The holidays can be exhausting for everyone! We’ve compiled a list of our favorite Sacramento holiday events and some tips to help you take care of yourself, your loved ones and still have fun this season. By taking care of your physical, emotional and mental health, you will be energized and healthy to take on the holiday season. Here are some great, low-stress activities for you and yours to enjoy during the holiday season and, some, all year ‘round!
The Sacramento Library
Winter Wonderland craft parties, daily storytime for children, live holiday plays and more. The Sacramento Public Library has tons of FREE resources to make any season special. Rent seasonal books, cookbooks, movies and music.
Volunteering is a great way to teach family about the importance of caring for each other and our community while keeping in mind what the holiday spirit is all about. Contact Loaves and Fishes, Sacramento Food Bank or other local charities in your area to see how you can help.
Shake it Up
The holidays can be stressful. Some people have emotional memories tied to traditions. Others may be remembering loved ones who are no longer here. Loneliness and sadness are real reactions to the holiday season. Shake this season up! Do different things than you have done in the past, create new traditions and veer away from those that inspire negative feelings.
Lose the Shopping List
Get rid of the holiday shopping stress altogether and focus on sharing special moments and experiences with loved ones. Treat loved ones to a holiday show, breakfast in bed, homemade gifts and a free activity around town. Reduce stress while making a memory.
Fairytale Town Free Admission Day
Visit Fairytale Town for FREE – December 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Holiday decorations, rides, familiar fairytale characters and much more. It’s fun for the whole family!
Theater of Lights
Experience the classic ’Twas The Night Before Christmas show in Old Sacramento. This symphony of lights, sounds and visuals comes to life on balconies and rooftops all season long.
PJ Party Christmas Eve at Sac Zoo
FREE – December 24, from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. At Sacramento Zoo. Roam the zoo in your pajamas and have a wild holiday with the animals.
Crocker Noon Year’s Eve
The Crocker Art Museum’s New Year’s daytime party for the whole family. Enjoy a fun, FREE celebration with live music, dance performances and festive art activities happening throughout the Museum.December 31st, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Get outside! Get Active! – Sacramento Ice Rink
Many people have a difficult and emotional time during the winter months. With temperatures dropping, the sun setting earlier and more overcast weather, it is important to get outside and soak up some mid-day sun and fresh air when you can. Visit the Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink. The seasonal ice rink is open annually from November to January and conveniently provides skate and locker rentals on site. Let the Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink bring some urban holiday fun to your winter traditions!
We provide confidential mental health consultations lasting from 5-20 minutes. You can also find discussion groups, 12-step programs for substance abuse and addiction, one-on-one counseling, talking circles, suicide prevention and risk reduction all at SNAHC. Our staff of professional psychiatrists, licensed marriage and family therapists and licensed clinical social workers have specialized training and experience to overcome holiday stressors.
We specialize in whole person care and there are no tribal requirements to visit a physician at SNAHC – all are welcome. Make winter break exam appointments for your kids now and don’t miss school! We offer Saturday and same-day appointments. Stay stress-free this holiday season. Call SNAHC for more information or to schedule an appointment at (916) 341-0575.