The holiday season is officially underway in the Carson City area, with caroling, holiday crafts, Santa sightings and other events planned this weekend.
Catch the CHS Drama team’s Winter Showcase at 7 p.m. today at the Brewery Arts Center, 449 W. King St.
Santa and characters from the classic holiday story, “The Polar Express,” will be brought to life on hourlong train rides. Polar Express trains depart from the Carson City Eastgate Depot, 4650 Eastgate Siding Road Thursdays through Sundays until Dec. 23. Each trip includes a souvenir silver sleigh bell to remember the journey. Tickets are available and VIP parlor car tickets also are available at http://vttrain.activitytickets.com/activity/357?_ga=1.37163495.675064248.1474306233.
Ice skating at Arlington Square Ice Rink on N. Carson and W. Robinson streets, across from the Carson Nugget, will be open through Jan. 27. Skate sessions are 3-5 and 6-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 3-5 and 6-10 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-5 and 6-10 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-5 and 6-9 p.m. Sunday. The cost is $7 for ages 13 and up and $5 for ages 3-12. Skate rentals are $3 per session. For after school skating and other specials, go to carson.org/icerink.
Free holiday events are being held at Genoa Candy & Coffee, located at Carson Lanes at 4600 Snyder Ave. Cookie decorating is from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Fridays through Sundays until Christmas for children 10 and younger. Frappe Night, offering an assortment of frappuccinos for $5 per person, is 5-7 p.m. Fridays through Jan. 1. It includes chess, checkers, gin rummy and other games. Virginia City’s Christmas on the Comstock, a month-long holiday celebration, offers photos with Santa today and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Virginia City Visitors Center, 86 S. C St.
Santa will join the crew of the V&T Railroad on Saturday and Sunday. Trains run from the Nevada State Railroad Museum, 2180 S. Carson St. Children are invited to visit with Santa and write him a letter while enjoying holiday treats and other festivities. Tickets are $5 per person; children under 4 are free. For tickets, go to http://museums.nevadaculture.org.
The 8th annual Cookies with Santa takes place 11 a.m.-2 p.m. today at Cafe at Adele’s, 1112 N. Carson St. This local tradition combines a visit and pictures with Santa, music, and cookies all for the cause of collecting toys and raising money to provide Christmas to area children in need. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children. Every adult is asked to bring an unwrapped gift to be donated to help in assuring all children have a gift this year. Go to adelesrestaurantandlounge.com, or call 775-882-3353.
ELVIS Holiday Spectacular, a major fundraiser for Youth Theatre Carson City, is returning to the Carson City Community Center. The performance is from 7 to 8 p.m. today. Tickets for $12 each are available at http://www.youththeatrecarsoncity.com/.
Holly Strasser of Carson 4-H will be reading Christmas stories at 11 a.m. today at Genoa Candy & Coffee, located at the Carson Lanes center at 4600 Snyder Ave.
Join staff at Buckland Station State Historic Park for some holiday cheer and pioneer traditions. Take a self-guided tour, help decorate the house for the holidays and enjoy sweet treats and period crafts. The event — from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today — will be collecting nonperishable food items for local families in need. Food in glass containers will not be accepted.
Live holiday music will fill Ormsby Post Acute Rehab in two free performances, one at 11:30 a.m. today and another at 5 p.m. Dec. 20. The Children’s Performance Choir of Dayton will perform on Saturday, with the Carson Chamber Singers performing at the second performance. RSVP by today to Jessica Ricard at firstname.lastname@example.org or 775-434-4823. The newly remodeled rehab unit is at 3050 N. Ormsby Blvd.
Santa will be on hand at a Christmas party for children ages 0-12 from noon to 2 p.m. today at Carson City Elks Lodge. The event, sponsored by Elks Lodge No. 2177 and the Carson City Emblem Club No. 507, includes bird house decorating and ornament and Christmas card making. Each child will receive a book, candy cane and stocking. Beans and weenies, sweet potato fries, corn muffins, juice, and Christmas cookies will be served. Elks Lodge is at 515 N. Nevada St., two blocks west of the Carson Nugget. Attendance, by reservation only, is limited to 40 guests. Call 775-882-3751 with names and ages of children attending.
Win the cornerstone of your Christmas meal at Capitol City Gun Club’s annual Turkey Shoot at 10 a.m. Sunday at 3590 Arrowhead Drive. Registration is at 9:30 a.m. Winners will be awarded turkeys and hams. Call 775-882-9904, or go to www.capitolcitygunclub.org.
The holiday tradition of Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus’ production of Handel’s Messiah continues at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Theresa Catholic Church in South Lake Tahoe. The 12th annual production offers general admission for $30, and preferred seating for $40 and $15 for youth/students. Seniors are offered a $5 discount. Students 18-23 are $5, and under 18 enters free.
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