Holiday Happenings in Folsom’s Historic District and Beyond


It’s the Holiday Season, and Folsom’s Historic District is the place to be to get that Christmas spirit.

Kicking it off is the annual Christmas tree lighting celebration, happening on December 3, starting at 6 pm. There’s a full schedule of events and activities, from horse and wagon rides, Santa visits, bounce houses, music and more. The tree lights up at 730 sharp.

All throughout the season, you can stroll along the Sutter Street Promenade, amidst twinkling lights, and visit some locally-owned restaurants and shops along the way.

Come back on the 5th, for the 53rd Historic District Christmas Arts and Crafts Fair.  This event is the best place to find unique, quality, hand-made items. Find it all in this juried craft fair with more than 200 artisan crafters, strolling musicians, free face painting and more. Rain or shine, it starts at 9am.

The Folsom Ice Rink is now open! This circular rink was designed specifically for the railroad turntable in the Historic District Plaza.  Save yourself some time and buy advance tickets here

Another Can’t-miss event is the annual Wild Nights and Holiday Lights at the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary

Celebrate the magic of the season and help support the amazing animals at the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary. Thousands of colorful lights decorate the grounds, buildings and animal exhibits at the zoo. An enchanted forest of beautifully decorated trees provides a colorful backdrop for photos, carolers fill the air with seasonal cheer, and zoo bear mascot Santa Paws greets guests.

Event dates are December 10-12, and 17-23, weather permitting.

On December 10th, the Folsom Music Boosters are presenting the Holiday Festival of the Arts.

Featuring the award-winning Folsom High School Jazz Band, Jazz Choir, Trombone Choir, and Chamber
Orchestra, live art performances, and dance by Hawkins School of Performing Arts.

The festival will be held that Folsom High’s Jill Solberg Theater. Tickets and more info here.

Get on out there, be safe, and have a happy Holiday Season!