Macy’s Theatre of Lights – Old Sacramento

On Sunday my mom and I were supposed to drive up to Sacramento, pick up my niece, and then head to Old Sacramento watch the Macy’s Theatre of Lights.  Plans changed and my niece didn’t want to go anymore, so my mom and I decided to go anyways (adults need fun, too!)

It’s a free program that basically tells the poem of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, with Santa, Jack Frost (why is he always so naughty), him cancelling Christmas (instead wanting Frostmas) and the cheers of the people bringing Christmas back.  They shut down a section of Old Sac, so only pedestrians are allowed, and use the square as an interactive storyland.   The characters are dressed as pioneers, as they would have been in the 1850’s and they light up the entire square, which is pretty awesome.  Nearby, they are also running the Polar Express train ride, so quite a few families showed up in pj’s and robes!  It runs from around Thanksgiving to NYE and is fun for the whole family! The show itself lasts only about 20 minutes, but there is plenty to do in the area, restaurants, local, family-owned shops, etc.


They lit the Christmas tree as soon as the sun started getting lazy.


My mom and I were trying for a solid 10 minutes trying to figure out what that second word could have been… and also why someone would begin the House name with “what”


It still looked light out, but it was already almost completely dark outside! Great job, night filter on my iPhone!


Santa explaining that Jack is always on the naughty list (felt bad for a little boy near us named Jack – he was SO upset he was on the naughty list since “I’m a very good booooyyyy!”)


During the story time, they lit up most of the buildings in this square – it was pretty neat watching the faces of people go back and forth between the two buildings. Jack Frost was on a balcony on one side of the street and Santa was on this balcony across the street.


One final view of the completely lit up tree (it was also interactive in the story). When Jack Frost turned Christmas into Frostmas, all the colors disappeared and it looked like the tree was covered in white and blue ice. Don’t worry though, our cheers brought back the candy canes and sugar plums!

Have a wonderful Christmahanakwanzika!







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