With four days left until Christmas, it’s time for even the worst of procrastinators to get moving. We offer tips below for those of you who just started thinking about the holidays.
Extended mall hours
Early risers can head for the Westfield Galleria at Roseville or, fittingly, Sunrise Mall. Both shopping centers open at 8 a.m. each of the remaining four shopping days.
The Galleria closes at 10 p.m. Sunday but will stay open until 11 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. Sunrise Mall will stay open until 11 p.m. the next three days. Don’t delay on Christmas Eve, when both malls shut at 6 p.m.
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In Sacramento, Arden Fair opens at 9 a.m. and closes at 11 p.m. the next three days. On Christmas Eve, the mall has 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. hours.
The Folsom Premium Outlets are open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve.
Hours vary at downtown Sacramento shops, but the city is once again offering free parking on downtown streets all day Sunday and after 4:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday between I and L streets.
No surprise, but at this point it’s going to take some form of expedited service to get your gifts where you want them by Christmas.
Tuesday is the deadline to use Priority Mail Express through the United States Postal Service. USPS is open on Sundays in December for the first time this year, and six locations in the Sacramento region will be open today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The six are: Davis Post Office, 2020 Fifth St.; Sacramento Main Post Office, 2000 Royal Oaks Ave.; Elk Grove Post Office, 8850 Williamson Drive; Roseville Post Office, 1860 Sierra Gardens Drive; Fair Oaks Post Office, 7862 Winding Way; and Rocklin Post Office, 5515 Pacific St.
Both UPS and FedEx say Monday is the deadline to use two-day service and that Tuesday is the last shot to get packages sent via overnight shipping.
Dry through Tuesday
The National Weather Service forecast calls for no rain through Tuesday and warmer temperatures in the Sacramento region, making those last-minute errands a little easier to manage.
The last bit of precipitation was due to give way to a high-pressure ridge Saturday night, keeping the region dry for several days, said weather service forecaster Tom Dang. High temperatures are expected to remain in the low 60s.
Wet weather could return on Christmas Eve, when the forecast calls for a chance of rain. But Christmas Day is expected to be mostly sunny.
Get some fresh air
Today is the last day for Fairytale Town’s Winter Wonderland, which features holiday crafts, a light display and Santa. The park is open from 1 to 7 p.m., and Santa’s visiting hours are from 3 to 6 p.m.
The Sacramento Zoo features wreath sales from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today and offers a $1 discount on admission with a nonperishable food donation.
Catch some of the final few performances of the Macy’s Theatre of Lights in Old Sacramento this week. The light show will begin twice nightly at 6:15 and 7:15 through Tuesday and then feature only one show at 6:15 p.m. on Christmas Eve.
The Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink at 701 K St. is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. through Tuesday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve. The Folsom Ice Rink next to the parking garage in the city’s historic district is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, according to its website.
Give to those in need
Loaves & Fishes is accepting stockings filled with toiletry items, clothing and gift cards for its Christmas Stocking Giveaway. The stockings are given to homeless individuals during the nonprofit’s annual holiday meal. Contact Loaves & Fishes at (916) 446-0874 or visit sacloaves.org/holiday/stockings. Donations can be dropped off from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1351 N. C St. in Sacramento.
Sacramento Winter Sanctuary is seeking donations to provide shelter during the cold season. The group had raised $198,731 as of Saturday evening, still short of its $300,000 goal for the year. Visit www.sacramentowintersanctuary.org for more details.