24 things to do in Redding area, Siskiyou before it's 2023

Jessica Skropanic
Redding Record Searchlight

There are ample opportunities to have fun before New Year's Day.

North State venues host outdoor recreation adventures, holiday and New Year celebrations and stepping out-type concerts and theatrical productions.

For those who want to keep a social distance, some events happen online or allow you to stay in your car.

Read on about events happening in the North State before it's 2023.

If you don't see your favorite North State event listed here, let us know about it via the Record Searchlight's event form at bit.ly/3As5vPX.

Redding Garden of Lights is open through Jan. 8, 2023, in the McConnell Botanical Gardens

Walk through Redding Garden of Light

Turtle Bay Exploration Park's annual holiday walk-through exhibit is open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays through Jan. 8, 2023, in the McConnell Botanical Gardens at 844 Sundial Bridge Drive. Ticketholders walk through 10 acres of illuminated gardens, tunnels and sculptures. Holiday-themed food and drinks are available for purchase. Tickets cost $22 for adults; $15 for ages 5 to 15, ages 65 and older and veterans; free for children ages 4 and younger with a paying adult. Tickets are also on sale for $50 for the garden's New Year's Eve party from 8 p.m. Dec. 31 to midnight. Go to reddinggardenoflights.org.

Celebrate a Country Christmas at Shasta College

Shasta College hosts its annual Country Christmas Fair from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 3 and 4 at the Shasta College Farm on its main campus in Redding. Activities include vendors selling handcrafted gifts, a Christmas photo booth, holiday crafting, a bounce house and a petting zoo. There will be Santa letter-writing opportunities and a chance to meet the big man in person from noon to 1 p.m. Phi Theta Kappa will sell breakfasts, lunches and snacks. The Shasta College Farm will sell Christmas trees; bring six canned non-perishable food items for the Good News Rescue Mission and receive $3 off one tree.

Make it a digital holiday with Computer Science for Nor Cal

Go online from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Dec. 6 to take part in a free family coding night, with computer games, demonstrations and activities. Educational organization Computer Science for Nor Cal will host the streaming event for kindergarten through eighth-grade students and their families. To participate, register by Dec. 5 at cs4norcal.org/family-code-night. For more information, email karen@cs4norcal.org.

Hear a high school winter concert

Enterprise High School music students perform their winter concert from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 29, in the David Marr Amphitheater, 2200 Eureka Way. The program features holiday music led by Choir Director Alissa Aune and Band Director Gabriel Sakuma. Admission is $5 to $5.50. For tickets, call 530-222-6601, buy online at enterprisemusic.net or at the door on event night. Proceeds benefit the Enterprise High School Music Department. For more information, email bartowkaren@gmail.com or call 530-953-5984.

Attend a comedy play in downtown Redding

Riverfront Playhouse performs the holiday-themed comedy "You Better Watch Out" from Dec. 1 to Dec. 17 at the theater, 1950 California St. Willow Inn owners Jenny and Tom welcome a variety of guests hunkering down during a raging snowstorm. Tickets cost $15 to $25. For more information or to buy tickets online go to riverfrontplayhouse.net.

See "Cascade Christmas" variety show

The Cascade Theatre hosts its annual family-friendly variety show from Dec. 1 to Dec. 4 at the theater, 1731 Market St. in Redding. This year's story is about holiday-loving tour guide Leo, who leads a group of Santa super fans to the North Pole. They meet discontented elf Jasper and a cast of characters who teach that discovery, hopefulness and acceptance are at the heart of the season. Tickets cost $25 for adults, $12 for students and $6 for children. Go to the theater's website at cascadetheatre.org or call the box office at 530-243-8877.

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Go to this book sale, load up on reading material

The Friends of Shasta County Libraries hosts its monthly book sale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 3 in the Redding Library's community room, 1100 Parkview Ave. Most books and movies cost $1 each or less. Children's books are 25 cents each. Pay for books with cash, credit card, Apple Pay or Google Pay. Admission is free. Proceeds from sales help fund the library. For more information, email shastafoscl@gmail.com or call 530-245-7265.

Watch Redding's holiday parade

Redding's annual Lighted Christmas Parade marches through downtown at 6 p.m. on Dec. 3. This year’s theme is “All aboard the Ornament Express.” The route starts on California Street at the Tehama Street intersection, turns left on Sacramento Street, left on Pine Street and right on Yuba Street ending at East Street. For more information, go to reddingchristmasparade.com.

Attend a musical comedy — but don't shoot your eye out

Axiom Repertory Theatre performs "A Christmas Story" from Dec. 9 to Dec. 23 at the theater, 2613 Bechelli Lane. This stage production is based on the 1983 film by the same name. Set in the 1940s in the fictional town of Hohman, Indiana, 9-year-old Ralphie Parker is on a quest to get an official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot range model air rifle for Christmas. Tickets are $30. For more information or to buy tickets, call 530-605-0500 or go to axreptheatre.com.

Stargaze indoors at Redding's planetarium

Tickets are on sale for December family-friendly shows at Schreder Planetarium, 1644 Magnolia Ave. in Redding. A special holiday double feature, "A Christmas Star" and "Oasis in Space" is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Dec. 9. Go to bit.ly/3G9G89q to buy tickets. Tickets cost $10. For more information or to volunteer at the planetarium, email planetarium@shastacoe.org, call 530-225-0243 or go to bit.ly/35QfbI2.

Get to know Pete Seeger

North State actor Tim Holt portrays folk music artist Pete Seeger in a one-man show from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Dec. 12 at the Redding Library, 1100 Parkview Ave. Holt tells Seeger's life story and sings some of the folk artist's songs. Admission is free. For more information, call 530-245-7254.

The Redding City Ballet performs Tchaikovsky's classic "The Nutcracker" in 2019.

Watch a nutcracker fight a mouse king at Cascade Theatre

Redding City Ballet performs the "Nutcracker” on Dec. 16 and 17 at the Cascade Theatre, 1735 Market St. Dancers perform a variation of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's classical ballet about a little girl who gets a magical nutcracker for Christmas. Tickets are $18 to $25. For more information or to buy tickets, go to cascadetheatre.org or call 530-243-8886.

Go to science day camp at Turtle Bay

Turtle Bay Exploration Park will host a day camp for children ages 7 to 12 during their holiday vacation, Dec. 27 to 30 at 844 Sundial Bridge Drive. Discovery Camps include science activities, crafts, games and visits to the Parrot Playhouse, exhibitions and playgrounds. Registration is required. Call 530-242-3108 or email mmaney@turtlebay.org. For more information on camp themes and activities, go to bit.ly/3ObtCZb.

Go on a holiday lights self tour in greater Redding

Drive around Shasta County any evening from Dec. 1 to Dec. 25 to see homes lavishly decorated for the holidays in the 38th annual Christmas Decorating Contest. Best displays are on weekends. See a list of some of the best venues in Anderson, Palo Cedro, Shasta Lake, Redding and other venues at shastamls.com; click on the contest tab starting on Dec. 1. For more information or to enter the display contest, call 530-223-0410.

A display from the 2021 Shasta County's holiday lights contest.

Ice skate in Anderson

The city of Anderson's holiday ice skating rink is open from Dec. 2 to Jan. 1, 2023 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 trucks along Ferry Street. For a schedule of dates and hours, go to the Parks and Recreation Department’s Facebook page at AndersonCAParks or call 530-378-6656.

Join Anderson Library's family craft time, sing-along

The Anderson Library hosts a holiday event for children and their families from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 15 at 3200 West Center St. Children sing holiday favorites and visit any of five crafting stations, each to make a different holiday creation. First 5 Shasta will hand out sticker projects to participating children. For more information, call 530-365-7685.

Meet the Grinch, Santa in Anderson

PIBBS Sports and Family Gatherings at 5219 Happy Valley Road hosts its fourth annual Santa and Grinch Extravaganza, starting with a craft fair from noon to 6 p.m. and a visit from the Grinch and Santa from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Dec. 17. The event repeats from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Dec. 18. Activities include a marshmallow roast, food and craft vendors and raffles. For more information, call 530-357-7422.

Shop Fort Jones' holiday craft fair

The Fort Jones annual Christmas Craft Fair is from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 10 at Scott Valley Junior High School, 237 Butte St. Guests can shop indoors at booths selling North State artists' pottery, woodcrafts, jewelry, metal crafts, artwork and edibles. Food and drinks vendors will be on site. Admission is free. This event is hosted by Marble Rim Gallery. For more information, call 530-468-5442 or email marblers2@gmail.com

The outdoor Siskiyou Ice Rink in Shastice Park in Mount Shasta is open Friday and Saturday evenings and on holidays.

Ice skate at Shastice Park

The outdoor Siskiyou Ice Rink in Shastice Park on Rockfellow Drive in Mount Shasta is open daily for 90-minute afternoon sessions and some special sessions on Friday and Saturday evenings and holidays. Admission cost is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and ages 17 and younger. Skate rental costs $2. For more information, call 530-926-2494. Go to msrec.org for details and special hours.

Join Mount Shasta' Christmas festival

The annual Holiday Light Parade and Winter Magic festival is Nov. 25 downtown on Mount Shasta Boulevard. The Reindeer Run begins at 10 a.m. followed by the downtown festival at 3 p.m. The parade and tree lighting begin at 6 p.m. followed by a city-wide raffle at 7:30 p.m. For more information, go to the Chamber of Commerce's Facebook page at facebook.com/mtshastachamber or call 530-926-4865.

The Castle Valley Orchestra and Singers perform on Thursday, Dec. 8 2022 at the Mount Shasta Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Hear Utah musicians perform a Christmas concert in Mount Shasta

The Castle Valley Orchestra and Singers from Utah perform a free musical concert called "O Holy Night" at 7 p.m. on Dec. 8 at the Mount Shasta Seventh-day Adventist Church, 8699 W. Highway 89. The program of Christian holiday music includes Handel's "For Unto Us a Child Is Born" and "Hallelujah Chorus," and "Birthday of a King," "When a Child is Born," "What Kind of King" and Rutter's "Candlelight Carol." For more information, email info@CVA.School, call 435-259-7719 or go to cva.school.

Watch or join Yreka's annual parade

The 2022 Yreka Downtown Christmas Parade marches out from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 26. The route is a loop that starts on South Oregon Street, then turns right on Miner Street, right on Broadway Street and right on Jackson Street. This year’s theme is a “Classic Daytime Christmas Holiday Parade.” Entries include military groups, horses, old cars and other floats and acts. For more information or to enter call 530-842-1980.

Left to right: Gerda (Hailey Mulrath), Wise Woman (Connie Croad) and Kay (Vallen Rudd) perform in “The Snow Queen” in December at the Siskiyou Performing Arts Center in Yreka.

See a fairy tale on stage in Yreka

The Siskiyou Performing Arts Center presents a musical version of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale "The Snow Queen." This family-friendly production is from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9, 10, 16 and 17; 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 18 at the center at 315 Yreka St. The show stars SPAC regular Connie Croad and is directed by J.J. Lewis-Nichols. Characters include trolls, snowflakes, talking flowers and singing birds, a reindeer and a gigantic crow. Tickets cost $18 for adults; $12 for ages 12 and younger and students; available at Nature's Kitchen and Bella Art Works in Yreka, Scott Valley Feed in Greenview and at the door. For more information, call 530-468-5329.

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Go for a run in your most kitschy holiday duds in Yreka

Siskiyou Family YMCA hosts its 11th annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Run/Walk at10 a.m. on Dec. 17 starting from 350 North Foothill Drive. Runners sign up for the 5-mile run or 2-mile walk/run. Cost to register for either route is $10. To register go to siskiyouymca.org. For more information email noelle@siskiyou-ymca.org or call the YMCA at 530-842-9622.

Jessica Skropanic is a features reporter for the Record Searchlight/USA Today Network. She covers science, arts, social issues and entertainment stories. Follow her on Twitter @RS_JSkropanic and on Facebook. Join Jessica in the Get Out! Nor Cal recreation Facebook group. To support and sustain this work, please subscribe today. Thank you.