2023 Holiday Family FUN In Sacramento

The most WONDERFUL guide of the year!

By Jamie Bondoc November 9, 2023

It's time for holiday family FUN in Sacramento! Sacramento is where it's at with SO many holiday attractions for making this season OH so merry and bright. From Christmas tree lightings to craft fairs, to where to get desserts that will impress all of your holiday guests... Macaroni KID Sacramento has all the details for you and your family to make the most of this holiday season in Sacramento.

Macaroni KID Sacramento is adding holiday events regularly as we find them, so check back often for updates! Have an event to submit to our calendar? Submit events here! This guide was updated on 12/14/2023.

Arden Fair

November 10-December 24 | Days and hours vary

Photo Ops. Pre-booking available

Santa Stops in District 1

December 8, 9, 15, and 16

Santa Stops in Natomas

December 8, 14, and 15

Santa Stops for Residents of Fair Oaks

December 13 and 14. Santa and his top elf will stop at registered residences for photos, candy canes, and conversation. Registration opens November 9th at 5pm.

Santa's Fire Truck in West Sacramento

December 4-8, 11

Southside Santa

December 21

Santa will stop at Oak Park Community Center, Mangan Park, La Familia Neighborhood Center, Woodbine Park and Phoenix Green Park

Fabulous 40s

40th through 49th, between J Street and Folsom Boulevard

Holiday home tours are available December 1, 2, and 3. Purchase tickets at Sacred Heart Holiday Home Tour

Candy Cane Lane

The Bridge District, Garden Street

Installation on November 28th at 4pm

Dovewood Court

Orangevale, CA

Pebble Creek

Rockmont Circle


Chad's Fresh Cut Christmas Trees

Location 1: Whitey's Jolly Kone | 1300 Jefferson Blvd, West Sac, CA 95691

Location 2: Greenhaven Plaza Center | 250 Florin Rd, Sacramento, CAC 95831

Open Monday-Friday 10:30am-9pm & Saturday-Sunday 9am-9pm

Green Acres

Complimentary trees for disabled veterans and immediate family members of actively deployed troops.

Silveyville Farm

6248 Silveyville Road, Dixon, CA 95620

Choose and cut or pre-cut trees, animal viewing and feeding, snow castle, Christmas village, sleigh rides, dog-friendly

Wednesday-Monday 9:00am-5pm (Closed Tuesdays)

Top-Notch Trees

3168 Riverside Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95818

Tree pick-up or delivery

Vierra Farms

3010 Burrows Ave, West Sacramento, CA 95691

Sunday-Thursday 10am-7pm, Friday-Saturday 10am-9pm

Tree pick-up or delivery, tree flocking

We make it a priority to shop local, especially during the holiday season! Here you can find a list of places to shop for all your friends and family.

Thank you to Bliss Marketplace for sponsoring the Local Shopping category of the guide!! 

Bliss Marketplace is a collaborative of vintage and handmade vendors offering three convenient locations in the Sacramento area - Rancho Cordova, Midtown Sacramento and Roseville. Combined, the stores feature 300+ local makers and vendors. When you shop small with us, you are supporting many small businesses under one roof. You will find a great variety of home decor, furniture and one-of-a-kind gifts at affordable prices. 

Bliss Marketplace | 2722 R Street, Sacramento

Join the Bliss Seekers at one of our three convenient locations for the Blissful Holiday Faire happening December 9th & 10am 10am-6pm. Featuring acomplimentary hot cocoa bar, visits with Santa himself, festive music and shopping of course! Free parking and free admission. 


The Constellation Marketplace | 1021 R St, Sacramento

The Constellation Marketplace is a retail boutique that sells gifty-goods from small businesses. We're your go-to shop for all things locally handmade, small-batch, artisanal, and thoughtfully upcycled, to create a curated and unique shopping experience. From stationery to kids & baby items, to jewelry and candles, we have a wonderful selection of products for everyone!

The Dancer's Pantry Shoppe | 11226 Gold Express Drive, Gold River

Delta Shores | 8270 Delta Shores Circle, Sacramento

Delta Shores is your one-stop-shop for all holiday needs this year! Find gifts and certificates for your family, plan a meal at one of our restaurants, get your nails or hair done before your holiday parties, pick up desserts and snacks, and so much more. The shopping center features a perfect mix of grocery, retail, service providers, and restaurants, with amenities like outdoor seating areas, bike lockers, and EV charging stations. Find it all at Delta Shores!  Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for updates on sales and holiday events. Want to see a list of our stores and restaurants? Find our directory here.

DOCO | 405 K Street, Sacramento

Placita MX | 2330 K Street, Sacramento

Warehouse Creative | 116 K Street, Sacramento


The Moppet Shoppe | 2524 J St, Sacramento

Jam Baby | 3330 Broadway, Sacramento

Chulo Baby | 2331 K Street # 4, Sacramento

Puddles Shoppe by Goore's | 2580 Fair Oaks Blvd, Ste. 4, Sacramento


Audacious || Plus Size Boutique | 1715 R Street, Sacramento

Article Consignment | 706 56th Street, Suite 100 Sacramento

Freestyle Clothing | 1906 L Street, Sacramento

Krazy Mary's Boutique | 3230 Folsom Boulevard, Sacramento

Threadeco | 1119 2nd Street, Sacramento


ToyFusion | 2230 Arden Way Ste A, Sacramento

Stage Nine Entertainment Store | 102 K Street, Sacramento

World of Wonders Comics | 10398 Rockingham Dr #13 Sacramento


Crawford's Books | 5301 Freeport Blvd., #200, Sacramento

East Village Bookshop | 3604 McKinley Blvd, Sacramento

Wild Sister's Book Co. | 3325 Folsom Blvd, Sacramento


Nudge Eco Store | 1126 18th Street, Sacramento

Refill Madness | 1828 29th Street, Sacramento


Allspicery | 1125 11th Street, Sacramento

The Kitchen Table | 1462 33rd Street, Sacramento | 2665 Riverside Boulevard, Sacramento


Leash and Collar | 1901 Q Street, Sacramento


Vintage Holiday Market | November 24-26 and December 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 22-24, 29-31 | Old Sacramento

St. John's Holiday Show of Hands Christmas Sale | December 1, 2, 3 | St. Johns-Evangelist School Carmichael

CLARA x McKeever Holiday Market | December 3 | CLARA

Winter Craft Fair | December 8 | West Sacramento Community Center

The Nightmare Before Christmas Indoor Market | December 9 | Sacramento Country Club Plaza

This in-person, indoor event will have a variety of 60 small businesses ranging from food, vintage, handmade jewelry, makers, collectibles and much more! The pop-up market is the perfect opportunity to support local businesses and find unique destinations for holiday shopping/selections and great stocking stuffers. Doors are open from 12pm-6pm, so be sure to arrive early to get first dibs on all the amazing finds. We can't wait to see you there!

E Street Gallery Holiday Art Sale | December 9 and 10 | E Street Gallery

Holiday Makers Market December 16 | DOCO

Christmas Market Sundaze | December 17 | North Natomas Regional Park

Holiday Pop-Up | December 17 | The Kitchen Table

Holiday Market | December 21 | Food Literacy Center

Give the gift of an experience, or a whole year of them!!

Aerospace Museum of California | Memberships starting at $85

California Railroad Museum | Memberships starting at $35

Crocker Art Museum | Memberships starting at $65

SMUD Museum of Science and Curiosity | Memberships starting at $70

California State Park Passes | Various pass types available! Don't forget you can get free passes at the library!!

Fairy Tale Town | Memberships from $50

Sacramento Children's Museum | Memberships from $150

Rebounderz | Monthly Memberships from $10.99 - $14.99

Urban Air Adventure & Trampoline Park | Tickets from $15.99 - $31.99 + Socks $3.49 (Parent pass %50 retail pass price)

Bloom Sacramento | 2024 Bouquet Subscription

Community Shop Class | Memberships start at $49.99


Bloom Sacramento | Thanksgiving bouquet centerpieces for $125, DIY wreath kits for $90
Sacramento Christmas Light Pros | Light installation, maintenance, removal and storage.
Santa’s Lights Sacramento | Light installation, maintenance, removal and storage.


Beauty & the Feast Charcuterie

Grazing Gouda


Freeport Bakery | 2966 Freeport Boulevard, Sacramento

Midtown Bakery | 2301 J Street, Sacramento

Real Pie Company | 2425 24th Street, Suite A, Sacramento

Shari’s Restaurant | 960 Florin Road, Sacramento

Estelle Bakery | 2530 Arden Way, Sacramento and 615 David J. Stern Walk #100,

Here you can find a list of ticketed holiday events and season-long attractions in Sacramento. Thank you to Serving Hearts Productions for sponsoring the Special Events category of this guide!

You won’t want to miss The 2023 Singing Christmas Tree: "1940's Christmas Radio Hour" 

This is about the journey of James Snowbank and his family as he discovers what Christmas is really all about while being snowed in forcing time around the family radio. All the while, during the snowstorm, the main radio host -- Thomas Watson -- is airing their Radio Show as the snowstorm has caused some acts to be a no-show …  leaving the cast to make it all come together.  The Radio Show is doing their yearly Charity Broadcast dedicated to the city’s orphanage. There are all different aspects of the show from story hour, jingles, commercial segments, charity spots, special guests, and weather updates. As The Snowbank family are glued to the show they begin to develop their relationship and learn the true meaning of Christmas. 

Enjoy our Adult and Kids Choirs joined by a fabulous Cast and Crew as we kickoff the Christmas Season with a 1940’s flair!

Sierra 2 Center Theater | 2791 24th Street, Sacramento

Shows available between December 7 - December 17

Tickets from $20-$25 can be purchased HERE.


Theatre of Lights

Old Sacramento Waterfront

Thursday through Sunday from November 22 – December 30, shows at 6pm and 7:30pm


Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink

Ali Youssefi Square | 7th and K Streets

November 8 – January 15

Tickets from $8 (children under 6) - $15 (adults)


Cal Expo

Holiday Light Festival

General Admission $21-$27

Nutcracker 2023

SAFE Credit Union

December 9 - December 23

Tickets starting at $74


The Sofia - Home of B Street Theatre

November 15 - December 24

Recommended for ages 13+

Tickets from $27-$39

'Tis The Season: Around the World

The Sofia - Home of B Street Theatre

December 2 - December 23

Recommended for ages 5+

Tickets from $21-$26

Polar Express IMAX 3D

December 1 - December 24

Tickets from $14.50-$18

Riverfox Magical Christmas Train

November 24 - December 27 | 18095 County Road 117
West Sacramento, CA

Make timeless memories with Santa and his elves aboard the Magical Christmas Train!
Tickets include a train ride in a winter wonderland, cookies, hot chocolate, a souvenir mug, and a personal visit with Santa Claus himself. Come dressed in your Christmas morning pajamas for adorable family photo ops. Join us in carols and reindeer games. One thing is certain, there is never a dull moment aboard the Magical Christmas Train!
Standard Ticket (Ages 3+) - $74 Infant (Ages 2 and under) - $11

Sacramento Santa River Cruise

 Spend your December afternoon cruising along the Sacramento River with Santa himself!

Weekends in December

From $20 *SOLD OUT*

Home for the Holidays: The Gifts of the Season

Sacramento Theatre Company

December 15 - December 24


Sustainable Santa | Immersive Experience and Photography

Atrium 916 | Old Sacramento

November 24-December 23


November 25

Macrame Ornaments Workshop

Heart Craft Studio


November 26

Holiday Card Making Extravaganza



December 2

California Ballet Conservatory's 2023 Nutcracker

Cordova High Performing Arts Center


December 9

Sleigh Rides Saturday

Holiday sleigh ride through Arden Park - Advance tickets required.


December 17

Christmas Special

Cerialism and Dipped N Color

Christmas-themed cereal bowl and 30-min splat session


Get festive for under $20!

November 24

Santa at the Air Park

Aerospace Museum

Reindeer games, letters to Santa, ornaments and a visit from Santa.


November 25

Silent Disco at the Ice Rink!

Downtown Ice Rink

$5 for headphones, plus cost of skating

November 26

Cordova Community Christmas Tree Lighting

Village Green Park

Hay rides, live Nativity, food trucks, Santa, train rides, snow, fireworks.


December 1

First Friday Films - ELF

Parkside Community Church

Movie screening, snacks


Holiday Tree Lighting

West Sacramento City Hall


Kid's Night Out - Winter Wonderland

Clunie Community Center

Dinner, activities for children 6-12


Natomas Holiday Tree Lighting

South Natomas Community Center

Vendors, photos with Santa, food trucks,

arts and crafts, carnival games, and community resources.


December 2

Tree Lighting

Fair Oaks Park

live music, community stage performances, craft vendors, children's games, and activities, food trucks, hot cocoa, Santa and Mrs. Claus, tree lighting.


Breakfast with Santa & Mrs. Claus

Neil Orchard Senior Activities Center

Breakfast, photos with Santa, holiday craft projects.


Films with Friends: ELF

Sutter's Fort

Snacks available for purchase, dog-friendly.


Holiday Cheer with Sac Living History 

Sacramento History Museum

Education, crafts and games, festive drinks, carols, photo ops.


December 3

Family Movie Matinee

Guild Theater

Movie screening


Cocoa With Santa

Bridgeway Lakes Boathouse

3pm to 5pm

Photos with Santa, festive treats

$10 or toy donation

December 7


Arden-Dimick Library

Face painting, goodie bags, story time, free books.


Carmichael's Annual Holiday Tree Lighting

Carmichael Park

Live music, crafts, vendors, visits and photos with Santa and Queen Elsa.

FREE, Canned food donations encouraged.

Snow Much Fun

Coloma Community Center

Performances, crafts, games, and more.


December 8

Holiday in the Park

Arden Park

Tree lighting, community performers, pictures with Santa, winter crafts.


Off the Rails Party

Track 7 Brewing Company

All ages, Polar Express-inspired party, themed drinks, activities, music.

FREE, cost of purchases

December 9

Cookies & Cocoa with Santa

Pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, free books, STEM projects, cookies and cocoa


Christmas in Oak Park

Photos with Santa, face painting, hot cocoa and cookies.

FREE, Registration required.

Sacramento Santa Parade

Capitol Park


DeSTEMber at The Aerospace Museum

Holiday-themed STEM activities

Cost of admission

Joy to the World Diversity Holiday Celebration

Food, crafts, prizes.


Winter Wonderland

Fairytale Town

Festive decor, arts and crafts, story times, holiday scavenger hunt, photos with Santa.


Lunch/Dinner with Santa

Hagginwood Community Center

Dinner and a show for residents of Hagginwood, District 2, and Del Paso Heights

FREE, registration required

Holiday Cheer with Sac Living History 

Sacramento History Museum

Education, crafts and games, festive drinks, carols, photo ops.



2331 K St, Sacramento

Food, vendors, live music.

Free, cost of purchases

December 10

Winter Wonderland

Fairytale Town

Festive decor, arts and crafts, story times, holiday scavenger hunt, photos with Santa.


Winter Wonderland and Christmas Bazaar

North Natomas Regional Park

Free Ice Skating, visit with Santa, live performances, music, food trucks, vendors, activities.


 December 14

Meadow Lights In the View

Pannell Community Center

Music, lights, activities, giveaways while supplies last.


 December 16

Breakfast With Santa

Haggin Oaks Golf Complex

Breakfast buffet, holiday cookie decorating, photos with Santa


Free Photos with Santa and Book Giveaway

lu Mien Community Services

Photos with Santa, book for each child, hot chocolate and cookies.


Winter Wonderland

Fairytale Town

Festive decor, arts and crafts, story times, holiday scavenger hunt, photos with Santa.


DeSTEMber at The Aerospace Museum

Holiday-themed STEM activities

Cost of admission

Holiday Cheer with Sac Living History 

Sacramento History Museum

Education, crafts and games, festive drinks, carols, photo ops.


Silent Disco at the Ice Rink!

Downtown Ice Rink

$5 for headphones, plus cost of skating

December 17

Winter Wonderland

Fairytale Town

Festive decor, arts and crafts, story times, holiday scavenger hunt, photos with Santa.


Christmas Market Sundaze

North Natomas Regional Park

Photo booth with the grinch, snow play, vendors, music, food.

FREE, cost of purchases

Holiday Pop-Up

The Kitchen Table - Landpark

Local food and craft vendors

FREE, Cost of purchases

December 21

Southside Santa

December 21

Santa will stop at Oak Park Community Center, Mangan Park, La Familia Neighborhood Center, Woodbine Park and Phoenix Green Park


Woodbine Park

Carols, music, food and drinks, piñatas.


December 23

Holiday Cheer with Sac Living History 

Sacramento History Museum

Education, crafts and games, festive drinks, carols, photo ops.


DeSTEMber at The Aerospace Museum

Holiday-themed STEM activities

Cost of admission

December 24

Muppet Christmas Carol at The Crest

The Crest Theatre

Movie Screening


Opportunities to help those in need  

Annual Turkey Drive

Joey's Food Locker Natomas High School | Donations can be dropped off through November 16

Run to Feed the Hungry

The University Union at Sac State

Help raise money for Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services | November 23

Keep'n Oak Park Warm - Annual Giveaway Event

Oak Park Community Center

An event to share love, warmth, confidence, and hope with underserved families in our community during the winter season | December 8

Toy Drive

Natomas Music Square

Let's come together in the season of giving! We're inviting you to share the joy by donating new, unwrapped toys to support the Hamptons Community Foundation. Drop your donations at the front desk! Join the foundation on December 9, 2023, for a heartwarming event, where parents can find meaningful and affordable holiday gifts for their children. They'll have the chance to browse and purchase toys at thrift store-like prices.

Single Mom Strong's Adopt-A-Family

Make a donation to help a single mother this holiday season.

Operation Cratchit: Christmas Basket Program

Help provide Christmas Baskets for neighbors in need.

Sacramento Children's Home

Sponsor a Holiday Celebration, Donate gifts, Adopt a family.

Natomas Chamber of Commerce Toy Drive

Toys can be donated until December 10

Toys for Tots Sacramento

Make a toy donation at one of various locations or a financial donation online.

Do you know of a 2023 family-friendly holiday event or attraction in Sacramento that isn't listed here? Please submit your event here and we will add it to our Macaroni KID Sacramento Holiday Guide!