Fun Ways to Celebrate Year’s End in Sacramento

December 17, 2021

The California city of Sacramento may not see snow, but that doesn’t stop the metropolis from offering a variety of year-end and holiday activities. The beautiful mild year-round climate makes it possible to enjoy a number of outdoor events. Get in the holiday spirit by visiting some of these popular destinations at the end of the year.

Explore the Imaginarium at the Cal Expo

This event is available now through the middle of January. Enjoy the mesmerizing displays at the Imaginarium on Exposition Avenue, where millions of colorful LED lights and music create unique interactive experiences for visitors. Stroll through the rainbow-colored light tunnels. See the Field of Dreams, which features 30,000 illuminated roses. The Ocean Experience takes guests inside a wave, or you can walk on water while viewing marine life. The Rhapsody in Blue area features colorful arrays that dance to music. Illuminated carnival rides heighten the fun factor. There are also arcade games, a beer garden, and a food court for all to enjoy. Santa and other costumed characters make the rounds, too.

The Polar Express Train Ride

Fans of the popular Tom Hanks holiday movie will thrill at the chance to embark on their own wintry journey. Vintage engines pull seven unique cars to the North Pole, delighting young passengers. Along the way, guests are treated to hot chocolate while meeting characters from the original movie. Once at the North Pole, Santa enters the car to give each passenger a silver sleigh bell. The California State Railroad Museum offers rides through December 19th. After this festive train ride, you’ll be ready to return to your Sacramento hotel for a delicious dinner and an evening of relaxation.

See The Nutcracker

Celebrate the holiday season by experiencing the world-renowned presentation performed by the Sacramento Ballet. Watch Clara’s dream unfold before your eyes as she confronts the Mouse King and her nutcracker comes to life. Follow her through the winter wonderland to the Land of the Sweets. Enjoy the music that’s now familiar to millions. The troupe performs the ballet at the SAFE Credit Union Performing Arts Center now through December 23rd.

Cruise the Neighborhoods

Calm restless youngsters anxiously awaiting Christmas morning by cruising through some of Sacramento’s neighborhoods while enjoying the creativity homeowners express in their holiday displays. Some of the most highly recommended locations include the streets spanning Citrus Heights to Cameron Park, and the streets between Roseville and Rocklin are another popular area.

If you’re planning to celebrate the end of the year in Sacramento, make it truly special by staying with us at Lions Gate Hotel, one of the most elegant, comfortable, and conveniently located hotels in Sacramento. From spacious Queen Bedrooms to luxurious Executive King Suites with kitchenettes, we have everything guests need for an unforgettable vacation. The amenities at our pet-friendly hotel near Sacramento include free Wi-Fi and parking, an on-site restaurant and full-service bar, and an outdoor pool. Our dedicated staff aims to provide a memorable experience for each of our guests, so call us today at (916) 640-0835 to reserve your room or suite.