10Best Holiday Attractions in The Biggest Little City & Beyond



When the snow flies, the Biggest Little City can become a winter wonderland. From ice skating downtown and skiing in the mountains to shopping in Midtown and Christmas on the Comstock, the Reno area has a multitude of things to do for the holidays. Many of the area's casinos come to life with decorations, music and family events, and of course, tons of food at the casino buffets. Traditional events like The Nutcracker ballet are held at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Reno and carols can be heard in the historic town of Genoa. Adults can play dress up during the Reno Santa Pub Crawl along the Truckee River and under the Reno Arch and all family members can go ice skating at the Rink on the River at the Greater Nevada Field. If the kids just want to play in the snow, take them up to Mount Rose Ski Tahoe (the closest ski resort to the city) to do a few turns on the bunny hills. Just up the mountain from the resort is the Tahoe Meadows where some of the area's best sledding is available for free. Just pick up a sled and look for the snow covered hills.


Riverwalk and Arts District
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The Reno Arts District and the Reno Riverwalk are right downtown and just south of the downtown casinos. This area is home to a variety of restaurants and bars, shopping areas and a walkway along the Truckee River. There are several places along...  Read More




Even if classic cars are not your passion this 100,000-square-foot museum is still a great place to view some of the most beautiful and unusual cars you will ever see. The museum houses one of the largest collections of antique automobiles to...  Read More


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Ouside the city


The Town of Genoa is located about 1.5 hours south of Reno. As the first settlement in Nevada, Genoa has seen a lot of history and much of it is still in evidence in its historic buildings. Tucked into the Sierra foothills and home to the annual...  Read More




This fascinating museum houses the personal collection of Wilbur D. May, department store magnate, rancher, and world traveler;it's been said that Mr. May traveled around the world 40 times. Collections include Tang Dynasty pottery from China, a...  Read More




The Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum is a celebration of the nature, science and weather of the Silver State. At this brand-new museum, children can visit a Native American tule house, learn about the early Pioneers, work on their own...  Read More




Designed by a student of Buckminster Fuller, the gold dome of the Pioneer Center of Performing Arts is located right in the middle of Downtown Reno and is part of the National Register of Historic Places in 2005. The Pioneer features various...  Read More




Take a trip back to the old Comstock days and enjoy a ride on this authentic steam train. You can go on a six-mile round trip from Virginia City to Gold Hill or take the train all the way down the mountain to Carson City. The ride is narrated by...  Read More




During the holiday season, the Wild West mining town of Virginia City in the mountains above Reno becomes a Victorian celebration that features holiday shopping, food specials, concerts, a parade of lights and other holiday events. The city...  Read More


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Incline Village


The nearest ski resort to Reno is Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe. At over 8,200 feet, this resort is known mostly as a great ski area for locals, but visitors can find long, well-groomed trails, 1,200 acres of ski and board terrain, two nice ski lodges and...  Read More




The Greater Nevada Field is a baseball stadium in downtown Reno, Nevada, and the home of the Triple-A Reno Aces in the MiLB Pacific Coast League. The ballpark is located next to the Truckee River and is the centerpiece of a planned downtown Reno...  Read More


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Meet Christina Nellemann

Christina has lived in the Reno/Lake Tahoe area since she was a baby. A first-generation Nevadan, her Danish parents instilled in her an intense love of travel and the wild, rugged outdoors...  More About Christina

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