Hot chocolate. Ice skating. Twinkling lights. 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.
Fuel up with a warm and comforting bowl of delicious soup. Keep Jack Frost’s icy fingers at bay with tasty options from one of Reno’s many favorite restaurants. If you’re craving a traditional favorite such as French onion, then Wild River Grille might be the perfect lunch spot for you, or try a healthy twist on beloved broccoli cheddar at Great Full Gardens.
Craving caffeination? 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 Coffee Bar.
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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. The famous Reno Santa Pub Crawl in December draws a serious crowd to downtown. Don your best Old Saint Nick attire and join thousands of festive revelers on the streets for a night you won’t soon forget.
If you’re seeking something in a warmer setting, there is no shortage of music, comedy and other live performances happening during the winter months. Take in a Broadway musical at the Pioneer Center for Performing Arts. Dance your pants off at a concert at Reno Events Center, Cargo Concert Hall or one of the many casino theaters. Laugh along with world-class comedians at venues large and small.
Frosty Outdoor Fun
Reno Tahoe is synonymous with world-class skiing, making a trip up the mountain a no-brainer for your winter weekend agenda. Several storms have delivered fresh snow to Lake Tahoe ski resorts so skiers and snowboarders can rejoice in a day spent cruising down the mountain. To make your trip even more convenient, a number of shuttles are available to and from many ski areas.
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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. For those 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.
If you are in the mood for some fresh air, but want to stay on level ground, 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 (not-so) Little Christmas Trees
Both kids and adults will marvel at the wonder of the Sparks Community Christmas Tree, in Victorian Square, and the City of Reno’s Holiday Tree, located at City Plaza.
A popular family tradition for many is taking an evening drive to admire impeccably decorated and well-lit homes in and around Reno. Make a batch of hot chocolate, gather the kids in the car and head out to one of these popular neighborhoods.
- Lights of Omni – This neighborhood display features 60,000 LED lights synchronized to eight Christmas songs that you can listen to by tuning into 89.9 FM. Check out this light show at 290 Omni Drive in Sparks.
- Light Show Bro – With more than 20,000 lights covering almost every part of the yard, this display at 5555 Junction Peak Drive in Sparks is sure to impress. Synchronized music adds to the experience when you tune in to 89.3 FM.
- Parade of Lights – Another area favorite is back this year in Hidden Valley. Many homes in this community participate in a neighborhood light competition, much to the delight of onlookers. .
Cover photo courtesy of Jeremy Lu for the Riverwalk Merchants Association.