The town of Gardnerville is hosting its third annual Christmas Kickoff on Wednesday at Heritage Park from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
"Gardnerville is not involved in the Parade of Lights, and we wanted to do something festive for ourselves," said Carol Louthan, administrative assistant for the town of Gardnerville.
The event will include the lighting of Heritage Park Pavilion, holiday music and song by the Sierra Ringers and the Christmas Carolers, horse carriage rides around the park, hot chocolate, cider, Dutch oven cobblers, popcorn, and of course Santa Claus for the kids.
Also, the Carson Valley Community Theater will be performing the holiday melodrama, "Santa's Little Helper."
"It's the third year they've performed," said Louthan. "It's wonderful. The actors interact with the audience."
Louthan said that last year 150 to 300 people attended the event and that she hopes for more this year.
"We want to bring people together and wish them a happy holiday season," she said.
Heritage Park is located at 1447 Court House Street in Gardnerville. For more information, call 782-7134.