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Christmas and Holiday Activities Guide for Reno and Sparks

Family Events for Christmas and the Holiday Season in Reno and Sparks, Nevada.


Rink on the River, ice skating, Reno, Nevada

Holiday Fun at Rink on the River, Reno, Nevada.

Photo © Stan White

Holiday Events, Concerts, and Shows (cont.)

Sundance Holiday Craft Show - December 14, 2013. The Holiday Craft Show will feature a unique collection of creative and local works of art by potter Kristi Jamason, letterpress artist Katherine Case, basket maker Betty Hulse, and jewelry maker Lyndsey Langsdale. There will also be blown glass art from Burnt Knuckle Glass studio. Shop local at Sundance Books and Music. This event starts at 10 a.m. Sundance Books Books and Music is at 121 California Avenue in Reno. For more information, call (775) 786-1188.

Jazz for the Holidays - December 20, 2013. This holiday show will feature the Reno Jazz Orchestra, Sierra Nevada Ballet, vocalists Cami Thompson and Kenn Pettiford, and the Reno Youth Jazz Orchestra. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and will be in the Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts Building, on the UNR campus. Tickets are $25 general admission, $10 for students. Get tickets at the door or advance tickets from the Reno Jazz Orchestra. For more information, call (775) 225-9421.

The Nutcracker at John Ascuaga's Nugget - December 20 - 23, 2013. With a cast of the finest talents and a lavish blend of costumes, scenery and outstanding choreography, this production creates a magical winter wonderland for audiences of all ages. RDC (Reno Dance Company) Productions presents this annual production. Performances will be in the Celebrity Showroom - 8 p.m. on December 20, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on December 21, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on December 22 and 23. Ticket prices start at $26.95. Use the "Buy Tickets" link on the website or call (800) 648-1177.

Handel's Messiah performed by TOCCATA - Tahoe Symphony Orchestra & Chorus - December 6, 11, 13, 15, 18, 2013. Tickets for all performances are $25 adults, $20 seniors, and $5 for students 19 to 23 with valid ID, free for youth under 19. Preferred/reserved seating is available for $35. For more information, call (775) 313-9697. Buy tickets online from the TOCCATA website.

  • Friday, December 6, 7 p.m. - St. Gall Church, Gardnerville
  • Wednesday, December 11, 7 p.m. - St. Patrick's Church, Incline Village
  • Friday, December 13, 7 p.m. - Grace Church, Reno
  • Sunday, December 15, 3 p.m. - St. Theresa Catholic Church, South Lake Tahoe
  • Wednesday, December 18, 7 p.m. - Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Reno

"Christmas Around the World and Through Time" at The Resort at Squaw Creek - December 7 and 8, 2013. The Truckee Tahoe Community Chorus concert at the Resort at Squaw Creek (Squaw Valley, USA) has become a tradition in the Truckee, North Tahoe region, ushering in the holiday season with a variety of holiday music, an audience sing along, and joyous classic literature. The December 7 show is at 7 p.m., December 8 is at 2 p.m. General admission tickets are $15. Tickets are available online through links on the Truckee Tahoe Community Chorus website.

Santa Trains at the Nevada State Railroad Museum & Virginia City - Refer to my "Santa Train Rides for Christmas and the Holidays" for information about these fun excursions.

Polar Express™ on the V&T Railroad - The Polar Express™ is sold out for 2013. Watch for the announcement for the 2014 Polar Express™ and get tickets as soon as you can.

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