Carson City area holiday events

Country Christmas Craft Fair, an event offering holiday shopping, raffles, crafts and goody bags, will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Stagecoach Community Center, 8200 Highway 50 E., Stagecoach. Live music by Joseph Greco will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All proceeds go to Crystal Pacheco, a Carson woman injured in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 50 in September.

The Virginia & Truckee Railroad is hosting three weekends of holiday trains Saturday and Sunday and Dec. 12-13. Trains depart at noon and 2 p.m. from Virginia City’s F Street Station. The rides offer hot chocolate, cider, cookies and candy canes and a reading of the poem “Night Before Christmas” and other activities. The cost is $18 for ages 13 and up; $7 for children ages 2-12; and free for children 2 and under. Call 775-847-0380, or go to, or email

Wild Horse Children’s Theater is putting on the holiday musical “Babes in Toyland” at 7 p.m. on Fridays; at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 13 in the Brewery Arts Center’s Performance Hall. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $8 for seniors and students and $5 for ages 4-12. For tickets, go to, or call 775-887-0438, or, if available, tickets are at the door.

Indian tacos and nearly 50 vendors will be on hand at a Christmas craft faire from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday in the gymnasium of Carson Colony, 2900 S. Curry St.

Local vendors will showcase their handcrafted items in Carson Lanes’ Winter Craft Fair from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Carson Lanes is at 4600 Snyder Ave. Call 775-883-2606.

Santa Trains will run every 30 minutes from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and Dec. 12, 13, 19 and 20 at the Nevada State Railroad Museum, 2180 S. Carson St. Santa will be on hand, and Warren Engine Company will sell refreshments. Tickets cost $5 per person; children under 3 who sit in an adult’s lap ride for free. For tickets, go to

St. Hugh of Lincoln Episcopal Outreach Center, 4280 Highway 50 E. in Silver Springs, is hosting its annual Christmas Craft Faire from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Raffle tickets for a dinner package for eight will be sold for $2 each or $5 for three. Call 775-577-9606.

Pets can have their photos taken with Santa from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, when Carson Animal Services Initiative hosts its pictures with Santa event at Benson’s Feed and Tack, 2750 Highway 50. The cost, which includes digital copies and a 4-by-6-inch print, is $15. Go to, or call 775-671-2413.

Santa will visit Dayton Valley Veterinary Hospital, 14 Enterprise Way, Dayton, from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday for free pictures with pets. Call 775-246-7775.

The Capital City Community Band will perform holiday favorites in “A Swingin’ Holiday,” a free concert planned at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Bob Boldrick Theater in the Carson City Community Center. Call Director Richard Doede at 775-883-2219, or go to

Christmas on the Comstock, a month-long holiday celebration, begins Saturday in Virginia City. Festivities include: boutique holiday shopping; Parade of Lights at 5 p.m. Saturday on C St.; Christmas in the Sierra, a concert with David John and the Comstock Cowboys, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Piper’s Opera House; pictures with Santa from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday through Sunday and Dec. 11-13 at the Visitors Center, 86 S. C St.; rides on the Candy Cane Express holiday train on the Virginia and Truckee Railroad. Go to, or call 775-847-7500.

High Sierra Swing Dance Club’s Christmas dance party is Saturday in the Brewery Arts Center’s Grand Ballroom. A members appreciation dinner catered by Mitch Tufts is at 6:30 p.m. Dinner is $10, but join the club that night, and dinner and dance are free. The social dance is 7:30-10 p.m. The dance costs $7 for members of swing clubs and $10 for nonmembers. Go to, or call 775-443-8870.

The Carson City Senior Center’s Moonlight & Mistletoe, a Christmas dinner of Cornish game hen, wild rice, vegetables, rolls and dessert, is Saturday in the Sagebrush Room of the Carson City Senior Center, 911 Beverly Drive. Doors open at 5 p.m., with dinner following one hour later. There will be dancing, a silent auction, a wine and beer bar, a 50/50 raffle and pictures with Mr. and Mrs. Clause. Tickets are $40 per person. Proceeds go to the center’s Meals on Wheels program. Call 775-883-0703.

Entertainment by Kim Copel-Harris as Charley Parkhurst, a local stagecoach driver, will be on hand at Carson City Historical Society’s Christmas party from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Bliss Mansion, 608 Elizabeth St. A brief meeting and election of next year’s officers also will take place. Refreshments by A Catered Affair will be served along with wine and sparkling cider. Tickets are $30; reservations can be made by calling D.D. Spencer at 775-741-7897.

Carson City Natives & Newcomers’ Christmas celebration, offering a potluck turkey dinner, will be at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 10 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Family. The group’s annual craft and bake sale will be Dec. 11-13 at the Carson Mall. All proceeds go to scholarships and local charities.

Holiday vendors offering handmade jewelry, salt lamps, baskets, metal art and more will be on hand at the Carson Mall through Dec. 27. Catmandu, a nonprofit cat adoption center, is hosting a booth from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 11 and 12 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 13 inside the north end of the mall. Kittens will be available for adoption from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Call 775-297-3419, or go to

Weather permitting, Carson City’s Olde Time Christmas Santa Parade will start at 11 a.m. Dec. 12 at the corner of W. Telegraph and Musser streets. The line begins at 10:30 a.m. Santa will be on the porch at Rocking & Rolling at Telegraph Square with hot chocolate and candy canes from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vendors will be at Telegraph Square from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. To be a vendor or for information, call Doreen Mack at 775-885-2444.

Holiday crafts that celebrate the Nevada pine trees are on the agenda for the December program “Pines are Fine” at the Nevada State Museum in Carson City from 10 a.m. to Dec. 12. No reservations are needed and guests of all ages are welcome. Admission is $8 for adults and free for children ages 17 and younger and for museum members. Contact Deborah Stevenson at or 775-687-4810, ext. 237.

Western Nevada College in Carson City is hosting Run with Rudolph Winter Trail Run 9-10 a.m. Dec. 12. The course, mostly single track with some sections of fire road in Ash Canyon, offers gradual ascents and descents.

Snow and ice are possible on the route. Go to

The Dayton Valley Library’s Santa Photo Shoot will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Dayton Community Center on Pike Street. Attendees are asked to bring in a nonperishable food item in exchange for a photo with Mr. and Mrs. Clause. Holiday crafts will be available, as well as hot chocolate and other treats and a raffle of gift baskets. Call John Hartley at 701-260-5479.

Bella Vista Farm, 2685 Billy’s Road in Minden, will host its 2nd Annual Christmas with Santa, an event offering free photos with Santa, hot cider, chocolate and cookies, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 12. Call 775-230-4065.

Buckland Station’s holiday open house with sweet treat and period crafts will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 12. Non-perishable food will be collected for the Silver Stage Food Pantry in Silver Springs. Food stored in glass will not be accepted. Buckland Station is on Highway 95A near Stagecoach. Admission is $1 per person for ages 13 and older; 12 and younger are free. Cash or check only. Contact Kristin Sanderson at 775-577-4880 or

First United Methodist Church’s annual Living Nativity starts at King and Division streets and offers live reenactments of Jesus’ birth from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 13. Admission is free. Donations of non-perishable food are collected at the event for the homeless and out-of-work families. Go to

Conductor Bill Zabelsky and Assistant Conductor Stephanie Reynolds will lead the Carson Valley Pops Orchestra at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 for an evening of seasonal music and song. The free Annual Winter Concert at the CVIC Hall will feature holiday favorites and a sing-along and an appearance by the Voices of the Sierra Choir. There will also be a raffle, and refreshments will be available. Go to, or call 775-843-0830.

TOCCATA — Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will present its holiday production of selections from Handel’s Messiah as well as favorite carols the audience is invited to join in singing. The Carson City performance is at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 3597 N. Sunridge Drive. Four other performances are planned this month around the Reno-Tahoe area. Tickets are available at the door or Call 775-131-9697.

The New Victorian Dancers and Carson City Symphony Chorus will be featured in Carson City Symphony’s 32nd annual Holiday Treat concert at 4 p.m. Dec. 13 in the Bob Boldrick Theater of the Carson City Community Center. Tickets are $15 for general admission; $12 for seniors, students, and Symphony Association members; and free for children ages 16 and under. Tickets are at the door, or at the Carson City Visitors Bureau, 716 N. Carson St., or online at

The Brewery Arts Center is hosting a Christmas show with Antsy McClain and the Trailer Park Troubadours from 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 19 in the Performance Hall. Tickets range in price form $25 to $50. VIP tickets include a meet and drink with the band. Call 775-883-1976.

Cafe at Adele’s is hosting cookies with Santa from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19. There also will be hot chocolate and cider as well as live music by the Dowell Brothers.

Admission is $5 for adults and free for children. Proceeds go to Ron Wood Family Resource Center. Unwrapped toys for local children will be collected at the event.

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