Christmas Kickoff

Hometown Holiday Events 2018

In this neck of the woods, we don’t need an excuse for a party but we certainly don’t let the opportunity pass us by either. When there’s a chill in the air, we know it’s time to kick off the holidays. Find more information about all of these happenings, and more, on our events page.

Turkey TrotOn Thanksgiving morning prep for that carb load with the 2nd Annual Turkey Trot. This fun 5k walk/run is open to everyone (even your pup), and crazy outfits are encouraged. Everyone gets a swag bag, is guaranteed a great time, and you get the warm fuzzies knowing you’re helping adoptable pets and the local Food Closet. Find out more here.

Small Business Saturday is the small town answer to Black Friday. This day celebrates neighborhood mom and pop shops and gives you a great excuse to get out and kick-start your holiday shopping. Participating businesses host raffles and usually have some treats for shoppers. The more shops you visit, the greater your chances are of winning the grand prize! 

The Carson Valley Christmas Kickoff is November 29th, 4:30-7pm at Heritage Park. There’s carriage rides, entertainment, treats, and fireworks. Bring the family and don’t forget your scarf and gloves. 


Friday, November 30th is the Minden Park Gazebo Lighting and Christmas in Genoa. Getting underway at 5pm, kids who donate canned goods get a goodie bag and a chance to help Santa light the gazebo in Minden, and there’s always a cheerful party.

Genoa festivities begin at 5:30pm with caroling in the Genoa Community Church. 

December 1st, start your day with Breakfast with Santa in the Genoa Town Hall. Breakfast will consist of fluffy pancakes with syrup, sausage, orange juice, hot cocoa and coffee. Tickets are $5 per person, kids 4 and under are free.  For details or to purchase tickets, contact the Genoa Town Office (775) 782-8696. 

At 5pm on the 1st, the 23rd Annual Parade of Lights winds through town, starting at Eddy Street in Gardnerville, and ending at the Minden Park. This delightful tradition never disappoints and is sure to make a permanent place on your calendar as well as your heart and Instagram account. 

A Genoa Cowboy Christmas is Saturday, December 8 at 6:30pm in the Genoa Town Hall. Listen to Mary Kaye, a western roots singer-songwriter with a hauntingly touching voice, as she puts you into the mood for Christmas. 

Also on December 8, the Carson Valley Pops Orchestra performs at the CVIC Hall in Minden. This concert is free, but donations are cheerfully accepted. For more information visit or call 775-843-0830.

Get excited to finish your holiday shopping at the Winter Wonderland at Eddy Street Vintage Market Pop-Up. This small shop completely transforms itself each month. Get there early so you don’t find out what it means to be ‘Eddy’d’. 

You won’t want to miss Christmas in the Sierra, featuring David John and the Comstock Cowboys, December 15, 7pm. Tickets can be purchased at the Douglas County Community and Senior Center, or by calling 775-782-5500.

Last but certainly not least is the 4th Annual New Year’s Eve Candlelight Labyrinth Walk, located at the Heritage Park Gardens. Say goodbye to 2018, and welcome the new year. Main Street Gardnerville has more information.

Genoa Cowboy Christmas

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