The 2019 Christmas season is here, with lots of holiday season events and activities coming to the Reno / Sparks area.

Some of the December things you may want to check out include performances of “The Nutcracker,” Christmas shows at some of the casinos, free holiday movies and Santa visits at the Washoe County Library, Christmas music performances, and Christmas on the Comstock in Virginia City. There are Santa train rides at the Nevada Railroad Museum in Carson City and on the V&T Railroad in Virginia City.

There is plenty of snow for you to hit the ski slopes and/or enjoy family fun at our nearby snow play areas. The Reno ice skating Rink at The Row will be open daily throughout the Christmas holidays and into the New Year.

You don’t need much money to enjoy the season, either. There are plenty of free holiday activities during December and other things to do that are inexpensive. Learn more from “Christmas Events and Activities around Reno and Sparks.”

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December 3, 2019

Geese at Mira Loma Park in Reno, Nevada, NV

Part of the permanent resident population of Canada geese in Reno, Nevada. Photo © Stan White

With the sudden dumping of a ton of new snow, our Lake Tahoe ski resorts are getting ready to open their slopes as soon as possible if they haven’t done so already. Many of them have extensive snow making capabilities and they obviously want to get skiers buying lift tickets and on the runs ASAP.

According to a couple of sources I’ve found, most resorts have released projected opening day dates. Mt. Rose is already operating and is likely to be joined by many others by the time you read this. Some are still offering season ticket deals to those who are feeling lucky and don’t wait too long. Here is the latest information, subject to change depending on conditions…