Holiday celebrations

Courtesy Sierra Nevada Ballet

Holiday celebrations start early in the Tahoe Sierra from holiday concerts to musical productions, there’s something for all ages. Here’s a look at some of the best holiday events in the next few weeks. For holiday craft shows and tree lightings, see the Events Calendar in this edition. For a complete list, visit and click on Event Calendar.  

“Every Christmas Story Ever Told”
Nov. 23-Dec. 16 | Reno Little Theater | Reno, Nev.
Written by John Alvarez, Michael Carleton, James Fitzgerald, John K. Alvarez, Michael Carleton and Will Knapp, and directed by Libby Bakke, this play is just what the title says it is and more. |

Hometowne Christmas Parade
Nov. 30-Dec. 1 | Victorian Square | Sparks, Nev.
This Northern Nevada tradition features marching bands, Christmas costumes, adorable animals and festive floats all representing “A Season of Giving.” The parade starts at 1 p.m. |

Christmas Holidays in Genoa
Nov. 30-Dec. 1 | Genoa, Nev.
Enjoy Christmas caroling, Genoa Tree Lighting and visit with Santa’s, holiday refreshments and more on Nov. 30. Kids can join Breakfast with Santa on Dec. 1 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. |

Holiday Shows
Nov. 30-Dec. 2 & Dec. 18 | Community Arts Center | Truckee
Celebrate the holidays with Truckee Community Theater. The holiday shows are “It’s a Wonderful Life” live radio play and “A Christmas Chaos.” |

Hometowne Christmas Parade
Dec. 1 | Victorian Square | Sparks, Nev.
This Northern Nevada tradition features marching bands, Christmas costumes, adorable animals and festive floats. The parade starts at 1 p.m. |

Parade of Lights
Dec. 1 | Carson City, Nev.
The annual parade offers floats, marching bands, color guard and a special guest from the North Pole. The parade begins at 5 p.m. and goes along State Route 395 from Heritage Park to Minden Park. The theme is Santa’s Workshop. |

“Spirit of the Season”
Dec. 1 & 2 | Pioneer Center | Reno, Nev.
Reno Philharmonic Orchestra delights audiences with this annual tradition. Dr. Jason Alteri leads with the renowned orchestra, Reno Phil Chorus, the Santa Tappers, singers, student performers and Santa Claus. |

Dec. 1 & Dec. 10 | Area venues
The traditional holiday story of Clara, the Nutcracker and seven headed Rat King, and the Kingdom of Sweets will be brought to the stage in Sierra Nevada Ballet’s “Peanutcracker: The Story in a Nutshell.” Performances are Dec. 1 at the Carson City Community Center and Dec. 10 at the Pioneer Center in Reno, Nev. |

Christmas on the Comstock
Dec. 1-31 | Area venues | Virginia City, Nev.
Celebrate Christmas as they did in the 19th Century in this month-long celebration. Historic Virginia City hosts a Sierra Concert with the Comstock Cowboys at Piper’s Opera House, the Grinch Made Me Do It Saloon Crawl, Parade of Lights, photos with Santa and V&T Candy Cane Express. |

“Siamsa: A Celtic Christmas”
Dec. 6 | Grand Sierra Resort | Reno, Nev.
An enchanting holiday celebration for the entire family, featuring stunning Irish dance and music. SIAMSA (pronounced Shimsa) meaning to celebrate (Gaelic), tells the story of a girl in search of the “Candle in the Window,” the light that represents the true meaning of Christmas. |