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I just can't get enough of "A Charlie Brown Christmas." Or "A Christmas Carol," "It's a Wonderful Life" or "White Christmas." It's December, which means holiday events are all around, along with brisk weather and overcharging your credit card. Escape from the mad rush of holiday shopping this weekend with these Christmas events.

Sparks Annual Hometowne Christmas 

The Sparks Annual Hometowne Christmas in downtown Sparks' Victorian Square runs Dec. 4-5. From 6:30 to 7 p.m. Dec. 4, gather around the Christmas tree as Sparks Mayor Geno Martini turns on the lights. The event includes entertainment and treats for the kids. The Sparks Hometowne Christmas parade runs from 1 to 3 p.m.  Come down early for hot chocolate, along with entertainment and arts and crafts. This year’s theme is “All Aboard The Hometowne Express.”  Parade goers can expect whistle stops, box cars, train engineers, and Santa bringing up the caboose. There also will be a Toys for Tots Toy Drive, photos with Santa at the train depot building and more.

Christmas on the Comstock

Step back in time this holiday season and celebrate Christmas as they did in the 19th century. Historic Virginia City hosts its annual Christmas on the Comstock on Dec. 5, offering a Victorian-style holiday celebration. There are festivities for all ages ranging from unique boutique holiday shopping, specials, a parade and more. The Saint Mary's Art Center Christmas Art Fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., featuring local and regional artists and artisans selling a variety of unique art and handcrafted items, will take place on Dec. 5, the Parade of Lights will start at 5 p.m., and there will be a Christmas in the Sierra Concert featuring David John and the Comstock Cowboys at 7:30 p.m. at Piper's Opera House.

Scheels Ugly Sweater Fun Run

If you're up for a little running in your Rudolph sweater, check out the Scheels Ugly Sweater Fun Run at 10 a.m. Dec. 5 at Scheels, 1200 Scheels Drive in Sparks. This will be a non-timed fun run around the Sparks Marina. Strollers and pets are welcome. All participants will receive an event souvenir, and 100 percent of the proceeds benefit Toys for Tots. Register at Scheels customer service for $20 or a new toy donation.

"The Nutcracker"

Whether it is a holiday tradition or your first time, you don’t want to miss the Bay Pointe Ballet and director Bruce Steivels' critically acclaimed production of "The Nutcracker" at 7 p.m. Dec. 5 or 2 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Grand Theatre at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino, 2500 E. Second St. Tickets cost $29-$59 and can be purchased here.

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