Holiday events for everyone in and around Folsom

Holiday events for everyone in and around Folsom

By Shelley Mitchell

By Roberta Long

The Holiday Spirit is alive throughout Folsom and our neighboring areas this season. With special events, music, fun shopping, and children’s activities, it’s easy to get in a festive mood.


Folsom Shopping Getaway
Grab your girlfriends and treat yourselves to a holiday break at one of Folsom’s great hotels. Reserve your Folsom Shopping Getaway and receive a lovely large gift bag full of treats, including a bottle of premium El Dorado County wine, shopping, theater and restaurant discounts, and suggestions for fun things to do. Visit Folsom’s beautiful Palladio lifestyle shopping center with a dozen women’s clothing stores, fine jewelry, two chocolate shops, specialty stores, restaurants, and a 16-screen move theater.


Magical Historic Folsom Ice Rink

Nov. 4-Jan. 16
7 days a week
10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Nov. 11
Opening Celebration on Veteran’s Day
in honor of our Service Men and Women
Wear Red, White and Blue

Couples, families, friends and neighbors – Skate on the beautiful circular ice rink designed around the Historic Railroad Turntable in the plaza on Sutter Street. Free parking and convenient to Light Rail. Rent the party tent.

Tree Lighting at Palladio

Nov. 27
5-6 p.m.

Tree lighting in the Piazza at Palladio. Hosted by KOVR’s Christina James. Free yummy refreshments available for everyone and fun local performances. E. Bidwell/Highway 50 exit.

Museum of Wonder and Delight Season Opening

Dec. 2
3-5 p.m.
Next to Magical Folsom Ice Rink

Dolph Gotelli’s international exhibits of folk art will be decked out for the holidays. Dolph Gotelli, “Father Christmas,” will be at the Season Opening. The Holiday Exhibits will run from Dec. 1-Jan 31, 2017. Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Historic Folsom Christmas Tree

Dec. 2
6-9 p.m.
Historic Railroad Turntable

Rain or starry night. Lighting of the tree will brighten up the Historic District at 7:30. Free train rides compliments of Folsom Lake Bank. Performances begin at 6 p.m. on the ice rink. Park in City parking building at the corner of Leidesdorff and Reading streets, or take Light Rail.

“Holiday in the Hills”

Dec. 3-23
Fridays and Saturdays 8 p.m.
Sundays 4 p.m.
Weekdays 7 p.m.
Sutter Street Theatre

A delightful rendition of characters who lived in or visited Folsom in the late 1800s, “based on absolute fact, give or take a lie or two and some things just made up.”

Homes for the Holidays

Dec. 3-4
10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Seven beautiful homes in El Dorado Hills filled with festive ideas for holiday decorating, and more. Ticket information at

Historic Folsom Holiday Home Tour

Dec. 9-10
10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Nine charming historic sites beautifully adorned for the holidays, with docents in period costume, plus entrance to the Museum of Wonder and Delight, home of the fantasy Christmas collections of Dolph Gotelli. Ticket information at


“Willy Wonka”

Oct. 5-Nov.27
Saturdays and Sundays 1 p.m.
Sutter Street Theatre

The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory.

“The Wizard of Oz”

Nov. 4-20
Evening performances 7 p.m.
Matinees 2 p.m.
Harris Center

One of the premier youth theater companies in the Western United States, El Dorado Musical Theatre presents a series of popular musicals. With two casts, The Wizard of Oz is over two hours of pure visual and musical enchantment.

Wild Nights and Holiday Lights at the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary

Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16-23
5-8 p.m.

Visit the Zoo Sanctuary on Stafford Street near the Folsom Library during Wild Nights and Holiday Lights for a unique opportunity to see Zoo animals after dark in an enchanted forest of 50 lit trees with thousands of lights all over the Zoo Sanctuary. Watch animal presentations by Zoo docents. Visit Santa Claus and the Zoo’s own “Santa Paws.” Ride on the miniatures “Starlight Express” train. Listen to Carolers and enjoy seasonal refreshments.

“The Elves and the Shoemaker”

Dec. 3
1 and 3 p.m.
Harris Center

California Theatre Center performs this sweet tale especially for children from kindergarten through 5th grade. Two merry elves help a poor shoemaker and his wife in the Black Forest.

“Seussified Christmas”

Dec. 10-24
Saturdays and Sundays 1 p.m.
Weekdays 4 p.m.
Sutter Street Theatre

A whimsical reinvention of Dickens’ most beloved Christmas story in wacky rhymed couplets

“The Nutcracker”

Dec. 15-16
7 p.m.
Dec. 17-18
1 and 5 p.m.
Harris Center

Pamela Hayes Classical Ballet Theatre with Maestro Peter Jaffee and members of the Folsom Lake Symphony Orchestra take you on an enchanted journey with Clara and her Nutcracker Prince through the Kingdom of Sweets with comedic choreography and stunning costumes in this timeless holiday classic.


“An Irish Christmas”

Nov. 25-26
Evening performances 7 p.m.
Saturday matinee 2 p.m.
Harris Center

In nonstop exuberant performances of Irish dance styles, both traditional and modern, music played on Irish instruments, and a corps of high-speed dancers, “An Irish Christmas” has become an established part of the holiday season in Folsom.

“A Joyful Ring”

Dec. 3
1 p.m.
Harris Center

Voices of California, a world-class male performing ensemble based in Sacramento, brings their high-energy a capella barbershop harmony to Folsom for the holiday season. The 70-member chorus will entertain vocally and visually.

“Holiday Cheer”

Dec. 3
7:30 p.m.
Dec. 4
2 p.m.
Harris Center

The Folsom Lake Symphony celebrates the holidays with a joyful program bursting with treasures: choruses from Messiah and Chichester Psalms, goodies from The Nutcracker and Die Fledermaus, traditional holiday favorites and sing-along carols, plus lollipops from Carmen and The Barber of Seville–something for

“Angels We Have Heard on High”

Dec. 11, 15, 21
7 p.m.
Dec. 17
8 p.m.
Dec. 18
3 p.m.
Harris Center

The Sacramento Master Singers begin their annual Christmas concerts with a meditative candlelight processional and proceed to deliver exuberant spirituals, and a multicultural repertoire of timeless carols. A string quartet will accompany featured works.


Small Business Saturday in Folsom Historic District

Nov. 26
All Day and Evening Hours
Folsom Historic District

The businesses in and around the Folsom Historic District have been chosen as an official American Express Small Business Neighborhood as part of the National Small Business Saturday Campaign. Shop, dine and get in the spirit of the Holiday Season. The businesses will be hosting a number of events throughout the day including late night shopping, special sales, treats and goodies, and musical entertainment. Enjoy all that Historic Folsom has to offer, including the Saturday Farmer’s Market, the Ice Skating Rink, great restaurants, and museums. Horse and carriage rides from 1-3:30 p.m. #ShopSmall and help local family businesses.

48th Annual Christmas Arts and Crafts Fair

Dec. 3
8 a.m.-4 p.m. Rain or Shine
Historic Sutter Street

Quality arts, crafts and gifts. Family fun. Live music, carolers, face painting and more. Park in City parking building at corner of Reading and Leidesdorff streets.