Winter Family Activities

“Snow” Much Fun for the Entire Family in Reno Tahoe

If you have yet to try out a winter here in Reno Tahoe, you are seriously missing out! The powdered snow blanketing our mountains and endless activities of fun like ice skating and skiing make for Reno Tahoe to be a wonderful winter family destination. Here is a list of fun winter activities for you and the whole family to enjoy.

Enjoy Winterfest at Greater Nevada Field

WinterFest is a festive holiday attraction featuring a Christmas train ride and appearances from Santa Claus in “Santa’s Village” – will officially open December 1 at Greater Nevada Field. Adults and children can ride the Holiday Express Train, a custom narrated journey around the inside of Greater Nevada Field, taking you from Reno to the North Pole to deliver Santa’s naughty and nice list. The Christmas train and Santa appearances run from 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays with Sundays going from 4:00 pm. to 7:00 p.m.. The train ride prices are a flat rate of $10 for children and adults and $32 for a family four-pack. Pictures with Santa are available for purchase with packages starting at just $15.

Adventure in the Snow

Reno Tahoe boasts the largest concentration of ski slopes in North America. That ultimately leads to more hills, which means more sledding fun! Tahoe Meadows Snow Play Area is a great spot for sledding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. If you’re looking for even more snow activities, check out Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows for their SnoVentures Activity Zone that consists of areas for tubing, sledding and beginner skiers and snowboarders. Afterwards, hang out by the fire pits and enjoy some tasty s’mores with the whole family. Check out more snow play options here.


Experience Winter Wonderland at 39 North Pole Village

Downtown Sparks will become a sparkling winter wonderland as 39 North Downtown hosts the 3rd Annual 39 North Pole Village. This holiday light festival will feature thousands of twinkling lights, holiday shopping booths, great food, family fun and holiday cheer. The event is Thursday and Friday from 4pm-9pm and Saturday from Noon-9pm. 39 North Pole Village this year will have double the vendors, triple the amount of family activities and the plaza will be saturated in holiday light displays and memories. The heated vendor tent will provide you with a great opportunity to shop local this holiday season. Santa will be there for all to take free photos and to listen to Christmas wish lists. Engine 39, the trackless electric train, will be giving out free rides to all! This train is for the whole city to use year-round for events both big and small.

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Take Part in Snowfest North Lake Tahoe

Every spring since 1982, North Lake Tahoe comes alive with 10 fun-filled days and nights, jam packed with events and activities for all ages. This year, the annual favorites will be back, along with a host of great new ones! On and off the mountain, at North Tahoe’s numerous resorts and vibrant lakeside neighborhoods, there’s something for everyone.

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Get Your Skate On at the Ice Rinks

Ice skating is the perfect way to enjoy family time in Reno Tahoe. In downtown Reno, Greater Nevada Field transforms their field to an ice rink during the holiday season. The village at Northstar California also has an ice rink that is surrounded by fire pits to keep you warm. Heavenly Village has an open-air skating rink where you ice skate and enjoy the ambiance of music and lights day and night.

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