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The Magical Holiday Tradition Continues in Old Sacramento with 7th Annual “Macy’s Theatre of Lights"
The Magical Holiday Tradition Continues in Old Sacramento with 7th Annual “Macy’s Theatre of Lights"

Known as a magical, electrifying and family-friendly holiday tradition in Old Sacramento, the ever-popular and FREE “Macy’s Theatre of Lights” performances return on Wednesday evening, November 25, 2015, and continue through New Year’s Eve.   In addition to Macy’s, the spectacular annual event is also proudly presented by the Downtown Sacramento Partnership (DSP) in cooperation with Downtown Commons, the City of Sacramento Department of Convention and Cultural Services, the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau, Embassy Suites, Evangeline’s and Old Sacramento merchants and small business owners.  

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.  New this year, Santa’s iconic sleigh will transform into a giant pop-up book and the crowd-favorite villain Jack Frost returns to provide dramatic tension with a delightful surprise for guests below.
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.

“We’re thrilled to provide Old Sacramento visitors with the very special – and free – ‘Macy’s Theatre of Lights’ performances that have clearly become an annual holiday tradition,” said Chris McSwain, Executive Director of the Old Sacramento Business Association.  “Using the unique historic buildings as a visually-enticing backdrop, these light shows demonstrate an amazing caliber of talent, lighting and sound expertise and are sure to rival the top light shows available anywhere in the country.”

Typically running Thursday through Sunday evenings, two 20-minute performances are offered each scheduled evening at 6:15 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.  Additionally, two performances at 6:15 and 7:45 p.m. will be available on December 21, 22 & 23 along with special holiday shows on Christmas Eve at 6:15 p.m. and New Year’s Eve at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. (rain or shine).   “Theatre of Lights” shows are not scheduled on Christmas or New Year’s Day.
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,” 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 Theatre of Lights performances every season and also support the array of locally-owned businesses, shops and eateries available in Old Sacramento.  

New this season, groups of up to 15 can enjoy a special VIP “Holiday Lights & City Sites Pedal Party” on every evening when “Macy’s Theatre of Lights” performances are scheduled.  Decked out on a customized bike bus offered by Off the Chain, the special group combo package includes an interactive bike ride experience between Old Sacramento and the Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink (complete with hot cocoa and candy canes), admission for one skate session and skate rental per rider and a VIP rink-side cabana with seating for the group.  The VIP group experience costs $450 and must be scheduled in advance at www.GoDowntownSac.com/icerink (click on Group Reservations).

More information about the “Macy’s Theatre of Lights” performances or other events and activities presented by the OSBA is available by calling 916-442-8575 or visiting www.oldsacramento.com.