Taking a Santa train ride is one of the fun family things to do during the Christmas holiday season. Unfortunately, most trains for the 2020 Christmas season have been canceled due to (you guessed it) the coronavirus pandemic.

The Candy Cane Express in Virginia City is one that is running. Since it is just about the only one, it’s bound to be popular – getting advance tickets is a good idea. There will be three trains each day on November 27, 28, 29 and December 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 2020.

In place of Polar Express trains you can enjoy Santa’s Drive-Thru Village at the Eastgate Station east of Carson City on Hwy. 50. While staying in your car, drive through the North Pole at the Eastgate Depot and witness Santa, Mrs. Claus and dozens of elves busy at work before Christmas. Guests are welcomes to wear their favorite Christmas pajamas and bring hot chocolate as they travel through the North Pole experience. Tickets are $20 per car. The Village will be open from 6 p.m. through 9 p.m. on December 11 – 13 and 18 – 24, 2020.

Two local museums that happen to have in-house stores are offering post-Thanksgiving special deals on their outstanding merchandise.

At the Museum Store at The Discovery, you’ll find an excellent selection of the smartest toys, games, gadgets, apparel, puzzles, science kits, and more. This sale is on Friday, November 27, 2020. It’s 30% off everything in the store from 7 a.m. to 12 noon, then 20% off everything from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

Over at the Nevada Museum of Art, items in the Museum Store are 10% off from November 27 to 29, 2020. This includes both in-store and online shopping. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The members-only holiday sale is November 19 – 20, 2020

To enjoy Thanksgiving dining and feel special at the same time, go out to eat at any of several excellent venues in the Reno area. If you don’t want to spend Thanksgiving Day fixing a big meal, you really don’t need to.

Most of the big Thanksgiving dining offerings will be inside the hotel/casinos in Reno and Sparks, but there are special meals to be had at other restaurants as well. Find out where to go and get more details from “Thanksgiving Day Dining in Reno and Sparks.”

So what else is there to do during the Thanksgiving holiday? To find out, go to “Thanksgiving Day Weekend Activities and Events” for some ideas.