Twenty-three days until Christmas and there are at least that many ways to get your holiday on this weekend. Here are a few.
Pancakes and Santa
Check out the Holiday on the Boulevard Pancake Breakfast at 8 a.m. Saturday. Sacramento Councilmember Sandy Sheedy, Sacramento City Fire Reserves, Bergstrom Realty and the Del Paso Boulevard Partnership will serve pancakes, sausage and eggs Acacia Hall, 1803 Del Paso Boulevard at Forrest Street. Santa will show up at 9 a.m. for pictures with the kids. Tickets are $5 at the door.
Picture your pet with Santa
Bring your dog, cat, bird or other companion animal to PetsMart at Arden and Watt Saturday (or the following two Saturdays) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and have their picture taken with the jolly old guy himself. For $9.95 (if you have PetPerks card), you'll receive a digital photo in a holiday frame. Happy Tails, which rescues and finds homes for homeless cats and dogs, will get $5 of the proceeds.
Macy's Santa drives in from New York
The very Santa Claus who rode with his reindeer in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will be in the Sacramento region this weekend. Saturday he'll mingle with the public at Westfield Galleria Roseville from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. His visit is part of a Make-A-Wish Foundation campaign to spread cheer to children with life-threatening medical conditions.
Christmas at the governor's house
Both this Saturday and next, the Governor's Mansion State Historic Park will be decked out in its holiday finest. Visitors to the mansion, 1526 H Street, Sacramento, can celebrate "Christmas Memories" with lavishly recreated period decor
and costumed docents. There will be music, storytellers and - we hear - visits from Mr. and Mrs. Claus. The mansion's open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $6 for adults, $4 for youth (ages 6-17), children five and under are free.
Check out other people's houses
The Sacred Heart Holiday Home Tour starts at 46th Street between J and M streets, Sacramento (look for the ticket booth). It runs 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission: is $30 and allows you to see five elegantly decorated homes in the Fabulous Forties neighborhood, all within walking distance of each other. Proceeds benefit Sacred Heart Parish School and its programs.
Homes for the Holidays Tour from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today will take you to various locations around El Dorado Hills. Admission is $20; $15 children under age 12. Tour map and addresses provided with ticket purchase. For details, call (916) 549-3869. Proceeds benefit the Assistance League of the Sierra Foothills' Operation School Bell program.