Carson City area holiday events

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The Virginia & Truckee Railroad is hosting three weekends of holiday trains today-Sunday and Dec. 5-6 and 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

Strings in the Schools is presenting its sixth annual This is Not a Christmas Concert at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Carson City Community Center. Admission is free.

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 Dec. 4-13 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.

Caroling by Carson City School District fifth graders will be featured at the Carson City Silver and Snowflakes Festival of Lights at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Capitol Building. Entertainment and a Christmas fair will follow at Telegraph Street.

Indian tacos and nearly 50 vendors will be on hand at a Christmas craft faire from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 4-5 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 6 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. Dec. 4-5 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 6. 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. Dec. 5, 6, 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. Dec. 5. 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. Dec. 5, 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. Dec. 5 for free pictures with pets. Call 775-246-7775.

Christmas on the Comstock, a month-long holiday celebration, begins Dec. 5 in Virginia City. Festivities include: boutique holiday shopping; Parade of Lights at 5 p.m. Dec. 5 on C St.; Christmas in the Sierra, a concert with David John and the Comstock Cowboys, at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at Piper’s Opera House; pictures with Santa from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 27-29 and Dec. 4-6 and 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 Dec. 5 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 Dec. 5 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. Dec. 6 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.

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.

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.

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.

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