Holidays

Holidays

Plan your holiday fun: Here’s how we are celebrating with music, events, dance and more

The Sacramento region offers a variety of entertainment and activities during the holiday season, and the following lists provide rundowns of those opportunities.

Holidays

You’d better watch out for Sacramento’s Santa parade

Santa, that jolly old elf, will parade in downtown Sacramento rain or shine (but not if there are high winds) accompanied by marching bands, horses, antique vehicles and other merrymakers at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. Find a spot along the route, which launches at 14th and N streets and travels west to 10th Street where it turns north. At L Street, the parade turns right and continues until its conclusion near 13th Street. www.sacholidays.com

Holidays

Here's how fast a Christmas tree can go up in flames and torch a home

The Sacramento Fire Department conducted a demonstration on how fast a dry Christmas tree can turn into a torch inside home. The video illustrates how important it is to keep a tree watered and away from heat sources such as a space heater. Firefighters ignited the tree Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, in a simulated living room. Also, fire officials said, make sure smoke detectors are working.

Outdoors

Outdoor holiday gift guide

With this crazy warm weather lately, Santa isn't sure his reindeer will be up to the task. So, he has his faithful Labradeer retrievers on standby in case he needs their help to deliver the goods. And, once again, retailers from across the Northland have put together plenty of ideas for outdoor giving by the Santas in your family.

Holidays

Christmas gift-giving etiquette guide

The holidays are a time for joyful gatherings with family and friends, eggnog, tables laden with food and - if we're going to be honest - a good amount of stress. Giving gifts is fun, but it can be a challenge as well, especially if you're on a budget.

Videos

Here's how fast a Christmas tree can go up in flames and torch a home

The Sacramento Fire Department conducted a demonstration on how fast a dry Christmas tree can turn into a torch inside home. The video illustrates how important it is to keep a tree watered and away from heat sources such as a space heater. Firefighters ignited the tree Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, in a simulated living room. Also, fire officials said, make sure smoke detectors are working.
Sacramento Fire Department
Here's how fast a Christmas tree can go up in flames and torch a home 0:49

Here's how fast a Christmas tree can go up in flames and torch a home

Accordions fill state Capitol with holiday music 1:32

Accordions fill state Capitol with holiday music

A look at the Sacramento Santa Parade over the years 3:29

A look at the Sacramento Santa Parade over the years

Santa arrives, Christmas tree lights up in Roseville 3:44

Santa arrives, Christmas tree lights up in Roseville