’Tis the season of lights – and celebrating the holidays with family.
Just as menorahs were being lit in homes and synagogues throughout the region Wednesday evening to mark the first day of Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, Sacramento flipped the switch on more than 50,000 lights that adorn the city’s official Christmas tree in Old Sacramento.
The tree-lighting ceremony served as the kickoff to the city’s fifth annual “Theater of Lights,” a nighttime multimedia light and sound show featuring an actor playing Mark Twain who reads stories from 19th-century Sacramento and recites “’Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Jack Frost is a new character in this year’s production, which is free to the public.
Running until Dec. 31 in Old Sacramento, the “Theater of Lights” starts at 6:15 and 7:45 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. There’s a special 6:15 p.m. performance on Christmas Eve and two shows on New Year’s Eve at 7 and 8:30 p.m.
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