|Aerial Tram Ride @ Palisade's Ski Resort|
|Freckled Frog @ Summit Mall has the most MAGICAL Christmas Decor. You must check them out!|
Reno is filled with so much holiday/seasonal action & cheer and so many neighboring towns are in the same club, including Lake Tahoe, Sparks, Carson City, Truckee, Virginia City, and more, making the holidays as grand as can be.
Whether you want to stay in town or venture out nearby, you'll find plenty of things to do both near and far.
Distances to Nearby Destinations
*Lake Tahoe - 40 minutes to 1.3 hours
*Sparks is just next door
*Carson City - 30 minutes
*Truckee - 45 minutes
*Virginia City - 27 minutes
At any time of the season you may come across carolers spreading cheer with their lovely, harmonious voices, neighbors decorating their butts off towards amazing Christmas scenes, local shops offering sumptuous holiday offerings, rad, one-of-a-kind holiday events, holiday fundraisers, craft workshops, pop-up shops, entertaining holiday snows, festive marathons, outdoor adventures like snow tubing and ice skating, and so much more.
Below you'll find a list of some activities and events (some new, some annual favorites) in and around Reno to help with planning for the holidays.
I hope you find lots of action and have the best time with your loved ones.
Please check back in as I will be updating this guide often as more information comes in.
Tips for the best holiday season:
*Book events/purchase tickets as soon as possible as many of them sell out early
*Arrive to events early to avoid traffic/lines + get first pick
*Always check hour to hour weather to dress appropriately. Always check wind speeds. Anything higher than 10mph can be biting, especially for littles.
*Having an extra pair of clothes, an emergency kit (road and first aid), and some food in your vehicle all season long can make for a smoother winter.
In This Guide:
*Events with links
*Christmas on the Comstock - A little about Virginia City and its month long holiday celebration
*Where to see Christmas lights and displays
*Where to go ice Skating
*Where to go Skiing & Snowboarding
*Suggestions for winter activities - Gondola Rides, Snow Tubing, Snowshoeing
*Information on "Elf Yourself" - elf generator app activity
*Lists - Places to Shop, Clutter Free Gifts, Experiences, Ceramic Studios, Memberships, Plants, Subscriptions, Local Bookstores
|Unique ornaments from Wilbur D. May gift shop|
I highlight many of our local businesses below. Why support local businesses? They're our neighbors, friends, and family, and they are passionate about their businesses, creating quality products and services. They bring diversity, passion, and so much value to our community.
I've met so many amazing business owners and one thing I can say is that they're all amazing and inspirational.
Follow, comment, and spread the news about your favorite local businesses to keep them strong and alive.
Please connect with me on Instagram if you'd like to share more about your local favorite business.
This local magazine is loaded with lots of action year-round and highlights the best in Reno for families. Issues released quarterly with up to date seasonal information. Follow them on Instagram to see where you can pick up a free hard copy or subscribe on their website for access to a FREE online copy.
|A Christmas Story Leg Lamp at Inclined Burgers and Brew in Northwest Reno|
|Art by abcartattack|
*FROZEN TURKEYS ONLY PLEASE*
All Non Perishable Food Items, canned goods, and any monetary donations will go directly to our friends at @foodbanknn
To Donate, simply come by the @wild1029 Studios at 595 East Plumb Ln, Friday morning November 18 between 7am and 12pm."
|Photo from National Automobile Museum's Website|
"We've got two days of music, art and mayhem featuring over 100+ vendors, 12 bands, a skate ramp, a bounce house, possum pile clothing exchange, a kids craft area, DIY activities, food trucks, car smash, a stuffed animal gladiator pit and more!"
The Generator is a HUGE maker space in Sparks that's open to all artists, both established and new, welcoming all to exercise their creative juices.
They have all of the tools needed to help make your visions come to life and host workshops throughout the year (for both adults and children), including their popular Punk Rock Flea Market.
The Generator is an amazing organization that brings so much to our community. I hope you check them out and follow them on Instagram.
Now - Nov 19: $30
Nov 21 - 23: $45 (During Packet Pickup at SCHEELS
Nov 24: $65 (Race Day - Cash Only)
"6:30 pm. Gather ‘round as Santa lights our monstrous 70 foot, highly lighted, cut fir tree! The kick off ceremony will include: caroling, music and fun for all! Tree lightings are daily at 5:30pm with Santa after November 25th. Coffee cart will be provided.
This year we will be celebrating the 20 year anniversary of the Heavenly Village.
Congressman Tom McClintock’s office has it on the schedule at this time. Ohh, and of course Santa will be attending. Also in attendance Assemblyman Kevin Kiley, El Dorado county Sheriff Jeff Leikaff, City of South Lake Tahoe Fire Chief Jim Drennan.
The star will be placed on top of the tree by the ladder truck by a firefighter to light the tree.
|A friendly elf on the Candy Cane Express in Virginia City|
|Enjoying views of wild mustangs on the Candy Cane Express Train|
|Wild Mustangs are always a treat in Virginia City, NV.|
|Electric Holiday Train O' Lights|
|Inside V&T Railroad gift shop|
|So Many Amazing Local Food Trucks|
Truckee, CA 96161
Directed by Loren McCormac and Christopher Liedholm
Tickets on sale now.
After November 15
|Picture from website|
|Turn left at Bellamy Ct. to get to South Lake Tahoe Public Parking Garage or park across the street for a flat rate.|
"The Magic of Santa Craft Faire has been running for 42 consecutive years and just keeps getting better year after year. Fine Arts and Crafts from over 80 crafters. Support your local small family owned businesses and find beautiful hand made items from tole painted snowmen and beautiful doll clothes to fine wood work and handcrafts for yourself and the ones you love".
"learn the basics of decorating cookies with royal icing and take home your delicious creations afterwards. Cocktails will be provided by Seven Troughs Speakeasy and light food will be provided by Freshies Reno." (Description from website)
Workshop Ticket includes:
-6 full size cookies
-All supplies for decorating (icing, sprinkles, tools for decorating, etc. provided)
-Icing practice guides
-Bakery box to take cookies home
-1 drink voucher from Seven Troughs Speakeasy
-Light food provided by Freshies
Santas… or All those fully done up in Holiday Wear can get a $79 Lift Ticket! (Note – just a Santa hat does not qualify)
10:30 – 12:30 NOG Bar at the Totem (Near the top of the Relay)
10:30 am – MASS SANTA SKI DOWN – KC Bowl (10:15 meet Lakeview Load)
1:30 pm Ugly Sweater Contest – TIMBERS"
|Picture from GSR website|
|Picture from their Facebook Page|
|Poster from 2021|
|Mt. Rose Ski Buds is an amazing teaching program for children at Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe (45 minutes away from S. Reno)|
|Lowenkind's divine organic gluten-free cakes always sell out. Her jams and cooking sugars are also amazing.|
|This Pear Tart is something worth living for.|
|This nice owner was so kind to teach my kids about air plants. She hunts down unique pieces to grow them in. Air plants are low maintenance and look beautiful. I'm so glad that the one we got from her last year is alive and thriving.|
|Mountain Parlor Music has the best quality instruments|
Private Music Lessons with an Amazing Local Musician
Bijou Bell is an incredible and multi-talented musician in Reno, offering drumset, vibraphone, percussion, and songwriting lessons.
She's so passionate at what she does and has a one-of-a-kind voice that will take you to another world.
Anyone that hires her or witnesses her talent firsthand would be so lucky.
Check out her Instagram page to hear and see all of the magic she shares with the world.
|Jampro in South Reno|