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Photo essay: Cold Christmas nights and warm brightly lit Sacramento homes

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During the cold winter nights, the colorful Christmas lights on homes around town bring warmth to the hearts of passers-by. Each decorated house, big and small, has its own charm – front lawns filled with Santa Claus balloons and figures, brightly lit reindeer, colorful candy cane lights, and even cartoon penguins and bears. Some homes have lights overflowing their rooftops and trees, and some have their lights dance to the tune of Christmas carols. Cars slow down in amazement, smiles on their occupants’ faces, as they gaze at the festive decorations.

Here are the photos from some of the houses Kalyn Ruijters and I took around our neighborhoods – East Sacramento, South Sacramento, and Elk Grove.

On Kalyn’s walk and search for Christmas decorated homes Wednesday evening, she ran into a crowd of merry men and women all geared to brighten up the East Sacramento streets. It was 7 p.m. when, snowmen on wheels, Santa-sleigh tricycles and other Christmas-inspired bicycles paraded from 41st Street to 45th Street as part of the 5th Annual Nite Brite Parade. Here are some of the photos from the colorful event.

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