Hot chocolate. Ice skating. Snowy fun. Doesn’t this all sound like the makings of a perfect winter weekend? If you agree, look no further than Reno Tahoe to plan the ultimate outing in a true winter wonderland.
Keep Jack Frost’s icy fingers at bay with tasty soup options from one of Reno’s many favorite restaurants. Fuel up with a warm and comforting bowl of delicious homemade soup from Midtown favorite, SÜP! If you’re craving a traditional staple such as French onion, then Wild River Grille might be the perfect lunch spot for you. Looking for something lighter? Try a healthy twist on beloved broccoli cheddar at Great Full Gardens.
Craving caffeine? We have you covered. Reno Tahoe has enough coffee shops and roasteries to keep you going all day. Cozy up near the Truckee River at Hub Coffee Roasters, try one of Old World Coffee’s unique creations (hint: the almond/cherry latte with sea salt is life-changing!) or order a drink almost too pretty to drink at Coffeebar.
Done shredding the slopes? The fun doesn’t stop there – after all, Reno is a 24-hour town and winter doesn’t put a damper on the after-hours fun. Join fellow revelers on the streets of downtown Reno during the Reno Santa Pub Crawl on December 14, known as the largest Santa crawl in the country with more than 15,000 festive partiers celebrating the season. Or hit up a local brewery for a sampling of their seasonal beer on tap.
If you’re seeking something entertaining, there is no shortage of holiday shows happening during the winter months, along with plenty of other music, comedy and artistic performances. Take in the modern entertainment and Old Worlde artistry at Winter Dreams, an ongoing circus performance featuring aerial dance, acrobats, jugglers and more. Get caught up in the madcap antics of The Play That Goes Wrong, a classic murder mystery filled with mishaps, at The Pioneer Center for Performing Arts. Sing your heart out at a concert with musical legends Bret Michaels with Warrant, Third Eye Blind or STYX. Laugh along with world-class comedians such as Rodney Carrington, Daniel Tosh or Ken Jeong.
Reno Tahoe is synonymous with world-class skiing, making a trip up the mountain a no-brainer for your winter weekend agenda. To make your trip even more convenient, a number of shuttles are available to and from many ski areas.
Sliding down a hill in the snow doesn’t have to be done on skis or a snowboard. Embrace your inner child and check out one of the many local sledding and tubing areas. Boreal Mountain’s Playland Tubing offers guests the fun of tubing, with less effort by providing tubes, groomed runs and a magic carpet to take tubers back up the hill. You can also sail down Heavenly’s 500-foot long tubing hill that has been named the #1 Tubing Hill in America. Interested in exploring sledding hills on their own? Spooner Summit, Tahoe Meadows, and Galena Creek Park are a few popular and easily-accessible areas. For an exhilarating way to get outdoors in Winter, Reno Tahoe has a network of groomed trails perfect for cross-country skiing.
For those who crave a bit of an adrenaline rush, snowmobiling tours around Lake Tahoe satisfy that need for speed while also giving you the chance to experience the winter wonderland. Another option for getting around, with a little less traditional horsepower, is by dog sled. Several area resorts and adventure companies offer dog sled tours, which is a truly unique way to see the beauty of the Sierras.
If you want some fresh air but want to stay on level ground, then Reno Tahoe has you covered. Just t lace up your skates and hit the ice. The region offers three outdoor ice skating rinks – in both Reno and Lake Tahoe – which provide fun for kids of all ages.
The Biggest Little Christmas Trees
Both kids and adults will marvel at the wonders of many Christmas trees illuminating the cities of Reno and Sparks this holiday season. The City of Sparks electrifies Victorian Square with Hometowne Christmas starting Friday, December 6 with the Holiday Tree Lighting at 6:30 p.m. The City of Reno will be holding its Winter Light Festival tree lighting on Saturday, December 7 at 5 p.m. at City Plaza. The holiday celebrations continue throughout the week, including visits with Santa, interactive art and so much more.