The Sacramento area is alive with theater. The choices during the holidays are considerable. Whatever your personal tastes are, you are likely to find a live production to meet that interest. It might take you a while to decide, but once you do, you’ll fill up your memory jar quite nicely. Check the list below to get started.
It’s A Wonderful Life!
Cobblestone Theater
16142 Main St.
Volcano, CA 95689
(209) 419-1744

Date: Nov. 20th through Dec. 12th, 2015. Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., matinees Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 p.m.

Head to Volcano for a holiday treat. The Volcano Theater Company has been wowing audiences for over 40 years. Located in historic Volcano, not far from Sacramento, the venue is intimate, with seating for 50. This theater company goes all out for the season. You’ll find inventive sets, comfortable seating and a wonderful small town performance of a true holiday classic. Follow George as he winds his way through the thicket of doubt to the realization that it really is a Wonderful Life!

Holiday In The Hills
Sutter Street Theater
717 Sutter St.
Folsom, CA 95630
(916) 353-1001

Date: Dec. 5 through Dec 23, various dates and times.

The setting here is Folsom’s Historic District. Imagine Sutter Street, end of the 19th century. This is the 10th year for this truly historic play. Every one of the characters in the play actually lived in Folsom or were visitors to Folsom in the 1880’s. The play is based on fact, but there is also an element of creativity in how the story is told, as there are some fun made up parts of this wonderful presentation. This year brings a new twist or two to the story. The play is great for all ages and is simply a great holiday tradition.

A Christmas Carol
B Street Theater
2711 B Street
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 443-5300

Date: Nov. 28, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

The B Street Theater has a reputation for fun adaptations of classics. A Christmas Carol is certainly one of their must see holiday presentations. This Charles Dickens tale, first published in December 1843, remains a Christmas classic. The intimate B Street Theater is a great place to see the twists and turns of Ebenezer Scrooge, Jacob Marley and Bob Cratchit. As the theater says, dust simply doesn’t have time to settle on their presentation of this wonderful story.

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Ron Cunningham’s The Nutcracker
Community Center Theater
1301 L Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Date: Dec.12 through Dec, 22, 2015, various times

The splendor of live ballet, live music and a wonderful venue makes this iconic Christmas play a must-see. Young and old alike will enjoy the rich and vibrant production. This marks the 28th year that Cunningham and the Sacramento Ballet have presented this iconic story to the community. You owe it to your family to see the story of Clara, the Nutcracker, Sugarplum Fairy and the supporting cast brought to life. Each year, the Christmas tree that seems to grow out of nowhere brings broad smiles to the audience, as does the Snowflake Forest and the rest of the incredible scenery.

An Irish Christmas
Harris Center For The Arts
10 College Parkway
Folsom, CA 95630
(916) 608-6888

Date: Nov. 27 through Nov. 29, 2015, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Imagine a presentation that is more than energetic and more than fabulous. Think song, dance, music and story telling, all live, on the stage. It’s all Irish, all the way. The Harris Center For The Arts is a stunning venue to see this extravaganza. You’ll see a “rip roaring celebration of Christmas from the heart of glorious Ireland.” Traditional Irish musicians and dances, complete with flutes, drums and pipes, will bring you to your feet in appreciation. Storytelling at its best, fantastic costumes and the sheer joy of the season is all on tap at the Center.

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Charles Ferris is a freelance writer who has lived in the Sierra, halfway between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe, for the last 41 years. In 2010 he retired from teaching after 36 years . He and his wife hike, kayak, cross country ski, snow shoe, ride mountain bikes and road bikes, year round. His work can be found at