Make it a Festive Night with Sacramento365!

Karlee Cemo-McIntosh, Sacramento365

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! There is no shortage of festive fun in Downtown and Old Sac this holiday season — from beloved holiday traditions to bright lights to performances filled with your favorite seasonal tunes. Make new memories with loved ones and make it a festive night all December long with Sacramento365!


1) Sacramento Ballet Presents: The Nutcracker
December 10-23
Community Center Theater

Photo courtesy of Jay Mather

Sacramento Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker is a beloved staple of the holiday season in Sacramento. 500+ youngsters from across the region will take their first “leap” into the world of performing arts this year and join the professional company during the show, making the already awe-inspiring production even more magical.

Pre-show: Indulge in the delicious American comfort cuisine with a classic flair at Cafeteria 15L.

Post-show nightcap: Check out the vintage ambiance and stellar craft cocktail menu at The Hotel Bar.


2) La Pastorela de Sactown
December 17-18
Crest Theatre

Photo courtesy of Latino Center of Art and Culture

Bringing together professional actors and community players, La Pastorela de Sactown is a modern bilingual musical theatre reenactment of Mexico’s traditional Christmas pageant. Hilarious, satirical, poignant and romantic, it timelessly speaks to the days we live in as the transformation of the shepherds from the traditional Pastorelas in Mexico into contemporary recognizable figures facing contemporary temptations makes the show instantly more relatable.

There will be a pre-show Posada procession at Mayahuel before each show. This event is bilingual.


3) New Year’s Eve Sky Spectacular
December 31
Old Sacramento

Photo courtesy of Visit Sacramento

Ring in 2017 with some festive family fun down at Old Sacramento’s waterfront for the New Year’s Eve Sky Spectacular put on by the City of Sacramento and Visit Sacramento! Superheroes, family-friendly entertainment, food and refreshment vendors, and live music will fill the streets of Old Sac in the hours leading up to the breathtaking 20-minute firework production.


If these selections aren’t enough for you then check out our Make it a Night page for more festive happenings!

While you’re out this month enjoying the downtown scene, get social and share your “Make it a Night” fun by using the hashtag #Sacramento365!


To close out this year’s Featured Artist series, Sacramento365 is proud to share the story of emerging photographer Andres Alvarez. While he may not be a household name (yet), his work should be loved by anyone who calls Sacramento home. Since moving to the River City, the artist has had a love affair exploring and revealing the beauty of the grid.

On a leisurely stroll down K Street and over lunch at Mother, Alvarez mulled over his vast portfolio with us, sharing the hidden stories behind each photograph with eagerness and impressive recall. From coffee shop patrons to Golden 1 Center’s progress to the characters of K Street, his candid film and digital photos are meticulously composed, showcasing the heartbeat of Sacramento.

Our feature story: Capturing Everyday Sacramento

Guest Contributor | Karlee Cemo-McIntosh