Sacramento Weekend Events: Santa, The Nutcracker, more

Tessa Frank, 6, plays in fake snow at the Sacramento Santa Parade in downtown Sacramento on Saturday, December 8, 2018 around Capitol Park.

Tessa Frank, 6, plays in fake snow at the Sacramento Santa Parade in downtown Sacramento on Saturday, December 8, 2018 around Capitol Park.

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It’s a great weekend to cross a few holiday purchases off your to-do list, but don’t forget to take a break and relax.

Consider decorating holiday cookies, attending the Santa Claus parade, or watching a classic cult movie on the big screen. This weekend, it’s your oyster.

So put on your coat – it could be chilly in Sacramento this weekend with temperatures below 50 degrees Friday through Saturday – and enjoy the city. Here are some events from December 10 to 12 in Sacramento.


Channel your the holiday spirit on some sweets

Wild Sisters Book Company, 3960 60th St., Sacramento

Christmas isn’t complete without cookies, especially if they are shaped like pines, gingerbread men, and candy canes. You can learn how to make colorful and festive holiday cookies during a cookie decorating class on Friday at 6 p.m.

All materials are included in the class. Simply register online on Eventbrite for $ 40.

Watch the cult classic “The bedroom” at the Tower Theater

Angelika’s Tower Theater, 2508 Land Park Dr., Sacramento

You can see Tommy Wiseau’s film, “The Room”, on the big screen at the Tower Theater by Angelika. The film, which is infamous for being the “strangest movie”, gained enormous success and inspired James Franco’s adaptation “The Disaster Artist”.

Alcohol is available at the exhibition. You can purchase tickets for $ 11.50 online.

Cure your holiday blues with some laughs at the Comedy Spot

Sacramento Comedy Spot, 1050 20th Street # 130, Sacramento

The Sacramento Comedy Spot hosts its annual holiday show Friday.

You can purchase tickets online starting at $ 15. Spectators must be fully vaccinated and masked. Remember to bring your vaccination record and photo ID.


To live Christmas in Japantown

2223 10th St, Sacramento

My Sister’s House Treasures and the nearby shops and restaurants welcome Christmas to Japantown. You and your family can enjoy performances by singers, shows and craft vendors. Santa Claus will also be present.

Watch Santa Claus on his annual downtown parade

California State Capitol, West Steps, 10th Street and Capitol Avenue, Sacramento

From 14th and N Street to 12th Street, you can see Santa Claus during the 38th annual MIX 96 Santa Parade. There will be marching bands, twirls, horses, clowns and, of course, the Grand Marshal.

Make sure you get to the Capitol by 10 a.m.

Marvel or buy some pop culture and political memorabilia

Sierra 2 Center for the Arts and Community, 2791 24th St., Sacramento

If you’re a history buff or have one on your holiday gift list, visit the show and sell political and popular culture memorabilia. Here you will find old country buttons, posters and other vintage items.

If you want to sell or trade one of your treasures, the show offers free valuations.

Adult tickets cost $ 3 on EventBrite; children and students can enter for free. Face masks are compulsory.

Spend the afternoon at Holiday market

Esther’s Park, 3408 3rd avenue, Sacramento

The night market series hosts the Holiday Market at Esther’s Park. But don’t be fooled by the name, the market is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There will be food vendors, live DJs, over 20 local vendors, and a toy drive. You and your kids can also take photos with Santa, do arts and crafts, and watch a holiday movie.

Entrance is free and you can find free parking near the Guild Theater or across the street.


To see the The Nutcracker by the Sacramento Ballet

SAFE Credit Union Performing Arts Center, 1301 L St., Sacramento

The Sacramento Ballet presents a new holiday tradition with a live performance of The Nutcracker. Ballet dancers will tell the classic holiday story with the backdrop of a live orchestra.

Tickets start at $ 35 on Ticketmaster.

Grab some vintage goodies at the Sacramento Ancient Fair

1 Sports Parkway, Sacramento

Every second Sunday of the month, you can find antiques, vintage jewelry, glassware, furniture, knickknacks and more at the Sacramento Antique Faire. This is great if you need to spruce up your living space before having holiday guests, if you have an antique lover on your gift list, or if you just love everything vintage.

Admission is $ 3 in cash and you can pay on site.

Do you know of any fun events coming up in the Sacramento area? Let us know!

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Hanh Truong is a reporter with the Sacramento Bee Utilities Office. She was previously a freelance journalist, covering education and culture for PBS SoCal and music for

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