Guide to holiday events in Sacramento and beyond: Get your Merry on!

Global Winter Wonderland is a 17-acre light display theme park open 4:30-10 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays; 4:30-11 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays. Open daily Dec. 19-Jan. 4 and weekends Dec. 12-14 at the Cal Expo Fairgrounds in Sacramento.
Global Winter Wonderland is a 17-acre light display theme park open 4:30-10 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays; 4:30-11 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays. Open daily Dec. 19-Jan. 4 and weekends Dec. 12-14 at the Cal Expo Fairgrounds in Sacramento. Global Winter Wonderland

Now that the holiday season is in full swing, make the most of your December and consider one of these festive events for Christmas 2014, Hanukkah 2014 and New Year’s 2015. You’ll find loads of events listed in four categories: Holiday Music & Dance, Festivals & Events, and Theater. Enjoy! Happy Holidays!

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Multiple days

Christmas Wonderland: A holiday dance and music show with chorus girls. 7 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, 3 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, through Dec. 27. Eldorado Hotel Casino, 345 N. Virginia St., Reno. $28-$45. 775-786-5700;

A Celtic Christmas: The Sacramento Master Singers celebrate the holidays with a Celtic flair. 7 p.m. Dec. 23. St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 1066 26th St., Sacramento. $20. 916-788-7464;

San Francisco Symphony: A Charlie Brown Christmas: Randall Craig Fleischer, conductor. 2, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22-23. Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall, Van Ness Avenue and Grove Street, San Francisco. $12.50-$75. Box Office: 415-864-6000; 415-864-6000.

Dec. 22

Diciembre Navideno: A production of the evolution of Christmas in Mexico. 7:30 p.m. Harris Center for the Arts at Folsom Lake, 10 College Parkway Drive, Folsom. $19-$39; $20 children ages 12 and younger. 916-608-6888;

Dec. 23

A Celtic Christmas: The Sacramento Master Singers celebrate the holidays with a Celtic flair and candlelight. Featuring Men of Worth. 7 p.m. St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 1066 26th St., Sacramento. $20. 916-788-7464

Dec. 26

Home for the Holidays: The Iron Heart, Sanho the Indian and We are Invisible Monsters present this holiday concert. 8 p.m. City Winery, 1030 Main St., Napa. $15. 707-260-1600;

Dec. 28

The Choir of All Saints Episcopal Church: Christmas Lessons and Carols. 4-5:15 p.m. All Saints Episcopal Church, 2076 Sutterville Road, Sacramento. 916-422-5168;

Dec. 31

New Year’s Eve Show: A free show featuring performances by Korean Fire Drill, Clockwork Hero, ForNeveR and Graveshadow, Dennis Bodine, Sam Davidson, Allen Dean, Lydia Gavin, Michael Hildago, Lee Hurtado, Sammy Karlin, Mike King, Michael Woodruff, Isidro and more. 8 p.m. The Boardwalk, 9426 Greenback Lane, Orangevale. 916-988-9247;


Multiple days

Global Winter Wonderland: A 17-acre light display theme park. 4:30-10 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays; 4:30-11 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays. Open daily through Jan. 4. Cal Expo Fairgrounds, 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento. $16; $12 seniors and for youth ages 4-12; free children ages 3 and younger. (916) 263-3000;

Holiday Ice Rink: The Embarcadero Center offers 90-minute ice skating sessions at Justin Herman Plaza, adjacent to Four Embarcadero Center and across from the historic Ferry Building, San Francisco. 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays (until 11:30 p.m. Dec. 31); 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, through Jan. 4. $10 general; $6 children ages 7 and younger. 415-837-1931;

Macy’s Theatre of Lights: Old Sacramento’s sixth annual Theatre of Lights. The free outdoor performances blends a symphony of lights, sounds and visual effects with a reading of “The Night Before Christmas.” Continues at 6:15 and 7:45 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays with special holiday performances at 6:15 p.m. on Christmas Eve, and 7 and 8:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. 125 I St., Old Sacramento. (916) 323-9280;

Zoo Lights: Animal-themed structures are lit for the holidays. Visitors will be treated to music and light shows, a night time adventure on the Outback Express train, and (on select nights) Santa’s sleigh, and performances by the Oakland Ballet, The De Lynn Dance Company, The Oakland Youth Chorus, and more. 5:30-9 p.m. daily through Jan. 4, except. Dec. 24-25. Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland. $7-$8. 510-632-9525;

Ice Skating: Open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. including Christmas Day. Folsom Ice Rink, Sutter St., Folsom. $10; $8 children ages 8 and younger. (916) 985-7452;

Downtown Ice Rink: 2-8 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sundays, through Jan. 19. Sacramento Downtown Plaza, 701 K St., Sacramento. $8; $2 skate rental; free for children ages 2 and younger. (916) 442-8575;

Wild Nights and Holiday Lights: Santa will visit the illuminated Folsom Zoo Sanctuary, and zoo bear mascot Santa Paws will greet guests and pose for photos. Some of the zoo residents receive special treats during the event, and Zoo docents answer questions and share fun stories and facts about the animals. There will be caroling groups and musicians, and Starlight Express miniature live steam train rides ($4 per person). 5-8 p.m. Dec. 22-23 (weather permitting). 403 Stafford St., Folsom. Admission is $5 general, free for children ages 2 and younger.

Zoo Lights: Sit with Santa Claus, see the reindeer romp, enjoy hot apple cider and cocoa, ride the historic Dentzel Carousel, and stroll through select areas of the San Francisco Zoo. For entertainment schedule, go to 5-8 p.m. Dec. 22-23 and Dec. 26-30. San Francisco Zoo, One Zoo Road, San Francisco. Included in admission. 415-753-7080

Holiday in the Park: Six Flags Discovery Kingdom (formerly Marine World) added a few attractions this month. Toboggan down Bitzen’s Wonderland Mountain, play inside a life-size snow globe, take a photo with one of Santa’s reindeers at Reindeer Village or stroll through Candy Cane Lane. There’s also carolers, holiday dancers, and puppet shows with E. Ben Geezer. 2001 Marine World Parkway, Vallejo. Included in admission. 707-643-6722. For hours and admission, go to

Holiday Tangram Puzzles: Tangram challenges. Take them home and hang them as a holiday decorations. Noon Dec. 22-24. The Discovery Museum Science & Space Center, 3615 Auburn Blvd., Sacramento. Included in admission. 916-808-3942;

New Year’s Banner: Kids ages 12 and younger color and assemble a New Year’s banner to take home. Noon Dec. 29-31. The Discovery Museum Science & Space Center, 3615 Auburn Blvd., Sacramento. Included in admission. 916-808-3942;

Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios: A free self-guided tour of 100 professional artisan workshops. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 22-24. Berkeley Artisans, 2547 Eighth St., Berkeley. 510-845-2612;

Dec. 23

Christmas Eve, Eve Celebration: Music, food, and the Christmas story. 6:30-8 p.m. OneLife Church, 6300 Fountain Square Drive, Citrus Heights. 916-966-5673

Dec. 24

Free Admission to Fairytale Town: On Christmas Eve, Fairytale Town gives the gift of free admission to visiting guests. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Fairytale Town, 3901 Land Park Drive, Sacramento. 916-264-5233;

PJ Party Christmas Eve: Celebrate Christmas Eve at the Sacramento Zoo in your best PJs (with free admission). 10 a.m. Sacramento Zoo, 3930 W. Land Park Drive, Sacramento. Free admission. 916-264-5888;

Dec. 26

Pan African Kwanzaa Umoja Celebration: Celebrate the first day of Kwanzaa showcasing California Pan African unity. Noon-4 p.m. Friends in Jesus International Church, 8115 A-Elder Creek Road, Sacramento. 916-381-1072

Dec. 31

Noon Year’s Eve Festival: A free family festival of cultural experiences. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Crocker Art Museum, 216 O St., Sacramento. Included in admission. 916-264-5423;

Sacramento New Year’s Party: Spend New Year’s Eve at the Hilton Sacramento Arden West with two live bands, casino games, drinks and dancing. 8:30 p.m. Hilton Sacramento Arden West, 2200 Harvard St., Sacramento. $65-$250. 916-922-4700;

New Year’s Eve at Wine & Roses: The celebration starts with a buffet-style dinner from 8 to 9 p.m., followed by dancing from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. The evening features live music by the band Crosstown 5, Aura Photo Lounge, party favors, midnight Champagne toast and balloon drop, and more. Wine & Roses Hotel Restaurant Spa, 2505 W. Turner Road, Lodi. $85 advance, $95 after Dec. 30. 209-334-6988;

New Year’s Eve Dance Party: A dance show, social dancing, hors d’oeuvres, party favors, and champagne toast. 8:30 p.m. Capital Dance Center, 11270 Sanders Drive, Rancho Cordova. $25 advance; $30 day of show. 916-635-2600;

New Year’s Eve Sky Spectacular: Old Sacramento is a hub of family entertainment on New Year’s eve, with children’s and street entertainment, live music, vendors and refreshments, plus fireworks displays at 9 p.m. and midnight. 6 p.m. Old Sacramento, Front Street, Old Sacramento. 916-808-7777;

New Year’s Eve Blackout Skate: Roller King hosts a canned food drive to benefit the Roseville Salvation Army. Refreshments, games and prizes. $10, plus canned food items. $20 without donation. 7 p.m. Roller King, 889 Riverside Ave., Roseville. 916-783-0918;

New Year’s Eve All-Night Skate: Skate into 2015. Party session skates from 7 p.m. New Year’s Eve until 6 a.m. New Year’s Day. Skaters receive admission, skate rental, hot dog, nachos and a drink. Noisemakers, games, prizes and a balloon shower at midnight. 7 p.m. Foothill Skate Inn, 4700 Auburn Blvd., Sacramento. $25. 916-488-4700;



The Santaland Diaries: A behind-the-scenes tale of an elf at a department store Christmas display. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays, and Dec. 23; 7 p.m. Wednesdays, and Dec. 22; through Dec. 27. Capital Stage, 2215 J St., Sacramento. $28-$40. 916-995-5464

Scrooge: A musical adaptation based on “A Christmas Carol” with Rodger Hoopman. 8 p.m. Dec. 22-23. Chautauqua Playhouse, 5325 Engle Road, Carmichael. $15 general, $10 ages 12 and younger. 916-489-7529

Holiday in the Hills: The Sutter Street Theatre production takes place in Folsom’s Historic District set on Sutter Street at the end of the 19th century. Appropriate for all ages. 7 p.m. Dec. 22-23. Sutter Street Theatre, 717 Sutter St., Folsom. $15-$23. 916-353-1001;

It’s A Wonderful Life: Stage adaptation of the classic holiday film. 7 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 28. Sacramento Theatre Company, 1419 H St., Sacramento. $20-$40. 916- 443-6722