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Kids Christmas Events in Sacramento

Published Dec 3, 2015 | Updated Feb 19, 2020

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:

Get ready… It’s coming! Luckily there’s tons of fun and exciting things to do with the family during the holidays. The options are endless: visit with Santa, check out the spectacular lights, decorated trees, and watch one of the many Christmas concerts happening in your community (just to name a few). We’ve found some of our favorite kids Christmas events in Sacramento and think you’ll really like them too. Get in the Christmassy spirit and make some family traditions this holiday season!

Christmas events in Sacramento not to miss:

The Biggest Show on Snow

A six-week holiday extravaganza that will be highlighted by the Golden State Hockey Rush on December 18, an event designed to celebrate the exciting sport of ice hockey in the great State of California. Come experience the biggest show on snow, with ice skating, an ice slide, Santa photo opportunities, get your holiday tree and do some holiday shopping!

Until New Years at Raley Field

7th Annual Macy's Theatre of Lights

Make your holidays magical this holiday season by heading to Old Sacramento’s 7th Annual Macy’s Theatre of Lights. The free outdoor performances artfully mix the historic charm of Old Sacramento with state-of-the-art sound and lighting technology to create a memorable and visually-exciting holiday experience for visitors of all ages. 

Varied times, ongoing until December 31st, in Old Sacramento

Global Winter Wonderland

The multi-cultural theme park and magical world of light spanning 17 acres at Cal Expo will unveil sensational new attractions and a dazzling show, Circus of Light presents Acrobats on Ice.

Varied times for different attractions until January 3, 2016 at Cal Expo

Downtown Sacramento Holiday Ice Rink

Conveniently situated in the heart of Downtown, at the corner of 7th and K streets, the Downtown Sacramento Holiday Ice Rink has been the premier #URBANholiday destination for over 20 years.

Ongoing until January 4, 2016 at 7th & K Streets.

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol is an original adaptation by Buck Busfield. Dust doesn’t have time to settle on the age-old story; and more than just dust flies with this original B Street adaptation.

November 21 - December 27 (multiple shows) at the B Street Theatre 

Holiday Tapestry 2015: A Winter Celebration

Galena Street East, California’s young performing ambassadors, will light up the stage and make history during the 44th Annual Holiday Tapestry” Christmas show, entitled A Winter Celebration. Comprised of local Sacramento area performers from the ages of four to eighteen, these talented entertainers will dazzle Sacramento audience members with songs and dances that celebrate the joy and beauty of the holiday season.

December 4-5 (2 shows) at Hiram Johnson High School

He! Ha! Ho! A Down-home Holiday Show

The Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus launches into its fourth decade of entertaining the Sacramento region with a brand new holiday show continuing their tradition of blending unique entertainment and musical excellence. Join the chorus as they head on down to Aunt Pearl’s for her annual holiday shindig.

December 4-5 at the First United Methodist Church

Holiday Lights: Music to Brighten the Season

The Sacramento Valley Concert Choir (SVCC) is thrilled and honored to sing again in the State Capitol Holiday Music Program! Join the group in the festive Capitol Rotunda, where the acoustics are stunning and the holiday spirit runs high. Voices of more than 70 SVCC men and women reverberate in rich, four-part harmony around the rotunda, down the hallowed halls, and to the tip-top arch of the Capitol dome.

December 5 at the California State Capitol Museum


The ladies of Chanteuses, a 16 voice A Cappella choir, under the direction of Dr. Chris Alford, are performing a thrilling program of Christmas and holiday music (including the Sacramento premiere of Lana Walter's Magnificat) plus a stunning arrangement of O Magnum Mysterium in the beautiful St. John's Lutheran Church.

December 5 at St. John's Lutheran Church

Santa Holiday River Cruise

You and your family will be greeted with a complimentary cookie and cup of hot cocoa. Relax to the sounds of 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.

December 5-20 (multiple cruises on Saturdays and Sundays) from L Street Dock

Nutcracker and Christmas Angels

Crockett-Deane Ballet Company and the Deane Dance Center present its annual holiday performance of the Nutcracker Suite and Christmas Angels. The Nutcracker is a one-act, family-friendly, narrated version of the familiar holiday story set to the beautiful music of Tchaikovsky. Christmas Angels tells the familiar story of Christmas set to traditional holiday carols.

December 12-13 (multiple shows), by the Deane Cance Center

A Christmas Story

Tis the season for holiday movies. A Christmas Story is the classic tale of youth in the days of radio and holiday icons galore. The Crest Theatre is pleased to bring back this timeless classic to the big screen. As a special treat, the local band Kittens Having Kittens will perform in the lobby before the evening show.

December 13 at Crest Theatre

Santa Parade!

The Santa Parade is a Sacramento tradition. The parade features marching bands, clowns, youth groups, horses, antique vehicles and Santa Claus.

December 12 at Capitol Park

Jingle Bell Run and Walk for Arthritis

The Arthritis Foundation’s long-running Jingle Bell Run is a festive race that helps champion arthritis research and brings people from all walks of life together, to say "Yes" to furthering a great cause. This annual event is a fun way to get out, get moving, and raise funds and awareness. Whether you prefer to walk or run, be sure to wear your ugly Christmas sweater or tie jingle bells to your shoes; this 5K is sure to spread smiles, holiday cheer, and a winning spirit.

December 12 at Crocker Park

Ugly Sweater Run

Run, walk or prance your way through a winter wonderland of holiday inflatables, music, hot chocolate and even some nice beverages for those folks over 21. Bring your holiday best in sweater form as Best Ugly Sweater, Best Kids Sweater and Best Pet Sweater are dished out with some great prizes. Sign up now with code “SACGRID” for $10 off registration!

December 12 at William Land Park

For even more ideas, visit our complete listing of Sacramento Christmas Events on ChatterBlock.

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