21 holiday things to do in Shasta and Siskiyou counties before it's 2022
There are still plenty of holiday events going on throughout the North State: Some one-time-only while others are ongoing.
Some require tickets in advance. Others admit people at the door. Some just require a vehicle and a map or GPS device.
Here are 21 events — large and small — taking place in Siskiyou and Shasta counties starting Thursday.
Anderson ice arena: The City of Anderson's holiday ice skating rink is open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at the corner of East Center and Ferry streets. Admission is $5, which includes skate rental and 45-minutes of skating time. Other activities include holiday movies, and food and beer and wine trucks along Ferry Street. Hours on Christmas and New Year's weeks vary; for information and hours go to bit.ly/3m3Y0aP.
Third annual Santa and Grinch Extravaganza, craft fair: 5 p.m. Dec. 21 and 22 at PIBBS Sports and Family Gatherings, 5219 Happy Valley Road. Santa and the Grinch meet the public. Activities also include a marshmallow roast, food and craft vendors and raffles. For more information go to bit.ly/3ylRuBk or call 530-357-7422.
BANC Filipino Christmas celebration: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday at the Gaia Hotel, 4125 Riverside Place. Bayanihan Association of Northern California, a Filipino cultural organization, hosts a Christmas party with a raffle, door prizes and giveaways. Tickets are $50. For more information or to buy tickets go to bit.ly/30l7x5E or visit Redding Pinoy Foods at 1003 Dana Drive.
Self-tour of Burney Chamber of Commerce holiday lights contestants: Take a self-to through town to see homes decked for the holidays. Judging is Thursday evening, with cash prizes from $50 to $100 going the top three most festively fab homes. For more information go to the chamber's Facebook page at bit.ly/3dLRG35.
Siskiyou Performing Arts Center 2009 production of “Christmas Carol, the Musical" on film: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the Avery Theater, 430 Main St. This musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic book includes 44 cast members and an original score by playwriter and director J.J. Lewis-Nichols. Tickets are $10; available only at the box office one hour before showtimes. Social distancing and masks are required. For more information call 530-468-5329.
Hornbrook's annual Christmas lights display, caroling party: 8:30 p.m. Saturday in Hornbrook. Residents decorate their yards with Christmas lights in this holiday contest. Judging is done during the towns annual Christmas caroling party from 6 p.m.to 8 p.m. on Dec. 18. The judges' identities are secret. Creators of the winning display will win a gift basket and bragging rights.
Actor Bennet Gale's one-man production of "Scrooge: An Evening with Charles Dickens": 5 p.m. Saturday at the McCloud Hotel, 408 Main St. A dinner follows. Tickets are $75; available in advance only. For more information or to purchase tickets call 530-964-2822.
Christmas Eve benefit concert: 4:45 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Dec. 24 at Soul Connections Community Center, 329 A North Mount Shasta Blvd. Classical violinist Salvador Garza and crystal singing bowl player Donna Meehan perform a program that includes works by Schumann and Bach, and holiday songs. Admission is free; donations are accepted. Proceeds benefit Coherence Hospital in Sierra Leone, Africa. For more information call 530-918-9533.
Jefferson Center for the Arts production of "A Christmas Carol": Friday to Dec. 24 at the center, 1124 Pine Grove Drive. On the night of Christmas Eve, Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by three Christmas spirits who teach him to treat his fellow man with kindness, generosity and compassion. Tickets cost $15 to $20 in advance, $20 to $25. For more information or to buy tickets call 530-918-8383 or go to jeffersoncenterforthearts.com.
Santa Claus in Mount Shasta: Saturday starting at about 5:30 p.m. from city hall, 314 N. Mount Shasta Blvd. His route stops at Ray's Food Place parking lot at 160 Morgan Way, Dr. Shearer’s office on W. Ivy, corner of E. Ivy and Rockfellow Drive, 814 Carmen Ave., 809 Caroline Ave., 705 Ski Bowl Drive, 209 Kennedy Drive, 738 Pine Ridge Ave., 413 Mill St., 610 Meadow Drive, ]316 Sheldon Ave., 207 Merritt Ave., South A/Old Manor, South A and Smith Street, and the corner of Washington Drive and Ackley. For more information or to send Santa Claus a letter email email@example.com.
Axiom Repertory Theatre's musical "White Christmas": Thursday to Dec. 29 at the theater, 2613 Bechelli Lane. This stage production is based on the classic Irving Berlin film by the same name. Ten years after World War II, two men team up with a sister act to save their former commanding general's Vermont hotel. Tickets are $30. For more information or to buy tickets call 530-605-0500 or go to bit.ly/3pVBhPf.
Riverfront Playhouse performs "It's A Wonderful Life" as 1940s radio broadcast: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the theater at 1950 California St. This American holiday classic tells the story of George Bailey as he considers ending his life on Christmas Eve. Tickets are $25. Guests must wear a CDC-approved mask while in the building and have received an approved CDC vaccination or have tested negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of showtime. Go to bit.ly/3lWDCsf or buy tickets at Enjoy The Store, 1261 Market St. in Redding.
Redding City Ballet performs "The Nutcracker — Reimagined": 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Sheraton Redding Hotel at the Sundial Bridge, 820 Sundial Bridge Drive. The Redding City Ballet performs its version of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's classic holiday ballet about a little girl who gets a magical nutcracker for Christmas. Tickets are $32.64, $22.13 for children; cost includes online processing fees. Family packages are available. Go to bit.ly/3ECrqEs or ReddingCityBallet.org to purchase. For more information or to buy tickets call the Redding Arts Project at 530-245-1019.
Tomáseen Foley’s "A Celtic Christmas": 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 21 at the Cascade Theatre, 1735 Market St. This is an annual holiday tradition at the Cascade. This year's show features stories, music and dances that celebrate Christmas and Irish culture. Tickets are $26 to $44. People entering the theater must have a temperature check at the door, and masks are required, according to the theater's website. Visit the box office at 1733 Market St. in Redding, call 530-243-8877 or go to cascadetheatre.org. For more information call the Cascade Theatre at 530-243-8886.
Shasta County Arts Council's holiday gift boutique: Noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, until Dec. 23 at Old City Hall, 1313 Market St. "Season's Best — A Holiday Arts Show & Gift Boutique" includes wearable art and jewelry, textiles, home décor, books of prose and poetry, art books, original music albums, body care, stationery, paintings and photographs, glass sculptures and other items. For more information call 530-241-7320.
Turtle Bay Exploration Park's Garden of Lights, Sundial Bridge walk: Open evenings Wednesdays through Sundays until Dec. 31 in the McConnell Botanical Gardens at Turtle Bay Exploration Park. Attendees walk through lighted tunnels and forests, purchase s'mores-roasting kits at fire pits and play near the snow-machine and igloo. Closed on Christmas Day. Tickets are $20 for people ages 16 and older, $14 for children ages 5-15, free to children ages 4 and under, and $17 for seniors, uniformed military members and veterans. To buy tickets or for more information go to bit.ly/3qWhW2J. Guests can also take a walk across the Sundial Bridge — free to the public — along the River Trail, with its deck lit in green and red LED lights.
North Valley Art League's annual Holiday Show and Gift Shop: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. most days at the NVAL Carter House Gallery, 48 Quartz Hill Road. Masks are required to enter the gallery. For more information call 530-243-1023 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enterprise High School's holiday musical "A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol: The Musical": 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, matinee 1 p.m. Saturday, at the David Marr Auditorium, 2200 Eureka Way. This family-friendly show mixes storylines from Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" with those from fairy tales. Tickets are $10 at the door or online at https://bit.ly/3oP4Lz2. For more information go to enterprisemusic.net or email email@example.com.
Wolfpack Clubhouse annual Christmas Party: 6 p.m. Saturday at the Shasta Lake City Community Center, 4499 Main St. This LGBTQ organization hosts a dinner created by Chef Damon Trunnel that includes a tri-tip dinner with twice-baked potatoes, salad and a roll; vegetarian option spinach ravioli is also available. Cost is $30 per person.
Doors open at 7 p.m. after the dinner for the party for $10 per person and includes a no-host bar service, deejay and dancing, raffles and a silent auction. Bring a wrapped gift for a white elephant gift exchange. Buy tickets at bit.ly/3yoQRXN. For more information go to bit.ly/3dJSh5A.
Shasta County holiday lights self tour: Take an evening self tour around Shasta County any day through Dec. 25 to see homes lavishly decorated for the holidays. Best displays are on weekends. For a list of some of the best venues in Anderson, Palo Cedro, Shasta Lake and Redding go to bit.ly/3ylO6X0.
Siskiyou Family YMCA's fifth annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Run/Walk: 4 p.m. Saturday. Runners sign up for the 5-mile race or 2-mile walk/run through Yreka. Cost to register for either is $10. To register go to bit.ly/3Fo7THG. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the YMCA at 530-842-9622.
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