The winter season typically signifies the Holidays, snow and spending time with your loved ones. A great way to spend time with friends, family or that special someone is by checking out some of the best winter festivals in the region. From Christmas lights and parades to trees and food, this list has something for everyone.
Global Winter Wonderland
Cal Expo
1600 Exposition Blvd
Sacramento, CA, 95815

Date: Nov. 14, 2015 – Jan. 3, 2016

This wonderful winter festival is held at Cal Expo and features a variety of cultural celebrations for this time of the year. There are numerous displays of colorful Christmas lights that kids of all ages will enjoy. The event also features a wide range of international foods, multi-cultural themed days, a variety of entertainment and photo opportunities with Santa Claus. This festival begins in mid-November and runs until after the New Year. This is quite possibly the most popular winter festival in the Sacramento region.

Festival Of Trees
California Automobile Museum
2200 Front St.
Sacramento, CA 95818
(916) 442-6802

Date: Nov. 22, 2015 at 4 p.m.

This family-friendly event is a great option for a fun-filled, celebratory evening with many other locals of Sacramento. Numerous Christmas trees will be decorated, along with a wide range of exciting activities like food and live music, activities for the kids and few classic cars since the event will be held at the California Automobile Museum. There will be items auctioned off, a raffle and gifts too. The atmosphere will be friendly and embracing of the Christmas season.

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Wilton Winter Festival
Wilton Fire Station
9800 Dillard Road
Wilton, CA 95693

Date: Dec. 5, 2015 at 7 a.m.

The small town of Wilton is located in Sacramento County near Elk Grove. Every year, this small community comes together to celebrate Christmas. Most of the activities will be at the Wilton Fire Station. The event kicks off with a breakfast followed by a ceremony and numerous vendors for visitors to explore. The parade is after lunchtime right before Santa Claus arrives. The Christmas tree will be lit around 4 p.m. and the festival closes at 5:30 p.m. This Winter festival might be small in size, but it’s packed with the Christmas spirit.

The Festival Of Lights Parade
Corner of Cherry and Lincoln Way
Auburn, CA, 95603

Date: Dec. 5, 2015 at 5:30 p.m.

Located in the town of Auburn, less than an hour east of downtown Sacramento, the Festival of Lights is a stunning parade that runs through downtown. The whole community comes out, along with thousands of visitors. Businesses display their Christmas cheer by decorating their storefronts as vehicles and floats go by. It’s a free event for the public and even has an opportunity for the kids to meet Santa and his elves. Christmas carols, holiday lights and other festivities will make this a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the holiday season.

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