Theatre of Lights

Theatre of Lights is a free holiday lighting extravaganza at the Old Sacramento Waterfront produced by the Downtown Sacramento Partnership. The nightly performances Thanksgiving Eve – Christmas Eve (Thurs-Sun, no show on Thanksgiving) features a live-action retelling of Moore’s 1823 poem — “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” more popularly known as “Twas the Night Before Christmas.”

Visitors to the Old Sacramento Waterfront can view the production from the center of K Street as the story is performed from the balconies of the buildings around them. Discover how early pioneers experienced the calamities — and revelry — that befell the new city in the 1850s, the sounds of the fires, floods and parties will surround the audience as the 150-year-old building facades light up with color.

The highlight of the 20-minute production is a live dramatization on the balconies above K Street, complete with a special appearance by Jack Frost, and the lighting of the 60-foot Christmas tree by St. Nick himself.

Conceived and created by Stage Nine Exhibitions’ Troy Carlson, Theatre of Lights brings together some of California’s finest talents in the field of light and sound: BP Lighting, Associated Sound and Emmy-nominated voice actor Bill Farmer, the voice of Disney’s Goofy.

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Convenient nearby garage parking* is available at:

  • Tower Garage – 1289 Front Street, at Capitol Mall
  • Old Sacramento Garage – 274 I Street, between 2nd & 3rd streets

Nov. 29-Dec. 24., limited street parking is free after 4:30 p.m. on weekdays and free all day Saturdays and Sundays.

*Weekend (Fri-Sun after 3 p.m.) Garage Pre-Pay Rate is $10. Visit for more details.

Bus/Light Rail

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2020 Schedule 


November 25th – December 24th 2020.


Thank you to our generous sponsors for making the 2019 Theatre of Lights possible: