winter Wonderland Holiday Skate Party

Where: Skatetown Ice Arena

When: Dec 1st

Get ready to ice skate all night long! Enjoy games, prizes, sing Christmas songs, a live DJ, awesome laser light shows, black and disco lights and a pile of snow play in. This is a family-friendly event so everyone is welcome.

Note: Dress warm and in layers and wear one pair of tall thin socks and gloves.



Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting

Where: California State Capitol - West Steps

When: Dec 7th

Another great holiday event in Sacramento is the 86th Annual Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on the West Steps of the State Capitol. This year’s tree is a 65-foot-tall white fir is from Latour Demonstration State Forest located near Redding in Shasta County.



Sacramento Zoo Holiday Magic

Where: Sacramento Zoo

When: Dec 9th

Bundle up the family and come enjoy the holiday season at Holiday Magic! The highlight of the day is watching the animals receive special holiday treats. Yum! The staff will also be on hand to share facts, secrets and answer your questions.

Sacramento Christmas Market

Where: Antioch Progressive Church

When: Dec 23rd

The weekend before Christmas is always the perfect time to get out of the house, enjoy some local festivities, and finish preparing for the holiday. Avoid the overcrowded malls for the Sacramento Christmas Market hosted by Meet Your Village. The Christmas Market will feature vendors with a wide variety of items to get help you get some of your last minute shopping done.


Free Admission Day

Where: Fairytale Town

When: Dec 24th

In true Christmas spirit Fairytale Town is having a free admission day on Christmas Eve. Bring the entire family out and enjoy this festive event together from 10am to 4pm.


Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink

Where: Downtown Sacramento at St. Rose of Lima

When: Nov 3rd - Jan 15th

Last but not least is one of our favorite holiday activities in the city. The downtown Sacramento Ice Rink is open daily. For the event's 25th anniversary there will be holiday carolers, both gloves, socks and lockers (for a small fee) Admission ranges so bring your spare change and get ready to have a good time.



For more family friendly holiday events, check out ChatterBlock’s Christmas Events in Sacramento!



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