What: It may not be a visit from the Ghost of Christmas Past, but you can peek into holidays of a bygone era at Sutter’s Fort. See the simplicity of an emigrant Christmas of the 1840s as interpreted by docents. Visitors can try hands-on activities such as dipping candles and making toys or ornaments.
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When: Emigrant Christmas, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park, 2701 L St., Sacramento
Cost: Emigrant Christmas $5-$7, children 5 and under free
Information: Sutter’s Fort, (916) 445-4422, www.suttersfort.org
Merry Little Christmas
What: All five choirs of the Sacramento Children’s Chorus will do their part to create a merry little Christmas concert. Expect classical pieces – some with a modern twist – and popular music in this holiday concert, which kicks off the 21st season for the chorus.
When: 7:30 p.m. today
Where: Westminister Presbyterian Church, 1300 N St., Sacramento
Information: (916) 646-1141, sacramentochildrenschorus.org
‘A Century of Modern Design’
What: Celebrate the 101st birthday and design legacy of Sacramento native Ray Eames with workshops, research presentations, hands-on activities and self-guided tours of the “Ray Eames: A Century of Modern Design” exhibit.
When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday
Where: California Museum, 1020 O St., Sacramento
Cost: $6.50-$9; children 5 and under free
Information: (916) 653-7524; www.californiamuseum.org
Foothills open house
Fun and food in Mokelumne Hill
What: This historic Gold Rush town shows off its hometown pride with carolers, face-painting and complimentary food and drink along Main Street. Pop into the library for storytelling or catch a ride on a hay wagon.
When: 2-5 p.m. Sunday
Where: Mokelumne Hill
Information: (209) 286-1387
Celebration of the season
What: How could it get more festive than this? Street theater and a Mexican mercado are rolled into one afternoon event. The 45-minute modern retelling of the Mexican Pastorela, a traditional fable with shepherds, angels and devils, starts at the Convention Center and moves along K Street to the market set up in the lobby of the Crest Theater.
When: 1 p.m. Sunday
Where: Convention Center plaza, 13th and K streets, Sacramento
Information: (916) 446-5133 , www.lrgp.org