OLD SACRAMENTO, Calif. – An electrifying and family-friendly holiday tradition, the ever-popular “Macy’s Theatre of Lights” performances will return to historic Sacramento this holiday season. Kicking off on Wednesday November 23, 2016 and coinciding with a festive and fun tree lighting ceremony, the FREE performances will continue for a total of 22 magical evenings ending on Christmas Eve.
Each holiday season, it takes a number of involved partners, sponsors and supporting businesses to make this elaborate and FREE holiday light show happen. With the 60′ foot tall Umpqua Bank Holiday Tree serving as a visually exciting centerpiece, the spectacular annual event is proudly presented by the Old Sacramento District (a division of the Downtown Sacramento Partnership) and is sponsored by the California State Railroad Museum Foundation, the City of Sacramento, SMUD and Evangeline’s. Additional support is provided by The Scurfield Company, Hornblower Cruises & Events, DOCO, Willie’s Burgers and Steamers along with many actively involved Old Sacramento merchants and small business owners.
Conceived and created by Stage Nine Entertainment’s Troy Carlson, “Macy’s Theatre of Lights” is produced by some of California’s finest talents in the field of light and sound: Sacramento Theatrical Lighting (STL), Associated Sound and Skywalker Sound, and Emmy-nominated voice actor Bill Farmer, the voice of Disney’s Goofy. The “Macy’s Theatre of Lights” artfully mixes the historic charm of Old Sacramento with state-of-the-art sound and lighting technology to create a memorable holiday experience for visitors of all ages. Old Sacramento’s “Macy’s Theatre of Lights” blends a symphony of lights, sounds and visual effects that transport the audience back in time with a reading of the famous poem The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore. The narrated reading of the powerful and nostalgic poem is brought to life through theatrical elements and visually-exciting lighting choreography that takes place on the balconies and rooftops of Old Sacramento’s historic buildings located on K Street between Front and 2nd Streets. With updated props, more extensive holiday lights that continue the length of K Street in Old Sacramento plus more “snow” falling on spectators below, the crowd-favorite villain Jack Frost returns this year with new tricks up his sleeve to add dramatic tension and suspense to the show.
“Similar to all of downtown, there’s a whole new energy in historic Sacramento this year and we’re thrilled to introduce our spectacular Macy’s Theatre of Lights performances to even more families and friends throughout the region,” said Brooksie Hughes, Old Sacramento District Director. “These memorable light shows demonstrate an amazing caliber of talent, lighting and sound expertise and we cannot wait for more visitors to experience the magic of the event and also see what exciting offerings are available throughout the district.”
After the debut performance on Wednesday evening, November 23 at 6:15 p.m. (which coincides with a tree lighting ceremony that begins at 6 p.m.), two 20-minute performances are offered on Thursdays through Sundays at 6:15 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. (with the exception of Thanksgiving Day when no performances are scheduled) then each evening the week of December 19 ending on Christmas Eve. With one performance only that night, the final “Macy’s Theatre of Lights” performance for the season takes place on December 24 at 6:15 p.m.
And, as a special — and often surprising — treat on many nights, local celebrities and influential community members will entertain the audience in the guest role of “papa” or “mama” wearing a stocking cap and oftentimes decked out in holiday pajamas. Community members are encouraged to make Old Sacramento a must-visit holiday destination to experience the magical “Macy’s Theatre of Lights” performances every season while also supporting the array of locally-owned businesses, shops and eateries available in Old Sacramento.
More information about the “Macy’s Theatre of Lights” performances or other events and activities happening in historic Sacramento is available by calling 916-442-8575 or visiting www.oldsacramento.com