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Macy’s Theatre of Lights returns to Old Sacramento

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Posted: Friday, November 24, 2017 10:30 am

An electrifying and family-friendly holiday tradition, the ever-popular Macy’s Theatre of Lights will return to dazzle Old Sacramento again this season.

The free performances will run until Christmas Eve.

With the 60-foot Umpqua Bank Holiday Tree serving as a centerpiece, Macy’s Theatre of Lights 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.

Performances blend a symphony of lights, sound 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 poem is brought to life through theatrical elements and lighting choreography on the balconies and rooftops of Old Sacramento’s historic buildings.

With updated props and show surprises including “snow” falling on spectators below, the crowd-favorite villain Jack Frost returns this year (always with new tricks up his sleeve) to add suspense to the show.

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” or “mama” 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 “Macy’s Theatre of Lights” performances every season while also supporting the array of locally-owned businesses, shops and eateries available in Old Sacramento.

Twenty-minute performances are offered on Thursdays through Sundays at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (with the exception of Thanksgiving Day, when no performances are scheduled). Performances will also be held on Dec. 19 and 20.

The final Macy’s Theatre of Lights performance for the season takes place at 6 p.m. Christmas Eve.

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