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 2017 takes place on Saturday, 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 11:20 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.

Eldorado Great Italian Festival, Reno, Nevada, NV
The Eldorado Great Italian Festival is a fun, family friendly affair. The 2017 Eldorado Great Italian Festival will be on Saturday and Sunday, October 7 and 8. The party is on Virginia Street in downtown Reno, centered at the Eldorado Resort Casino near the Reno Arch. A big part of the Festival is music, which will be available for free on two stages.

Just strolling Virginia Street during the festival is entertaining, with street performers, free music from several venues, and good food and drink readily available. People really get into the Italian spirit for this festival, giving it a boisterous yet friendly atmosphere. You can even participate by trying your feet at grape stomping and voting in the Italian sauce competition. Of course, you must taste the sauces in order to vote. Come on down and enjoy one of Reno’s most popular and fun events.