New Year’s Day falls on a Friday, this year. And after all the re-boxing, eating and resolutions have been made, you still may want to catch the tail end of Sacramento’s holiday. Here’s a short list of things available for last minute holiday festivities. The season may be officially over, but the party most definitely isn’t.
Downtown Sacramento Holiday Ice Rink 2015
St. Rose of Lima Park
701 K St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
Presented by the Downtown Sacramento Partnership, this New Year’s, the seasonal ice skating rink will be open from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. The skating rink has been a staple of the Sacto holidays for 20+ years. If you’re not familiar with the rink, New Year’s eve and New Year’s Day might be the perfect time to start. Lockers, skate, gloves and even socks are available to rent ($2) at the rink, and admission for adults is $8, while kids under age 4 skate free.
Global Winter Wonderland
1600 Exposition Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95815
Open New Year’s day to offer you a closing chance to take in the ultimate winter showcase in NorCal, The Cal Expo Winter Wonderland will be open on NYD. Spanning 17 acres, the Global Winter Wonderland is the light show you must see if you’ll see any this year. You’ll travel the world in one night, as you’ll walk through lighted pyramids, tropical forests and so much more. Sit on Santa’s lap, sample ethnic cuisines and take full advantage of the Expo rides. Ticket are $18 per adult, $14 per child/senior and $25 for an unlimited ride wristband. Children 3 & under are admitted for free.
Theater of Lights
Old Sacramento at K St. and Front
Sponsored by Macy’s and the city of Sacramento, K street becomes alive with optical effects every holiday, and New Year’s Day serves as the closing day. The massive display of light is accompanied by a live-action retelling of Moore’s 1823 poem, “A Visit from St. Nicholas” (a.k.a.“‘Twas the Night Before Christmas”) as performed on the balconies above participating retailers. Old Sac is mired in history, and the Theater will also tell of the 1850s settlers’ joys and pains relating to the migration West. The show is free and runs from Thanksgiving through New Years Day.
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The Biggest Show On Snow
400 Ballpark Drive
West Sacramento, CA 95691
Head down to Raley field to go work off that New Year’s supper with a booty-shaking good time. Starting at 6 p.m., Raley Field will host an EDM party to accompany their open skate. Cost for the evening is set at $8, and the dance party is at no extra cost. Additionally, a part of every ticket sold will benefit the Treat ‘Em Like a King Foundation, and a canned food collection will be donated to area food banks.
Handle With Care
B Street Theatre
2711 B St.
Sacramento, CA 95816
If theatre is your bag, the B Street Theater will be conducting a performance of Handle With Care. The holiday themed story follows an Israeli immigrant with practically no grasp of the English language. She meets a man with practically no grasp of women. Hilarity ensures, begging the question as to whether the language of love supersedes their natural language barrier. Admission is set at $23-$35, with a $5 student rush rate (valid college ID required).
Christopher Millard is a freelance writer and cultural critic whose music reviews can be found on Examiner.com. He also works as a publicist for Valence Communications Group and is a contributor to the health and wellness magazine, Hybrid. Chris currently resides in Sacramento, California.