THROUGH DECEMBER 29
ELDORADO RESORT CASINO – ELDORADO SHOWROOM
The Christmas Season went into full gear Last weekend, transforming the Eldorado Showroom into Santa’s Christmas Wonderland. According to USA Press, the production is a “dazzling holiday spectacular” and has been touted as the “the most-loved Christmas show of the season.” Viewed by over 5 million people around the world, the outstanding production features glittering costumes, sensational sets, a dazzling cast and the highest kicking chorus dancers this side of the North Pole. Join Santa on his unforgettable and nostalgic Christmas journey, and get your tickets at EldoradoReno.com.
THURSDAY & SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5-7
PIONEER UNDERGROUND & LEX NIGHTCLUB
Justin Rivera is a nationally recognized, professional comedian and magician, who has appeared on many, worldwide stages and national television shows. His unique blend of comedy and magic appeals to a wide range of audiences, both young and old. A seasoned performer, Justin has performed before esteemed public venues such as the Improv, Comedy Store, and Laugh Factory. This weekend, he graces the stages of the Pioneer Underground and LEX Nightclub, so pick a show and go. Get tickets online at RenoTahoeComedy.com.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6 & 7
DOWNTOWN SPARKS – VITORIAN AVE
Experience the annual holiday event that brings the community back year after year. Sparks Hometowne Christmascelebrates Christmas traditions from around the world and will feature floats that represent those traditions. The event begins Friday night (6:30-7 pm) with the Tree Lighting Ceremony. Saturday morning, all are welcome to run or walk in the Ugly Sweater Run at Scheels/Marina. Santa invites children to have their pictures taken with him at the Sparks Heritage Museum. And the beloved Hometowne Christmas Parade lines the street of Victorian Square from 1-2:30 pm. Learn more at CityOfSparks.us.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6 – SUNDAY, & DECEMBER 22
UNDER THE BIGTOP TENT IN THE SHADOW OF THE ATLANTIS CASINO RESORT
Under the Big Top in the shadow of The Atlantis, Reno welcomes Winter Dreams Magic Theatre Circus. Entertaining Reno for the first time this year, the extremely talented and breathtaking group of performers will dazzle us with their artistry, strength and skill. Prepare to be amazed with magical disappearances, inspired with magnificent aerial dance, endeared by talented, tail-wagging friends, bewildered by physics defying contortionists, acrobats and jugglers and entertained by hilarious clowns. It all takes place in the magical tent that surrounds. Don’t worry, the “techno-tent” dome is heated and seats 800. Learn more and purchase tickets at MagicTheatreCircus.com.
THROUGH DECEMBER 24
GREATER NEVADA FIELD – 250 EVANS AVE, DOWNTOWN RENO
Journey by train with your loved ones through the magical tunnels of Greater Nevada Field! You’ll enjoy a joyful ride aboard the Holiday Express Train bound for The North Pole where you’ll deliver “The Naughty and Nice” list to Santa, and have the opportunity to take photos with the jolly, plump guy! Round out your Winterfest experience by making a Christmas craft in Santa’s workshop, and taking in the beauty of the spectacular light display. For more details about Winterfest, visit WinterfestReno.com.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6 (6 :30 pm)
Dejan Tyler comes to Reno this weekend with his honest and refreshing sense of humor. Presenting comedy that flows naturally and with ease, the Sacramento native’s shows embrace diversity and appreciate the humor in everything and everybody. Connecting with his audience that feels like it’s a part of the show, Dejan’s standup at LEX Nightclub will quite possibly leave you wanting more. For tickets to his Happy Hour show at LEX, visit LEXNightClub.com.
FRIDAY-SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6-8
PIONEER CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
The Reno Philharmonic and conductor Jason Altieri bring back Spirit of the Season to the Pioneer, a classic holiday celebration to warm your heart. Spectacular orchestral arrangements, choral and traditional singers, jazzy dancers, and Santa grace the stage during four magical performances this weekend. Check out the promo video for what’s in store, and purchase tickets online at PioneerCenter.com.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7 – SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14
RENO CITY PLAZA – OUTSIDE OF HARRAH’S RENO
Downtown Reno shines over the next week, at the first ever Reno Winter Light Festival. Reno City Plaza becomes a “human mapping playground” as the “Here You Are… Elsewhere” exhibit by Vous etes ici ailleurs, uniquely displays a projection of art pieces based on interactive maps, the play of lights and video, pictograms and geographical coordinates. Three temporary public art pieces will also share space at the plaza. Cruise over to Wingfield Park and check out “Fish Out of Water” by Branden. It’s Otto, the oversized goldfish, illuminated over the Truckee River. Visit Reno.Gov for more info about the festival happenings beginning Dec 7.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8 (8 pm)
GRAND SIERRA RESORT – GRAND THEATRE
From Portland to Reno, the indie/alternative rock band that has grown in popularity steadily since its humble beginning a couple of decades ago, Modest Mouse takes the stage at the Grand Theatre. With six solid studio albums under its belt, and the release songs like “Float On,” “Ocean Breathes Salty” and “The World At Large,” the band continues to evolve and grow its fan-based one album and concert at time. Catch Modest Mouse live Sunday night and buy tickets at GrandSierraResort.com.
THROUGH DECEMBER 31
INCLINE VILLAGE & CRYSTAL BAY, NV – VENUE VARIES BY EVENT
Enjoy the spirit of the holidays and the wonder of winter at Lake Tahoe all month long. Running through New Year’s Eve, Incline Village and Crystal Bay offer several awesome events sprinkled throughout this magical month. A Toccata Tahoe Symphony Orchestra performance, Tahoe Film Fest, A Rat Pack Christmas, Addams Family performances by Great Future Productions and brunch with Santa Claus… All this and more at Northern Lights. Visit NorthernLightsTahoe.com for all events and details.
INCLINE VILLAGE, CRYSTAL BAY, NV & NORTHSTAR, CA
The 5th Annual Tahoe Film Festival takes place this weekend at the Incline Village Cinema, Crystal Bay Crown Room and NorthStar Cinema. Embracing the respect for our environment and the protection of our beloved Lake Tahoe, the majority of the short films showing this weekend are environment-centric. The event aims to educate our community and celebrate the efforts of maintaining the beauty of our pristine lake and surroundings. Learn more and check out the schedule of film-showings at TahoeFilmFest.com.
FRIDAY-SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13-15 (5 PERFORMANCES)
PIONEER CENTER for the PERFORMING ARTS