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10 weekend events in Northern California | Dec. 3-4

From daytime adventures to nighttime outings, here's what Northern California's got planned for the first weekend of December.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Happy December! Does an arts and crafts fair, a boat parade, or holiday lights sound fun to you? If so, it shows there's something for everyone this weekend in Northern California.

This weekend's weather is off to a chilly start with temperatures in the low-50s with a slight southeast breeze and a 55% chance of rain.

Gather some friends, maybe family members or even go solo, but head outside, grab an umbrella and enjoy some of these events for your first weekend in December.

Festival of Trees

An annual two-day celebration of the holidays featuring crafts, entertainment, food, and beautifully decorated Christmas trees. Enjoy performances by local artists, and shop festive swag or decorative wreaths.

  • 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 4
  • Located at the San Joaquin County Historical Museum (11793 N. Micke Grove Rd., Lodi)
  • Organized by the San Joaquin County Historical Museum
  • More information about this event HERE.
Posted by San Joaquin County Historical Society and Museum on Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Wild Nights & Holiday Lights

Experience thousands of bright and colorful lights, sparkly ornaments and trees, lighted animal figures, and displays transforming the zoo with some holiday spirit. There will be local caroling groups and musicians, and a miniature train providing special nighttime rides.

  • 5 – 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 and Saturday, Dec. 3
  • Located at the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary (403 Stafford St., Folsom)
  • Organized by The Friends of the Folsom Zoo, Inc.
  • More information about this event HERE.

The holiday magic is on the way! Experience "Twelve Nights of Holiday Lights" at the 12th Annual Wild Nights & Holiday...

Posted by Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary on Tuesday, November 1, 2022

TEAM Presents: Soirée at the Shelter

An evening celebration of hors d'oeuvres, beer and wine, a silent auction, opportunities to meet adoptable animals, photos on display of a “Dogs and Dancers” themed photoshoot, and much more.

  • 6 – 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3
  • Located at Sacramento County Bradshaw Animal Shelter (3839 Bradshaw Rd., Sacramento)
  • Organized by Teaching Everyone Animals Matter
  • More information about this event HERE.

🎟🔗 Tickets: shorturl.at/dqvw2 Join us for a merry evening celebration to benefit the shelter pets in Sacramento County...

Posted by T E A M Bradshaw on Monday, November 21, 2022

Modesto Rockin' Holidays

Get ready for this transformation to a winter wonderland with sparkle lights, festive retro-garland, holiday music from local bands, school bands, and a tree lighting!

  • 6 – 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3
  • Located at the 10th Street Plaza (1002 10th St., Modesto)
  • Organized by Rockin' Holiday
  • More information about this event HERE.

It's time for Rockin' Holiday! Get your friends and family ready for Rockin' Snow, Rockin' Santa, Rockin' Tree and...

Posted by Rockin' Holiday on Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Makers Market at the Rink

Grab your skates and grab a gift at this winter wonderland market. Enjoy your favorite winter activity while shopping a variety of makers and retailers. This is the perfect time to grab those gifts while supporting talented local artists!

  • 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3
  • Located at Ali Youssefi Square (705 K St., Sacramento)
  • Organized by Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink
  • More information about this event HERE
Posted by Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink on Thursday, November 10, 2022

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Elk Grove Illumination Holiday Festival

Come and celebrate the holiday with families, friends and neighbors! Shop for special gifts in the Vendor Village, skate on the ice rink, bounce on the holiday bounce houses, play games at holiday carnival booths, and even meet Santa.

  • 3 – 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3
  • Located at District 56 (8230 Civic Center Dr. Suite #100, Elk Grove)
  • Organized by the City of Elk Grove
  • More information about this event HERE.

Make merry memories with friends and family by participating in this year’s parade on Saturday, December 3 at 6 p.m....

Posted by City of Elk Grove - City Hall on Thursday, November 24, 2022

Historic Folsom 54th Annual Christmas Arts and Crafts Fair

Shop over 200 artisan crafters, listen to local artists and musicians, enjoy coffee, food vendors, and merchants selling unique, quality, handmade items.

  • 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4
  • Located at the Folsom Historic District (905 Leidesdorff St., Folsom)
  • Organized by Folsom Historic District
  • More information about this event HERE.

Our Annual Christmas Craft Fair is always a great gift-shopping experience. This 54th annual juried craft fair features...

Posted by Historic Folsom District on Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Cerealism Grand Opening

A new cereal bar and café will be hosting its grand opening this weekend and you're invited! It's a "pajama jam," so get dressed in your stylish most comfy pj's and enjoy some sweet treats.

  • 2 p.m. – 1 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3
  • Located at Cerealism (128 K St., Sacramento)
  • Organized by Cerealism
  • More information about this event HERE.

Come out for our Grand Opening Saturday at 2:00pm! It’s a Pajama Jammy Jam ! 128 K Street. Old Sacramento

Posted by Laterica Espinoza on Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Light Up The Holidays

A free, family-friendly event featuring selfies with Santa, cookie decorating with Insomnia Cookies, music, DJs, Christmas carolers and a drone light show.

  • Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3
  • Located at the Downtown Commons DOCO (405 K St., Sacramento)
  • Organized by DOCO Sacramento
  • More information about this event HERE.

Light Up the Holidays is family-friendly event with the following activities this Saturday, 12/3: 🎅 Selfies with Santa...

Posted by DOCO Sacramento on Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Stockton's Annual Lighted Boat Parade

Join the festivities featuring lighted boats, live music, and more. Get the chance to take pictures with Santa and end the night with an evening-lit boat parade on the waterfront. Bundle up and be a part of this wonderful family event.

  • 5 – 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3
  • Located at Weber Point at the Downtown Waterfront (221 N Center St., Stockton)
  • Organized by the Stockton Yacht Club 
  • More information about this event HERE.

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Posted by Visit Stockton on Thursday, December 1, 2022

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