Carson Valley in December offers many cheerful events! The 9th Tahoe Film Fest is a cultural gem enriching the scenic landscape, focusing on environmental films that educate and honor conservation efforts. Embrace the festive spirit in December with ‘Christmas on the Comstock,’ a Victorian-style celebration boasting a tree lighting, a lively saloon crawl, and the ‘Believe Again Christmas Giveaway.’ The Silver & Snowflakes Festival of Lights will dazzle visitors with enchanting displays and activities.

‘Christmas in Genoa’ offers a heartwarming experience, starting with the Annual Genoa Tree Lighting, and you can enjoy a delightful Breakfast with Santa!

The Carson Valley Pops’ Winter Concert promises a delightful experience with festive melodies reflecting the holiday spirit. Meanwhile, the Chocolate Nugget Winter Wonderland invites families and friends to enjoy a holiday atmosphere, capturing moments with Santa and his reindeer.

The 10th Annual New Year’s Eve Candlelight Labyrinth Walk offers a meditative experience on December 31st, where visitors can engage in a reflective journey. Every gathering promises a diverse array of experiences for all during this merry season.

9th Tahoe Film Fest

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Tahoe Film Fest enriches the cultural landscape of a breathtaking locale. The festival’s spotlight is on environmental films, educating and honoring conservation efforts. Alongside American Independent and Latin American films, it pays tribute to filmmakers. Notably, all proceeds support the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center, championing the preservation of the pristine lake and its environs. Join the cinematic celebration and environmental stewardship at Tahoe Film Fest!

Festive Holiday Events

Christmas on the Comstock

  • When: Friday, December 1 – Sunday, December 31, 2023
  • Where: Virginia City, 85 S. C St., Virginia City

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Embrace the festive spirit with ‘Christmas on the Comstock’ throughout December, a Victorian-style celebration featuring a tree lighting, a lively saloon crawl, the ‘Believe Again Christmas Giveaway,’ and enchanting events like the V&T Candy Cane Express and Train O’Lights. Join the St. Mary’s Art Center Holiday Faire and Senior Center Craft Fair for unique gifts by local artisans. Don’t miss the Parade of Lights, magical fireworks, and the 601 Christmas Concert at Piper’s Opera House for an unforgettable holiday experience!

Photo Courtesy of Virginia City Tourism Commission

Silver & Snowflakes Festival of Lights

  • When: Friday, December 12, 2023
  • Where: Nevada State Capitol, 101 N. Carson St., Carson City

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It’s an enchanting Annual Tree Lighting event on December 1, 2023, at the State Capitol Grounds. The evening kicks off with free electric sleigh rides from 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m., followed by the Tree Lighting Ceremony. Enjoy the jolly atmosphere with performances by Carson City’s 5th Grade Music Students and witness the State Tree Lighting at 6:00 p.m. Afterward, the celebrations continue downtown until 7:15 p.m., offering free sleigh rides, photo opportunities with Santa and the Grinch, hot cocoa, and heartwarming caroling by various choirs. Don’t miss this magical holiday celebration!

Christmas in Genoa

  • When: Friday, December 1 – Saturday, December 9, 2023
  • Where: Various locations in Genoa

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Immerse yourself in the joyous spirit with ‘Christmas in Genoa’ on December 1st & 2nd. The weekend kicks off with the Annual Genoa Tree Lighting, Caroling at the Genoa Community Church, and a heartwarming Breakfast with Santa. On December 9th, experience ‘A Cowboy Country Christmas’ featuring classic holiday tunes and American songbook melodies performed by Dougie L. Purchase tickets from the Town Office — seating is limited and tickets go fast for this memorable holiday experience!

Carson Valley Pops Concert – Winter Concert

  • When: Friday, December 8 – Saturday, December 9, 2023
  • Where: CVIC Hall, 1602 Esmeralda Ave., Minden

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Experience the joy of music with the Douglas County Community Orchestra, known for its seasonal performances throughout the year. The Carson Valley Pops, an all-volunteer non-profit orchestra, presents their Winter Concert on December 8th and 9th, 2023. Delight in the cheery melodies as they perform a repertoire reflecting the spirit of the season. Admission to the enchanting concert is free but due to popularity, be sure to get your admission ticket from gadZooks!, and enjoy a wonderful way to celebrate the holidays through music.

Chocolate Nugget Winter Wonderland!

  • When: Saturday, December 9, 2023
  • Where: Chocolate Nugget Candy Factory, 611 US-395, New Washoe Valley

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Visit the Chocolate Nugget Candy Factory in New Washoe City, for an amusing event featuring a special appearance by Santa Claus himself. Share your wishes and dreams with Santa, regardless of being naughty or nice, as he’s prepared treats for all! Families and friends are welcome to revel in this festive atmosphere, capturing memorable moments with Santa and his reindeer. Mark your calendars for a fun-filled day with Santa at the Chocolate Nugget Candy Factory, the ideal way to embrace the holiday spirit!

10th Annual New Year’s Eve Candlelight Labyrinth Walk

  • When: Sunday, December 31, 2023
  • Where: Heritage Park, 1447 Courthouse Alley, Gardnerville

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Discover the profound meaning behind walking a Labyrinth on New Year’s Eve – a time to foster hope for the future. Join the 10th Annual Candlelight Labyrinth Walk on December 31, 2023, at Heritage Park Gardens. Engage in this meditative experience to find balance, gain insight, and alleviate stress while creating and celebrating. Stay warm by the fire pits and enjoy hot cocoa & cider. Remember to bring chairs, cups, and marshmallows for a family-friendly evening of reflection and joy with friends. And don’t miss out on Candy Cane Main – festivities start on November 30th and continue through December 2nd!

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