Light Up the Holidays at Christmas on the Comstock

VIRGINIA CITY, Nev. (Nov. 23, 2021) –Virginia City, Nevada, offers the perfect holiday celebration to lift spirits and help people to Believe Again, with two weekends of events and a whole month of holiday fun for the entire family. Virginia City is a picture-perfect living vintage Christmas postcard. Take a step back to simpler times as the town transforms with holiday lights, local shops decorated to the hilt and cheery folks welcoming visitors to town all month long.  Photo: 

Festivities include the Believe Again Christmas Challenge shopping spree worth $1,000, two weekends of Magical Christmas Fireworks Shows, the fun-filled Candy Cane Express and the evening Train O’Lights, a Christmas play, Parade of Lights, a saloon crawl, holiday artisan craft fair at St. Mary’s Art Center and several more community celebrations and events.

View complete details online with Virginia City’s Christmas on the Comstock interactive brochure, found at Featured events include:

Believe Again – A Christmas Shopping Giveaway
Dec. 1 – 19
Support local businesses by doing holiday shopping at Virginia City’s unique and boutique stores this year, stay the night, eat at a restaurant, and be entered to win a $500 gift card. Visitors can bring receipts to the Visitors Center and receive a raffle ticket for every $5 spent in town. Two winners will each receive a $500 shopping spree in Virginia City. Shop between Dec. 1 – 19. Winners announced Dec. 20. Visitor Center hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily.

Holiday Decorating Contest
Dec. 3 – 19
Virginia City’s shops don’t just decorate for Christmas, they go full Clark Griswold. With lights bright enough for Santa Claus to see from the North Pole, come see what makes this small-town Christmas so special. And you get to select your favorites. Voting takes place online here from Dec. 3 – 24. Check back Dec. 3 to cast votes.

David John And the Comstock Cowboys Christmas in the Sierra Concert
Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m.
Welcome in the holidays with this classic holiday concert featuring Christmas songs that will have you tapping your toes and singing along. There’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit. There’s even a surprise guest from the North Pole.

The Grinch Made Me Do It Saloon Crawl
Dec. 4, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Have some fun during the Grinch Made Me Do It Saloon Crawl with festival specialty holiday drinks at featured locations. The saloon crawl starts at 11 a.m. For tickets, click here.

St. Mary’s Art Center 7th Annual Holiday Faire
Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
St. Mary’s Art Center offers a truly festive holiday shopping experience with over 20 local and regional artists and makers sharing and selling their creations in a decorated, music-filled space. This is the perfect shopping opportunity to give truly one-of-a-kind gifts while also supporting artists and artisans. Free admission.

Parade Of Lights
Dec. 4 and Dec. 11, 5 p.m.
See the spirit of Christmas travel through our historic town as Christmas cheer lights up the streets with our annual Parade of Lights, Saturday, Dec. 4 and Saturday, Dec. 11 at 5 p.m. Sip some hot cocoa and enjoy sweet treats from our local shops as you take in the warmth of the Christmas spirit.

Magical Christmas Fireworks Show
Dec. 4 and 11, 6 p.m.
Nothing says holiday magic like fireworks during the holidays. It’s just that extra sparkle needed to make your family truly believe in the spirit of Christmas once again. Join us for a special holiday firework show taking place Saturday, Dec. 4 and Saturday, Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. The fireworks take place following the Parade of Lights.

Train O’ Lights
Nov. 26 & 27; Dec. 3 & 4; Dec. 10 & 11; Dec. 17 & 18
5 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.
The historic Virginia & Truckee Railroad lit up with holiday spirit! This evening train lights up the sky with thousands of LED lights, creating a magical Christmas memory that will last forever. Trains depart from the Virginia City depot and the narrated, round-trip ride lasts about 40 minutes. Reserve seats in advance.

Tidings & Tinsel at Piper’s Opera House
Dec. 4, 1-4 P.M., $10 per child
A fun-filled afternoon for the kids at Piper’s Opera House! Bring the little ones to enjoy decorating Christmas tree cookies, writing letters to Santa, ornament decoration, and other fun Christmas crafts. Santa makes an appearance from 1 – 3 p.m. Author Monica Marcinko will read her story, “I Want to Be An Elf,” from 3 – 4 p.m. Hot cocoa and cider will be available for purchase along with mixed drinks for the grownups.

A Comstock Christmas Carol by Piper’s Players
Dec. 10 At 7 p.m. Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Dec. 12 at 2 p.m.
This family-friendly play features the story of the Christmas Carol and is set to the fun and light-hearted music of The Muppets Christmas Carol. The classic Christmas tale is one for the whole family with music and dancing to entertain all ages. Shows take place Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Dec. 12 at 2 p.m. Purchase tickets here.

Visit the online interactive brochure for a details and a list of offers and specials from town shops.

For more information on Virginia City visit or call the Virginia City Tourism Commission at 775-847-7500.

A short 30-minute drive from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport takes visitors to one of the largest historic districts in the United States – Virginia City, Nevada. Come experience this mining “boomtown” as it was in the 1800’s. Step back in time while visiting the numerous historic buildings, saloons, churches and museums or take a mine tour or even ride a real steam train. The Comstock Adventure Passes offer the best value with discounted attraction packages.  For lodging, event calendar or Comstock Adventure Passes, visit online or call 775-847-7500. The Visitor Information Center is located at 86 South C Street, Virginia City.