Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all! May you have a joyous and safe holiday and a New Year that brings happiness and prosperity.

Christmas holiday lights, home in Reno, Nevada, NV

Photo © Stan White

Don’t want to cook on Christmas? Learn about “Christmas Day Dining in Reno and Sparks” and enjoy a delicious meal with family and friends.

Other suggestions for things to do on Christmas include going for a ride to see some Christmas lights displays or perhaps taking a turn around the ice at the Reno Ice Rink at Greater Nevada Field.

If you are looking for things to do with the kids during winter break at Washoe County Schools, refer to “Winter Break Camps and Activities in Reno and Sparks.”

New Year’s Eve wraps up the holiday season. There are some awesome parties and spectacular fireworks to bring in 2018, around Reno, up at Lake Tahoe and throughout northern Nevada.

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Reno’s annual Veterans Day Parade for 2018 takes place on Sunday, November 11. This is a huge event attended by thousands of people and marches along Virginia Street through the heart of downtown Reno. If you want to set up your chairs in a good viewing spot, get there early to stake out your space.

Reno Veterans Day Parade, Nevada, NV
Photo © Stan White

Parade opening ceremonies are traditionally at 11:11 a.m. and will be at the Virginia Street Bridge. The parade gets under way at about 11:30 a.m. Participants include veterans and active military groups, high school marching bands and ROTC units, civic organizations, and patriotic citizens. The parade flows north on Virginia Street, marches under the Reno Arch and ends at 5th Street. Duration is approximately two to three hours.

This being the biggest Veterans Day event in Nevada, there are usually numerous local and state politicians and civic leaders in attendance.

The spooky day is about to arrive and there are lots of scary (and not so scary) and fun things to do for Halloween around the Reno area. On the scary side, some of the haunted houses will be open up to and including Halloween night.

On the fun side, many pumpkin patches and corn mazes continue through Halloween on Wednesday, October 31, 2018. Also on Halloween and during the few days before, quite a few free trick-or-treating events take place, from the Halloween Harvest Festival at Idlewild Park to events at casinos, shopping centers, museums and more. Halloween for grown-ups is also an option for those 21+.