5 Holiday Outings for Couples in Sacramento

While providing couples therapy and marriage counseling in Sacramento, I have learned that all good relationships require maintenance. You have to work at it. Couples therapy can certainly help. But sometimes, the best thing you can do for your relationship is to have fun, and holiday outings for couples in Sacramento can really help! 

Luckily here in Sacramento, we have many ways to stoke those romantic fires, and this time of year there is no shortage of wonderful holiday events to pick from. Try one of these five holiday outings for couples in Sacramento to add something new to your celebration this year for the best couple holiday ever. 

Romantic Holiday Outing #1: Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera Presents A Baroque Christmas 

On December 3rd, the Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera are presenting a Baroque Christmas at the SAFE Credit Union Performing Arts Center. Tickets run $16—$73 per person and can be purchased through SCCBO website. The program includes Bach and Corelli concertos and stars Margaret Batjier as the conductor. Broadening your sense of the world through art can give you and your partner more to talk about. This concert is the perfect way to experience live music that will put you in a holiday mood. 

Romantic Holiday Outing #2: Illumination Holiday Festival 

The Illumination Holiday Festival at the Grove is going into its 2nd annual year and aims to become its own tradition in the Sacramento community. The festival is a multicultural event with an international holiday marketplace and yummy snacks from around the world. It also includes a Holiday of Lights parade with all sorts of illuminated  If you want to try new foods and search for unique gifts while learning more about the myriad of cultures present in Sacramento, this is the perfect event for you! You can even get a loved-up photo in front of the gigantic ribbon tree. The event takes place on December 4th. The event is free to attend. 

Romantic Holiday Outing #3: Crocker Art Museum 

Need more fun holidays for couples ideas? Try the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento. New events are consistently being added to their Events Calendar with current December, 2021 displays including impressionism exhibits featuring the work of Monet and Matisse. This museum is free to members and $15 for adults. A unique architecture tour is also available and the museum is world-renowned for its international ceramics collection. No need to travel abroad to experience international art!

Romantic Holiday Outing #4: Holiday in the Park

At Arden Park, the 8th annual Holiday in the Park exhibit will be taking place. This is the perfect place to bring children if you want them to say hello to Santa, but you can also enjoy the park as a romantic couple’s Christmas event. A 17-foot Christmas tree will be lit and local music will be playing. There will be hot chocolate, crafts, and the event is free to everyone. December 9th is the official date and you can learn more on the Arden Park website

Romantic Holiday Outing #5: The Polar Express Train Ride

The California State Railroad Museum is an event that focuses on the Polar Express film with Polar Express characters, onboard hot chocolate chefs, and a “ride” to the North Pole. This is one of the pricier holiday couple events on our list with the first class at $65 per person and the coach class at $45 per person. Evenings raise the price to $70 and $50 respectively. This event takes place on Dec 2, Dec 8, and Dec 9, 2021. Tickets can be purchased through the California State Railroad Museum

The Bottom Line…

Many of us struggle this time of year. And many relationships struggle as well. We always see an increase in the number of folks reaching out for couples therapy and marriage counseling during the holidays. Taking time out to have fun can really help. But sometimes, we need some extra support. Here is post on some signs that its time to start couples therapy, and signs that your loved one is depressed. At California Integrative Therapy, we provide individual therapy, couples therapy, and group therapy, both in-person and online therapy, to help you and your loved ones get through the holiday season stress free. 

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