Interested in starting a unique and memorable holiday tradition? The greater Sacramento area is rich with an amazing array of state-of-the-art museums and historic sites featuring a number of holiday-related events and activities this month, a sampling of which includes the following:
Gingerbread Holiday at the Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum – 12/5 thru 12/21
Visit the Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum to see dozens of sweet confections on display during the 28th Annual Gingerbread Holiday celebration! Always free to visit, there will be houses, mansions, shacks and other gingerbread structures created by school children, families, bakery academy students and adults. Plus, guests can vote for their favorite entry! For more info, visit scoe.net/oldsacschoolhouse.
Holiday Magic at the Sacramento Zoo – 12/12
Why should only humans receive gifts during the holidays? It’s time for Holiday Magic when the community has the special opportunity to watch as the animals unwrap their holiday goodies! Plus, Zoo visitors who bring a non-perishable food item receive $1 off admission on that day. For more info, visit saczoo.org.
Hands on History: A Simple Emigrant Christmas – 12/12
In John Sutter’s day, people from around the world passed through the gates, each with their own customs and traditions for the holiday season. “A Simple Emigrant Christmas” presents several vignettes showing holiday scenes, including foods, music, decorations, and traditions from other cultures. Fort visitors will be able to dip candles, make cornhusk dolls, and create keepsake ornaments. For more info, visit suttersfort.org.
Reindeer Treat at the Discovery Museum – 12/19-12/24
Dasher, Donner, Prancer, and all the rest — including Rudolph, the most famous of all — are being highlighted at the Powerhouse Science Center Discovery Campus. Plus, guests can enjoy some reindeer science and make a reindeer treat to take home as a souvenir. Admission also includes a visit to the Space Quest! exhibit. For more info, visit thediscovery.org.
Sacramento Children’s Museum Polar Express Themed Holiday Drop-Off Night – 12/21
Need time to sneak away from the kids for some last minute holiday shopping? The Sacramento Children’s Museum is offering a Polar Express themed Holiday Drop-Off Night from 3 to 7pm! Drop off your children in their pajamas for a night of Museum play, viewing of the children’s classic The Polar Express, and snacks, crafts, and activities inspired by the movie. For more info, visit sackids.org.