Celebrate the holidays at any of the many events happening in Carson Valley.
Santa will be at Cheshire Antiques, 1423 Highway 395, Gardnerville, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Pictures with Santa available with a donation of two canned food items for the Carson Valley Community Food Closet. Storewide sale and refreshments will be part of the festivities.
The Dake House, 2242 Main St., Genoa, will be decorated in a Victorian-era Christmas theme through Dec. 8. The staff will dress in period costumes and refreshments will be served. Information, Bob and Martha Williams, 782-4951.
The Gardnerville Christmas Kickoff is 5:30 p.m. Wednesday with the lighting of the Christmas tree and the pavilion in Heritage Park.
The event features holiday music by the Sierra Ringers and Christmas carolers, wagon rides and a visit from Santa. Hot chocolate, cider and Dutch oven cobblers provided by the Town of Gardnerville. Popcorn provided by Gardnerville Water Co.
Information, 782-7134 or www.gardnerville-nv.gov
Enter the Carson Valley Arts Council's fourth annual Gingerbread House Decorating Contest by Dec. 5. Houses will be on display Dec. 6-13 at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center. Information and entry forms, Dennis Little, 267-5634 or CVGingerbread@aol.com.
Minden's Christmas Marketplace noon to 8 p.m. Dec. 5, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 6, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 7 in the old C.O.D. Garage. Santa will be available for pictures Dec. 5. Live entertainment, carolers and dancers and martial arts demonstration. Information, 782-2444.
The Elks annual Spaghetti Feed and Christmas Tree Bingo is 4:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at the CVIC Hall in Minden. Spaghetti dinner starts at 5 p.m. The Minden Park gazebo lighting event will be about 6 p.m., and then return to the CVIC Hall for bingo. Winners receive Douglas fir Christmas tree certificates from Carson Valley Garden and Ranch Center.
Information, Tom Zogorski, 265-5545.
Holiday Gala at museum
Douglas County Historical Society holiday events on Dec. 6 include the Gallery of Trees, cookie walk at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., photos with Santa from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and gingerbread house display at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center, 1477 Highway 395, Gardnerville.
Parade of Lights
The annual Parade of Lights is 5 p.m. Dec. 6 on Highway 395 from Waterloo Lane to Minden Park.
Carson Valley Medical Center hosts their annual Christmas fair, 3-7 p.m. Dec. 11. The event features crafts, baked good and photos with Santa. The medical center is at 1107 Highway 395, Gardnerville.
Santa will be in the Indian Hills General Improvement District meeting room, 11 a.m. Dec. 13. Nonperishable food donation earns a ticket for a chance to win a turkey.
Information, 267-2805, ext. 28.