Arlington Group Events LLC
Quality Events for Northern Nevada


Capitol Lawn @Carson and Musser Streets.  First Presbyterian Church @ Nevada and Musser Streets. Laxalt Plaza @ Spear and Carson Streets.


Thanks to our friends at

for their help with this event
Thanks also to
Teen Advisory Board

Downtown Business Assn.
and to Carson City Redevelopment for their support

Silver & Snowflakes Festival of Lights... December 5, 2014

(Logo by Liz Andrews-Booth, Liz's Biz and Goddess' Shoppe)


Silver & Snowflakes Festival of Light will be on Friday December 5, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM 

The Carson City Area Chamber of Commerce is coordinating Silver & Snowflakes this year. Please visit their web site at or call 775-882-1565 for additional information about this event.

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.


Schedule of Events (2013)
(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)
5:30 PM 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.
5:30 PM Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive in a 1927 Seagrave fire engine. They will give out candy canes.
5:45 PM Tree Lighting; all of Carson Street is lit up.
5:55 PM Remarks by Carson City Mayor Bob Crowell.
6:00 PM 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.
6:15 PM City Tree Lighting by Mayor Crowell. More carols by the Battle Born Civil War Reenactors.
6:30 PM to 8 PM 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.

6:30 PM to 8 PM At the Arlington Square Ice Rink (Carson and Robinson Streets): take a whirl on the ice for a special price (only $4 for skate rental and skate pass). Hot dogs and chili dogs by the Elks Club and cookies and hot chocolate from the Downtown Business Association, decorated by Touched by Angels.

4 PM to 7 PM or until the soup runs out Empty Bowls Project to benefit FISH 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

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.

Santa security by the US Navy.

1 PM Winners of the Annual Art Contest will be announced (see below) at Arlington Square Ice Rink.
* Please bring a flashlight for the Candlelight Procession.

Diana Sweeney

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 evening.

 Samantha Byassee
Jordan Van Worth
Katarina Clark

Riley Jensen

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.


Holiday Ornament (2013)

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).

This image was taken in 1940. 2013 Commemorative Ornament

The actual size of the ornament is approximately 2.72" high by 2.69" wide. It will be available at: Purple Avocado, Nevada State Museum Gift Shop, Legislature Gift Shop, and the Convention & Visitors Bureau Gift Shop.

Here's a list of the ornaments and buildings from the past:

2012 First United Methodist Church
2011 First Presbyterian Church
2010 V&T Depot
2009 St. Charles Hotel
2008 Governor's Mansion
2007 St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church
2006 State Capitol
2005 Bliss Mansion
2004 St. Peter's Episcopal Church
2003 State Museum / U.S. Mint
2002 Laxalt Building


Art Contest

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 22nd. 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.

Contest Rules:
Draw, paint, or create a picture of your idea of CHRISTMAS MORNING 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:

K-3rd grade
1st Place: Nolan Pederson, 3rd grade
2nd Place: Emily Jeffries, 2nd grade
3rd Place: Jocelyn Pederson, 1st grade

4th-6th grade
1st Place: Pedro Oropeza, 4th grade
2nd Place: Thaniqua Marie Williard, 6th grade
3rd Place: Anthony Alvarado, 5th grade

7th-12th grade
1st Place: Sarah Jeffries, 8th grade
2nd Place: Ginny Mei Adams, 10th grade
3rd Place: Hannah Hope Hodorowicz, 7th grade

Congratulations to all the winners and all the contestants!!!

1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place

The 2013 judges were members of the Carson City Library Teen Advisory Board:The Loyal Regular Teen Library Kids
and their advisors, Naomi Morgan and Sena Loyd, Youth Librarians

Great thanks to our Art Contest Sponsors: The Carson City Library Teen Advisory Board and the Downtown Business Assn.

Carson City Library
Teen Advisory Board
Downtown Business Association

The 2012 winners were presented on Dec. 8th at 2 PM at Telegraph Square. They are:

K-3rd grade
1st Place: Jayden Coston, 1st grade
2nd Place: Hailey Jeffries, 3rd grade
3rd Place: Alex Jeffries, Kindergarten

4th-6th grade
1st Place: Katie Jeffries, 5th grade
2nd Place: Hannah Hope Hodorowicz, 6th grade
3rd Place: Jazmin Estes, 5th grade

7th-12th grade
1st Place: Ginny Mei Adams, 9th grade
2nd Place: Noe Barba, 11th grade
3rd Place: Alex Reece, 12th grade

The 2011 winners were:

K-3rd grade
1st Place: Ethne, 2nd grade
2nd Place: Samantha Snyder, 3rd grade
3rd Place: Journee Johnson, 1st grade

4th-6th grade
1st Place: Kerstin Law, 6th grade
2nd Place: Hannah Hope Hodorowicz, 5th grade
3rd Place: Rakshita Giri, 6th grade

7th-12th grade
1st Place: Erika M., 8th grade
2nd Place: AnnJi Hodorowicz, 7th grade
3rd Place: Noe Barba, 10th grade


History of the Trees

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.


Street Closures

To view a video and some superb pics about the 2010 Silver & Snowflakes event click these links:

You Tube video by Kirk Carraway
(turn on your sound)
  AroundCarson photos   The Carsonist article and photos

Great fun and good humor at the Board of Supervisors' meeting, December 1, 2011. Hard-working members of the committee had the chance to publicize
Silver & Snowflakes.

(l to r) Maxine Nietz (Arlington Group), Joel Dunn
(Arlington Square Ice Rink), Doreen Mack (Lofty Expressions), Liz Andrews-Booth (Liz's Biz),
and Fred Nietz(Arlington Group)
Video of our presentation at the Board of Supervisors meeting. Turn on your sound. Length: approx 10 mins.
Thanks to Darla Bayer, ACCTV