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Find outdoor holiday cheer for whole family

Fairytale Town turns into 'Winter Wonderland'

Raised bed gardens at Fairytale Town
Mr. McGregor's Garden and other areas of Fairytale Town will be open during
the Sacramento site's "Winter Wonderland" event Dec. 18-19. (Photos courtesy
Fairytale Town)

Where does Santa hang out in Sacramento? Fairytale Town, of course!

This weekend, Santa will greet kids of all ages at Fairytale Town’s “Winter Wonderland,” another local holiday tradition that’s back this season.

Adults will enjoy all the outdoor decorations, shopping for unique items and constant cheer. The one caveat: You need to be accompanied by a child to attend.

From 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 18 and 19, Winter Wonderland will transform Fairytale Town into a holiday destination made for family fun. See holiday lights and festive decorations. Even play in the snow! (Yes, snow in Sacramento!)

Humpty Dumpty's Bridge
Humpty Dumpty welcomes visitors to Fairytale Town.

Tickets are now on sale and also may be available at the Fairytale Town box office during the event. Admission is $10; babies and toddlers under age 2 admitted free.

During the event, vendors will offer a wide range of arts and crafts. Victorian carolers will stroll the park from 4 to 6:30 p.m. A firepit will keep people warm, and guests can make their own s’mores. (Kits for $3 will be available at the Cafe; the firepit will be open for s’mores making starting at 4 p.m.)

As for the big guy himself, find Santa in his workshop from 3 to 6 p.m. Professional photos with Santa may be purchased or take your own. (Note: The Santa line closes at 6 p.m.)

Wrapping up the evening is a holiday-themed performance by the Balance Dance project at 6:45 p.m. and “snow fall” at 7 p.m.

Bring a gift, too. “Fairytale Town has partnered with
Las Madrinas for a Holiday Toy Drive,” adds the organizers. “If you bring in an item, you will be entered in for a prize.”

During the event, the rest of Fairytale Town also will be open to visitors. Check out Mr. McGregor's Garden, the Victorian garden, wonderful trees and other sites as well as the fairytale-inspired landmarks such as Humpty Dumpty's Bridge.

Fairytale Town is located at 3901 Land Park Drive, Sacramento.

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Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Feb. 5

Make the most of sunny days and get winter tasks done:

* This is the last chance to spray fruit trees before they bloom. Treat peach and nectarine trees with copper-based fungicide. Spray apricot trees at bud swell to prevent brown rot. Apply horticultural oil to control scale, mites and aphids on fruit trees soon after a rain. But remember: Oils need at least 24 hours to dry to be effective. Don’t spray during foggy weather or when rain is forecast.

* Feed spring-blooming shrubs and fall-planted perennials with slow-release fertilizer. Feed mature trees and shrubs after spring growth starts.

* Finish pruning roses and deciduous trees.

* Remove aphids from blooming bulbs with a strong spray of water or insecticidal soap.

* Fertilize strawberries and asparagus.

* Transplant or direct-seed several flowers, including snapdragon, candytuft, lilies, astilbe, larkspur, Shasta and painted daisies, stocks, bleeding heart and coral bells.

* In the vegetable garden, plant Jerusalem artichoke tubers, and strawberry and rhubarb roots.

* Transplant cabbage and its close cousins – broccoli, kale and Brussels sprouts – as well as lettuce (both loose leaf and head).

* Plant artichokes, asparagus and horseradish from root divisions.

* Plant potatoes from tubers and onions from sets (small bulbs). The onions will sprout quickly and can be used as green onions in March.

* From seed, plant beets, chard, lettuce, mustard, peas, radishes and turnips.

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