Prepare for a holiday season filled with enchantment and joy as you embark on memorable adventures aboard the V&T Railroad’s Electric Holiday Train O’Lights and Candy Cane Express. The festive train rides are a delightful way to celebrate the season.

Take time to salute our veterans at the Veterans Day Parade, a heartfelt tribute to those who have served our country with bravery and dedication. Join the community in expressing gratitude and admiration for their service.

Start your holiday shopping on the right foot at the Heavenly Holiday Faire, where you’ll discover a treasure trove of unique gifts and festive decorations. At Silver Saddle Ranch, experience the magical fusion of music and art in the serene beauty of the ranch’s surroundings. This event showcases the incredible talents of local artists and others.

For those looking to tap into their inner artist, don’t miss the chance to unleash your creativity at a candle-making workshop paired with the effervescence of champagne. It’s a delightful way to add a touch of DIY and artistic flair to your holiday celebrations, all while enjoying the company of friends and loved ones.

Holiday Fun with the V&T Railroad

Electric Holiday Train O’Lights

  • When: Fridays & Saturdays, November 24 – December 16, 2023
  • Where: The Virginia & Truckee Railroad Depot, 165 F St., Virginia City

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Experience the magic of Christmas on the Comstock with a dazzling display of LED lights in Virginia City! After enjoying a festive stroll down the boardwalk, don’t miss the spectacular Holiday Train O’ Lights steam train departing from the 1870 Virginia & Truckee depot. The 40-minute narrated steam train ride to Gold Hill is adorned with thousands of lights, creating cherished holiday memories for your family. Make reservations early as seats are limited. Remember to dress warmly for this enchanting experience!

V&T Candy Cane Express

  • When: Friday & Saturday, November 24 – 25 and Saturdays & Sundays, December 2 – December 16, 2023
  • Where: The Virginia & Truckee Railroad Depot, 165 F St., Virginia City

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Make this holiday season magical by treating the kids and grandma to a ride on the V&T Candy Cane Express in Virginia City. A beloved local tradition, this whimsical train journey along the original 150-year-old V&T railroad route offers a 45-minute adventure filled with hot cocoa, cider, candy canes, and cookies on a festively decorated train. Kids will be delighted by the Candy Cane tunnel and a reading of “T’was the Night Before Christmas.” Keep an eye out for wild horses during the ride and create cherished memories with your family on the V&T Candy Cane Express – book your reservations early as these trains sell out fast.

Heavenly Holiday Faire

  • When: Saturday, November 4, 2023
  • Where: Carson Valley United Methodist Church, 1375 Centerville Ln., Gardnerville

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As the cool weather ushers in the holiday season, don’t miss the Heavenly Holiday Faire at Carson Valley United Methodist Church in Gardnerville on Saturday, Nov. 4th, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Find holiday wreaths, unique gifts, and enjoy homemade Cinnamon Pecan Rolls. There’s Storytime with Santa, a chili lunch, a Kid’s Market, raffle baskets, and a silent auction. Your support contributes to charitable causes benefiting women and children locally and globally. Plan for a day of festive shopping and giving back!

Dia de Los Muertos Festival

  • When: Saturday, November 4, 2023
  • Where: Heritage Park, 1447 Courthouse Alley, Gardnerville

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Join the 2nd annual Dia de Los Muertos festival presented by Douglas County Community Services, Carson Valley Arts Council, and Main Street Gardnerville. You’ll enjoy a vibrant day of celebration featuring Mariachi music, Folkloric and Aztex Dancers, a 12ft Catrina doll presentation by Latino Arte & Culture of Reno, food and drink vendors, arts and crafts, face painting, altars, and more! Save the date for Saturday, November 4th, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Would you like to participate as a vendor or sponsor this exciting event? Don’t hesitate to register!

Veterans Day Parade

  • When: Saturday, November 11, 2023
  • Where: Virginia City, 85 S. C St., Virginia City

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Virginia City takes immense pride in honoring our nation’s veterans. Take a day trip up to the historic town and be part of their cherished tradition at the annual Veterans Day Parade, scheduled for November 11, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. along C Street. This is your time to pay tribute to the brave men and women who have served our country with honor and dedication.

Silver Saddle Ranch Holiday Music and Art Festival

  • When: Saturday, November 18, 2023
  • Where: Silver Saddle Ranch, 2648 Carson River Rd., Carson City

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Don’t miss the inaugural Silver Saddle Ranch Holiday Music and Art Festival on Saturday, November 18th, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This event promises to infuse Carson City with arts and music, featuring vendors, musicians, non-profits, and community groups sharing their talents and creations. This is sure to be a day of creativity and community spirit in the beautiful surroundings of Silver Saddle Ranch.

Candle Making & Champagne

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On November 19th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., join CV Flyte for an enchanting candle-making experience with Northern Nevada Candle Company. Craft your own unique candle while enjoying a glass of champagne or your favorite beverage. All materials and expert guidance included. Reserve your spot now!


At Dickson Realty, our team of local experts knows about the best activities and places to live, including the best things to do in November in the Carson Valley area. To learn more about how to enjoy the Northern Nevada region, contact one of our realtors today.