Snowflakes Festival of Light will beon Friday December 6, 2013 from 5:30 PM to
Friday night's festivities begin on the Capitol grounds. The State trees will be lit, Santa
and Mrs. Claus will give out candy canes, and the
300 voices of the Carson City 5th Grade Music Students Singing Ensemble
will prvide the musical entertainment. A warm feeling envelops the
Capitol as families gather to hear children sing and to watch the tree and all of Carson Street spring to light. The young and young
at heart all squeal with delight as Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive
in a 1927 antique Seagrave fire engine, compliments of
Warren Engine Company #1.
Santa and Mrs. Claus
This beautifully restored 1927
Seagrave will transport Sant & Mrs. Claus
We are so proud and pleased to have
Victorian carolers from the Battle Born Civil War
Reenactors participating with us. They
will carol Friday evening at the City Tree and then lead you from
there to the Arlington Square Ice Rink.
(Watch for updates for the 2013 schedule. Subject to change)
Watch this space for more
activities in Downtown Carson City
FRIDAY EVENING 5:30 PM to 8 PM (Dec 6, 2013)
Carson City 5th Grade Music Students Singing
Ensemble starts to sing.
Hot chocolate and coffee at the corner of Carson and Musser
Streets, by the Elks Club.
Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive
in a 1927 Seagrave fire engine. They will give out candy canes.
Tree Lighting; all of Carson Street is lit up.
Remarks by Carson City Mayor Bob Crowell.
Procession:Follow the fire engine and the Victorian carolers from the
Battle Born Civil War
Reenactors in a Candlelight Procession* to the
City Tree at Musser & Nevada Streets (First
Presbyterian Church). Carols.
Procession: Follow Santa & Mrs. Claus from 1st Presbyterian Church,
to Arlington Square (Carson & Robinson Streets). Any 5th Grade Chorus member can be in the parade if they
have a hat or headgear of the season.
Empty Bowls Project to benefit
at the Skating Rink. Local artists are donating handmade bowls for a fundraising event to take place
during the Tree Lighting ceremony on December 6.
Restaurants are providing the soup and bread that will fill Empty Bowls. For a minimum donation of $10, you may select one of the bowls and enjoy a warm winter meal to launch the holiday season. The artisan bowl is yours to keep. There also will be an art auction at the event.
All proceeds from this event will be donated to Friends In Service Helping, a local non-profit that works to feed the hungry.
Tickets can be purchased beginning Nov. 4 at the The Children’s Museum
and at FISH, 138 E. Long St. For more information contact Robin
McGregor, Carson City Pottery, 775-313-8628, or email
SATURDAY AFTERNOON NOON to 4 PM (Dec 7, 2013)
10 AM to 10 PM
The Arlington Square
Ice Rink (Carson and Robinson Streets) will
be open for holiday skating. Take a whirl on the ice for a special price
(only $4 for skate rental and skate pass). Refreshments (including hot
dogs and chili dogs) by the Elks Club.
Noon to 4 PM
Santa at Arlington Square Ice Rink with candy canes.
Activities include : Bounce House, ice skating, cocoa.
Winners of the Annual Art Contest will be announced
(see below) at
Arlington Square Ice Rink.
* Please bring a flashlight for the Candlelight Procession.
Miss Nevada, Diana Sweeney,
Miss Carson City's Outstanding Teen, Samantha Byassee,
Miss Eagle Valley Outstanding Teen, Jordan Van Worth, Miss Nevada's Outstanding Teen, Katarina Clark, and Miss
Northern Counties, Riley Jensen, will on the podium at the Capitol Friday
Jordan Van Worth
Willow Bill continues his great work with our school-age children, visiting
classrooms and working with the students. Willow shows them how to use tools
safely, how to measure, and cooperation. At the conclusion, each class has built
its own willow reindeer and autographed it. Each reindeer is wrapped with lights
by Willow and volunteers then placed outdoors for the holiday season. These reindeer grace the Capitol lawn
and surround the tree. You can also see them anywhere along Highway 395 from Boomtown
to Topaz - part of the world's longest art project.
Sen. Harry Reid greets
Willow Bill in Washington D.C.
Gov. Brian Sandoval issues a proclamation in
support of the Willow Reindeer project.
Every year since 2002, Carson City's Redevelopment
Authority has produced a Christmas Ornament honoring one of our historic
buildings. The 2013 ornament depicts the Children's Museum of Northern
Nevada (formerly the Civic Auditorium).
The Kit Carson Trail Holiday Art Contest is coming again in 2013.
This year’s theme, as determined by the
Carson Library Teen Advisory Board, is:
The top three winners in each age group
will be selected in November by the Carson Library Teen Advisory
Board. One of the winners’ art will grace the cover
of next year’s Silver & Snowflakes event program.
All students in the Carson City School District area
are invited to enter the 2013 Kit Carson Trail Holiday Art Contest.
There will be three categories (K-3rd, 4th-6th, and
7th-12th) with three prizes in each category (1st prize is $50, 2nd prize is
$25, and 3rd prize is $15). Entries must be submitted by Noon on November
Please bring your entry to the Carson City Library.
Winners will be presented on December
7th at Arlington Square Ice Skating Rink at around 1 PM (see schedule above) All entries will be on display at the Carson City Library
to December 31st.
Draw, paint, or create a picture of your idea of
in any medium on an 8½" by 11" paper, with or without a border
(any border should be included in the 8½ x 11 space.)
Student's Name and Grade must be on the front of the drawing. Student’s phone number should be on the back.
All pictures will be available for pick up at the Carson City Library starting the week of January
7th. If you have any questions,
please call us at 887-1294 or e-mail
The 2013 winners will be presented on Dec.
7th at 1 PM at Arlington Square Ice Rink. They are:
Both State Trees are part of Nevada history. The original State Christmas tree was planted in
1876 by George Washington Gale Ferris, the father of the inventor of the Ferris Wheel, as part of the first major
landscaping project at the Capitol.
In 1937 the Carson City 20-30 Club requested the State Board of Control "to authorize the electric lighting of the
fir tree in the Capitol Square for the Christmas season." This continued until the energy crisis of 1972.
This magnificent tree, a 110 foot tall Colorado Blue Spruce, was planted in 1876 by George Washington Gale Ferris,
whose son would later invent the Ferris Wheel. This and other tiny saplings were planted by Ferris as part of the
first major landscaping project around the Capitol. The tree, with 750 lights, was then re-lighted in 1988 by
former Governor Richard Bryan and also in 1989 by Governor Bob Miller.
A new tree was planted in 1999 by Mrs. Dema Guinn, along with one on the Mansion grounds, to help replace the
1876 tree which is nearing the end of its natural lifespan.