New Years Eve in Sacramento

It’s time to celebrate the fantastic year we have had as we look forward to our big traveling adventures next year. New Year’s Eve is one of those night’s that can’t be spent doing the usual stuff. It requires some planning and lots of festivities! I knew just what we needed. A full day of fun, not only the night!

In the past for New Years Eve, we have had elaborate progressive dinner parties with friends or we would spend an intimate evening at home cooking together and watching our favorite movie “A Good Year” with Russell Crow snuggled up by the fireside. But this year we are on the road in a town we don’t know much about. So research is needed to plan the perfect day and evening together.


I used to spend my summers doing musical theatre with our community theatre. I loved every minute of it! So now when I think of “cultural fun”, I think of theatre. Pippin is playing at the Sacramento Community Center Theater. This is the beginning of a beautiful day and evening. Pippin, the story of a young prince searching for the meaning of life seems like the perfect story as we review our past year. Wow! It has everything! Acrobatics, magic, music, humor and lots of color! Fantastic show! New Years Eve is off to an extraordinary start!


We are into convenience and great food. Luckily we are having dinner right across the street from the theatre at the Esquire Grill. Ta Da! Highly recommend by our friend Bob, whose a local and knows his food!

Amuse Bouche

Amuse Bouche of deviled egg, smoked sturgeon pastrami on rye crisp topped with caviar. Yum! A bottle of Jordan Cabernet is ordered to sip through our courses. All of this in front of the fireplace twinkling with tiny white lights. Magical!

Chioggia Beet Carpaccio

Chioggia Beet Carpaccio was our salad. he mood lighting was great for creating a romantic atmosphere but not so great for pictures. The food was very memorable.


David’s Angus Beef Tenderloin with Cabernet Jus topped with crisp salisfy. Cooked to perfection and plated over two beautiful sauces! So good! Yes, he shared 🙂

Christmas Tree Old Sac

For the finale to our New Years Eve festivities it was time to hoof it down to Old Sacramento, about a 25 minute brisk walk.  The night air was a crisp 38 degrees but it felt so good to walk. When we are in big cities, it is our preference to walk. You can see so much more of the city, it’s architecture and people while on foot. What catches our eye first is the Christmas tree in Old Sacramento. Pretty festive with the American flag proudly flying!

Oh, What Fun! Theatre of Lights Night Before Christmas poem acted out on the roof top. I remember my Dad used to read this poem to us as kids every Christmas Eve. We would gather at his feet and listen with rapt attention to his every word. He had a way of bringing the story to life. Special memories!

Fireworks finale New Year’s Eve in Old Sac at Tower Bridge! Spectacular fireworks show!

Hot Cocoa and Ice Cream

David loves his sweets! Mocha Almond Fudge ice cream, last ice cream of the year, and hot chocolate.  Balanced!  Happy New Year to all and to all a good night!

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