|Silver Man posed just long enough|
for me to snap this picture. Being the season of
giving, I dropped my last 5.00 in among the
1.00 bills... did not see me, so the secret is safe.
SHHHH don't tell.
|The large Christmas tree delighted|
young and old.
|A glass of Cab, much needed to help ease the|
|Yummy! Sourdough, olive oil, balsamic vinegar,|
garlic, butter and gooey cheeses... not diet friendly, but
certainly worth the piece or two that I ate...pure comfort food!
|Just a few of the decorations that dotted the landscape around|
Old Town Sacramento... as the sun began it's daily dip below
the horizon, the lights began to twinkle.
After a very satisfying late day "snack" , we were strolling around on our way back to our car, and over the loud speakers there arose with a a clatter ( not really but had to through that in) a big booming voice with a promise of tales of sugar plums and bright colorful lights to happen once the sun had fully departed. Hubby and I looked at each other and smiles crawled across our faces, a perfect excuse to stay out just a bit longer; further enjoy the sights, tastes and sounds of what the night had to offer. There was plenty, believe me! So off we went to while away the time till the promised show began.
|First, time to get some fresh roasted nuts to nosh on....|
|Cashews and Pecans; candied , spiced and warmed to |
|Setting the mood!|
|All aboard?? No tickets? Well, exploring the station is|
fun and free!
|Children clad in robes, pjs and slippers wait eagerly with|
their parents and some grandparents to board the train.
|Sorry... all the tickets are sold out.|
|Maybe next year!|
After exploring the station, we still had a bit of time left till the light show, and decided it was perfect time for another glass of wine. So off the to the Twisted Vine/Fenton Harriet tasting room/wine bar and partake of some divine wine. I can not think of any better way to make time pass.
|sorry for the blur... this is NOT my photo.. I did not|
take one...this is from yelp. Promise next time I shall
take a few pics of this delightful tasting room.
Before too long it was indeed finally time to head over to the area that the Raley's Theater of Lights was to take place. What was the theater of lights?? Well, as we were soon to find out, it was a light show to support the telling of The Night Before Christmas as told by Mark Twain... no of course not the real Mr.Twian, but a mighty likeness and re-enactor. Raley's is a local grocery chain and they were the sponsor. All around us, excited children had joy filled faces as they awaited the show to start. As the time quickly approached the streets filled and when we heard the voice over the loud speaker, applause began.
|A narrator with an Irish accent introduces Mr. Twain|
in the shadows created by the light of a small
|Mr. Twain begins his story.....|
|The lights start to dance across the buildings, snowflakes in|
shades of blue start to form and swirl all over....
|And just like that Santa was there.....|
|OH NO! The lights begin to fade...Santa's magic is|
in need of a bit of help from the audience.....
|Little by little the lights come back.....|
|Soon the tree from earlier that I shared with you|
came to life.....
|As did where Santa was standing and cheers rose up from the crowd , and|
the beginning of the Christmas season was official underway, including for myself and my
dear sweet hubby.... cheer filled our hearts and weight lifted from our shoulders.... you just
have to love what Christmas can do.