The spectacular tree lighting ceremony happens tonight, followed by the extensive Christmas Parade on Saturday. The Parade’s Grand Marshals include: Ian Petrella (played Randy, Ralphie’s younger brother in “A Christmas Party”), American Idol finalist Kimberley Locke and Olympic Gold Medalist swimmer Natalie Caughlin. The parade will travel from east to west on Victorian Avenue, from 1:00pm-3:00pm.
Let the traditional holiday light cruises drive past you this year. This quaint community hosts an early evening parade, in which the floats and marching bands must incorporate lights. It’s a celebration of the holidays with a hometown ambiance.
The holidays wouldn’t be complete without the retelling of one of the season’s most beloved tales. Experience the season’s joy as Tchaikovsky’s classic music guides you on a journey through a world full of beauty and magic, dancing snow flakes and sugar plums, and a war betwixt rat and a charming heroic prince. For more performances of the Nutcracker in the Reno Tahoe region, click here!
The traditionally popular, Spirit of the Season holiday show is finally here. The hair on the back of your neck – be warned! This year’s guest artist Kip Wilborn – an SF Opera performer and former “Phontom” – is lending his amazing pipes to the music of the holidays. The concert set will be held on Saturday, December 3 (7:00 p.m.) and Sunday December 4 (2:00 p.m.) at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts.
The past is alive in historic Virginia City. The preserved western frontier town was once the center of commerce and culture during the gold and silver booms of the late 1800s. The old buildings, wooden boardwalk, museums, steam train and shops bring that history to life for families seeking a taste of the Wild West. Watch the Video:
They snort. They spit. Sometimes they bite. They may be the most ornery animals on four legs – at least any animal you would consider riding. And they’re coming to Northern Nevada’s Virginia City to race.
The Virginia City International Camel Races celebrate its 50th running Sept. 11-13 in this Wild West town, offering high drama in the high desert hills outside of Reno. While the dromedaries are not known for their speed – some even choose to go the wrong way on occasion – the awkward gallops, jockeys hanging on for dear life, and the whooping of the crowd is a spectacle worth seeing.
A piece of Nevada history
The camel races started as a lie, when Virginia City’s Territorial Enterprise newspaper in 1959 made up a story about camel racing on the Comstock. The story found its way into other newspapers, and eventually the San Francisco Chronicle and the Phoenix Sun challenged each other to a race.
So the races were on, the year that the “Misfits” starring Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe, and directed by John Huston, were in Virginia City filming the movie. Huston, riding for the Chronicle, won the first camel race.
While you’re here
Virginia City’s roots go deep. The onetime commercial and cultural center of the West was borne out of the silver boom in the mid-nineteenth century. Much of that history, from the boardwalks, museums and preserved saloons, to the fully functional V&T Railroad, lives on today, offering visitors a true Wild West experience.
For more information about Virginia City and the International Camel Races, call 1-800-718-7587 or go online to VisitVirginiaCityNV.com.
6 p.m. Jockey Party at the Red Dog Saloon
1:30-5 p.m. Media Races
Noon C Street Parade featuring camels, floats, marchers, hot rods, llamas and equestrian teams
1:30-5 p.m. Camel Races, including a children’s fun zone with a bounce house, fast draw competition (ages 12 and up), pony and camel rides
Evening Camel Hump Ball at the Old Freight Depot
1:30-5 p.m. Championship Races
General Admission is $10; VIP tickets are $40; Family Pack is $25; Junior/Senior/Military $8