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Unique shopping in Old Sacramento


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It’s always Christmas at this one shop in historic Old Sacramento.

No surprise that Christmas & Company at 116 K St. is the first stop for many during the holidays – and any other day for that matter – during a visit to the state capital.

“Ornaments and ornaments galore adorn this beautiful space in Old Sac,” said Danielle, who does numerous online reviews during her travels.

Although she’s from Sacramento, Danielle calls this her “go-to” place to shop in the summer. “I’ve become that girl (who buys ornaments in July) during my first trip in,” she said.

Christmas & Company is filled with collectibles, from nutcrackers and candles to lights and a variety of Santa Claus figures.

Old Sac has plenty of places to do your Christmas shopping.

The Old Sacramento Trading Post (1115 Front St. Ste. 5) has authentic American Indian jewelry along with arts and crafts.

G. Willikers Toy Emporium (1113 Front St.) has everything from nostalgic to novelty items and high-tech toys.

The Candy Barrel (1006 Second St.), Sacramento Sweets Co. (1035 Front St.) and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory (1039 Second St.), to name a few, has something for that person with the sweet tooth.

With the holidays comes the Theatre of Lights at K Street and Front Street.

Lights will again adorn the balconies and facades of the historic buildings.

Beginning Wednesday, Nov. 23, Clement Clarke Moore’s classic Christmas poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas” will come to life with the eighth annual event made possible by the Downtown Sacramento Foundation, the City of Sacramento, and the Old Sacramento merchants.

The highlight of this 20-minute production conceived and created by Stage Nine Exhibitions’ Troy Carlson – also involved is Sacramento Theatrical Lighting, Associated Sound and Skywalker Sound, and the Emmy-nominated voice of actor Bill Farmer – is the live dramatization of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” complete with a special appearance by Jack Frost coupled with the lighting of 58-foot tree by none other than St. Nick.

Check for times and listings of this special holiday event.

Old Sac is filled with plenty of places to eat.

Ten 22 (1022 Second St.) is an inventive New American cuisine with craft cocktails in a brick-walled room.

Slice of Old Sacramento (1019 Second St.) is a specialty build-your-own pizzeria.

Rio City Café (1110 Front St.) is a quaint restaurant with a riverside outdoor patio, featuring New American entrees and cocktails.

For sandwiches, sports on TV and live music, try the River City Saloon (916 Second St.), which is a long-running, Old West-style place.

The Firehouse Restaurant (1112 Second St.) offers up high-end meals made with local and seasonal ingredients.

Fat City Bar & Café (1001 Front St.) is an ornate bar with stained-glass ceiling, serving up New American bar food and cocktails.

La Terraza (1027 Second St.) and Fanny Ann’s Saloon (1023 Second St.) are other places to check out for a quick sit-down meal.

Looking to do an overnight? Try the Delta King Hotel at 1000 Front St.

This old riverboat has cozy accommodations along with refined and casual entries and free hot breakfast. It doesn’t get any better than that.

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