Old Sac to bring in the new year

Following a popular tradition 13 years in the making, visitors to Old Sacramento will be treated to a free New Year’s Eve celebration along the historic waterfront.

Prior to the two dazzling firework shows scheduled to light up the night sky at 9 p.m. and midnight, the festive community event also features live music, food and drink vendors and a variety of live entertainment all evening from 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

There will be kid-friendly entertainment provided under the tent in the early evening at the Waterfront Park stage followed up later by a crowd-pleasing ’70s and ’80s cover band.

The free celebratory evening activities are produced by the Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau and sponsored by the city of Sacramento.

The special children’s programming will feature the Radio Disney Rockin’ Road Crew and Swift Country — a tribute to Taylor Swift.

Throughout the evening, other highly anticipated entertainment will include Big Bad Boogie Rock, the Spike Show and more.

The iconic Raley’s Theatre of Lights will wrap up the holiday season with two final performances at 7 and again at 8:30 p.m. along K Street.

Guests to Old Sacramento can enjoy two different firework shows — both stunning and memorable — as part of the high-energy community celebration.

Choreographed to pop music and other family-friendly tunes, the exciting 9 p.m. fireworks show will be tailored to children and families. This early show will last more than 10 minutes in length and can be seen from virtually any vantage point in Old Sacramento.

At midnight, the “main event” sky concert will be scripted to crowd-pleasing classic rock tunes by musical legends such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Led Zepplin and Queen to name a few.

The midnight fireworks extravaganza will last nearly 15 minutes in length and originate from both land and the iconic Tower Bridge, providing even more depth and visual intensity.

Both shows promise to take revelers on an emotional journey filled with twists, turns and heart-pounding inspiration.

Guests are encouraged to keep an eye out for a variety of today’s high-end fireworks shaped as hearts or willows, with flashing strobes or even color-changing shells that burst into multiple hues.

In preparation for the evening activities, the Tower Bridge will be closed to vehicle traffic from 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. For additional safety, the bridge will be closed to pedestrian traffic for 15 minutes leading up to and after each of the two firework shows.

Taking place rain or shine, the New Year’s Eve Sky Spectacular is produced by the Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau and sponsored by — with the midnight sky concert being simulcast on 96.9 FM The Eagle.

For more information about times, locations, hotel recommendations or other event details call 916-808-7777 or log onto

Sacramento Convention And Visitors Center

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