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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Annual holiday performances of “The Nutcracker” ballet are coming to town during the 2018 holiday season.

Reno’s traditional, annual Nutcracker will be presented at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts by A.V.A. Ballet Theatre and accompanied by the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra. Performances will be on Friday, December 7 at 8 p.m., Saturday, December 8 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday, December 9 at 2 p.m. A special Sugar Plum party will be held after the Saturday and Sunday afternoon performances where children can meet the Nutcracker characters.

The annual Nutcracker by the Reno Dance Company will be presented at The Nugget in Sparks, on December 15, 16, 21, 22, and 23, 2017. Showtimes on December 15 are 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. On December 16, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. December 21, 7 p.m. December 22, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. December 23, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

For ticket details about these Nutcracker shows, refer to “‘The Nutcracker’ Ballet Dances in Reno.”

The Nutcracker is far from the only special thing to do during December. To learn about many more holiday events and activities, go to “December 2018 Events and Activities in the Reno Region.”

When it starts getting dark early, it’s time to find interesting things to do indoors. In Reno and Sparks, you have a big selection of entertainment from which to choose, including live plays, musicals, concerts, comedy and shows for children. These play in venues ranging from big casino showrooms to intimate small theaters. Fall is the time when lots of new shows take the stage.

The variety you find may surprise you. There are places you’ve probably heard of and maybe even been to, like the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts and Bruka Theatre. There are, however, many more that deserve your consideration, like Reno Little Theater, Good Luck Macbeth Theatre Company, TheatreWorks of Northern Nevada, UNR Department of Theatre and Dance, TMCC Visual and Performing Arts, Ageless Repertory Theater, Wild Horse Theater, Sierra School of Performing Arts and more.

Go to “Where to See Live Plays and Shows in the Reno Area” for a list of venues and details about finding out what’s playing.