Global Winter Wonderland
Where: Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento
When: Through Jan. 3; 3-11 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 3-10 p.m. Sunday-Wednesday; open New Year’s Day
Admission: $18; $14 children ages 3-11 and seniors
Two themed areas are certain to make gardeners’ eyes light up at this electrical spectacle, which continues through New Year’s weekend. “Spring” is a fantasy garden of outrageous flowers. “Fall” is dedicated to harvest time with glowing pumpkins as big as cars. Besides all the lights, find ice skating and family entertainment.
Noon Year’s Eve Family Festival
Where: Crocker Museum, 216 O St., Sacramento
When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31
Get your family’s New Year celebration off to an early start with this fun-filled event, representing cultures from many lands. In addition, the museum is open free from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Mahany Park, 1501 Pleasant Grove Blvd., Roseville
When: 9 a.m.-noon Jan. 2
Details: 916-746-1550, roseville.ca.us/explore
Got new gadgets for Christmas? Usher out the old with this free drive-up and drop-off event. Safely recycle old televisions, computers, printers, DVD players and other electronics.