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10 Can’t-Miss Events

11/29/2017 10:05AM

1. You’re bound to find all sorts of great holiday treasures at the El Dorado Hills Holiday Art and Craft Fair in the CSD Pavilion on December 8-9. If you’re looking for unique gifts for friends and family, look no further—you’ll find handmade soaps, candles, jewelry, artwork, holiday décor, food items and more. eldoradohillscsd.org/events-calendar/special-events

2. For a truly magical experience, visit Global Winter Wonderland at Cal Expo any time through January 7. This holiday spectacular features a multicultural celebration of the holidays with illuminated landscapes, entertainment, ice-skating, a carnival with rides, food, photos with Santa and a holiday market. Visit with family and prepare to be enthralled. globalwonderland.com

3. Attend the Homes for the Holidays Tour and Holiday Boutique and revel in the warmth and wonder of El Dorado Hills homes. Hosted by the Assistance League of Sierra Foothills on December 9-10, this community fund-raiser will take you through five residences displaying everything from traditional to whimsical décor. You can even shop at a holiday boutique at William Brooks Elementary School. Attractions include Santa, a candy bar, wine tasting, hot apple cider and homemade cookies. assistanceleague.org/sierra-foothills

4. Cameron Park Community Services District has a fun lineup of holiday events you can’t miss. The Santa Run (a 5K fun run/walk) on December 2 begins and ends at the Cameron Park Community Center and is followed by a Pancake Breakfast with the local fire department. From 5:30-7 p.m. on December 8-10, keep your ears open for the sounds of blaring sirens that signify Santa is near at the Cameron Park Fire Department’s annual Santa Parade. cameronpark.org/recreation/special-events

5. The Hangtown Christmas Parade on December 3 is a favorite in Placerville. Gather with friends and family to witness this year’s theme “A Child’s Dream.” The parade will feature music, floats, a grand entrance by Santa and entertainment for children, starting at 1 p.m. The procession will start at Broadway and go down Main Street. Brace yourself for one festive treat! placerville-downtown.org/events-community

6. Nothing signifies the start of the season quite like the Christmas Tree Lighting at the Theater Plaza at El Dorado Hills Town Center on December 2. Beginning at 4 p.m., there will be a merchant open house and a “Stuff Your Stocking” game, where children visit participating businesses and are invited to fill their stockings with special gifts. A live band will perform from 4:30-6 p.m. and the winners of the Caroling Contest will perform at 6 p.m. Santa will arrive on the EDH Fire Truck to light the tree at 6:30 p.m., followed by free cookies and hot chocolate. edhtowncenter.com/events/christmas-tree-lighting

7. Historic Holiday Houses in Coloma on December 9-10 is a great way to get in the Christmas spirit. Thirteen buildings at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park are open and decorated especially for the holidays. Docents will present the history of each building and refreshments will be served in keeping with the holiday mood. Wreath making, wagon rides, music and Santa will also be available. marshallgold.com/historic-holiday-houses

8. Christmas comes alive on the balconies and facades of Old Sacramento at K Street and Front, with the Theatre of Lights. The live-action retelling of the poem, “Twas the Night Before Christmas” is performed through December 24, with some of the best light and sound entertainment, where Jack Frost and St. Nick make special appearances. oldsacramento.com/special-events/theatre-of-lights

9. Ride a motorcar and meet Santa on Santa’s Whistleshop Adventure through the Placerville and Sacramento Valley Railroad the first three weekends in December. Bring your cameras to capture this magical journey. psvrr.org/ride/santas-whistlestop-adventure

10. Listen to the season’s best holiday music at the Holiday Celebration show, performed by El Dorado Musical Theatre’s High Voltage group and featuring new and classic holiday songs with a unique spin. This upbeat show is on December 19 at 7 p.m. at the Harris Center in Folsom. edmt.info


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