• Free Family Fun for the Holiday Season






    Dec. 2nd

    Dec. 2nd

    Civic Center 1110 West Capitol Avenue West Sacramento, CA 95691

    6:00 pm -9:00 pm

    This is a free event! Enjoy coffee, hot cocoa, cookies and snacks, live musical performances, kids' activities, holiday shopping, and FREE pictures with Santa

    Nov. 23rd - Dec. 24th

    Theater of Lights in Old Sacramento

    K Street between Front and 2 nd Street

    6:00- 7:30 pm

    Free holiday lighting extravaganza at the Old Sacramento Waterfront produced by the Downtown Sacramento Partnership. Nightly performances Thursday’s-Sunday

    Dec. 2nd

    Folsom Tree Lighting

    905 Leidesdorff St, Folsom, CA 95630

    5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

    Santa visits and horse and wagon rides begin on Sutter Street at 5pm. Singing & dancing begin at 6pm at the amphitheater and on Sutter Street. The tree lights up at 7:30pm in the center of the ice rink in the plaza. Parking at 905 Leidesdorff is $2. Parking is extremely limited due to road closures and large number of anticipated attendees.

    Dec. 4th

    Folsom 54th Annual Christmas Crafts Fair

    905 Leidesdorff St, Folsom, CA 95630

    9:00 am – 4:00 pm

    Over 200 vendors, with live music and food trucks! Occurs annually rain or shine!

    Dec. 10th

    Sacramento Santa Parade

    Capital Park Downtown Sacramento

    1300 L St, Sacramento, CA 95814

    9 am - 11am

    From 14th & N streets to L and 4th St

    Dec. 24th

    Free Admission at Fairytale Town

    3901 Land Park Drive, Sacramento CA


    10:00 am –2:00 pm Kids can play until 3:00pm

    Free admission on Christmas Eve

  • Food Assistance



    Website & Dealines


    Union Gospel Mission Food Boxes

    400 Bannon Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

    Christmas Basket: application starts on Dec. 1st Give away on Dec. 20th

    **You must call and sign up for your box for the above dates. Call early as it is first-come, first-served. If you miss Thanksgiving you can sign up for Christmas. You can sign up for either Holiday but not both.

    Additional, non-holiday services:

             You can receive one food box every 30 days for Families with children and Seniors over 62.

    •  Pickup times are Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning at 1:00 pm and ending at 2:00 pm.
    • You must call by 11:30 am of the day of pick up to request a food box. To sign up call (916) 447-3268 during regular business hours -Mon – Thurs, 8 am-4 pm (closed 12–1 pm) Friday, 9 am–12 pm
    • One box per household.
    • You must bring your picture ID along with proof of residence with your current address, such as a utility bill.



  • Ongoing Food/Meal Resources





    Friendship Park Loaves and Fishes

    1321 North C Street, Sacramento, CA 95811

    Serve Meals: Monday through Friday 11:30 a.m. - 1:00p.m. Saturday and Sunday: 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Friendship Park: (916)443-7378 https://sacloaves.org/programs-services/

    (916) 443-7378

    Mary House

    1321 North C Street,

    Sacramento, CA 95811

    Breakfast Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Coffee served every morning 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Women and children are welcome.

    (916) 446-4961

    St. Ignatius Loyola Parish

    3235 Arden Way, Sacramento, CA 95825

    On the last Wednesday of every month at 6:00 p.m. in the Parish Center, St. Ignatius offers free pick-up bagged meals to anyone who is hungry. Guests also receive toiletry kits.

    (916) 482-9666

    River City Food Bank

    1800 28th St, Sacramento, CA 95816

    Tuesday through Thursday 10:30 –1:30 (Midtown, 1800 28th Street)

    Friday through Saturday 10:30 – 1:30pm (Center at St. Matthew’s, 2300 Addison Avenue)

    ID not required.

    (916) 446-2627

    Daughters of Zion Enterpryz (In Partnership with Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services)

    6489 47th St, Sacramento, CA 95823

    Thursdays – 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

    Frequency: Weekly, until further notice


    One-way drive-through distribution. Enter distribution via driveway on 47th Street (driveway closest to 47th Avenue)


    To follow social distancing guidelines, the food distribution will be “touchless.” Attendees will not leave their cars. Food will be placed directly into the trunk of vehicles.

    (916) 456-1980

    St. Vincent de Paul Society

    Call or online

    Person to Person assistance for food, clothing, rent, utilities, furniture, household goods, housing, transportation assistance. Call or email. Messages are checked Monday- Friday; responses usually occur within 24-48 hours.

    (916) 572-7553 svdpsachelp@gmail.com