‘Theatre of Lights’ to delight holiday shoppers

By From page B4 | November 22, 2013

Known as a magical, electrifying and family-friendly holiday tradition in Old Sacramento, the ever-popular and free “Theatre of Lights” performances return on Wednesday evening, Nov. 27 and continue Thursdays through Sundays throughout the holiday season (except for Thanksgiving Day) with special performances on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

Presented by the Old Sacramento Business Association in cooperation with Downtown Sacramento Foundation, the city of Sacramento and Old Sacramento merchants and small business owners, “Theatre of Lights” artfully mixes the historic charm of Old Sacramento with state-of-the-art sound and lighting technology to create a memorable and visually-exciting holiday experience for visitors of all ages.

With new storytelling elements incorporated this year, Old Sacramento’s “Theatre of Lights” blends a symphony of lights, sounds and visual effects that transport the audience back in time with a reading of the famous poem “The Night Before Christmas” by Clement Clarke Moore.

The narrated reading of the powerful and nostalgic poem is brought to life through theatrical elements and visually-exciting lighting choreography that takes place on the balconies and rooftops of Old Sacramento’s historic buildings located on K Street between Front and 2nd streets.

Conceived and created by Stage Nine Entertainment’s Troy Carlson, “Theatre of Lights” is produced by some of California’s finest talents in the field of light and sound: Sacramento Theatrical Lighting, Associated Sound and Skywalker Sound, and professional voice actor Bill Farmer, the voice of Disney’s Goofy.

“With the amazing caliber of talent, lighting and sound expertise amid the backdrop of Old Sacramento’s historic and very unique setting, our ‘Theatre of Lights’ performances are sure to rival the top light shows available anywhere in the country,” said Chris McSwain, executive director of the Old Sacramento Business Association.

The first “Theatre of Lights” performance of the season will coincide with the much-anticipated lighting of the city of Sacramento’s official Christmas tree on Wednesday, Nov. 27 with ceremonies that begin at 6 p.m.

Two 20-minute “Theatre of Lights” performances are offered each scheduled evening at 6:15 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. with special holiday shows on Christmas Eve at 6:15 p.m. and New Year’s Eve at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. (rain or shine).

As a special — and often surprising — treat on many nights, local celebrities and influential community members will entertain the audience in the guest role of “papa,” wearing a stocking cap and oftentimes decked out in holiday pajamas.

More information about “Theatre of Lights” performances or other events and activities presented by the sponsoring groups is available by calling 916-442-8575 or visiting

With more than 100 retail members, almost all locally-owned small businesses, the Old Sacramento Business Association works cooperatively with public and private-sector partners to keep the city’s oldest shopping and entertainment district a fun destination for local residents and travelers alike.

The Old Sacramento Business Association is managed by the Downtown Sacramento Partnership through agreement with the city of Sacramento.

For more information call 916-442-8575 or visit

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