These sparkling seasonal events prove there’s no place like Sacramento for the holidays
What happens when you combine local food trucks, craft beers and the holiday season? The Sacto MoFo HoHoHoliday Brewfest, of course! The third event planned by Sacto MoFo, a street-food advocacy group, is going to be the largest yet. It features 30 breweries, 20 mobile food carts and a dozen mobile food trucks from the Northern California area. Sacto MoFo is also partnering with Toys for Tots, the Sacramento Food Bank and the Sacramento Kings to make this a charity event. As an added incentive to do the right thing, your $12 parking fee will be waived if you bring an unwrapped food or toy donation. Sa, 12/3, 1-8pm. $5-$10. Power Balance Pavilion, 1 Sports Parkway; www.sactomofo.com.
Move over, Nutcracker. Sacramento’s Compañía Mazatlán Bellas Artes is presenting a holiday spectacle that shimmers with much brighter colors than the traditional American holiday ballet. Posada Navideña is a production featuring 20 dancers and musicians, celebrating Mexican Christmas traditions of all kinds. It features a posada (a Christmas processional), villancicos (Mexican holiday songs), a piñata scene, the three wise men and more. The whole production is a like a dizzying audiovisual tour of Mexico’s distinct cultural regions. F, 12/23, 7:30pm. $20-$35. Three Stages at Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway in Folsom; (916) 608-6888; www.imbasac.com.
DOWNTOWN HOLIDAY ICE RINK: Start practicing your triple axels! The Westfield Downtown Plaza Holiday Ice Rink is open for its 20th season. The 7,000-square-foot open-air rink is a great place to take a family or a date. Daily through 1/16. $8 for two hours, $2 for skate rental. St. Rose of Lima Park, Seventh and K streets; (916) 442-8575; www.downtownsac.org/icerink.
THEATRE OF LIGHTS: Now in its third year of production, the Theatre of Lights is back to light up Old Sacramento. The nightly event is a combination of bright lights, interesting sounds and intriguing visuals, with a live staging of ’Twas the Night Before Christmas hosted by a Mark Twain impersonator. The Theatre of Lights production lasts for about 20 minutes. The lighting of the city Christmas tree kicks off the event on Wednesday, November 23, at 6:30 p.m. Every Th-Su, 6:15 and 7:45pm, 11/23-12/31. Free. Old Sacramento, K Street between Front and Second streets; (916) 442-8575; www.oldsacramento.com.
HOLIDAY ART SHOW: The Women’s Wisdom Art program will display its Holiday Show exhibition in the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services Community Room. The program introduces women of all backgrounds to the healing properties of art and aims to broaden women’s creative lives. M-Th, 8am-4pm and F, 8am-3:30pm. Through 1/16. Free. Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services, 3333 Third Avenue; (916) 456-1980; www.sacramentofoodbank.org/programs/womens-wisdom.html.
JINGLE BALL: Sacramento radio station 107.9 FM The End hosts this pop-music festival at Power Balance Pavilion featuring Selena Gomez, Cobra Starship, Gym Class Heroes, JoJo and Breathe Carolina. As part of the show’s tradition, 100 lucky fans will be selected to view the concert from the stage. Stop by the 107.9 table in the concourse and sign up to be one of them. Th, 12/1, 7pm. $49.50-$79.50. Power Balance Pavilion, 1 Sports Parkway; (916) 928-6900; http://kdnd.radiotown.com/JingleBall2011.
AN IRISH CHRISTMAS: See and hear what it’s like to celebrate Christmas in Ireland. This event features traditional music, dance and storytelling by an all-star cast including Riverdance lead dancer Darren Maguire, former Chieftans accordion player David Munnelly, flute player Kieran Munnelly and the Kerry Trad Orchestra. F, 12/2, 4pm. $20-$39. Three Stages at Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway in Folsom; (916) 608-6888; www.threestages.net.
ADAM CAROLLA HATES THE HOLIDAYS: Adam Carolla tells comedic stories about what makes him a holiday grinch. Carolla’s a successful entertainer and famous curmudgeon in a number of formats, first gaining fame on the radio show Loveline, moving on to Comedy Central’s The Man Show and Crank Yankers, then back to his own Adam Carolla Show, and finally on to standup. F, 12/9, 8pm. $34.50-$49.50. Crest Theatre, 1013 K Street; (916) 442-7378; www.thecrest.com.
SANTA PARADE: A Sacramento tradition since 1983, this parade features much more than Santas. From horses and clowns to colorful floats and vintage vehicles, this Sacramento tradition celebrates the holidays and local culture with a downtown parade. First conceived by Weinstock’s department store and KCRA, the parade is now sponsored by DeBencik & Hensley Special Event Management, which organizes such events as the Pacific Rim Street Fest, the Festival de la Familia and the Tomato Festival. Sa, 12/10, 10am. Free. City Hall, 915 I Street; (916) 334-7777,; www.sacholidays.com.
ROCK FOR TOTS 6: The event is all about rocking out and giving toys to local families through the Salvation Army. Audience members who bring a toy to the concert will receive a raffle ticket for a prize donated by local businesses, such as Spanish Fly Hair Garage, Blood Wizard Skateboards and Shady Lady Saloon. Plus, the show features local rockers Lonely Kings, Dogfood, A Single Second, Element of Soul, I’m Dirty Too and Street Urchinz. F, 12/23, 6:30pm. $10. Ace of Spades, 1417 R Street; (916) 930-0220; www.aceofspadessac.com.
KWANZAA FAMILY FESTIVAL: The Crocker Art Museum’s Kwanzaa Family Festival celebrates the community, creativity and the traditional cultural holiday of the African Diaspora. The museumwide festival features African art, music and dance performances, as well as art workshops and hands-on art activities. M, 12/26, noon. Free. Crocker Art Museum, 216 O Street; (916) 808-1179; www.crockerartmuseum.org.