By Meg Rhoades 

Special to The Ely Times

The holidays have arrived and now is the time to get in the spirit of celebrating and sharing. You can find a wide variety of wonderful, fun things to help make this time special for all your friends and family.

On Friday, Nov. 24, from 2 to 6 p.m. come see the beautifully decorated trees at the Bristlecone Convention Center.

Saturday, the Holiday Fashion Show and Luncheon will be taking place at the convention center starting at 11 a.m. There are still a few seats available but they are going fast. Tickets are now $30 each and all proceeds go to the CACH program.

Monday, Nov. 27, through Thursday, Nov. 30, the convention center will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. for anyone wishing to come see the trees. On Nov. 30, the Learning Bridge Charter School Band will be performing at 6 p.m.

On Friday, Dec. 1, the doors will be open from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. The doors will reopen at 6 p.m. for the tree auction and live entertainment provided by Richard Vickers.

Vickers has been performing across the country for more tha 25 years.  He has been a multiple award winning Elvis tribute artist and vocalist in his own right.  He has performed from Branson, to Memphis and Nashville to Las Vegas.

He emcee’s shows throughout the country and is a gifted communicator, singer, and motivational speaker. He will be performing a variety of songs (as himself) from Neil Diamond favorites, love songs, sing along songs and patriotic tunes.

And sometimes with a nudge from the audience he will dip into his Elvis archives and sing a few Elvis favorites too!  His easy going, charismatic stage presence delights audiences of all ages!

Tickets for the auction are $20 each and are on sale now at the convention center for additional information contact the convention center at (775) 289-3720.

Saturday, Dec., 2nd come to the Annual Christmas Crafters Festival and find that perfect gift for everyone on your shopping list. Enjoy some lunch and of course you will want to visit with the Big Elf Himself. Santa has once again cleared some time in his BUSY schedule to swing by the convention center. Hope you are not on his naughty list! Doors open at 10 a.m. and the event ends at 4 p.m.

The parade this year will take place at noon rather than the evening. There is still plenty of time to put together a float or decorate that ATV for the kids to ride on and throw candy!

The theme this year is “A Dicken’s Christmas” So breakout your best Ghost of Christmas Past costume, grab Tiny Tim and enter in this year’s parade. Remember to follow the theme to be eligible for a prize.

After the Christmas Crafters Festival is over at 4 p.m., grab a cup of cocoa and walk on down to the Sculpture Park. After a short music program, the community Christmas tree will be lit.

Not enough fun for one weekend?

Don’t forget there is still the Polar Express running to the North Pole. Call the Nevada Northern Railway for tickets (775) 289-2085.