Old Sacramento Theatre of Lights

Celebrations and Christmas Tree Lighting by St. Nick

Sacramento, Calif. – The community is invited to experience another exciting season of “Theatre of Lights,” an electrifying and family-friendly holiday tradition in Old Sacramento.

Theatre of Lights is a free holiday lighting extravaganza at the Old Sacramento Waterfront produced by the Downtown Sacramento Partnership. The nightly performances Thursday through Sunday from Thanksgiving Eve – Christmas Eve (no show on Thanksgiving) features a live-action retelling of Moore’s 1823 poem – “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” more popularly known as “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.”

⤹ Roseville: June 20- 23! ⤸

⤹ Roseville: June 20- 23! ⤸

⤹ Roseville: June 20- 23! ⤸

⤹Roseville: June 20- 23! ⤸


The highlight of the 20-minute production is a live dramatization on the balconies above K Street, complete with a special appearance by Jack Frost, and the lighting of the 60-foot Christmas tree by St. Nick himself. Discover how early pioneers experienced the calamities – and revelry – that befell the new city in the 1850s, the sounds of the fires, floods and parties will surround the audience as the 150-year-old building facades light up with color.

Old Sacramento holiday crowd for Theatre of Lights

2023 Theatre of Lights

  • November 22 through December 30
  • Event and start times vary between 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm (View all times)


  • Limited street parking, free after 4:30 pm and free all day Saturdays and Sundays
  • Tower Garage Parking: 1289 Front Street, at Capitol Mall
  • Old Sacramento Garage: 274 I Street, between 2nd & 3rd streets

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