Winter Break – Things To Do In Sacramento Area
December 17, 2018

Christmas and New Year’s Eve are coming up quickly and you are likely searching for things to do with your kids. Rather than sit at home during winter break, check out these fun winter activities in the Sacramento area this holiday season.

Holiday Activities For Kids

winter activities in Sacramento with kids

The Biggest Show on Snow at Raley Field

Come join the fun at Raley Field which has been turned into a winter wonderland. From now until January 3rd Raley Field now has an ice skating rink, a 40 foot tall Monster Ice Slide, plenty of snow, a Christmas Tree Farm, bounce houses, and Kris Kringle.

You can also dress up with your family for theme nights. December 15 is Star Wars night. December 22 is ugly sweater night. Disney night is December 26. December 18 they will also host an ice hockey game between American Hockey League’s Stockton Heat and Bakersfield Condors.

Cost: $10-$20 (Free for ages 4 and under)
Dates: Through Jan 3
Hours: Varies
Raley Field
400 Ballpark Dr.
West Sacramento, CA 95691
(916) 376-4700

Global Winter Wonderland at Cal Expo

Cal Expo in the Arden area hosts a spectacular light show. Giant lanterns are illuminated by LED lights. This year’s show is called “Magic of the Seasons.” You can see a mermaid in summer and a wizard in the fall harvest season. They have rides such as the Carousel, the Century Wheel and the Super Slide and Christmas Holiday Train for the kids. You can ice skate in the ice skating rink. There is also great holiday gift shopping, foods from around the world, and some special Christmas snacks such as roasted nuts, sticky buns, hot chocolate and hot apple cider.

Cost: $19 General Admission, $17 for youth and seniors, $32 general admission for 2, $39 Season Pass including unlimited rides, $49 Gold Season Pass including ulimited rides, ice skating, and laser tag.

Dates: Nov 23 through Jan 6. In November it will be closed Nov 26, 27, 28, and 29. In December it will be closed Monday through Thursday, Dec 3-6, 10-13, 17-20 (Monday through Thursday before Christmas break)

Hours: 4:30-11:00PM
1600 Exposition Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95815
You can purchase tickets Global Winter Wonderland Discounted Tickets and check out the full website

Theatre of Lights at Old Sacramento

Check out Old Sacramento as lights, sound, and color are projected onto building facades will Bill Farmer (voice of Goofy and Pluto) recites “The Night Before Christmas” as Mark Twain and other characters. Old Saint Nick and Jack Frost will also be making appearances. Also, check out the candy stores, Evangeline’s, and all the quaint shops of Old Sacramento.

Cost: Free
Dates: Thursday-Sunday through Nov 21-Dec 24
Hours (of the lights projection, not Old Sac): 6-7:30PM
K St. between Front and Second streets in Old Sacramento.
(916) 442-8575
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Santa Holiday River Cruises
at Sacramento River

Instead of shopping at the mall, spend an hour on Sacramento River with Santa himself. You and your family will enjoy hot chocolate and cookies while relaxing to some holiday music. Holiday coloring sheets will be available. Don’t forget to bring your smart phone or a camera so you can take pics with Santa.

Cost: $19.31 per person
Dates: Dec 22
Boarding: 11:45AM, 1:15PM, 2:45PM, 4:15PM
Cruise Times: 12-1PM, 1:30-2:30PM, 3-4PM, 4:30-5:30PM
L Street Dock
1206 Front Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
1(888) 966-9251
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Pajama Party Christmas Eve
at Sacramento Zoo

Bring the family to the Sacramento Zoo for the most comfortable Christmas tradition and you don’t even have to change out of your pajamas! From 9 am to 1:30 pm, zoo admission is free for the whole family. Wear your best PJs and spend your holidays with the animals at the Sacramento Zoo.

Cost: Free
Date: Dec 24
Hours: 9AM-1:30PM
Sacramento Zoo
3930 West Land Park Dr.
Sacramento, CA 95822
(916) 808-5888
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Sacramento River Train

On this magical Christmas train, you and your family can come dressed in your pajamas!  The train will be decorated for the holiday season as you and your family relax on a trip through West Sacramento. Before Christmas you will experience a a 90 minute train ride with cookies, hot chocolate in a souvenir mug, and a personal visit with Santa Claus himself.

You can also enjoy carols and games. On the December 27th & 28th there is a 2.5 hour train ride on the Holiday Excursion Train complete with meal options. There is a continental meal, continental meal with bottomless mimosas, a turkey sandwich meal, and a ham sandwich meal.

Cost : $50 Adult, $40 Child, $15 Infant 2 and under (not including meal plans)
Dates: Now through Dec 31
Sacramento River Train
400 North Harbor Blvd
West Sacramento, CA 95605
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Santa’s Workshop Christmas Store at Artfully Rooted Marketplace

Come to Santa’s Workshop Christmas Store in Artfully Rooted Marketplace and  shop for vintage, antique and handmade Christmas decor and vintage toys too. If you’re tired of kids playing on your iPad, you will love the vintage toys here! Saturday’s between 1:00pm-3:00PM enjoy a complimentary free digital photo with Santa!

Cost: Free
Date: Dec 19
Hours: 10:30AM-5:30PM, Pics with Santa 1-3PM
Artfully Rooted Marketplace
608 1/2 Sutter Street
Folsom, CA 95630
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Downtown Ice Rink

Ice Skating Rink at Downtown Sac

Come experience the magic of ice skating in downtown Sacramento. Silent Disco Skate is Dec 20 from 7-9PM and headphones will be provided. Dec 22 is Kids day from 12:30-4:30PM. On Kids Day the Kings mascot Slamson will be there along with a visit from Santa, the Sacramento Kings Dancers, and cool games and prizes will be offered.

Jan 1 from 4-5PM is the Polar Bear Skate where you don your best shades, blades, and beach attire. January 9 Storytime will be hosted by the Sacramento Public Library with awesome songs and games from 11AM-2PM. Note that this event is aimed at babies, toddlers, and caregivers or parents.

Cost: $6 Kids 6 and Under (always), $13 Regular Skate, $15 Peak Skate (Nov 18 – 24 & Dec 24 – Jan 5)
Date: Nov 2, 2019-Jan 21, 2019
Hours: Monday – Thursday: 2PM – 9PM, Friday – Saturday: 10PM – 11Pm, Sunday: 10AM – 9pm
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Jingle Bounce Cookies With
Santa at BounceU

Check out Jingle Bounce Cookies With Santa for your kids. During this special event kids will enjoy bouncing, holiday crafts, cookies, a special souvenir from the north pole, and best of all, a visit from Santa.

Cost: $11.95 per child
Date: Dec 18, Dec 21
Hours: Dec 18 6-8PM, Dec 21 7-9PM
11280 Sanders Dr Unit A
Rancho Cordova, CA 95742
(916) 859-0559
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An Old Fashioned Christmas
at Elk Grove Historial Society

If your child has never experienced an old fashioned Christmas you’re in for a treat.  Step inside the Elk Grove House and Stage Stop, where all nine rooms are decked out with Victorian-themed holiday décor. Kids will enjoy decorating cookies and visiting with Santa (Saturday & Sunday only). Professional photos with Santa are available for $15.

Cost: $5 per person
Date: Dec 21-23
Elk Grove Historical Society
9941 East Stockton Blvd
Elk Grove, CA 95624
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Kid Friendly New Year’s Eve Events

New Year’s Bash at Imagine Play

Celebrate the New Year with your kids at Imagine Play’s New Year’s Bash. Each child will enjoy apple cider, light up toys, a noise maker craft activity, a balloon drop, dancing games, and a bubble wrap stomp. All kids and adults must wear socks.

Cost: $15 per child
Date: Dec 29-31
Hours: 10AM-12PM
Imagine Play
10481 Grant Line Rd #155
Elk Grove, CA 95624
(916) 226-4189
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Who Year New Year’s Eve Party at Sacramento Children’s Museum

Come ring in the New Year at Sacramento Children’s Museum. This kid friendly party will go from 9PM-12:15AM . There will be dancing, noise maker-making, bubble stomps, light refreshments, and museum play. A  New Year’s countdown will happen at midnight.

Cost: $7.50 for General Admission adult or child, $5 for Member adult or child
Date: Dec 31
Hours: 9PM-12AM
Sacramento Children’s Museum
2701 Prospect Park
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
(916) 638-7225
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Bouncin’ New Year’s at BounceU

Enjoy Bouncin’ New Year’s at BounceU. Your kids will enjoy a Cosmic Bounce, 2019 fun glasses, new years hat, and a horn & noisemakers.

Cost: $11.95 per child (must be pre-paid)
Date: Dec 31
Hours: 10:30AM-12PM
11280 Sanders Dr Unit A
Rancho Cordova, CA 95742
(916) 859-0559
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New Year’s Eve Sky Spectacular at Old Sacramento

You’ll enjoy Sacramento’s best New Year’s Eve fireworks in Old Sacramento. This event is free and great for the whole family. There will be special programs for kids, live music, dinner specials, hot food and drink vendors and lively street entertainment.

Cost: Free
Dates: Dec 31
Hours: 6PM-10PM (fireworks start at 9PM)
K St. between Front and Second streets in Old Sacramento.
(916) 442-8575
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Dr. Jacqueline "Jax" Cheung is the owner of the award winning Jax Chronicles Blog & Adoption ministry and the Editor-In-Chief of the Elk Grove Tribune. Jax likes freelancing for Sacramento4kids and was one of their first writers. She lives in Elk Grove with her husband and 2 daughters. To follow her journey please like her Jax Chronicles Facebook page, follow her Instagram @jaxchronicles, follow her Twitter @jaxchronicles, or check out Jax Chronicles Blog & Adoption ministry.

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