▪ WORKSHOP: WINTER GARDEN PREP
Where: Green Acres Nursery & Supply, 8501 Jackson Road, Sacramento; 901 Galleria Blvd., Roseville; and 205 Serpa Way, Folsom
When: 10 a.m. Saturday
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▪ HIGH HAND HOLIDAY PARTY
Where: High Hand Nursery, 3750 Taylor Road, Loomis
When: 6 p.m. Saturday
Details: (916) 652-2065, www.highhand.com
With thousands of lights, this destination nursery comes to life tonight with its annual tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. Enjoy carolers, food and music. Bring an unwrapped toy and receive a 20 percent discount in the nursery and gift shop. The Conservatory cafe will be open for dinner; reservations required.
▪ INDIAN ARTS & CRAFTS HOLIDAY FAIR
Where: State Indian Museum, 2618 K St., Sacramento
When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday
Admission: $3, $2 youths (ages 6-17); children ages 5 and younger admitted free
Details: (916) 324-0971, www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=486
Artisans from throughout California offer their handcrafted items. Find artwork, jewelry, soapstone, ornaments, dolls, textiles, gourds and more. Also, select from one of the best assortments of books on California Indians available anywhere.
▪ 40TH ANNUAL SONORA CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL
Where: Mother Lode Fairgrounds, 220 Southgate Drive, Sonora
When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday
Admission: $7; youths ages 13-18, $5; children 6-12, $2; children 5 and younger admitted free
Details: (209) 533-3473, http://fireonthemountain.com
This huge event features more than 150 vendors of unique holiday gifts plus lots of music, food, street performers and seasonal fun.
▪ 41ST ANNUAL SACRED HEART HOLIDAY HOME TOUR
Where: Start at Sacred Heart Parish School, 39th and H streets, Sacramento
When: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 6 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 7
Admission: $30 advance (available online); $35 after Thursday
Details: (916) 556-5050, www.sacredhearthometour.com
This popular walking tour annually attracts about 5,000 patrons, who visit spectacularly decorated homes in East Sacramento’s Fabulous Forties neighborhood. Find holiday boutique items and refreshments at the school.
▪ HOMES FOR THE HOLIDAYS TOURS
Where: Six homes in El Dorado Hills, Rescue and Shingle Springs
When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 6 and Dec. 7
Admission: $25; $10 children 12 and younger
This fun-filled tour features holiday-decorated homes with something extra, from Santa’s Candy Bar to a working fiber farm with pet-able llamas and rabbits. See dozens of elaborate trees. A raffle offers such prizes as 100 bottles of wine, vacations, artwork and mountain bikes. Tickets available in advance online and, on tour days, at Pottery World, 1006 White Rock Road, El Dorado Hills.
Editor’s note: A photograph of the home of David and Deborah Bonuccelli was removed from this story on Dec. 1 because their home is not on this year’s tour.