Nov 17, 2009

The Sacramento Holiday Survival Guide - 50 ways to make from now until 2010 stress free

Navigating Sacramento

1. Cell Phone Waiting Lot at Sacramento International Airport
Use the cell-phone waiting lot near to the airport entrance. It‘a a safe place to stop and wait for the call from arrivals to call to be picked up at the curb instead of circling.

2. ParkSmart Automated Parking System
Entering and exiting the lots at Sacramento International Airport is rapidly becoming as easy and convenient for credit card customers as paying for gas at the pump. ParkSmart allows customers to gain entry and pay for their parking using only their credit card. Video screens guide all customers through the process and a call button is available to get assistance.
Are cash customers still welcome in the lots and can credit card customers still receive a ticket? Absolutely! Any customer can get a ticket from the machine and present it to the cashier when exiting.

3. Vino Volo
Boutique retail store with a stylish tasting lounge and bar, allowing guests to taste wines in a comfortable setting. Terminal A Upper Level

4. Cool Brew
Sip some of Northern California’s local Brews at Gordon Beirsch to Go / Gordon Beirsch Terminal B Upper Level B2 or Pyramid Ales & Lagers / Pyramid to Go Terminal B Upper Level B1

5. Keep in the loop with the Twitter feed and Facebook
Sacramento International Airport has free wireless Internet (WiFi) service throughout the indoor, public areas of the airport. SMF's Wi-Fi network has 4 T1 connection, which provides users with speeds of up to 1.5 Mbps.

Eat Fresh and Local

6. Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates offers an array of chocolate confections and chocolate pastries at her Sacramento chocolaterie. everything from scratch at our chocolaterie. Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates 1801 L Street Suite 60 Sacramento, CA 95811916.706.1738

7. Taylor’s Market - Sacramento's gourmet grocery retailer since 1961. Specializing in Gourmet, Organic and Specialty Foods, beverages, wines, Meats, Fish, Poultry and wonderful cheeses. 2900 Freeport Blvd Sacramento, CA 95818 (916) 443-6881(877)770-6077

8. Enjoy Rick’s: Potato, Caramelized Onions, Pancetta, Goat Cheese, Olives, Arugula pizza at OneSpeed Pizza is a neighborhood pizza joint in the heart of East Sacramento brought to you by Rick Mahan, Chef and owner of Waterboy Restaurant focus on beautiful local ingredients and simple, time tested cooking. Enjoy artisan pizzas, antipasti, daily changing specials and excellent service in a family friendly atmosphere. 4818 Folsom Boulevard Sacramento, CA 95819 In the Heart of East Sacramento (916) 706-1748

9. It’s your Slow Food civic duty to get a rich, full-flavored heritage turkey straight from Corti Brothers. 5810 Folsom Blvd Sacramento, CA 95819-4693 (916)736-3800

10. Freeport Bakery’s Pies, Pear Fladen, Holiday cakes, specialty Breads and rolls, Holiday Stollen, coffee rings and quiches are a must for your holiday entertaining! Freeport Bakery 2966 Freeport Blvd. Sacramento, CA 95818(916) 442-4256

Toast to rainy nights

11. El Poblano a blend of spicy vodka and North shore Distillery’s Mole Poblano that’s like a cosmopolitan with a lation kick. Zocalo 1801 Capitol Ave Sacramento, CA 95811-4104(916) 441-0303

12. The star ingredient of the Cucumber Martini at Iron is the Hendricks Gin from Scotland. Muddled and shaken with cucumber and simple syrup. This is a tasty one! Iron 2422 13th St.,Sacramento, CA 95818(916) 737-5115

13. If the idea of combining tequila, ginger, plum, and topped with sparkling wine stikes your fancy, sample the Plum & Spice. At Lounge on 20, 1050 20th Street, Suite 100 Midtown Sacramento 916.443.6620

14. Grab two glasses and a bottle of Peter Franus, Napa Valley 06 Zinfandel, and sit out on the patio by a fire pit and heat up with your sweetie. Mason’s The Park Downtown | 1116 15th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

15. Watch the rain fall over the Sacramento river at Scott’s on the river. Saddle up to the bar and have the friendly bartenders set up up with a local brew and fresh oysters on the half shell. Scott’s on the River 4350 Riverside Blvd Sacramento, CA 95822 (916) 379-5959

Holiday Shows

16. A Christmas Carol: An IMAX 3D Experience1211 K Street Sacramento, CA 95814
24-Hour Information:(916)443-IMAX(4629)

17. The Nutcracker
Join the Sacramento Ballet as it celebrates the 500th performance of Ron
Cunningham's dazzling production of The Nutcracker!

18. California Musical Theatre will present the one-woman interactive
comedy “SISTER’S CHRISTMAS CATECHISM: The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold” beginning November 24, 2009 at The Cosmopolitan Cabaret theatre at 1000 K Street.

19. Almost Perfect Party. World Premier A Holiday Farce by Buck Busfield
Can a man win back his estranged wife by throwing the perfect Christmas party for their son? Only in the mind of Kipper Tilliker. November 15, 2009 - January 3, 2010 B Street Theatre 2711 B Street, Sacramento, CA 95816 Tickets, subscriptions and general information - 916.443.5300

20. The Adventures of Pinocchio by David Pierini
An adaptation of Carlo Collodi's famous Italian folktale about the wood carver Geppetto who makes a puppet out of a block of pine to hilarious results. The puppet, Pinocchio, wreaks havoc throughout the countryside of Italy all in his attempt to become a real boy. November 21, 2009 - January 3, 2010 2711 B Street, Sacramento, CA 95816 Tickets, subscriptions and general information - 916.443.5300

See the Lights

21. Old Sacramento
One of the best places to view the lights in Sacramento is in Old Sacramento itself. The streets will be lined with Christmas trees, and buildings will be outlined in white lights. On Saturday, December 1st, don't miss the 15th Annual Lighted Boat Parade. This free event starts at 6pm and will pass by Old Sacramento at approximately 6:30pm. See spectacular boats decked out for the holidays!

22. Old Sacramento Tree Lighting November 25, 2009
The Annual Tree Lighting will take place in conjunction with the debut of the first annual Theatre of Lights event. Two 10-minute light shows will run throughout the holiday season Thursdays through Sundays at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm.

23. East Sacramento's Fab 40's. Turn on your holiday music and tour the beautifully lit homes from 40th to 47th.

24. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and First Lady Maria Shriver kicked-off the holiday season with the 78th annual State Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on the West Steps of the State Capitol.

25. More than a century after the Grand Electric Carnival lit up the streets of downtown Sacramento, a new event called the Carnival of Lights will set downtown shimmering again for the 2009 holiday season. The carnival will run daily through Jan. 3.

Get a tree and trim it

26. Davis Ranch 13501 Jackson Rd. Sloughhouse, CA 95683 (916) 682-2658 / or
Douglas Fir, Monterey Pine, Incense Cedar, Sierra Redwood

27. Billy’s Farm Fresh Christmas Trees - Choose and cut Christmas trees, wreathes and garlands, flocking, wagon rides, gift shop, apple cider. 8430 Dillard Road. Wilton, CA 95693. Phone: (916) 687-8354.

28. Pre-lit Artificial Trees
World's Finest Christmas Trees with Lifelike Branches - from $399

29. Want the “Get the Tree Quick” experience… Home Depot Inc., the nation's largest retailer of fresh-cut trees

30. There are thousands upon thousands of Christmas trees purchased in the Sacramento Metro regional area during the holidays. Too keep them out of landfills, residents can recycle their trees

Kiefer Landfill
Address: 12701 Kiefer Blvd., Elk Grove
Dates and hours: Dec. 27 and Jan. 3, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

North Area Recovery Station
Address: 4450 Roseville Road, North Highlands
Dates and hours: Dec. 27 and Jan. 3, 8 a.m. to 4

Shop in one stop

31. Sacramento Harvest Festival
Get a jump on your holiday shopping as the Sacramento Harvest Festival returns to Sacramento! The Harvest Festivals are the largest indoor arts and crafts shows on the West Coast, boasting over 24,000 American handmade items. Guests can peruse jewelry, original art, clothing, toys, pottery, specialty foods, home decor and more

32. Crocker Art Museum 2009 Holiday Art & Craft Festival More than 100 regional artists and craftspeople will offer their unique gift items during the 2009 Holiday Art & Craft Festival. Support the Crocker and local artists while you shop...

Nov 27, 2009 (Friday) to
Nov 29, 2009 (Sunday)
Scottish Rite Masonic Temple
6151 H Street
Sacramento, CA 95819

33. Celebrate the holidays and get all your holiday shopping accomplished in Midtown

34. Westfield Galleria at Roseville Shopping Mall
Over 190 stores, including:
Pottery Barn
Crate & Barrel
Restoration Hardware

35. The Fountains at Roseville

Get everyone out of the house

36. Midtown Ice Skating Rink NOV 20 - JAN 18
For the first time, Midtown will host an ice skating rink during the 2009-2010 winter season! The confirmed location for the Midtown ice rink is 20th Street between K Street and J Street.

37. Old Sacramento Heritage Holidays
On weekends in late November and early December Old Sacramento charms visitors with holiday themed history displays. Shops are decorated with 19th century decorations. Carolers perform dressed in period costume. Horse-drawn carriage rides are offered. A new event is being added in the evening to commemorate the first reading of the poem, "The Night Before Christmas." The Theatre of Lights promises to be a fantastic display of lights combined with the storytelling of Mark Twain.

38. The 53rd Annual Singing Christmas Tree.
Truly a Sacramento holiday event seen by over 30,000 people annually, The Singing Christmas Tree has become a treasured holiday tradition for many families in the Capital City area and throughout Northern California. This year’s presentation is entitled “A Merry Olde Christmas!”
Capital Christian Center - Main Auditorium
9470 Micron Avenue
Sacramento, CA

39. Bundle up the family and come enjoy the holiday season at the Zoo with treats to the animals and free admission thanks to Target! Zoofari Market will be open early from 9 am to 10 am for Sacramento Zoo Member shopping. Members recieve a 25% discount with their Membership card. Toys for Tots: Bring one new, unwrapped toy and receive a free child's admission ticket to use at your convenience. The U.S. Marine Corps will be taking your toy donations. Animal Feedings: Animals will get special treats delivered to them and staff will be on hand to share facts, secrets and answer your questions. 3930 West Land Park Drive, Sacramento, CA 95822

40. Sacramento Rivertrain Christmas Train
Approximately 20 miles west of the city of Sacramento in Woodland, California you can take an excursion on the Sacramento Rivertrain. The train takes a 32-mile, 3-hour trek along the Sacramento River. On selected days in late November and throughout December, the regular locomotive trip is transformed into a Christmas train ride complete with hot cocoa, stories, cookies, and music. Santa and his elves are also aboard the train to visit each of the passengers. Children are even encouraged to wear pajamas. This is also a great activity to do after reading the "The Polar Express.

Holiday Road Trips

41. Shopping in San Francisco
Nothing could be more festive during the holidays than to wander down a city street aglow with decorations and lights and bustling with crowds of shoppers. And, on the West Coast, there's no better place to do this than Union Square, the epicenter of San Francisco's premier shopping district. From the lighted 80-foot tree that graces the square to the old-time carolers strolling through Neiman Marcus, Union Square is truly the picture of cosmopolitan holiday time.

42. Victorian Christmas, 2009 in Historic Nevada City Victorian Christmas, the old-fashioned celebration held each year in this colorful California Gold Rush town, evokes holiday memories of an earlier era. During the event, Nevada City's landmark historic district is closed to motorized traffic and transformed back in time. Christmas melodies and costumed characters remind visitors of another time and place.
Victorian Christmas 2009 is featured Wednesday nights, Dec. 2, 9 and 16, from 6-9 p.m., and on two Sunday afternoons, Dec. 13 and Dec. 20, from 1:30-6 p.m. There is no admission charge.

Yountville invites visitors to experience a holiday wonderland amongst the vineyards as the town transforms itself during its annual Festival of Lights. This country-style celebration features world-class food, wine and cultural activities and begins the weekend of November 27 and 28 as the town lights up with thousands of twinkling lights. Kickoff holiday festivities include streets lined with more than 20 top wineries and restaurants, nightly opportunities to meet Santa Claus at his West Pole post, late shopping and dining at local galleries, boutiques and restaurants, along with carolers, elves, horse-drawn carriage rides and ice carving. While the event is free for all, tickets for food and wine are one dollar each. What’s more, at day’s end, two couples will win a luxury weekend getaway in Yountville, including accommodations, spa treatments, balloon rides, bike tours, dining, wine tasting and more. For more information visit

44. Full Moon Guided Ski/Snowshoe Tours Beginning in December and extending through March, on Saturdays closest to a full moon, enjoy the magic as the Kirkwood Cross Country staff conducts ski and snowshoe tours of the area by moonlight. Call (209) 258-7248 for more information.

45. Great Dickens Christmas Fair
Cow Palace Exhibition Hall, 2600 Geneva Ave at Santos St., San Francisco CA; Tel. 415.392.4400. Sat and Sun, Nov 29-Dec 30, 11am-8pm, Admission $16-$6
Visitors are encouraged to dress as literary characters from Charles Dickens' novels. Visitors can sample an assortment of Christmas delicacies, holiday spirits and drink. Entertainers will also be on hand costumed as characters from the pages of A Christmas Carol and A Tale of Two Cities. If you have Great Expectations, you won't be disappointed as you weave your way through this Dickens Christmas Fair while celebrating the late author.

Burn off the Turkey and Mash

46. Old Salmon Falls Loop Pretty hike along South Fork American River; visit old town site Near Folsom, CA

47. The American River Parkway is a 32-mile trail that goes up the river and through the city. You may not be up for hiking the entire route but you’ll enjoy whichever section you choose. You’ll hike over footbridges and along the scenic American River where you’ll see everything from rapids to smooth ponds and sandbars. This trail is shared by mountain bikers and equestrians and dogs are welcome. You’ll see wildlife and both shore birds and song birds in some of the more remote locations. This gorgeous parkway stretches from Folsom Lake to Old Sacramento

48. The Fourth Annual Free, Fleet Feet Holiday Classic 3-mile run/walk is a way for Fleet Feet Sports Sacramento to say "Thank You Sacramento" for another great year and for area runners/walkers to give something back to those less fortunate.
Sunday, December 20, 2009 Start: 9:00 a.m.

49. Sacramento Bike Trail
From Discovery Park (downtown) out to Folsom Lake. Makes a great 60+ mile round trip ride without ever riding with cars.

50. Downtown Walking Tours
These unique tours through downtown Sacramento introduce visitors to the people, places and events that shaped California history. From John Sutter to Cesar Chavez, these tours cover more than 150 years of state and local history.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

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