Gearing up for the Holidays, Old Sacramento Style

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. We’re sure your stockings are hung with care, your tree is decorated to perfection, and you’re already blaring holiday jingles. That’s right, we’re talking about Christmas time! Hard Rock at Fire Mountain is here to help you gear up for the holidays and make this Christmas in Sacramento the ultimate experience. Enjoy the winter season in Old Town Sacramento, and make this a year that your family and friends will never forget. Below are our top activities to participate in for an unforgettable Old Town Sacramento Christmas.

Christmas in Sacramento

1. Enjoy the Sacramento Tree Lighting

What better way to gear up for a Christmas in Sacramento than with the lighting ceremony for the holiday tree. This year marks the 11th year that Old Town Sacramento has been hosting its annual tree lighting for locals and vacationers to enjoy. This year the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony will be at the Old Sacramento Waterfront, with fun and activities starting at 5 p.m., followed by the main event at 6 p.m. Enjoy dining, shopping, and even more entertainment beforehand, right here, for an Old Town Sacramento Christmas.

Details: November 27, 2019 | 5 – 7pm | Old Sacramento Waterfront

2. Experience the Theatre of Lights

Directly following the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony is the much anticipated, Macy’s Theatre of Lights show. Not only is the Theatre of Lights an event that you don’t want to miss out on while celebrating Christmas in Sacramento, but it’s free for all! Enjoy the classic story, “Twas the Night Before Christmas” as it is performed from the balconies of the buildings surrounding K Street through a live dramatization performance. The children should be prepared for a visit from St. Nicholas. Be apart of an Old Town Sacramento Christmas as the 150-year-old buildings light up with color! 

Details: November 27 – December 24, 2019 | times may vary between 6:15pm, 6pm, & 7:30pm | Old Sacramento Waterfront

Old Sacramento during the Theatre of Lights for Christmas in SacramentoSource

3. Take a Train Ride to the North Pole

Experience a magical journey this year and relive The Polar Express through the California State Railroad Museum. Enjoy hot chocolate and tasty treats as you’re engulfed in the story performed right in front of you. A joyful train conductor, dancing waiters, jolly elves, and Santa himself will make your train trip truly magical. This hour-long holiday train ride will take you on an adventure through the Old Sacramento State Historic Park, offering plenty for everyone to enjoy. Buy your tickets today and don’t miss out on this Christmas in Sacramento experience!

Details: November 29 – December 22, 2019 | 3:30pm, 5pm, 6:30pm, & 8pm | California State Railroad Museum

Polar Express train ride for Christmas in SacramentoSource

4. Dance the Night Away

Enjoy the most magical time of the year with your significant other as you both move around the dance floor at the annual Holiday Ball. Put on by the Sacramento Living History at the Sacramento History Museum, this Old Town Sacramento Christmas event is sure to put a smile on your face while you learn something new as a couple. Enjoy dance lessons given by the costumed instructors as they teach you historic dances with live music to guide you in the background. In addition to the holiday ball, there will also be a craft session so you can make your own holiday ornaments, and never forget your Christmas in Sacramento!

Details: December 14, 2019 | 1-3pm | Sacramento History Museum

5. Winter Fun for the Whole Family

Bring the whole family out to Fairytale Town and celebrate the holiday season with festive activities, holiday lights, and much more! Fairytale Town’s Winter Wonderland is an annual event filled with Elf themed activities, Christmas music sung by strolling Victorian carolers, and shopping from a variety of vendors. In addition to these festive events for a wonderful Christmas in Sacramento, there will also be a giant snow globe for everyone to enjoy a snowy evening. Get your tickets today and have a great time as a family!

Details: December 14, 15, 21, & 22, 2019 | 1-7pm | Fairytale Town

Group of friends celebrating Christmas and New Years Eve in Sacramento

New Years Eve in Sacramento

It’s hard to believe that 2019 is already coming to an end, and 2020 is already right around the corner. After finishing the year with some of the best holiday activities around for the ultimate Christmas in Sacramento, it’s time to start thinking about how you want to ring in the new year. Whether you’re looking to witness a spectacular fireworks show or you’d rather party into the new year, Sacramento has a variety of events to offer! Below are some of our top choices for an unmatchable New Years’ Eve in Sacramento.

No matter if you’re planning a vacation to spend Christmas in Sacramento or if you’re looking to celebrate New Years Eve in Sacramento, it’s safe to say there is plenty for all to enjoy right here in Northern California. Book your room or suite at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sacramento for the ultimate experience at Fire Mountain!