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Old Sacramento Tree Lighting Kicks off the Historic District’s Theatre of Lights on Nov. 24

Mayor Johnson to “Flip the Switch” at 6:30 p.m.

OLD SACRAMENTO – The holidays are starting to take shape in Old Sacramento with the arrival of the 50-foot, 7,000 lb. Blue Spruce that will become the Old Sacramento Christmas Tree. Taking center stage, the tree from Carlton Christmas Trees in Burney, California is positioned at Front and K streets, and is the centerpiece of the holiday decorations adorning the streets of Old Sacramento. Returning for its second year, the Theatre of Lights is in the midst of nightly dress rehearsals prior to opening night on November 24.

“The delivery of our tree signifies the official start of the holidays in Old Sacramento,” said Old Sacramento Business Association Executive Director Melissa Martinez. “Over the next several weeks, we will be hard at work decorating the tree, sprucing up the district and setting up for the Theatre of Lights.”

The Old Sacramento Tree Lighting will take place on November 24 at Front and K streets. The ceremony will begin at 6:00 p.m. and feature live performances by the Salvation Army Band, a visit from Father Christmas and much more. Visitors can join the fun and watch as Mayor Kevin Johnson flips the switch to light the tree and kick off the Theatre of Lights at 6:30 p.m.

Event-goers will enjoy the Old Sacramento Theatre of Lights for its second season. At 6:30 pm, a symphony of lights, sounds and visual effects will take the audience back to a time when the beloved poem The Night Before Christmas was first introduced in Sacramento in 1857. Mark S. Allen, Emmy-winning entertainment host of Good Day Sacramento and Mark at the Movies, will join the fun as our celebrity guest “Papa”.

Beginning Nov. 26, Old Sacramento’s Theatre of Lights will the 20-minute light show at 6:00 pm and 7:30 pm every Thursday through Sunday throughout the holiday season.

New this year, Old Sacramento’s Theatre of Lights will celebrate “enhanced nights” with a visit from Santa Claus in The Christmas Shoppe following the performances, living history characters, and themed street vendors with traditional treats like spiced nuts and hot cocoa.

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