Christmas lands in Valley this weekend |

Christmas lands in Valley this weekend

by Joey Crandall, Staff Writer

The coming weekend brings two of the Carson Valley’s most characteristic events in downtown Minden and Gardnerville.

Minden Town Park hosts its 16th annual tree lighting Friday night at 5:30 p.m. and the eighth annual Parade of Lights is Saturday night beginning at 5 p.m.

The fun starts at noon Friday with the Old Town Minden Holiday Craft Fair between 4th and 5th streets on Esmeralda Avenue.

Roxanne Stangle, president of the Minden Business Group, said that she expects about 18 booths for the fair, which is scheduled to run until 9 p.m.

The Minden Business Group and the Town of Minden co-sponsor the event.

Various singing groups will be on hand to perform traditional carols, and the Elks will conduct a spaghetti feed and Christmas tree bingo at the CVIC Hall with dinner beginning at 5 p.m.

After the tree lighting, Santa Clause will be on hand at the C.O.D. Garage for pictures. Several volunteers from the library will be on hand at the Minden Inn to help children write letters to Santa.

Stangle was involved with the first tree lighting 16 years ago.

“The first year, there were just about 15 of us there,” she said. “It started out just as a way to say happy holidays to the residents of Minden. It’s grown from there.”

The Douglas High School Madrigal Singers will perform after the lighting, and the Carson Valley Inn will supply hot cider and cookies.

The Carson Valley Art Association hosts a craft workshop at the CVIC Hall Saturday at 4 p.m. to help children make and wrap presents for Christmas.

Parade watchers will want to bundle up along Highway 395 for the main event Saturday night.

The parade starts at Lampe Park at 5 p.m. and wraps up at Minden Town Park.

“It’s a very fun event,” said Suzanne Rosevold, executive director of the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Authority, which is putting on the parade. “We like to think of this as a community service type of thing. We provide a fun family event.”

Rosevold expects about 30 floats in the parade.

While the parade will shut down traffic on 395 for a couple hours, alternate routes are planned with a northbound detour to Waterloo, on to Orchard, on to Buckeye and back on to 395. Southbound travelers detour to Buckeye, on to Orchard, on to Waterloo and back on to 395.

After the parade, Sierra Dojo will perform demonstrations and a large choir group of home schoolers will sing at Minden Town Park.

Also in the Valley Saturday, downtown Genoa plays host to a Christmas Faire from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Genoa Town Hall. Genoa lights its tree at the Genoa Community Church at 7 p.m. Friday night.

Stangle said she has room for several more booths at the Minden fair. Interested parties can contact her at (775) 782-2444.

– Joey Crandall can be reached at or at (775) 782-5121, ext. 212.