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Get into the holiday spirit this weekend with these Sacramento events

Holiday Magic at the Sacramento Zoo, Saturday, December 8, 2012.

‘Tis the season for holiday celebrations galore. This weekend arrives bearing holiday events of all ilks, from theatre and dance to concerts, kids’ activities, local shopping, and more. Check out some of our picks below, and find even more options in Sacramento365.com’s Holiday Events section.


Celebrate with the whole family:

Holiday Magic
:
Sacramento Zoo; Sat 10am-4pm

See your favorite Sacramento Zoo animals receive their special holiday presents. Animals will get special treats delivered to them and staff will be on hand to share facts, secrets, and answer your questions.

Christmas Memories:
Governor’s Mansion State Historic Park; Sat 10am-4pm

Surrounded by docents in period costume, Mansion visitors will be transported back in time to the very place where thirteen of California’s early governors and their families lived, spent Christmas seasons, and shared holiday traditions.

Hands-on-History: A Simple Emigrant Christmas & Candlelight Tours:
Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park; Sat 10am-5pm & 6:30pm-8pm

During the day experience holiday scenes & traditions from other cultures, and, in the evening the Fort comes alive with special tales of Christmas celebrations, all seen by the gentle glow of candlelight.

Sacramento Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” shows December 7-December 23, 2012 at the Community Center Theater.


Experience the holidays on stage:

The Nutcracker
:
Community Center Theater; Dec 7-Dec 23; Fri 7pm; Sat 2pm & 7pm;
Sun 1pm & 5pm *No 5pm show on 12/9

Best-known and most beloved of all Sacramento Ballet productions, Ron Cunningham’s The Nutcracker returns for the holiday season.

Too Much Christmas Lights: 30 Plays in 60 Minutes:
Grange Performing Arts Center; Sat & Sun 8pm & 10pm

In this night of fast-paced fun the audience steers the direction of the show, and entry cost is based on a roll of the dice.

Posadas Folkloricas:
Rosemont High School; Sun 5pm

Don’t miss a festive display of Mexican Folklorico dance with Ballet Folklorico Nube de Oro, Grupo Folklorico Alteños, and Mariachi Zacatecas.

See the Sacramento Choral Society & Orchestra in their “Wells Fargo Home for the Holidays” concert on Saturday, December 8.


Songs for the season:

A Christmas Concert with Messiah Sing-Along
:
Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament; Sat 7:30pm

The Camellia Symphony Orchestra and the Music Society at Cathedral Square join together to present a holiday concert featuring Part I of Handel’s beloved Messiah Sing-Along. The church will be beautifully decorated for the holiday season and there are many dining opportunities in the area to plan a festive evening out.

Wells Fargo Home for the Holidays:
Memorial Auditorium; Sat 8pm

Enjoy radiant music for Christmas with a candlelit procession, audience singalong, new and familiar choral orchestral holiday songs, and merriment guaranteed.

Pops Potpourri:
La Sierra Community Center; Sun 2:30pm-4pm

This concert presented by Sacramento Symphonic Winds features saxophone/vocal soloist Roger Gosline performing "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" by Elton John, "The Christmas Song" by Mel Torme and Bob Wells, "What a Wonderful World" by Weiss/Thiele.

Shop from local artists & crafters at Sacramento Fine Arts Center’s 18th Annual Holiday Craft Fair, Friday through Sunday.


Local holiday shopping:

18th Annual Holiday Craft Fair
:
Sacramento Fine Arts Center; Fri-Sun 11am-5pm
*Special 2nd Sat Opening 5pm-9pm

Come see talented artists, crafters, and purveyors of handmade goods and fine arts. There will also be live music and a holiday cafe.

Holiday Bazaar:
Spanglish Arte; Sat & Sun 11am-5pm

Join to celebrate and support local artists. There will be pozole, hot chocolate, and festive music.

Makers Mart:
Bows & Arrows; Sun 11am-4pm

Bows and Arrows hosts 30 vendors, a DJ, a brunch, and drink specials. This is the perfect time to get your holiday shopping done.

John Natsoulas Gallery hosts a free Holiday Gala & Silent Auction on Saturday, December 8.


Holiday fun for everyone:

12 Days of Midtown
:
Various locations; Daily, times vary; through Dec 12

Throughout the 12 days attendees can experience a variety of events and activities including: performances by the region’s best performing arts organizations, unique shopping and holiday sales, holiday eats and drinks, and, of course, Santa.

Holiday Historic Home Tour:
Historic Old Folsom; Fri & Sat 11am-4pm

The Folsom Holiday Historic Home tour will feature eight charming and beautifully decorated historical sites in the heart of Old Folsom.

John Natsoulas Gallery Free Holiday Gala & Silent Auction:
John Natsoulas Gallery; Sat 7pm-10pm

Join for a festive evening of live music, dance performance, and a silent auction. Wine and beer will be served as bands perform.

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