Fun things to do this week


Fairytale Town

A day with Mother Goose

What: Romping, climbing and doing good deeds. That’s what Fairytale Town has in store for families who participate in the Holiday Spirit of Giving Food Drive. Bring food for the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services. Included will be free arts and crafts activities.

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Where: Fairytale Town, 3901 Land Park Drive, Sacramento

Cost: Free with a canned food item for donation

Information:; (916) 808-7462


Theatre of Lights

‘The Night Before Christmas’

What: Old Sacramento presents, for the fifth year, 20-minute performances to transport the audience with a reading of Clement Clarke Moore’s famous poem “The Night Before Christmas.” You may see local celebrities as part of the show. The shows are presented rain or shine.

When: 6:15 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays through Dec. 22; 6:15 p.m. on Dec. 24; 7 and 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 31

Cost: Free

( 916) 442-8575;


Gourmet tour

Last walking tour for 2013

What: The Gourmet on K Culinary Walking Tour gathers for the last time this year to guide participants down Sacramento’s original main street. You’ll hear about architecture and historical landmarks, stopping up to six times for food along the way.

When: 1:30-5 p.m.

Where: Meet at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento, 1209 L St., Sacramento

Cost: $52-$62 per person

Information: (800) 407-8918;


Flyway Nights

Bird spotting after dark

What: Can’t tell a Canada goose from a coot, you say? The Yolo Basin Foundation’s Flyway Nights are a chance to educate yourself on the birds that pass through this area every year.

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Headquarters, 45211 Chiles Road, Davis (also called County Road 32B)

Cost: $5 donation to is suggested; free for Yolo Basin members

Information: (530) 758-0530;


Family outings

Cloppety-clop in Woodland

What: Slow down the pace for Woodland’s Holiday Carriage Rides and see what transportation was like with true horse power. Small carriages and a family-friendly hay wagon will make a 10-block circuit through the historic heart of town.

When: Thursday evenings through Dec. 19; Santa visit 5-5:30 p.m.

Where: Corner of First and Main streets, Woodland

Cost: $5, kids 3 and under free

Information: (530) 237-4253; www.historicdowntown