Holiday festivals in the Sacramento region

Start a new tradition or keep up an old one with one of these holiday festivals in the Sacramento region and a few beyond.

Dec. 7

"Winterdance: A Celtic Christmas Celebration"

Presented by Molly's Revenge. 8 p.m. Dec. 7. Sutter Creek Theatre, 44 Main St., Sutter Creek. $19 advance, $21 day of show. 916-425-0077.

Union Street Holiday Program

Union Street kicks off its annual Fantasy of Lights Holiday celebration, where thousands of holiday lights set off the Victorians, transforming Union Street into a magical backdrop for Santa and a team of elves to celebrate along with jugglers, live ponies dressed as reindeer, face painters, balloon artists, costumed characters, singers and live entertainment. 3 p.m. Dec. 7. Union Street, between Gough and Steiner, San Francisco. Free. 800-310-6563.

35th Annual Great Dickens Christmas Fair and Victorian Holiday Party

Nearly three acres of Dickensian delights held over five holiday weekends: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 7 - 8; Dec. 14 - 15; Dec. 21 - 22. Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva Ave., Daly City. 415-404-4111. Discount tickets are available at

A Holiday Tradition

City of Oakland invites you to step back in time to experience a holiday Tradition at Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate's Mansion. Activities include: Brunch with Santa; high teas, holiday crafts, games, kid's zone, House Caferriage Rides and Mansion Gift Shop. The Nutcracker Dec 15; and The Whacky Winter puppet show, 1-2:30 p.m. Dec 22. Noon-4 p.m. Dec. 7-22. Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate, 2960 Peralta Oaks Ct., Oakland.

Country Christmas Pancake Breakfast

Our annual breakfast kicks-off a day of holiday festivities in Loomis. Enjoy a craft fair, festive carolers, and a special lighting of our town Christmas tree. Get your day started with our country Christmas pancake breakfast. Breakfast includes pancakeseggs, your choice of ham or turkey sausage, and to drink: orange juice, coffee, and tea. 7:30 a.m. Dec. 7. Loomis Basin United Church of Christ, 6440 King Rd., Loomis. Adults: $10. Seniors: $8. Free for children 12 and under. 916-652-6011.

Bazaar Bizarre Holiday Show

Bazaar Bizarre San Francisco is celebrating its fourth year as a locally produced indie craft fair show. At Bazaar Bizarre San Francisco expect to find a handmade market, local gourmet food carts, Diy Workshops, cocktail party and more! 11 a.m. Dec. 7; 11 a.m. Dec. 8. Concourse Exhibition Center, 635 Eighth St., San Francisco.

Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios

All manner of fine art and craft will be shown during this free self-guided tour, including blown glass, functional & decorative ceramics, ornaments, garden art, and more. 11 a.m. Dec. 7-8; Dec. 14-15; 11 a.m. Dec. 21-22. Berkeley Artisans, 2547 Eighth St., Berkeley. Free. 510-845-2612.

Berkeley Farmers' Market Holiday Craft Fair

Local craft and fine art vendors located next to the popular Saturday Berkeley Farmers' Market. A benefit for the Ecology Center. 10 a.m. Dec. 7; Downtown Berkeley, Center Street, Berkeley.

Calistoga Holiday Village and Lighted Tractor Parade

The Calistoga Holiday Village is a three-day holiday celebration, offering the 18th annual Lighted Tractor Parade, Community Bazaar, Santa's Workshop, Breakfast with Santa, "It's a Wonderful Life" Live Radio Play, and Live Christmas Tree Farm. 9 a.m. Dec. 7-8. Calistoga Chamber & Visitor Center, 1133 Washington St., Calistoga. Free (entry fees for some events). 707-942-6333.

Christmas On the Comstock

Step back in time this holiday season and celebrate Christmas as they did in the 19th century. There are festivities for all ages ranging from Breakfast with Father Christmas ($8-$10), unique boutique holiday shopping, a holiday parade and Chistmas in the Sierra by David John and the Comstock Cowboys in concert at Piper's Opera House ($25). 9 a.m. Dec. 7. Piper's Opera House, 12 N. B St., Virginia City. 775-851-4444.

Christmas at the Waterfront

Join us for an exciting kick-off to the Christmas season featuring 30-40 handcrafted and quality commercial items, lighted boat parade and Santa and Mrs. Clause arriving by boat to light the Suisun City Christmas tree, a bonfire, Charity Christmas Tree Auction, entertainment and more. 2-8 p.m. Dec. 7. Suisun City Harbor Plaza, Main and Solano streets, Suisun City.

Fair Oaks' Christmas in the Village

Children's crafts, Santa, parade, vendors, treats, music. "Winnie the Pooh" performance at noon and 2 p.m. at the Community Clubhouse (bring a canned food item donation for free admission). Holiday parade, 4:30 p.m., tree lighting and carol singing, 5:30 p.m. 10 a.m. Dec. 7. Plaza Park (Village of Fair Oaks), 10219 Fair Oaks Blvd., Fair Oaks. Free. 916-967-2903.

Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair

Four blocks filled with an outstanding selection of hand crafted arts and crafts and gifts. Live entertainment. Free admission and free parking. 20,000 attendees expected. Dec. 7; Historic Sutter Street, 801 Sutter St., Folsom.

Holiday Pancake Breakfast & Raffle

Come celebrate with the Rocklin community at Antelope Creek's Holiday Pancake Breakfast & Raffle! Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, and have the chance to win over $2,000 in raffle prizes! 8 a.m. Dec. 7. Antelope Creek Elementary School, 6185 Springview Dr., Rocklin. $7 (breakfast ticket); $20 (strip of 20 raffle tickets); $1/cup (hot chocolate bar). 916-632-1095.

Loomis Holiday Craft & Gift Faire

Annual Loomis Holiday Gift Faire. 10 am to 4 pm. Hand-crafted gifts, Christmas decor, metalwork, jewelry, local artists. (Across from the High Hand Parking lot) The Horse and Buggy Consignment Store. 3793 Taylor Rd. Loomis. Free. 916-652-8800.

Petaluma Downtown Holiday Open House

Downtown will be alive with Carolers, face painting, horse & carriage rides & more! 11 a.m. Dec. 7. Historic Downtown Petaluma, 6 Petaluma Blvd., North Petaluma. Free. 707-762-9348.

SFMade's Annual Holiday Gift Fair

SFMade presents its 3rd Annual Holiday Gift Fair, now a two-day extravaganza featuring locally made gift items from 100 SFMade vendors. Dec. 7 & 8, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. The Fleet Room, Landmark Building D Fort Mason Center. Marina Boulevard San Francisco. Free. 415-408-5605.

Santa Pictures at Billy's Farm

Santa will be visiting Billy's Farm, ready to pose for pictures. Proceeds to benefit Sunburst Projects. Santa Hay Rides, Climbing Haystack, farm animal petting zoo, and Lil Buckaroo Horsey Corral 10 a.m. Dec. 7-8. Billy's Farm, 8430 Dillard Rd Wilton. Santa Pictures- $10. 916-687-8354.

Sparks Hometowne Christmas

Annual Christmas parade and community tree lighting ceremony. Event includes entertainment, arts & crafts, food, and themed attractions. 9,000 attendees expected. 1 p.m. parade; 6:30 p.m. tree lighting Dec. 7; Victorian Square. 600 Richards Way Sparks

Swedish Christmas Fair

Enjoy a real Swedish Christmas - in San Francisco! For the 30th consecutive year this fair features the best Swedish shopping including handmade artisan crafts, food, and traditional entertainment including the traditional Lucia procession that welcomes the season of light with their beautiful song. Fun for the whole family - bring the kids for a go at the Fiskdammen or decorating gingerbread cookies, enjoy some traditional Swedish delicacies such as saffron buns, glogg, and meatball sandwiches.9 a.m. Dec. 7; St. Mary's Cathedral. 1111 Gough St. San Francisco. 8.

The Christmas Train

A festive 2-hour train ride that brings the family book "Morgan and the Magical Christmas Train" to life. Characters will interact with the kids, a musician plays music throughout the trip, and tickets include hot cocoa and cookies. Santa also makes a surprise visit. 12 p.m. Dec. 7; 3 p.m. Dec. 7; 6 p.m. Dec. 7; 12 p.m. Dec. 8; 3 p.m. Dec. 8; 6 p.m. Dec. 8; 10 a.m. Dec. 11; 10 a.m. Dec. 12; 12 p.m. Dec. 14 Sacramento River Train. E Main St & County Road 102 Woodland. $30-52). 800-866-1690.

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair & Victorian Holiday Party

Now in its 35th year, the one-of-a-kind Great Dickens Christmas Fair & Victorian Holiday Party kicks off on November 23 and continues weekend from 10 am to 7 pm, through Sunday, December 22, 2013 at San Francisco's historic Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva Ave. A beloved Bay Area tradition. eneral Admission: $25/$30 at the door (final 2 weekends) Children ages 5-12: $12 at the door Online sales (beginning Sept. 20): $8 - $30 Children under 5: Free Fair Season Pass: $90 adult Contact, 415-668-0525.

Union Street Fantasy of Lights

San Francisco's historic Union Street will kick off its holiday celebration on December 7 with the annual Union Street Fantasy of Lights. Each year, the Fantasy of Lights brings young and old together to celebrate the season viewing thousands of twinkling white lights illuminating the Victorian houses and shops along Union Street between Van Ness and Steiner and Fillmore Street between Union and Lombard. 3-7pm. Participating merchants will offer validated parking at 2001 Union Plaza Garage, 1910 Union Street Garage (Wells Fargo) and the Lombard Street Garage (enter on Moulton Alley at Webster). Subject to availability. For all your public transportation options, visit

Wondrous Star: A Christmas Concert

Christmas music from the Festival Choir, soloists, children's choir, orchestra, and grand pipe organ. Doors open 1 hour in advance for those with tickets; general admission without tickets 15 minutes prior to performances.3 p.m. Dec. 7; 6 p.m. Dec. 8 Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church. 11427 Fair Oaks Blvd. Fair Oaks. Tickets are free. 916-967-4784, ext. 874.

Dec. 8

"Holiday Moods!"

A festive concert titled "Holiday Moods" performed by The Sacramento Symphonic Winds, conducted by Dr. Les Lehr. 2:30 p.m. Dec. 8; Crowne Plaza Northeast Sacramento. 5321 Date Ave. Sacramento. $10 general; $5 seniors (ages 65 and older); free for children ages 8 and younger. 916-489-2576.

Advent Crafts Fair

Annual Advent Crafts Fair Sunday December 8, 2013 11:45am to 3 pm Fresh wreaths, Waldorf dolls, hand knit socks, sweaters, books, beeswax candles, needle felted animals, pastries, jams, fermented foods, discounted children's books, yarn, beeswax creche, and many unique gifts. Do your holiday shopping and enjoy a delicious lunch The Christian Community Church, 3506 Eisenhower Drive, Sacramento 95826, 11:45 a.m. Dec. 8;

Chamber Music Concert by Chamber Music Society of Sacramento

Chamber Music Concert by Chamber Music Society of Sacramento features members of the Ariel Quartet. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8; St. Paul's Episcopal Church. 1430 J St. Sacramento. $22-$28, $12 for students. 916-443-2908.

San Francisco Symphony's Deck The Hall

A festive start to the season, this holiday concert and party has become a Symphony family tradition. Deck the Hall features holiday favorites performed by members of the San Francisco Symphony along with special guests presenting music and dance selections tailored especially for children. Tickets include a post-concert party with entertainment, arts and crafts, and refreshments. Proceeds support the Symphony's education and community programs. 11 a.m. Dec. 8; 3 p.m. Dec. 8 Davies Symphony Hall. 201 Van Ness Ave. San Francisco. $38 - $55. 415-864-6000.

Snow? In Berkeley?

Take a snow day in the Gourmet Ghetto! Bring boots and mittens to play in the snow. Visit with the Snow Queen, ride a pony, make crafts or shop.10 a.m. Dec. 8; Parking Lot near Lincoln. 1673 Shattuck Berkeley. Free. 510-548-5335.

Dec. 10

American Canyon High School Instrumental Music Winter Concert 2013

Join the ACHS Instrumental Music Department as we celebrate the splendor of Winter and the magic of the holidays! At this concert you'll hear ACHS's many fine instrumental groups including the Jazz Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, String Orchestra and Full Orchestra. You will also hear a number of small groups ranging from a piano soloist to a string quartet to a Jazz Combo. Featuring the music of J.S. Bach, Herbie Hancock, Antonin Dvorak, Leroy Anderson, Mel Torme, Sonny Rollins, and many others this event is sure to delight and get you into a festive holiday spirit!7 p.m. Dec. 10; American Canyon High School. 3000 Newell Dr. American Canyon. $5.

Dec. 11

Victorian Christmas

A setting of hilly streets outlined with twinkling white lights and authentic gaslamps, wandering minstrels and carolers dressed in Victorian attire.5 p.m. Dec. 11; 1:30 p.m. Dec. 15; 5 p.m. Dec. 18; 1:30 p.m. Dec. 22 Historic Downtown Nevada City. Broad St. and Commercial St. Nevada City. Free!. 530-265-2692.

Dec. 12

Cross Country Ski Festival at Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center

Cross Country Ski Festival at Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center.9 a.m. Dec. 12; Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center. 15275 Alder Creek Rd. Truckee. 530-587-9484.

Winter Wonderland

Starting at dusk, Fairytale Town is lit up with a display of lights and festive deor. The family holiday event will offer hands-on craft activities, holiday vendors, two of Santa's reindeer will visit Dec. 14-15, Santa in his workshop on Dec. 14-15 and 21-22. A ticketed event. During Winter Wonderland, Fairytale Town's operating hours are from 1 to 7 p.m.1 p.m. Dec. 12; 1 p.m. Dec. 13; 1 p.m. Dec. 14; 1 p.m. Dec. 15; 1 p.m. Dec. 19; 1 p.m. Dec. 20; 1 p.m. Dec. 21; 1 p.m. Dec. 22 Fairytale Town. 3901 Land Park Dr. Sacramento. $5 nonmembers; Fairytale Town Members & Children 1 and under Free. 916-808-8886.

Dec. 13

46th Annual Cornish Christmas

Vendors dressed in Cornish attire set in the historic downtown Grass Valley. Shops, restaurants and tasting rooms will be open late. Mill and W. Main streets will be closed to traffic. Hand-crafted vendors, food vendorsrolers, musicians, Grass Valley Cornish Carol Choir will perform at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. at the Union Steps.6 p.m. Dec. 13; 6 p.m. Dec. 20 Downtown Grass Valley. Main st and Mill St Grass Valley. Free. 530-272-8315.

7th Annual Elk Grove Nativity and Music Festival

View hundreds of creches from around the world, watch children perform live Nativities, sing portions of Handel's Messiah.6 p.m. Dec. 13; 1 p.m. Dec. 14; 1 p.m. Dec. 15 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 6711 Seasons Dr. Elk Grove. Free. 916-717-6684.

A Christmas Festival

Welcome the holiday season with a celebration bursting with seasonal favorites and new discoveries. All the Stockton Chorale choirs (plus surprise guest artists!) will offer carols, lullabies, motets, and popular holiday tunes. The Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist, Lodi, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13; $5 - $20. 209-951-6494.

A Christmas Festival

Welcome the holiday season with a celebration bursting with seasonal favorites and new discoveries. The Stockton Chorale, Master Chorale, and Youth Chorale will offer carols, lullabies, motets and popular holiday tunes. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13; St. John's Episcopal Church. 1055 S. Lower Sacramento Rd. Lodi. Please call the Stockton Chorale for ticket price details. 209-951-6494.

Historic Folsom Holiday Home Tour

The 2013 Historic Folsom Holiday Home Tour features nine charming historic sites decorated for the holidays, an art and hand-crafted holiday gift boutique, musical entertainment and an opportunity to enjoy the season as you step inside charming residences and buildings for a glimpse of life from a bygone era. Experience one-of-a-kind dwellings and sites dating from 1855 beautifully decked out with festive holiday décor located in Old Folsom! Get your tickets early as attendance is limited. 10 a.m. Dec. 13; 10 a.m. Dec. 14 Historic Folsom Holiday Home Tour. 823 Sutter St. Folsom. $20 per person. 916-985-2707.

Holiday Festival of the Arts

Get into the spirit of the season with an evening of Big Band Jazz featuring Folsom High School's Jazz Band I & Jazz Choir I Chamber OrchestraTrombone Choir Also Ballet, Live Art, and several local artists. Dinner Special Before the Concert Land Ocean New American Steakhouse in Folsom, our concert sponsor, is offering a set menu for dinner on Friday night before the concert. Cost is $30/plate (does not include gratuity or drinks). Dinner Reservations are required. 2720 E Bidwell Street, Folsom 95630, 916-983-7000 Promotion Code: FolsomMusicHoliday General Admission - $10 Premium General Admission - $18 8 p.m. Dec. 13; Rolling Hills Christian Church. 800 White Rock Rd. El Dorado Hills. $10 - $18.

Dec. 14

3rd Annual Nubian Crafters Holiday Expo

Christmas and Kwanzaa holiday crafts, ethnic cards, jewelry, accessories, decorations and gifts.10 a.m. Dec. 14; Florin Business Arts Complex. 2251 Florin Rd. Sacramento. 916-427-7715.

Camellia Waldorf School's 25th Annual Winter Faire

Puppet shows, crafts, and "children-only" store, handcrafted gifts, live music, food, soup competition. 916-427-5022.10 a.m. Dec. 14; Camellia Waldorf School. 5701 Freeport Blvd. Sacramento. Free admission with nominal charges for some activities. 916-427-5022.

Christmas at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park

Visitors can shop for locally made gifts and treats, take a carriage ride, make a wreath, or enjoy music by the campfire. Young visitors can enjoy children's games, playing in the snow, or visiting with Santa.10 a.m. Dec. 14; 10 a.m. Dec. 15 Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park. Back St Coloma. Free event, there is an $8 per car day-use fee. 530-622-3470.

Christmas in Coloma

Annual fundraiser for the state park where gold was first discovered and began the Gold Rush. All funds go right back in to the park and help with the interpretive and educational programs.2,000 attendees expected. Estimated start time Please confirm 10 a.m. Dec. 14; 10 a.m. Dec. 15 Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park. Back St Coloma..

Holiday Indie Craft Fair

Fifty vendors offer holiday indie craft fair inside the K street mall. Santa will also be there for photo ops. 916-442-4000.10 a.m. Dec. 14; Sacramento Downtown Plaza. 547 L Street Sacramento. Free. 916-442-4000.

Jingle Bell Run at Crocker Park

The Sacramento Jingle Bell Run/Walk for arthritis, a 5K chip timed race or 5K fun run or walk with holiday themed activities all along the course, and 1K Reindeers Games (un-timed fun run for children ages 3-12).7:30 a.m. Dec. 14; Crocker Park. 3rd Street and O Street Sacramento. Adults $30 ands Kids $15. 916-368-5599.

Sac State hosts winter Jazz Fest

The Sacramento State's Winter Jazz Festival. The daylong festival offers elementary, middle and high school, and collegiate ensembles a chance to work with the pros and perform before an audience. Plus, the Kandinsky Effect performs at 12:15 p.m., and the Sacramento Jazz Orchestra with Jamie Davis takes the stage at 7 p.m. $10.8 a.m. Dec. 14; Sacramento State Music Recital Hall. 6000 J St. Sacramento. $10. 916-278-5191.

The Atomic Angel's 3rd Annual Teddy Bear Drive benefiting Shriner's Hospital

Join The Atomic Angels for their 3rd Annual Teddy Bear drive benefiting Shriners Hospital! Bring a donation of a Teddy Bear for free entry to an amazing Christmas Party!!! There will be vendors, Christmas Karaoke, Photo-booth provided by DRaskin Photography, a Cookie Bar, Raffles and so much more!!3 p.m. Dec. 14; Broderick's Bar and Grill. 319 Sixth St. West Sacramento. Free with Teddy Bear Donation!.

Dec. 15

Mokelumne Hill Holiday Open House

Discover small town holiday cheer at Mokelumne Hill's Annual Holiday Open House! There will be special activities for young and old alike along Main Street. Visit with Santa at the Hotel Léger, enjoy horse drawn hay rides, and listen to festive caroling. The downtown merchants will be offering special activities and complimentary holiday food and drink. There will also be the chance to mail your wish list to the North Pole or stop by the town library for some holiday storytelling.2 p.m. Dec. 15; Mokelumne Hill Town Hall. Maine Street Mokelumne Hill. Free.

Navidades y Tradiciones with the Calidanza Dance Company

"Navidades y Tradiciones," with the Calidanza Dance Company, features traditional ballet folklorico dances, along with Vinic-Kay folkloric musicians. Festive Christmas melodies and a procession honoring Las Posadas. The show ends with a Mariachi Christmas in Jalisco, including celebrations featuring la piñata.3 p.m. Dec. 15; Crest Theatre. 1013 K St. Sacramento. $12-$22. 916-599-9820.

Santa Lucia Festival

The rich Christmas traditions of Scandinavia come together in this beautiful mid-winter celebration of Santa Lucia. The pageantry of the eldest daughter bearing a wreath of burning candles on her head, the table laden with delicious Scandinavian fare and the delight of singing and dancing around the Christmas tree.You're invited to join us on Sunday, December 15 for a special candle light worship service at 4:30 pm with a Scandinavian feast and festivities to follow.Worship Service: FREEMeal: $7/person or $55/table of 84:30 p.m. Dec. 15; St. John's Lutheran Church. 1701 L St. Sacramento. $7 - $55. 916-444-0874.

YMCA Holiday Art, Craft, & Gift Festival

This will be the first annual YMCA Holiday Art, Craft, & Gift Festival, benefiting YMCA Youth & Government - a teen leadership program for high school students. All vendor booth/table fees go directly to student financial aid. Event will be promoted to our membership and to the community. Day will include family and kid activities, a treat cafe, music and entertainment, and more!12 p.m. Dec. 15; YMCA of Superior California, Sacramento. 2021 W St. Sacramento..

Dec. 19

Holi Tweetup

Join us for Holi Tweetup 2013 at Amourath 1819 inside the Hyatt Regency on December 19th from 6-8pm! SacTweetup is getting a festive touch this month. They've got plenty of Fall and Winter themed drinks that are made with their unique infused spirits, including the Grogg Nogg, Lime Basil Gimlet and Pomme Forte. If you haven't yet checked out Sacramento's largest monthly Social Media Mixer, this month would be a perfect first introduction! Each month this community gets together to network, connect, share and have tons of fun at our monthly SacTweetup.6 p.m. Dec. 19; Hyatt Regency Sacramento. 1209 L St. Sacramento