Theatre of Lights


Clement Clarke Moore’s classic Christmas poem will come to spectacular life from Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve on the balconies and facades of Old Sacramento at K Street and Front.

The eighth annual Theatre of Lights is a free holiday program presented by the Old Sacramento Department of the Downtown Sacramento Partnership in cooperation with Downtown Sacramento Foundation (DSF), the City of Sacramento and Old Sacramento merchants. The event will return right after the Annual Tree Lighting on November 23rd, 2016.

Theatre of Lights SacramentoThe live-action retelling of Moore’s 1823 poem — “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” more popularly known as “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” — promises to be bigger and better than ever.

Conceived and created by Stage Nine Exhibitions’ Troy Carlson, the Theatre of Lights will bring together some of California’s finest talents in the field of light and sound: Sacramento Theatrical Lighting, Associated Sound and Skywalker Sound, and Emmy-nominated voice actor Bill Farmer, the voice of Disney’s Goofy.

Visitors in Old Sacramento can view the production from the center of K Street as the story is performed from the balconies of the buildings around them.

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.

The highlight of the 20-minute production is a live dramatization of “’Twas the Night Before Christmas,” 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.

This year’s show will premiere the night before Thanksgiving with the grand lighting of the Umpqua Bank Christmas Tree at 6 p.m. The event will include the premiere performance of this year’s Theatre of Lights at 6:15 p.m.

Theatre of Lights shows will continue throughout the holiday season, Thursday through Sunday nights. Here is the 2016 season schedule:


2016 Schedule
Wed, Nov. 23, 6:15p.m.
Friday, Nov. 25, 6:15 & 7:45p.m.
Sat, Nov. 26, 6:15 & 7:45p.m.
Sun, Nov. 27, 6:15 & 7:45p.m.
Thurs, Dec. 1, 6:15 & 7:45p.m.
Fri, Dec. 2, 6:15 & 7:45p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 3, 6:15 & 7:45p.m.
Sun, Dec. 4, 6:15 & 7:45p.m.
Thurs, Dec. 8, 6:15 & 7:45p.m.
Fri, Dec. 9, 6:15 & 7:45p.m.
Sat, Dec. 10, 6:15 & 7:45p.m.
Sun, Dec. 11, 6:15 & 7:45p.m.
Thurs, Dec. 15, 6:15 & 7:45p.m.
Fri, Dec. 16, 6:15 & 7:45p.m.
Sat, Dec. 17, 6:15 & 7:45p.m.
Sun, Dec. 18, 6:15 & 7:45p.m.
Mon, Dec. 19, 6:15 & 7:45p.m.
Tue, Dec. 20, 6:15 & 7:45p.m.
Wed, Dec. 21, 6:15 & 7:45p.m.
Thurs, Dec. 22, 6:15 & 7:45p.m.
Fri, Dec. 23, 6:15 & 7:45p.m.
Sat, Dec. 24, 6:15 p.m.


Be a part of the magic of Theatre of Lights by becoming a volunteer! Get the details here

  Parking is available in three convenient garages; Old Sacramento Garage (I St & 2nd St), Tower Garage (Capitol & Neasham), and Macy’s West Garage (3rd St & L St). As you plan your visit to Old Sacramento be sure to take advantage of our validation program!

The 2016 Theatre of Lights would not be possible without the generosity and support of the following companies – click their logo for more information:


        Stage Nine      Sacramento Theatrical Lighting STL       Associated Sound

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