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December 2022 Events and Activities in the Reno Region

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Christmas on the Comstock - December 1 - 31, 2022. Festivities include the Believe Again Christmas Challenge shopping spree worth $1,000, two weekends of Magical Christmas Fireworks Shows, the fun-filled Candy Cane Express trains and the evening Train O'Lights, a Christmas concert, Parade of Lights, a saloon crawl, holiday artisan craft fair at St. Mary's Art Center and community celebrations.

Tahoe Film Fest - Thursday through Sunday, December 1 - 4, 2022. Over 25 films will be shown at various venues around north Lake Tahoe and Truckee. See the full line-up of what is playing when and where at the Tahoe Film Fest schedule. You are encouraged to purchase tickets online, but box offices will be open on the day of the films as long as seats are available. All proceeds benefit UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC).

"Spirit of the Season" from the Reno Philharmonic - December 2 - 4, 2022. Gather the family for a true holiday tradition. The Reno Phil, Reno Phil Chorus and conductor Jason Altieri invite you to the Spirit of the Season, a classic holiday celebration full of orchestral arrangements, jazzy numbers, traditional holiday tunes and carols. At the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts. Choose from four showtimes and purchase tickets online.

  • Friday, December 2 at 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, December 3 at 2:00 PM
  • Saturday, December 3 at 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, December 4 at 2:00 PM

Buttcracker Rockstar - Rock of Anus - December 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 14 - 17, 21, 22, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. and December 4, 11, 18 at 2 p.m. Illuminate continues with a wild and wicked ride with the 11th rendering of an original Brüka comedy: Büttcracker Rockstar. What began as a parody of The Nutcracker, has evolved into a regional cult classic, offering a different underbelly to the original ballet each year it is performed. For ages 12 and up. Bruka Theatre is at 99 N. Virginia St. in Reno. Tickets are available online.

Northern Lights Festival - November 21 through December 31, 2022. This festival of lights features the north Tahoe communities of Incline Village and Crystal Bay. There will be many special activities at various venues during the festival, including holiday concerts, opening day at Diamond Peak ski resort, Tahoe Film Fest and lots more. Note that many activities are adults only. Check the website for a complete schedule of events.

Sparks 35th Annual Hometowne Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting - Friday and Saturday, December 2 - 3, 2022. Come to Victorian Square on December 3 for the traditional Christmas parade festivities starting at 1 p.m., along with entertainment, photos with Santa, and arts and crafts. This year's theme is "Merry and Bright." The tree lighting ceremony will be the night of December 2 from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. In addition to parade and tree lighting festivities, enjoy the 39 North Pole Village holiday festival of lights with a big selection of events and activities. The festival runs from December 1 - 3, 2022.

Jurassic Quest - Friday through Sunday, December 2 - 4, 2022. Our world-famous, life-size dinosaurs are meticulously painted and animated to be realer-than-real. Whether you're 3 or 103, this is a one-of-a-kind experience you'll never forget. Lots of dino-themed, hands-on activities. At the Reno-Sparks Convention Center. Visit the website to select a date and get tickets online.

Light Up The Night Community Christmas Event - Saturday, December 3, 2022, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Light Up The Night is an event open to all families and individuals in Reno-Sparks. The free event was created to usher in the Christmas season, and provide a free and fun Christmas event for the Reno / Sparks community. Come and enjoy pony petting zoo, pictures with Santa, Christmas music and carols, bounce houses, fire pits and s'mores, food trucks, rock climbing wall and more. Pairs of new socks and gloves are welcomed at the event for those in need in our community. The event is at Horizon Church, 2025 E. Prater Way in Sparks.

Tuba Christmas Concert at the Wilbur D. May Center - Saturday, December 3, 2022, 3 p.m. Enjoy free admission all day, cocoa and cookies for sale, holiday decorations, and so much more! Don’t miss out on this special day that only happens once a year! The May Center is at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, 1595 N. Sierra Street in Reno.

Santa Paws Photos - Saturday, December 3, 2022, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Break out your ugly sweaters to visit Nevada Humane Society in Reno with the whole furry family. Bring your pet for a photo you will cherish this holiday season. Reserve your spot with a $25 donation. Nevada Humane Society is at 2825 Longley Lane in Reno.

Magic of Santa Arts and Crafts Faire - Saturday and Sunday, December 3 - 4, 2022. You can get arts and crafts from numerous vendors while supporting local businesses. Find beautiful hand made items from toll painted snowmen and beautiful doll clothes to fine wood work. Admission good for both days is $5 for adults, $4 seniors and students, kids under 16 are free. Get $1 off admission by donating a can of food or new socks. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Free admission 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Location is the Reno Sparks Convention Center, 4590 S. Virginia Street in Reno. Free parking.

Siamsa - A Celtic Christmas - Tuesday, December 6, 2022, doors open at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m. Featuring dance and music, SIAMSA tells the story of three young orphans searching for the "Candle in the Window" – the light that represents the true meaning of Christmas. This year's production of SIAMSA features Irish dance champions, vocalists, musicians and local actors and actresses. In the Grand Theatre at the Grand Sierra Resort, 2500 E. 2nd St. in Reno. Tickets available online.

Student Outreach Clinics from UNR - General and Pediatrics Clinic - Tuesday, December 6, 2022, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Services for adults include screenings and diagnosis, lab services, x-rays, EKGs, blood pressure monitoring, some treatments and referrals. Services for patients age 18 and younger include Head Start physicals, sick child visits, well child checks and nutrition counseling. Clinics are by appointment only. To schedule, call (775) 391-0632 or email Clinics are held at the University Health Building, 745 W. Moana Lane in Reno.

Reno's Annual Holiday Tree Lighting - Wednesday, December 7, 2022, starting at 5 p.m. Join the City of Reno and members of the Reno City Council as we light the official Holiday Tree at Reno City Plaza. The tree lighting, with a countdown led by Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve and the Reno City Council, is scheduled for around 5:30 p.m. Performances by THE ROW's Christmas Wonderland, Kat Heart, and Khalilah Cage will help make the season bright. First Street between Virginia Street and University Way will be closed from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day - Wednesday, December 7, 2022. Each year on December 7, Pearl Harbor Survivors, veterans, and visitors from all over the world come together to honor and remember the 2,403 service members and civilians who were killed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. On August 23, 1994, the United States Congress designated December 7 as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

Pink Martini Holiday Show - Sunday, December 11, 2022, 7:30 p.m. Presented by Artown, Pink Martini with China Forbes, brings a mix of classical, jazz, Latin and pop music to the Grand Sierra Resort's Grand Theatre. Online tickets start at $30. To avoid fees, buy tickets at the Grand Theatre box office or call 775-789-1115.

Annual Share Your Christmas Drive-By Food Drive - Friday, December 9, 2022, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be three donation drop off locations - Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno, Governor's Mansion in Carson City, Carson Valley Inn in Minden. All non-perishable food items are accepted. You can also text the word "SHARE" and then a dollar amount to 50155 to donate directly to the Food Bank of Northern Nevada.

The Nutcracker Ballet - Friday through Sunday, December 9 - 11, 2022. A.V.A. Ballet Theatre presents its annual production at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts in Reno, with music by the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra. Friday's performance is at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sunday at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Visit the website to get tickets for the performance you prefer.

"Peter Pan, Jr." from Sierra School of Performing Arts - Friday through Sunday, December 9 - 11, 2022. Ring in the holidays with this classic story of the boy who won't grow up. Peter Pan has it all: music, comedy, adventure, magic and fairies, a ticking crocodile and the villainous Captain Hook. It's the perfect show for the whole family. December 9 at 7 p.m., December 10 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., December 11 at 3 p.m. At Damonte Ranch High School, 10500 Rio Wrangler Parkway in Reno. Tickets are available online.

Reno Santa Crawl - Saturday, December 10, 2022, starting at 8 p.m. The Reno Santa Crawl draws thousands of Santas and Mrs. Santas to the largest event of its kind in the country. The main event is in downtown Reno, with other related activities. The biggest is "Santas under the Arch," a massive group photo for all ages. The crawl itself is a 21+ event. The list of participating bars and restaurants is extensive. Buy a pass, get your Santa on and join the fun. The Reno Santa Crawl supports local schools through If you like this sort of thing, learn about more crawls from "Beer Crawls in Reno."

Hands ON! Second Saturday - Saturday, December 10, 2022. Come to the Nevada Museum of Art for a day of fun family activities and free admission for all. Participate in hands-on art projects, storytelling, live music, tours and more. Projects and stories this month have a "Winter Wonderland" theme. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

High Desert Harmony Chorus presents High Desert Holidays - Sunday, December 11, 2022, 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Enjoy holiday choral magic featuring selections such as White Christmas, O Chanukah, O Chanukah, Ring Out the Bells, and more. Sit back and take in our ever-growing guest chorus as well as special guest performances. We can't wait to share what we hope will be a beautiful holiday afternoon with you and your family. At The Theatre, 505 Keystone Ave. in Reno. Visit the website to get online tickets for the performance you prefer.

Tintabulations Handbell Ensemble - Tintabulations will be holding several concerts around the area during December, 2022. Visit the website to learn when and where.

Christmas Wonderland - November 23 - December 25, 2022. Start your holiday tradition in style as Santa and his merry helpers take you on a nostalgic Christmas journey, with all your favorite Christmas songs. Perfect for the entire family. At the Eldorado Showroom, 345 N. Virginia St. in Reno. Tickets are available online.

TOCCATA presents Handel's "Messiah" - Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus brings its annual production of Handel's "Messiah" to five Reno - Tahoe area locations. Tickets are available at the door 30 minutes prior to the concert, or can be purchased online. General admission is $30 adults, $25 seniors, free for persons under age 23. Preferred seating is $40, $15 for youth/students, $35 for seniors. Premium seating also available. (775) 313-9697.

  • Saturday, December 3, 2022, 3 p.m. - Truckee High School Theater, Truckee
  • Sunday, December 4, 2022, 3 p.m. - Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Reno
  • Sunday, December 11, 2022, 3 p.m. - Cornerstone Community Church, Incline Village
  • Friday, December 16, 2022, 6:30 p.m. - St. John's Presbyterian Church, Reno
  • Sunday, December 18, 2022, 3 p.m. - St. Theresa's Catholic Church, South Lake Tahoe

Reno Wind Symphony: A Holiday Celebration - Saturday and Sunday, December 10 - 11, 2022, 7:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Join us for two performances of A Holiday Celebration, featuring some of your favorite holiday tunes. There will also be an old-fashioned Christmas Sing–A–Long so bring your best voice. General admission is $10, $5 for seniors. Students are free with school ID. The December 10 performance is at UNR's Nightingale Concert Hall, 1335 N. Virginia St. in Reno. The December 11 show is at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, 3800 S. Virginia St. in Reno. For the Saturday show; generous sponsorship by Hawley MacLean, free tickets are available with a donation of a can of food (per ticket) for the Food Bank of Northern Nevada.

High Noon with Neal Cobb Winter Series: Backstage Pass: Behind the Scenes & Seams, When Hollywood Came to Reno - Thursday, December 15, 2022, 12 noon to 1 p.m. When the world-famous MGM Hello, Hollywood, Hello! show opened in 1978, it was billed as The Biggest Show in the World, on The Biggest Stage in the World appearing in The Biggest Little City in the World, Reno, Nevada – it was a BIG deal. Speaker Karen Burns was a professional dancer appearing in many shows, most notably: Hello, Hollywood, Hello! This streaming presentation is free to attend on Facebook and Zoom, but you must register from the website.

Student Outreach Clinics from UNR - General and Pediatrics Clinic - Saturday, December 17, 2022, 8 a.m. to 12 noon. Services for adults include screenings and diagnosis, lab services, x-rays, EKGs, blood pressure monitoring, some treatments and referrals. Services for patients age 18 and younger include Head Start physicals, sick child visits, well child checks and nutrition counseling. Clinics are by appointment only. To schedule, call (775) 391-0632 or email Clinics are held at the University Health Building, 745 W. Moana Lane in Reno.

Peanutcracker: The Story in a Nutshell - Sunday, December 18, 2022, 2 p.m. Peanutcracker is a shorter, 45-minute narrated version of The Nutcracker that is designed for families with younger children to introduce them to the wonderful world of ballet and the traditional holiday ballet, The Nutcracker. At the Pioneer Center, 100 S. Virginia St. in Reno. Tickets available online.

Reno Jazz Orchestra presents "Holiday Jazz Jubilee" - Sunday, December 18, 2022 at 2 p.m. Swing into the holiday season as the 17-piece Reno Jazz Orchestra presents a selection of seasonal music with a big band sound. The Reno Youth Jazz Orchestra will open the show. At The Theatre, 505 Keystone Ave. in Reno. Tickets are available online.

"How to Survive Your Family at Christmas" by Reno Little Theater - Friday through Sunday, December 1 - 3, 8 - 10, 15 - 17, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. and December 4, 11, 18, 2022 at 2 p.m. How to Survive Your Family At Christmas is a crowd-pleasing comedy about family, love and the one thing we all need to survive the holidays, forgiveness. Tickets are available online. Located at 147 E. Pueblo St. in Reno.

"A Christmas Rock Story" at the Grand Sierra Resort - December 18 - 31, 2022. A Christmas Rock Story is a rocking' holiday show like you've never seen before. Set during the Christmas season, this musical extravaganza features cirque acts, Santa's motorcycle daredevils, flying elves aerialists, extreme ice roller skaters, amazing music, and zany characters. It's the perfect holiday treat for the whole family. Visit the website for more information and to buy tickets online. The Grand Sierra is at 2500 E. 2nd St. in Reno.

Ugly Sweater Wine Walk - Saturday, December 17, 2022. The Riverwalk Merchants present this fun event every third Saturday of the month. Tis' the season to rock ugly sweaters. Get festive in your ugly sweaters for the Reno Wine Walk this Saturday. Visit any of the start locations with $30 and receive your wine glass and hand stamp (with photo ID), then make the rounds sampling wines at numerous businesses in the area from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. This is a 21+ event. Pets and strollers are not advised. For more information, call (775) 825-WALK (9255).

Christmas Wonderland - through December 25, 2022. Start your holiday tradition in style as Santa and his merry helpers take you on a nostalgic Christmas journey, with all your favorite Christmas songs. Perfect for the entire family. At the Eldorado Showroom, 34 N. Virginia St. in Reno. Tickets are available online.

Christmas Day - Sunday, December 25, 2022.

Christmas Tree Recycling - Monday, December 26, 2022 through Tuesday, January 10, 2023. This program is an excellent way to give your Christmas tree a new purpose while keeping it out of the landfill or letting it be illegally dumped on our public lands and open spaces.

Winter Break Camps and Activities - December 26, 2022 to January 6, 2023. Winter break activities for children and families around Reno and Sparks include camps and other things to do from several area organizations.

Nevada Chamber Music Festival - Wednesday through Sunday, December 28, 2022 through January 1, 2023. Six concerts in five days featuring Reno Chamber Orchestra musicians and ensembles from around the world. Visit the website for online festival passes and single tickets. Performances at Hall Recital Hall, University Arts Building (UAB), University of Nevada-Reno Campus and Trinity Episcopal Cathedral.

New Year's Eve Parties - Saturday, December 31, 2022. Enjoy lots of parties and fireworks while bringing in 2023. There will be celebrations in Reno, Sparks, and up at Lake Tahoe.

New Year's Eve Dining - Saturday, December 31, 2022. Here are some dining spots for satisfying your appetite while bringing in the New Year in the Reno / Sparks area.

Reno-Tahoe Senior Winter Games - Dates posted when available.

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