Theatre of Lights and Tree Lighting November 21

For the fourth year in a row, Old Sacramento is the hometown holiday headquarters for the greater Sacramento region, kicking off this holiday seasonal events with the annual lighting of the City Christmas Tree and launch of this season’s Theatre of Lights. With major holiday attractions like The Polar Express and the Raley’s Theatre of Lights, a visit to Old Sacramento is quickly jumping to the forefront on many resident’s lists of “must do’s” during the holidays. Since the start of Theatre of Lights, Old Sacramento has seen sales growth every year during the holiday season for its locally owned small businesses.

 Old Sacramento’s Theatre of Lights is a unique state-of-the-art live staging of the classic ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas hosted by Mark Twain. The show blends a symphony of lights, sounds and visual effects which will take the audience back to a time when the beloved poem ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas was first introduced in Sacramento in 1857 in The Sacramento Bee. The beloved poem comes to life on the balconies and rooftops of Old Sacramento’s historic buildings on K Street between Front and 2nd Street.

  Theatre of Lights continues through the holiday season with two 20-minute light shows at 6:15 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. every Thursday through Sunday until December 23 with special Monday shows at 6:15 p.m. on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. The Christmas Eve show will only be at 6:15 p.m. New Year’s Eve will feature Theatre of Lights as an important piece of the overall fireworks spectacular with shows running later in the evening at 7:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. About 70,000 guests from all over Northern California enjoyed the holiday magic of Old Sacramento’s Theatre of Lights last year, and the time has come for them to enjoy a magical evening of lights once again. 

Who:   Special guest as “Papa” in the inaugural show. Lighting by Sacramento Theatrical Lighting and sound effects by Skywalker Sound.
When:   Wednesday, Nov. 21. Entertainment begins at 5:30 p.m., City of Sacramento Tree Light Ceremonies at 6:00 p.m. and first Raley’s Theatre of Lights performance immediately following.
Where: Old Sacramento on K Street between Front and 2nd Street.