Tickets for the 2017 Polar Express™ are now on sale. If you want to ride the Polar Express™ to the North Pole this holiday season, get your tickets soon or you’ll be left out in the cold.

The Polar Express™ excursion train on the V & T Railroad has sold out in all past seasons, making early ticket purchases imperative. Tickets must be purchased in advance – you can’t buy them at the depot. Polar Express™ tickets are available online and by phone.

There will be three types of tickets in 2017 – regular coach, VIP and Twilight Trains. The trips are on the same train, but VIPs ride on a separate parlor car that includes additional entertainment, extra time with Santa, a special holiday treat, and more. Everyone, however, receives the special Christmas gift of a silver sleigh bell from Santa, hot chocolate and cookies, and a reading of the Polar Express™ story by Chris Van Allsburg.

During the 2017 holiday season, the Polar Express™ will provide service to the North Pole on select dates starting on November 18 and running through December 30.

Farmers markets, Reno, Sparks, Nevada
With summer on the way, farmers markets are popping up throughout the Reno and Sparks area, and at other locations around our region. You will enjoy the fun atmosphere and finding fresh fruits and vegetables to perk up your meals.

In Sparks, 39 North Marketplace, which is a combination farmers market, festival, and food education event, is back for another year at Victorian Square. In Reno, the big downtown farmers market is now held at the Sands Regency on Arlington Avenue. This one will have a kids’ area, cooking and canning demonstrations, and entertainment.

In addition to Nevada grown produce, you’ll find lots of goodies from California that don’t grow on this side of the mountains. Farmers markets are fun for families, many featuring free entertainment and lots of things for kids to do. Get more information from “Farmers Markets around Reno and Sparks,” which also includes regional areas like Fernley, Fallon, north Lake Tahoe, Carson City, Dayton, etc.

The 2017 Nevada State Fair will be at Mills Park in Carson City from Thursday through Sunday, June 8 to 11. Starting with last year’s Nevada State Fair, the venue has moved from its historic location in Reno.

This is a new, updated version of the Nevada State Fair. After running continuously since 1874, the Great Recession and financial woes brought the event to an end after its 2010 run. A new non-profit company with the purpose of carrying on the tradition was formed in 2013 so we can again enjoy the down-home fun of the Nevada State Fair.

The whole array of family-friendly activities and events fairgoers like will be at the Nevada State Fair, including the midway and carnival rides, lots of entertainment, contests, and more. There is no entry fee and parking is free at Carson High School. However, tickets are required for the midway carnival rides, games, and food.

  • Midway of fun and carnival rides
  • Big variety of contests
  • Main Stage entertainment
  • Car Show
  • Wild West Wine Run steam train ride on the V&T Railroad
  • Rendezvous – Wild West theme
  • Agriculture and livestock
  • County Exhibit Pavilion featuring each of Nevada’s 17 counties

Get additional details from “2017 Nevada State Fair,” then head on down to Carson City to take in the new Nevada State Fair.