Here's a list of Christmas events happening in the area:


The Nevada Humane Society is having a few holiday events this year:

Santa Paws will be happening on December 7 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and December 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

It will be at the Reno location on Longley Lane. 

Photographer Susan Koppel will be offering digitally retouched images for a donation. Guests can bring their pets to sit on Santa's lap for a photo.

December 8 is also Cupcake Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Nevada Humane Society will having cupcakes from local bakeries and volunteer bakers available for sampling or to take home. Proceeds will benefit homeless pets.

The Home 4 the Holidays Pet Adoption Drive will be happening now through December 31. Fees will be waived on cats over the age of five, senior pets and those who have been at the shelter longer than others.

Lights of Love will be available now through December 31. This fundraiser allows pet owners to get a Lights of Love tribute for $10 to remember their pet. Lights are lit at the Nevada Humane Society in Reno and Carson City and will remain so through December 31. All tributes will receive a certificate in the mail.


Junk King is inviting the community to a donation drive benefiting displaced residents of the Camp Fire in Butte County this season.

Their "Holiday Haul" will be going on December 7 and December 15 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at their location at 960 Matley Lane.

They will be accepting gift cards, backpacks and children's items like diapers and toys. 

For more information, visit Junk King's Facebook page at


The Bruka Theatre on the corner of First Street and Virginia Street will be hosting a Christmas show throughout the month of December.

The show is called "The Mousehole Family Christmas Extravaganza," with the theme of the Twelve Days of Christmas and gifting. A strong sense of humor and self is recommended, followed by a talk-back with the company.

A list of showtimes can be found below:

12/7: 7:30 p.m.
12/8: 7:30 p.m.
12/9: Matinee, 2 p.m.
12/12: Artist night, $10 all tickets, 7:30 p.m.
12/13: 7:30 p.m.
12/14: 7:30 p.m.
12/15: 7:30 p.m.
12/16: Matinee, 2 p.m.
12/19: 7:30 p.m.
12/20: 7:30 p.m.
12/21: 7:30 p.m.
12/22: 7:30 p.m.
12/21: 7:30 p.m.
12/22: 7:30 p.m.

General tickets are $20. Seniors, students and military are $18. All tickets are $25 at the door.

Parking at the Parking Gallery on First and Sierra Street will be validated. Parking can also be found in the Court Street parking lot across from the Pioneer Theater after 5 p.m. and weekends. You can walk across the new Virginia Street Bridge to get to the Bruka Theatre.

For reservations or more information, visit


Santa is coming to the Meadowood Mall this holiday season.

Children and families can see him at the Simon Santa Photo Experience beginning November 9 at 10 a.m. until December 24 at 6 p.m. in the Center Court at Meadowood Mall.

Families can purchase FastPasses to avoid the lines here:

A Pet Photo Night will also happen on December 9 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Meadowood Mall is also doing a denim drive with the Reno Rodeo Foundation this holiday season and they are partnering with the Salvation Army for their yearly Angel Tree for senior citizens as well.

A Boy Scout troop will be stationed at the Guest Services Booth for complimentary gift-wrapping and there will also be musical performance on December 5 at 6 p.m., December 7 at noon, December 14 at noon and December 21 at noon.

The Aria School of Music, the Double Diamond Elementary School Choir, the Hunsberger Elementary School Choir and the Smithridge Honor Choir will be performing.

On December 15, Santa will be having breakfast at the mall from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., with a special appearance from Mrs. Claus.

A red Lamborghini will be parked in front of the Macys Men's by the Guest Services Booth and Sees Candies, where guests can purchase test drives at a designated area off-property. Rides can also be given as a gift.

The holiday hours for Meadowood Mall are:

Dec 4: 9A-9P
Dec 5: 9A-9P
Dec 6: 9A-9P
Dec 7: 9A-10P
Dec 8: 9A-10P
Dec 9: 9A-9P
Dec 10: 9A-10P
Dec 11: 9A-10P
Dec 12: 9A-10P
Dec 13: 9A-10P
Dec 14: 8A-10P
Dec 15: 8A-10P
Dec 16: 8A-10P
Dec 17: 8A-11P
Dec 18: 8A-11p
Dec 19: 8A-11P
Dec 20: 8A-11P
Dec 21: 8A-11P
Dec 22: 7A-11P
Dec 23: 7A-11P
Dec 24: 7A-6P
Dec 25: CLOSED
Dec 26: 9A-9P
Dec 27: 10A-9P
Dec 28: 10A-9P
Dec 29: 10A-9P
Dec 30: 11A-7P
Dec 31:10A-6P
Jan1: 10A-9P

“One of the great traditions of holiday shopping at Meadowood Mall is the annual family visit to the Simon Santa Photo Experience,” said Jeannine Hall, director of mall marketing at Meadowood Mall. “I know Santa can’t wait to greet children bringing him their holiday wishes.”

(The Meadowood Mall & Curator PR contributed to this report).


The Grand Sierra Resort and Casino (GSR) will be hosting a Holiday Cirque Show called "Holiday Dreams" on starting on Thursday, December 20.

Families can enjoy spectacular computer animation and projection mapping in this display of festive visuals. 

World class artists from cirque acrobats to acts featured on "America's Got Talent," will be in the show, along with comedians and Broadway-style singers.

Tickets for "Holiday Dreams" can be found at or by calling (800) 648-3568. Tickets start at $16.50 and shows run nightly at 8 p.m. from December 20 to 22, December 24 to 28 and again on December 30.


The Reno Jazz Orchestra will be playing at Cargo Concert Hall at the Whitney Peak Hotel in Reno on December 15 at 7:30 p.m. and December 16 at 2 p.m.

They will be playing at the Olympic Village Lodge at Squaw Valley in California on December 20 at 7 p.m. as well.

The show theme is "A World Of Joy," showcasing music from around the globe. 

“The performances are a one-of-a-kind holiday celebration that brings the spirit of the holidays from around the world all wrapped up in jazz,” said Chuck Reider, Music Director.  “We encourage families to bring their children as the experience offers an evening of cultural music, song, and celebrations for all generations to enjoy.” 

Tickets are $35 and will be available at


The High Desert Harmony Chorus will be celebrating the holiday season in barbershop style with a show on December 10.

It will start at 7 p.m. at the McKinley Arts and Culture Center on Riverside Drive in Reno.

Choruses from Reno High School and Echo Loder Elementary School will be participating.

Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for senior, veterans and students, and children under 10 years old are free. Those are available at


39 North Downtown is asking for volunteers to help with 39 North Pole Village held on December 6 through December 8 in downtown Sparks. 

The three-day event in Victorian Square Plaza will feature holiday lights, shopping booths, food and fun.

Volunteers will be helping set up the event, monitoring the light displays and more.

To sign up to volunteer, visit this link here:

For more information, contact Angela Handler at (775) 690-2581 or through email at

Lake Tahoe areas:

The SnowGlobe electronic music festival is also returning to the area for three days from December 29 to December 31. It'll be happening outside of the Lake Tahoe Community College and tickets are available at

Barton Health's Festival of Trees will be going on at the MontBleu Resort Convention Center, which will include family night, a black-tie gala and a teddy bear brunch. All proceeds will benefit the Community Health Endowment. For more information on that event, visit

MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa will be hosting a variety of entertainment throughout the month. For a list of shows, visit their website at

A Christmas Day buffet will be held at the Zephyr Cove Resort on December 25 from noon until 8 p.m. More information can be found at

The Tahoe Beach Retreat & Lodge Winter Wonderland Extravaganza kicks off with holiday lights and decor throughout the resort. Family-friendly events will also be available. Information about that can be found at

The Lodge at Edgewood Tahoe will be having several Christmas events for families, including Elf on the Shelf in the Great Room from December 21-24, Mrs. Claus telling stories at the outdoors firepit on December 22 and more. For details, visit

Harrah's Lake Tahoe is hosting several musical appearances as well throughout the month. For a full calendar of events, visit this link here:

The Tahoe Adventure Film Festival will be returning to MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa on December 8. It will feature selected films of the best action sports submissions from around the world. For details, visit


Harrah's and Harveys Lake Tahoe is also serving as a drop-off location for the US Marine Corps Reserve's annual Toys for Tots holiday toy drive.

Donations of new toys and books for children will be accepted now through December 15. 

Donations may also be dropped-off with valet parking staff at both Harrah's and Harvey's properties.

“For over seven decades, ‘Toys for Tots’ has brought Christmas and holiday joy to children and families who otherwise may not be able to afford gifts during this special time of the year,” says Brad Belhouse, Regional President for Caesars Entertainment operations in Northern Nevada.  “Harrah’s and Harveys Lake Tahoe are pleased and proud to be able to help the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve continue this great holiday tradition.”

For more information, visit

Carson City:

The Nevada Railroad Museum in Carson City will be hosting their 34th year of Santa Train.

The Santa Trains will run on the weekends of December 8, 15, and 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Trains run every half hour.

Children and their families can ride in rail cars pulled by the historic Virginia and Truckee Railroad #25 steam locomotive. On their way, Santa Claus will be handing out candy canes to all guests.

Inside the Wabuska Depot, children can write letters to Santa or color pictures.  

Tickets are $5 for all riders, and children two years old and younger can sit in an adult's lap for free. Tickets are also available online here: Only select trains will be available for online tickets during the first two weekends. No tickets will be available for online sales for the final weekend of Santa Train. Online ticket sales close 24 hours before departure. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Railroad Museum.

The Nevada State Railroad Museum is located at 2180 South Carson Street.


DeBug Computer in Carson City says Santa Claus will be coming to take photos.

In collaboration with the Carson City Holiday With A Hero fundraiser, Santa will be at the DeBug store in Carson City at 1817 North Stewart Street from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 15.

Professional quality photos will be available for $5 each or multiple digital copes on CD's for $25. 

100 percent of all donations will go directly to the Holiday With A Hero to help less fortunate children in the community.

For more information, contact DeBug Computer through email at


The Fernley Estates Senior Living says they are partnering with St. Vincent's Catholic Charities to put on their Operation Stocking Stuffer event.

Now through December 14 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., community members can pick up an empty stocking to stuff and return to Fernley Estates or donated unwrapped items for children ages 0 to 17.

Suggested items are age-appropriate toys, clothing, toiletries, games or gift cards. 

They said no perishable items will be accepted.

St. Vincent Catholic Charities said they will be handing out stockings to children at their annual holiday party on Sunday, December 16. Here's a list of suggested items for each age group:

- Infants to two years old: books and stuffed toys.
- Ages three to five years old: toys and stuffed animals.
- Ages six to nine: toys, treats and games.
- Ages ten to 12: toys, treats and games.
- Ages 13 to 17: toys, gift cards and books.

They are asking people not to wrap gifts inside of the stockings. They will also accept cash donations, empty stockings, stocking stuffers and candy. They are asking for a $20 maximum value per stocking and for people to label each stocking with gender and age.

Fernley Estates is located on Chisholm Trail.

For more information, call (775) 372-8625.