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Sparks Hometowne Christmas 2013

Sparks is kicking off their holiday season with a holly jolly weekend of festivities!

The Hometowne Christmas Parade: Celebrating 150 years of Nevada Heritage honors the Sesquicentennial – 150 years of Statehood for Nevada!  Come downtown on December 7 for a traditional Christmas parade along with entertainment, photos with Santa, and arts and crafts. The tree lighting ceremony will be Friday night with the parade on Saturday at 1pm.

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Tree Lighting Ceremony

Friday December 6, 2013 6:30-7:00 pm

Gather ‘round as Mayor Martini turns the lights on the glorious tree. Event includes carolers and great entertainment. New surprises are afoot, come and be a part! Refreshments courtesy of John Ascuaga’s Nugget.

Hometowne Christmas Parade

Saturday, December 7, 2013, Parade: 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Come down early and get hot chocolate compliments of Living Stones Church. Check in on Santa at Santa’s Village in the Schoolhouse, where the elves from the Boys and Girls Clubs keep the Santa in merry mood. Warm up with great Christmas shopping at the Hometowne Craft Faire in the Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, at Victorian and Pyramid Highway.

Ugly Sweater Run

Saturday, December 7 at 10:00am.

Registration available at Scheels Customer Service starting November 1, 2013.

FEE: $20 OR New Toy Donation  – 100% of the proceeds will benefit Toys for Tots!

Christmas on the Comstock

This Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, Virginia City, Nev. kicks off its annual holiday tradition, Christmas on the Comstock. Located just 25 miles from Reno, the town boasts the Parade of Lights, a country Christmas concert and Breakfast with Father Christmas. The festivities continue throughout the month with unique gifts and boutique holiday shopping at local merchants.

Breakfast with Father Christmas – Dec. 7, 9 – 11 a.m.

Join Father Christmas for breakfast, photos and a chance to share Christmas wishes at Piper’s Opera House. Price: Adults $10, Kids $8.

The Candy Cane Express Trains –Dec. 7-8 and 14-15. Two departures daily: noon and 2 p.m.

Create holiday memories aboard the Candy Cane Express Holiday Train on the famous Virginia & Truckee Railroad. Delight with visits from the Candy Cane Sisters while sipping hot chocolate, spiced apple cider and enjoying delicious cookies and candy canes. Price: $14 adults, $7 children, ages 2 and under free. Purchase tickets online.

Christmas Movies at Piper’s Opera House Dec. 7, 12 – 4 p.m.

Bring the kids to watch classic Christmas movies at the historic Piper’s Opera House before the Parade of Lights. Price: FREE.

Christmas on the Comstock Parade of Lights – Dec. 7, 5 p.m.

Bundle up and gather along C Street for Virginia City’s only evening parade and watch as the town lights up with Christmas cheer. Price: FREE.

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Christmas in the Sierra – Concert with David John & The Comstock Cowboys, Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m.

Bring your cowboy boots and Santa hat to this boot-stomping good time with David John and the Comstock Cowboys for a country Christmas concert at Piper’s Opera House. Buy your tickets in advance online. Price:  $25.

Photos with Father Christmas – Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Stop by the Virginia City Visitors Center at 86 South C Street to meet Father Christmas and create a holiday memory. Call 775-847-7500 for more information.

Virginia City Merchant Christmas Gift Giveaway, Dec. 7 – Dec. 30, merchant business hours vary.

Pick up a lucky number card at Forever Christmas, The Mark Twain Museum or the Visitor Center for a chance to win one of 2,000 free gifts at over 20 participating merchants. Price: FREE.

Gingerbread Social and Charity Auction – Dec. 8, 5 p.m.
Enter your gingerbread creation for a chance to win fabulous prizes at Piper’s Opera House. Price: FREE.

To purchase tickets and for more information on Christmas on the Comstock events taking place in Virginia City, Nev., visit online or call the Virginia City Tourism Commission at 775-847-7500.

COME ONE, COME ALL to the 2013 Reno Santa Pub Crawl

Reno Santa Pub Crawl has become more than a bar crawl, it’s a weekend long holiday jubilee that gets everyone into the Christmas Spirit. Here’s a guide to do it right:

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It’s that time of year again when thousands of Santas descend upon downtown Reno to enjoy good spirits and yule-tide cheer.  Over 13,000 holiday-clad wassailers are expected to enjoy the jolly 13th year of the Reno Santa Pub Crawl!  Additional bars, pre-Crawl festivities, Friday night fun and Santa Skiing will make it an entire weekend of charitable, holiday FUN!

THE ANNUAL PHOTO UNDER THE ARCH IS AT 10PM THIS YEAR — DON’T BE LEFT OUT!

The Reno Santa Pub Crawl is like NO other event – after all, it’s the the largest Santa Pub Crawl in the country.  Ya, kind of a big deal, and that’s all thanks to YOU!!

And now, we proudly present….

THE RULES TO CRAWL BY

  • Crawlers MUST be at least 21 years old!  ID’s WILL be checked!  Bring valid ID.
  • Crawlers MUST wear appropriate attire!  A complete Santa suit, Mrs. Claus suit, snowman, elf or some other festive decoration are not only part of the deal but exceedingly FUN!  And, it will get you in free to official crawl bars.
  • Get into the giving spirit!  True old school Santas bring extra Santa hats or some other ingenious festive item to give out to random people.  Ladies love this.  Actually, so do gents.
  • Do your part for the charity – Support the Claus by frequenting those establishments highlighted on the Official Map.
  • This is a free event ~ there are no tickets to purchase to participate, (drinks unfortunately, you must pay for.)  If you’d like to Support the Claus, get yourself a cool official cup which gives you discounted drinks and free cover to all of the bars. Chocolate Walrus, Prism Magic, Junkee, Adam and Eve in Carson are official Santa Crawl cups shops.
  • Remember to pace yourself and drink water.  There are over 60 bars to visit and you should try to check them out.  That is your challenge should you choose to accept it.
  • Keep in mind your tasty beverages must be finished before leaving each establishment.
  • Try not to hang out in the same place for more than 20-30 minutes.  It’s a CRAWL!  It’s going to be quite a feat to hit all 60+ venues as it is!
  • Don’t forget to tip your bartenders, etc.  They deserve it for putting up with all the shenanigaaa….holiday spirit!
  • Spontaneously sing carols.
  • Don’t drink and drive – get a discounted hotel room! Use code SANTA13 at Silver Legacy.
  • Keep in mind that this event will be at least 12 plus hours of non-stop Christmas spirit & debauchery.
  • Have FUN!!!

Pre-Crwl:

Thursday

At 7 p.m. on the casino floor by Aura Ultra Lounge $2,500 in cash prizes will be awarded to the top three naughtiest or nicest pub crawl outfit at the $2,500 “Miss Elf: Naughty or Nice” contest. Get there early or register online at www.silverlegacy.com. And don’t miss the after-party at Rum Bullions, beginning at 9 p.m.!

Friday

Scout out the bars for the crawl and find your loved one’s and yourself a $5 Charitable Contribution for a Commemorative Cup. This Cup will bring you much joy during the course of Saturday Night and on into the wee hours of Sunday morning. With your Cup, you will receive DRINK SPECIALS and FREE entrance to all the 2013 Santa Crawl BARS!

Saturday Morning

Santas in full costume will receive $39 lift tickets to Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe – just 30 min from Reno for the SANTA SKI CRAWL.

The Great Santa Dash

Max out on holiday cheer and participate in the Great Santa Dash the morning of the Reno Santa Pub Crawl! Sport a festive Christmas costume if you want to avoid Santa’s naughty list, plus all adult santas (21+) will receive a FREE SANTA CRAWL CUP!

Crawl, drink & be merry!

Holiday Discount Guide for Local Reno Businesses

This season, downtown businesses have generated a one-of-a-kind shopping guide that is packed full of hundreds of dollars in savings, discounts and freebies.

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Through December 31st, shoppers can pick up what’s called a holiday dash guide filled with dozens of deals towards local brands and local flavors with big savings for services, retail, cocktails and seasonal dining in the cities hippest and fastest growing neighborhoods. The coupon guide is available HERE for instant download and at participating merchant locations in all three districts.

The offers include everything from a 2-for-1 drink discount, $300 gift certificates towards your next tattoo, $1 tacos, salon packages and discounts on specialty coffee!

Celebrate Pi Day in Reno Tahoe USA

Get creative when it comes to honoring Pi Day – there is no wrong way to celebrate. After all, it is centered around a number that is completely irrational!

But, if you’re looking for ideas to celebrate in a more semi-rational manor, read these tips for a pi-fect day in Reno Tahoe USA:

pie11. Eat Pie – it’s an excuse to eat pie any time of the day – carpe diem! Plus, Grand Sierra Resort is offering:

  • $3.14 slices of pie at Cafe Sierra or Charlie Palmer
  • $5 Apple and Chocolate Pie Cocktails at WET Ultra Lounge

2. Pizza pie, pot pie, pi-napple, pi-ne nuts, pi-ña coladas – the pi is the limit! Dig in to your favorite “pi” foods at your favorite Reno Tahoe dining spots. Try Noble Pie Parlor or JJ’s Pie Co.!

3. Run 3.14 miles along the Riverwalk in downtown Reno. (And then eat more pie.)

4. See how many things you can do with “pi” in them. Smell pi-ne trees, follow Visit Reno Tahoe on Pi-nterest… etc.

Happy Pi Day!

HOLLY JOLLY DAYS AT ATLANTIS

Atlantis Casino Resort Spa is offering series of special discounts, in exchange for charitable donations during this year’s Holly Jolly Days!

Contributions will be donated to a number of deserving local charities, spanning the entire community. Charities include: The Salvation Army, Food Bank of Northern Nevada, Evelyn Mount Community Outreach Food Drive, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada and Toys for Tots!

Holly Jolly Days runs until Friday, December 23rd.

headerBring in two non-perishable food items (per person) to receive:

Café Alfresco

o   2-4-1 Wood Fired Brick Oven Pizza or Made-to-order Pasta

Manhattan Deli for Two for $20

o   Enjoy Two Select Menu Items, Two Drinks and a Dessert to Share

Purple Parrot $6.99 (midnight-6am)

o   Choice of: NY Steak and Eggs, Ham & Cheese Omelet, Gyro Sandwich or BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich

Toucan Charlie’s Buffet & Grille (excludes Sunday Brunch)

o   2-4-1 Breakfast or Lunch or $5-off Dinner Buffet Nightly

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o   20% Discount

Club Paradise Desk

o   Free Slot Tournament Bonus Entry

Bring in a new winter coat to receive:

Spa Atlantis

o   $10 Spa or Salon Gift Certificate

Bring in a new and unwrapped toy or two non-perishable food items to receive:

Fun Center

o   $5 Game Card with a minimum $5 purchase

The Nutcracker Returns to Reno

It wouldn’t be the holiday season without everyone’s favorite tale of the Nutcracker. The whole family will enjoy this classic ballet as sugar plumb fairies and mice dance through a young girl’s dream to the beautiful music of Tchaikovsky. Enjoy this favorite, showing every weekend leading up to the holidays, at one of the many performances here in Reno.

1_nutcrackerDecember 3 – 4

The Nutcracker – Peninsula Ballet Theatre Of San Mateo California

Grand Sierra Resort & Casino

December 9 – 11

The Nutcracker – A.V.A. Ballet Theatre

Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts

December 17 – 24

The Nutcracker – RDC Nutcracker Performance Tour

John Ascuaga’s Nugget, Celebrity Showroom

Written by, Cody Haener

E-card: Give someone you love a taste of Reno-Tahoe

Christmas is just a day away, and 2009 is on the horizon – perfect timing for that last-minute greeting for someone special on your list.

Check out the Reno-Tahoe Holiday Gingerbread Maker, and e-card personalized with Sierra Nevada winter images. Happy Holidays!