Here is your official guide to some of the best events happening in and around the Reno/Sparks/Lake Tahoe region. The “WW” is published each month for my family, friends and real estate clients. Please reach out to me if you want to subscribe or have ideas for future publications. And thank you for your support!
~~ Denise Hallerbach, Broker/Owner Intero, Real Estate Reno
TAHOE FILM FESTIVAL
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2022
INCLINE VILLAGE, NORTHSTAR & CRYSTAL BAY CASINOThe first snow storm of December makes its way to the Sierra Nevada and Lake Tahoe. It’s the perfect time to get cozy in a warm theatre to enjoy some unforgettable flicks. Twenty-nine thoughtfully created, and recently released independent films will draw you in at the 8th Annual Tahoe Film Festival happening December 1-4, 2022. The premiere selection of films offered this year celebrate and support the efforts of all who help maintain the beauty of Lake Tahoe and its surroundings. In addition to a solid sampling of American films, Latin American independent films and award-winning music documentaries will be showcased. Proceeds from the event benefit the Tahoe Environmental Research Center, “Science to Save Lake Tahoe” fund. Learn more at TahoeFIlmFestival.com.
Take a break from the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping to bring some welcomed humor into your life! Four solid comedic acts make their way to Reno to keep you in stitches through each performance. Here is the line-up in case you want to catch one of the comedy shows this month:
EVERY THRU DECEMBER 25, 2022
ELDORADO HOTEL CASINO – ELDORADO SHOWROOM
Gather your friends and family and make your way to The Eldorado Showroom for Christmas Wonderland, a dazzling holiday spectacular that will get you into the Spirit of the Season! The annual festive extravaganza features glittering costumes, a stunning cast, and the highest kicking chorus girls this side of the North Pole. Start your holiday tradition in style as Santa and his merry helpers take you on a nostalgic Christmas journey, with all your favorite holiday songs. The show is perfect for all ages! Book your tickets now at TicketMaster.com.
LET IT GLOW, RENO!
DECEMEBER 1-29, 2022 MIDTOWN, DOWNTOWN, RIVERWALK, BREWERY and WELLS AVENUE DISTRICTS
Let it Glow, Reno is the beginning of what will be an annual community event, aiming to promote the local business districts of Reno. Stroll down lit-up streets and enjoy all that our local neighborhood establishments have to offer. Visit by car, foot, bus, scooter or pedicab (Pineapple Pedicabs) and vote for your favorites in this friendly decorating/lighting competition among these local boutiques, bars/restaurants/coffee spots and tattoo shops!
December 1st – January 8th:Twinkle Tours through Pineapple Pedicabs December 1st:Midtown District Tree Lighting Ceremony December 3rd: Wells Avenue District Party at RED December 7th:Reno Bike Night Let It Glow Group Ride & Downtown Reno Tree Lighting at City Plaza December 15th:Downtown Reno’s a Night with Santa at The Basement December 17th:Riverwalk’s Ugly Sweater Party Wine Walk December 29th: Let It Glow Spotlight Party (TBA)
SURVIVAL OF THE SLOWEST
THRU JANUARY 8, 2022
TERRY LEE WELLS NEVADA DISCOVERY MUSEUMSometimes being slow, small, or weak can have its advantages! Survival of the Slowest explores the often-overlooked species that have used their disadvantages to help them survive, and even thrive, in a world where large, strong, and fast animals are often at the top of the food chain. This world-class exhibition lets your get up close and personal with more than 15 live animals including a two-toed sloth, red-footed tortoise, green iguana, four-toed hedgehog, bearded dragon, ball python, and many more! You’ll marvel in this immersive, educational experience, but only for a limited time (thru January 8. 2023) at The Discovery! Learn more at NVDM.org.
CHRISTMAS ON THE COMSTOCK
THROUGH DECEMBER 2022
VARIOUS VENUES IN VIRGINIA CITY, NVThe Spirit of Christmas is overflowing in Virginia City through the entire month of December at Christmas on the Comstock! It’s the perfect time to visit one of Nevada’s historic towns for at least one of the many jolly activities:Dec. 2, 6 pm: Official Christmas Tree Lighting
Ring in the holiday season with Virginia City’s official Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony taking place at the Bucket of Blood parking lot located at the corner of C and Union streets.
Dec. 2-4, Dec. 9-11 and Dec. 16-18- V&T Candy Cane Express & Train of Lights
Take a ride on a whimsical V&T Candy Cane Express that has become a cherished local tradition for families of all ages OR ride the Train O’Lights, an evening train that lights up the sky with thousands of LED lights, creating a magical Christmas memory that will last forever.
Dec. 3, 11 am – 5 pm: The Grinch Made Me Do It Saloon Crawl
Have some fun during “The Grinch Made Me Do It Saloon Crawl” with festival specialty holiday drinks at featured locations. Check-in begins at 10 a.m. Tickets are on sale here.
Dec 3 & 10: Parade of Lights and a Magical Christmas Fireworks Show (See the spirit of Christmas travel through our historic town as Christmas cheer lights up the streets)
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2022 RENO SPARKS CONVENTION CENTERCammie the Camarasaurus, Tyson the T-Rex and Trixie the Triceratops… These are just a few of the massive beasts coming to Reno! Jurassic Quest presents dozens of colossal prehistoric animatronic creatures, more than any other event of its kind, for you and your family to explore. Full-sized and animated, the exhibits will make you feel like you’re transported about 165 million years back in history. Dino Babies also roam the event with staff members, allowing for personal interaction with these “little guys.” JurassicQuest also offers visitors the opportunity for hands-on science stations and activities. For all the fantastic details and ticket sales, please visit Tickets.JurassicQuest.com.
SPIRIT OF THE SEASON
FRI, DEC 2 (9 pm) SAT, DEC 3 (4 & 9 pm) & SUN, DEC 4 (2 pm) PIONEER CENTER for the PERFORMING ARTSGather the family for a true Reno holiday tradition! The Reno Philharmonic, Reno Philharmonic Chorus and conductor Jason Altieri invite you to a joyous, classic holiday celebration, Spirit of the Season. It’s a wonderful celebration offering beautiful orchestral arrangements, jazzy numbers, traditional holiday tunes and carols. Choose from four showtimes wrapped in fantasy and fun for the whole family! Tickets may be purchased online at RenoPhil.com.
SPARKS HOMETOWNE CHRISTMAS PARADE & TREE LIGHTING FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2 (6:30 -7 pm) & SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3 (Beginning @ 1 pm) VICTORIAN AVENUE, SPARKS, NVBring it back to basics with a 35 year old tradition and celebration of Christmas you won’t want to miss. Sparks kicks off the holiday season with its annual Hometowne Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony. The gatherings begin at 6:30 pm on Dec 2 at Victoria Avenue and 11th Street, and features the Nevada Gay Men’s Chorus and Sparks Mayor, Ed Lawson, flipping the switch to illuminate the gigantic live blue spruce that permanently resides at Victorian Square. Then Saturday afternoon beginning at 1 pm, the traditional Hometowne Parade kicks off at Pyramid and Victorian Ave and moves toward 15th Street. Head down early to get a photo with Santa or hang out afterwards and see 39 North Pole with its amazing light displays, food, entertainment, and crafters village. Lean more about this awesome community event at CityOfSparks.us.
SIAMSA: A CELTIC CELEBRATION TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2022 (7 pm) GRAND SIERRA RESORT – GRAND THEATREAn enchanting holiday musical for the entire family! SIAMSA features stunning dance and music, and tells the story of three young orphans searching for the “Candle in the Window,” the light that represents the true meaning of Christmas. Their search takes them on an eventful journey from Celtic village to village, where they encounter traditions, superstitions, customs and amusing antics along the way. This year’s production of SIAMSA highlights the talents of exciting Irish dance champions, vocalists, musicians and local actors and actresses. Book your tickets today for the Dec 6 show at GrandSierraResort.com.
THE NUTCRACKER BALLET FRI, DEC 9 (8 pm) SAT, DEC 10 (2 & 8 pm) and SUN, DEC 11 (1 pm & 7 pm) PIONEER CENTER for the PERFORMING ARTSGet comfy-cozy in to Reno’s underground theater, “The Pioneer,” for a matinee or evening performance of the classical ballet, The Nutcracker, brilliantly performed by A.V.A. Ballet Theatre with live accompaniment by our very own Reno Philharmonic. Due to popular demand, five performances are offered, so pick the one that works for you, and enjoy the timeless story of Clara, The Nutcracker/Prince, Snow King & Queen, Sugar Plum Fairy and more… Find tickets in advance at PioneerCenter.com, by phone at (775) 434-1050 or by visiting the Pioneer Center box office Monday-Friday, 10 am-4 pm or 2 hours before each performance.
RENO SANTA CRAWL 2022 SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2022 (STARTS W/ SANTA PHOTO UNDER ARCH AT 8 PM) DOWNTOWN RENOHo! Ho! Ho! Calling all Santas, Mrs. Clauses, Snowflakes, Christmas Trees, Reindeer, Elves, Jack Frosts, and anything else you can image related to Santa and Christmas… In case you didn’t already know, Reno is dubbed the “Crawl Capital of the World!” And Reno’s most iconic of all crawl events, Santa Crawl, is back and is anticipated to bring about 20,000 holiday-clad participants to stroll Downtown Reno. With nearly 40 participating venues offering festive drink specials and fun music, this year’s crawl is sure to be a blast! For info about participating bars, how/where to get your cup, and accommodation deals, visit CrawlReno.com.
PINK MARTINI SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2022 (7:30 pm) GRAND SIERRA RESORT – GRAND THEATREPink Martini is a little orchestra that knows no stylistic bounds. Classical and jazz, Latin and pop… These are a few of the musical threads that pull the group’s performances together in a lighthearted, jazzy vibe that evokes dance from its fans. It’s a massive collective with a rotating membership that’s been active since the early 1990s and has performed with over 50 orchestras in cities around the world, from the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the San Francisco Symphony to the BBC Concert Orchestra. The ensemble played several New Year’s Eve concerts at L.A.’s Walt Disney Concert Hall across the 2000s and early 2010s, and has performed multiple sold-out concerts at New York’s Carnegie Hall. Pink Martini has also graced late-night talk show stages of Conan O’Brien, David Letterman and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. For a sample of Pink Martini’s vibe, click here. Learn more and purchase tickets in advance to see them at GrandSierraResort.com on Sunday, December 11, 2022.
AUSTRALIA’S THUNDER FROM DOWN UNDER
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16 & SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2022 NUGGET CASINO RESORTAustralia’s hottest export, Thunder From Down Under, hits an intimate stage showing of chiseled bodies, seductive dance routines, cheeky humor, and boy-next-door charm that you won’t be able to resist! Each sexy performer embodies a different female fantasy and brings it to life, turning your wildest dreams into reality. (FYI… I can’t type this with a straight face.) Don’t miss your chance to get up-close and personal with these Aussie hunks! Critics, celebrities, and fans from around the world rave that Thunder From Down Under is one of the best male revue shows. The show has the making of the ultimate bachelorette party, divorce party, or girls’ night out destination. Get tickets in advance to one of the two steamy performances at NuggetCasinoResort.com.
RIVERWALK UGLY SWEATER RENO WINE WALK
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17 (2 to 5 pm) DOWNTOWN RENO, NVIt’s the most Wine-derful Time of the Year!! Why not throw on your most hideous holiday-themed sweater and make your way to the Riverwalk District in Downtown Reno, NV for a little vino-sipping and shopping?? The Ugly Sweater Wine Walk is hosted by small businesses of the Riverwalk Merchants Association and neighboring streets in downtown Reno. This is a fun and quirky event where your strangest and gaudiest holiday apparel take center stage and you’ll be able to socialize and have fun with friends while strolling through downtown Riverwalk businesses. For more details about participating venues at the wine walk, visit RenoRiver.org.
2 Locations in Reno: 6135 Lakeside Dr #113, Reno, NV 89511
1325 W. Seventh St., Reno NV 89503
Whoa… How I didn’t know about Bighorn Tavern until now is making me scratch my head! (Insert thinking emoji!) My boyfriend brought half of his Bighorn Chicken Sammie to me for lunch last week, and I devoured it in about 1 minute. Hands-down, it was the best sandwich I have had in a VERY long time! It is the one in the photo above. Then last night, we had the pleasure of eating dinner at the Lakeside location. I ordered their Bighorn Chili and it was absolutely to die for! I want to go back at least once a week to treat my tastebuds to more of their delicious goodness in what appears to be in every dish they create here. To top it off, the vibe is super relaxed, inviting and friendly, with excellent service throughout. Do note… If you visit Bighorn Tavern’s website, the menu does not show everything they have to offer. You just have to go there to see (and taste) the rest! Visit BighornTavernReno.com for more about these fantastic local establishments.
This just might be the charming home in the Old Southwest Reno you’ve been waiting for! Only a few blocks from the Truckee River and Crissie Caughlin Park, 2035 California Ave is settled in one of Reno’s more mature and established neighborhoods, where neighbors out for a walk actually greet you with a smile and “hello!” The updated home features 3 beds/2.5/baths/2-car garage on 1/5 acre property with a tasteful, variety of landscape and hardscape and a super inviting front porch to soak in the sun and the snowy Sierra mountain view. Email, or text/call me at 775-233-0682 if you’re interested! Denise Hallerbach, Broker/Owner, Intero Reno (B.1001182.CORP).
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COMING SOON… THE “DECEMBER 2022 RENO-SPARKS MARKET REPORT”
The November 2022 stats are rolling in, but won’t be quite accurate and posted until mid-December. If you’re curious about how the November Reno-Sparks real estate market is fairing as we close out the year, check back after Dec 10 at DeniseHallerbach.com for my monthly market report and a look at November’s median sales price, units sold, a pulse on inventory, days to market and much more!
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