The 2018 Christmas season is upon us, with a bunch of holiday season events and activities coming to the Reno / Sparks area.

Some of the early 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.

Thanks to recent storms, there is plenty of snow for you to hit the ski slopes and/or enjoy family fun at our nearby snow play areas. The Downtown Reno Ice Rink at Greater Nevada Field will be open daily throughout the Christmas holidays.

You don’t need a bunch of 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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January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month. Ski areas around Reno / Lake Tahoe are offering deals designed to get new skiers and snowboarders on the slopes and to help veterans improve their technique during the ski season. Ski resorts are offering discounts on lessons, lift tickets, rentals and more, giving you incentives to try a new sport.

Not every ski area officially participates in Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, but even those that don’t have pretty good beginner packages for first-timers on the slopes. Check out “Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month” for some of the available offerings.

Of course, not everyone wants to slide down a mountain on skis or a snowboard. Learn more about just plain fun in the snow and perhaps some sledding or tubing from “Snow Play Areas in the Lake Tahoe Region.”

On New Year’s Eve, there will be no problem finding places to celebrate and bring in 2018 in the Reno / Lake Tahoe area.

New Year's fireworks in downtown Reno, Nevada

Happy New Year! Photo © Stan White

New Year’s Eve will feature numerous big parties in Reno and Sparks, in the casinos, nightclubs and just about every other nightlife establishment. Downtown Reno will feature a midnight fireworks show to bring in 2018. I’ve seen this before and it’s a spectacular display. It’s also fun to get down with all the people around the Reno Arch and cheer for a better year to come. Count on it being chilly and be sure to dress for a cold temperatures.

Up at Lake Tahoe, several of the ski resorts will be putting on parties and other events to celebrate the New Year. For example, Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe will be having fireworks and a torchlight parade to bring in the New Year. The weather will be similar to the Reno area, possibly even colder. Brrrr! You can also party in the New Year at South Lake Tahoe casinos.

All that celebrating is sure to stimulate an appetite. When you get hungry, there are several choices to where to dine on New Year’s Eve and Day. Learn where the eating is good at “New Year’s Eve Dining Around Reno and Sparks.”