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December Events: 12 events happening in Citrus Heights this month

File photo, attendees at a 2021 tree lighting ceremony in Citrus Heights look on as the city’s tree is lit. // M. Hazlip

By Sara Beth Williams–
Citrus Heights is gearing up for the holiday season in December with a tree lighting ceremony, holiday craft fairs and parties, concerts, Santa breakfasts and more. Dive into the festivities at one of these upcoming events.

Photos with Santa at the Sunrise Mall: Kids can have their photo taken with Santa at the Sunrise Mall from Nov. 18 through Dec. 24, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome but residents can also register for a photo with Santa in advance.

The Sunrise Mall is located at 6041 Sunrise Blvd. To make your photo reservation, visit

Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and Then Some): Theatre in the Heights will be showing productions of “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and Then Some)” from Dec. 2 to 24. Dates and showtimes vary. The comedy production features three actors performing every Christmas story ever told, plus Christmas traditions from around the world.

Theatre in the Heights is located at 8215 Auburn Blvd. Visit the theatre’s website for ticket pricing and showtimes: click here.

Holiday Boutique and Craft Fair: Foundation Christian Church off Antelope Road is hosting its annual Holiday Boutique and Craft Fair on Saturday, Dec. 3. Residents can shop for local crafts, food and other goods and kids can take free photos with Santa. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Foundation Christian Church is located at 7800 Wonder St. For more event information, click here.

Friends of the Library Book Sale: Sylvan Oaks Library is hosting a Friends of the Library book sale on Saturday, Dec. 3. Books of all genres will be available to purchase at deep discounts. Doors open at 11 a.m.

The Sylvan Oaks Library is located at 6700 Auburn Blvd. More information can be found on the library’s website.

Holiday Open House: Single Mom Strong is hosting an open house with free photos with Santa. The event takes place Sunday, Dec. 4 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Empowerment Center in Citrus Heights.

According to event information, residents can enjoy refreshments and visit with other local single moms. Kids can enjoy fun activities, from building a gingerbread village to candy cane fishing and more. The event is free, but registration is highly encouraged as space is limited.

The Empowerment Center is located at 7525 Auburn Blvd. More information is posted on Eventbrite.

Tuba Christmas Concert: The Citrus Heights Community Marching Band is hosting a Christmas concert on Saturday, Dec. 3 at Rusch Park Auditorium. The concert will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. and is free to the public. Food, snacks and drinks will be for sale, with proceeds benefiting the Citrus Heights Community Marching Band.

Rusch Park is located at 7801 Auburn Blvd. More event information can be found at

Tree lighting: The City of Citrus Heights is hosting a tree lighting ceremony on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall. Families can enjoy the tree lighting and experience the “Miracle Forest,” a magical forest of decorated trees and holiday characters. The event will feature music from the Citrus Heights Community Marching Band, an appearance by Santa and free hot cocoa and cookies.

Citrus Heights City Hall is located at 6360 Fountain Square Drive. Find out more on the city’s website.

Walk-Thru Nativity: St. Marks Lutheran Church is hosting a Walk-Thru Live Nativity experience where residents can embark on an up-close and personal walk-through of the Biblical Nativity story, complete with periodic narration. Hot drinks and snacks will also be available. The event will be held Dec. 10 from 5-7 p.m.

St. Marks Lutheran Church and School is located at 7869 Kingswood Drive. Find out more: click here.

Brunch with Santa: Sunrise Recreation and Park District is hosting a Brunch with Santa where kids can join Mr. Mrs. Clause for photos, join in reindeer games, eat brunch and make a craft or two. The event will be held Sunday, Dec. 11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rusch Park Community Center.

Rusch Park is located at 7801 Auburn Blvd. More information is posted on the event’s Facebook listing.

Santa breakfast. Citrus Heights Little League is hosting a Santa breakfast in support of WEAVE at Foundation Christian Church on Saturday, Dec. 10. A hot pancake breakfast will be served, and donations can be dropped off for women and children of WEAVE.

Foundation Christian Church is located at 7800 Wonder St. To view a flyer of requested donations, visit the event page.

The Nutcracker: The Sac Civic Ballet will perform the classic tale of the Nutcracker on Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. The first 100 children will receive a Nutcracker book. Families can also enter to win a $250 gift card.

The mall is located at 6041 Sunrise Blvd. More event information can be found at:

Christmas Party: The Citrus Town Center will hold a Merry Little Christmas Party on Saturday, Dec. 17 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., featuring photos with Santa, live music, crafts and games and giveaways.

The Citrus Town is located at 7925 Greenback Lane. More information is posted on the town center’s website.

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