Where to find the best holiday displays in Sacramento

Some neighborhoods really go all out with their decorations during holiday season, and these are some of our favs.

A crowd of people stand below a holiday light display in Old Sacramento.

Old Sacramento Waterfront hosts festive lights, markets + more during holiday season.

Photo by @downtownsac

The days are getting shorter, the nights colder, and the drinks warmer. We all know what this means — holiday season is here, and in Sacramento that’s synonymous with lights extravaganza.

Here are some of our favorite winter wonderland spots, sure to wow your friends + family:

The Fab 40s | East Sacramento
If you missed the frighteningly good decorations for Halloween, you definitely don’t want to miss the Fab 40s’ light displays around this time of year. Pro tip: Park somewhere close by and walk through the neighborhood to avoid getting stuck in traffic.

Holiday District | Old Sacramento Waterfront
View a 60-ft tree adorned with ornaments + lights and stroll along the shops. Every weekend through Dec. 31, stop by Old Sac’s Vintage Holiday Market for local vendors, train rides + carolers.

Winter Wonderland | Fairytale Town
On the weekends of Dec. 9-10 + Dec. 16-17, kids can enjoy an encounter with Santa + the Grinch, faux snow, and festive decorations. Take pics in Santa’s sleigh, make ornaments + enjoy the dazzling lights.

Imaginarium | Cal Expo
With 3 million lights spread out over 15 acres, this immersive light show takes the cake. Visitors can view a giant LED rose garden, storybook characters, mazes + more.

Holiday in the Park | Arden Park
On Friday, Dec. 8, catch Santa Claus at the lighting ceremony for Arden Park’s community center + 17-ft tree. The lights will be shining all throughout December, so be sure to bring some hot cocoa and see the sights.

Illumination Festival | District56
The lighting ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 2, will cloak District56 in holiday cheer. There will be something for everyone — vendors for gift shoppers, carnival games for the kiddos + a giant snow globe for photos.

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