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JetBlue Connecting NY & Reno: What To Check Out During Your Stay

JetBlue is coming to Reno Tahoe! Starting May 28 there will be a non-stop flight available from Reno, at the Reno Tahoe Airport, to New York, at the JFK Airport. Currently the flight is a featured deal on JetBlue’s website here for a special starting price of $149 for one way. The schedule for the 6-hour flight includes JFK to RNO, 7:40 to 11:07 pm and RNO to JFK, 11:59 pm – 8:09 am. Soon it will be all too easy to get from the Biggest Little City to the Big Apple in just a few hours. We welcome all New Yorkers and other east-coasters coming to experience our beautiful area. Here are some awesome reasons to come and things to check out during your upcoming spring/summer stay in Reno Tahoe.

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  1. BaseCamp: Located inside and on the side of the Whitney Peak hotel in the heart of downtown Reno, BaseCamp is a rock climbing experience unlike any other. Here you can experience elevated thrills in the middle of the busy city or take on the indoor climbing walls. BaseCamp features the world’s tallest climbing wall, 162 feet tall, on the side of the hotel and over 7,000 square feet of indoor climbing.
  2. Mountain Biking Trails: In Reno and in nearby Carson City, there are a number of great mountain biking trails that any outdoor adventurer would enjoy. There are trails for bikers of all skill and adventure levels. Take on a new trail to see great views of Reno, the surrounding mountains and desert areas.
  3. Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival: July 10 to August 23, the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival returns to the shores of Sand Harbor. Bring your own picnic and wine and see this year’s productions of Romeo and Juliet and the Fanstasticks. The Sand Harbor State Park amphitheater is located so close to the shores of Lake Tahoe that it boasts some of the best views of the surrounding nature and crystal blue lake. Here you can relax and immerse yourself in Shakespeare’s world. For information about more excellent Reno Tahoe summer events, check out our post about Artown, Reno Rodeo, Burning Man and more here.
  4. Hiking: Experience Tahoe’s beautiful scenery while getting outside to get some exercise. The hiking around Lake Tahoe is truly some of the best around. There are tons of trails that will take you around every part of the lake to see every part of the gorgeous area.
  5. Weather: Our summers in Reno Tahoe are always consistently sunny. The dry desert heat makes every day a great day to be outside. Lay on the shore by Lake Tahoe and soak up some sun or enjoy the outdoors in Reno.
  6. Wild West Motorsports Park: Located just a few minutes outside Reno, the Wild West Motorsports Park is an off-road race track that can seat up to 10,000 spectators and definitely something you will want to check out during your trip. They host a number of big off-road racing events including the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series in August and the ULTRA4 Nitto National Championship in October.
  7. Breweries: Reno Tahoe has some quality breweries as the craft beer scene is becoming an integrated part of our area. A few weeks ago, Reno held a successful Reno Craft Beer Week that combined fun events with craft beer. Also recently, the Reno Brew Bike came to town, this custom bike takes participants on a mini brewery tour around downtown Reno. Some of our breweries include Tahoe Mountain, Silver Peak, Great Basin, Stoneyhead, Pigeon Head, The Brewer’s Cabinet, St. James, Brew Brothers, High Sierra, IMBIB, The Depot and more.
  8. Reno Tahoe is Positively Electric: Overall, Reno Tahoe is a booming area with award-winning brewpubs, hip new bars, nationally-recognized eateries in Midtown, Downtown, and all over town.

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Top 10 Reasons to Check Out the Reno River Festival

The 12th annual Reno River Festival will be in downtown Reno, May 9 and 10, at Wingfield Park. This weekend festival brings together water sports and other outdoor fun to downtown Reno. This year, the drought has lead to the cancellation of the kayak races, but the event is making up for it with more fun and more options than ever before. Kick off the beginning of summer and enjoy all of downtown’s possibilities at this free festival!

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1. Biggest Little 5k Birthday Run: Register today for the 5k run happening at 9 am on Saturday, May 9. Come to the race dressed in your birthday party finest to celebrate Reno’s birthday month, tutus and tiaras are highly encouraged! Race registration is available here.

2. Adventure Play Center: This center has all-day family fun which will include obstacles, slides, toys, mechanical bull, zip line, human hamster balls and more!

3. Yoga: Find some inner peace and enjoy some Yoga In The Park presented by The Studio on both Saturday and Sunday from 9 to 10 am.

renoriverfestival (2)4. Kayak Clinics: Family kayak clinics will be presented by California Canoe and Kayak from 9 to 10:30 am, 11 to 12:30 am, and 1 to 2:30 pm on both Saturday and Sunday of the festival.

5. Climbing Wall: Push your limits and see how high you can get at the climbing wall!

6. VIP Cabana Experience: Enjoy a relaxing time with up to 25 of your closest friends at the festival inside a cabana sponsored by Buffalo Wild Wings and Coors Light. Cabanas feature couches and a coffee table and is fully stocked with lunch from Buffalo Wild Wings and plenty to drink! Cabana access is available for purchase here.

7. Paddleboarding: Come see paddleboarders navigate the river’s tricky waters and show off their skills!

8. The Craft Beer Village: More than 20 craft beers are available for tasting inside the village with purchase of a passport, available here. Then head to Reno’s River District to enjoy even more varieties of delicious beer. Pass is good for both days of the festival.

9. Swimming Holes: A silver lining to the drought is that the water has dipped low enough to go swimming! Bring your swim suit and sunscreen and splash around in the river and slide down the rocks! The white water rescue team will be on guard to ensure everyone’s safety.

10. Live Music: The live music line up is stellar this year with big names such as, Clare Dunn, Mark Sexton, Jackson Michelson, Island of Black and White, the Wiz Kid, and Street Urchinz.

If these aren’t enough reasons to head down to the Reno River Festival, check out their website here for the full schedule of events.

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Summer And Beyond: The Dynamic Dozen

The summer festival season is quickly approaching! Here are 12 of our favorite upcoming events, or what we at Reno Tahoe like to call it, the Dynamic Dozen. These events are all unique from one another and offer something for everyone. Attend these great events and experience a Reno Tahoe summer unlike any other!

June 18-27, Reno Rodeo: Dubbed the “Wildest, Richest Rodeo in the West,” the Reno Rodeo brings together 700+ contestants to compete for over $2.5 million during this week-long event. Here you will see pro bull riding, cattle driving, bareback, women’s professional barrel racing, team roping, and much more. In addition to the rodeo events, there’s a full carnival, Double RR marketplace, and food court. Cowboys and cowgirls alike will want to come down to the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center this summer to see the impressive rodeo. Tickets are available online here.

Artown_VisitRenoTahoeJuly 1-August 1, Artown: For an entire month, Artown offers over 500 events including live music, dance, theater, performances, visual arts, workshops, multicultural events, fashion shows, tours, and much, much more. Artown takes place in various Reno and Sparks locations and brings together distinguished artists from around the world, from across the country, and from our local community. Over 60% of the Artown events are free, but a majority of the Thursday night concerts require tickets which can be purchased here.

July 10-August 23, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival: Taking place at the Theater at Sand Harbor State Park, this year’s festival will showcase two Shakespeare favorites, Romeo and Juliet and The Fantasticks. Showings for these plays are every Tuesday to Sunday night and tickets are available here. A different performance will be featured every Monday during the Monday Night Showcase. Enjoy gourmet food options and wine tastings at Shakespeare’s Kitchen, or bring your own picnic dinner to the show! The full list with ticket information is available here.

August 3-9, Barracuda Championship, PGA Tour Golf Tournament: See golf pros play at one of 47 stops on the PGA tour at the Montrêux Golf & Country Club located in Northern Nevada. These 132 PGA Tour professionals will play the beautiful, yet challenging course as they compete for a $3 million purse and 300 FedExCup points. Watch up close and personal as the pros play some incredible golf! Tickets for the event are available here.

HotAugustNights_VisitRenoTahoeAugust 4-9, Hot August Nights: See restored hot rods and muscle cars during the largest classic car and nostalgic event in the country, Hot August Nights. Taking place across Reno and Sparks, this event brings together, not only 5,000+ classic cars, but an entertainment line-up from some of the greatest decades in music. Show-n-Shines, drag races, controlled cruises, concerts, a swap meet, sock hop, prom, and classic car auction are just some of the great events at this popular festival. More information is available through their website here.

August 6-8, Hot August Nights Auction Presented by Barrett-Jackson: Barrett-Jackson brings the World’s Greatest Car Collector Auctions to Reno during Hot August Nights. The auction will take place at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center from Thursday to Saturday during the car festival. Attendees will be able to bid on and purchase cars from Barrett-Jackson’s selection of car AND take the car directly from the auction block to the streets to participate in a cruise or show-n-shine! More information about the auction is available here.

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August 31-September 7, Burning Man: Head to the heart of the Black Rock Desert in Northern Nevada to meet up with over 65,000 other Burners for this week-long festival. Here you will participate in the temporary metropolis that is dedicated to preserving community, art, self-expression, self-reliance, and more. The meaning of this festival varies from each attendee, but one thing is for sure, you have to experience it for yourself! Spend a week getting away from it all by reconnecting with your self and others in this popular desert festival. Ticket information is available here.

September 2-7, Best In The West Nugget Rib Cook-off: BBQ lovers won’t want to miss out on America’s best rib cook off hosted by JA Nugget in Sparks. This favorite food festival brings over 24 cookers together to show off their BBQ expertise. In addition to delicious, fall-off-the-bone ribs, the cook-off will have other BBQ favorites, sweet treats, live entertainment, special brews and drinks, shopping vendors, and so on. More information about the BBQ’ers and the 2015 event is available through their website here.

TheGreatRenoBalloonRace_VisitRenoTahoeSeptember 11-13, The Great Reno Balloon Race: At the crack of dawn, at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park in Reno, you will be able to see nearly 100 hot air balloons start to rise into the air for the Great Reno Balloon Race. This colorful event is in its 34th year and a Reno favorite. This is truly one sight worth waking up for! More information is available through their website here.

September 16-20, National Championship Air Races: At the 52nd annual event, spectators can see six different race plane classes battle just 60 feet from the ground and have close-up access to racing aircraft, pilots, and pit crews. Located at the Reno Stead Airport, you will be able to view a world class air show, military display and demonstrations, aircraft display and awesome concessions. You won’t want to miss this world renown event! Ticket information is available here.

September 23-27, Street Vibrations Fall Rally: Immerse your self in compete motorcycle culture during the Fall Rally in downtown Reno. Featuring the celebration of metal, music, and motorcycles, Street Vibrations is something bike lovers and metal music fans won’t want to miss. This event brings over 50,000 motorcycles enthusiasts together for tours, live entertainment, ride-in shows, stunt shows, and more.  More information can be found here.

Blue Jeans JamOctober 2-4, Blue Jeans Jam: Come experience the world of denim at Reno Tahoe’s newest festival, Blue Jeans Jam. Inspired by Reno tailor, Jacob Davis, and his work with Levi Strauss, this festival is centered around all aspects of blue jeans and the good old USA. At the festival, you can attend rock and country concerts, presentations from leaders in the denim world, a jean marketplace with vendors from all over the country, a mini film festival dedicated to history of blue jeans, discounts at local spas, specialty foods and drinks, and much more. This unique event is something fashion lovers and country music fans won’t want miss out on! For more information, check out the website here.

For more information on the Dynamic Dozen and more events in Reno Tahoe, check out the full brochure here.

Easter Festivities in Reno Tahoe

Hoppy (almost) Easter! Our area has a multitude of events for kids and adults alike to have a great Easter holiday. Whether you are looking for a family-friendly Easter egg hunt or a more competitive scavenger hunt, Reno Tahoe has it all.

Here is what’s happening in and around Reno Tahoe:

Incline Village Easter egg HuntUnderwater Egg Hunt: March 28, from 12 to 1:30 pm, swimmers will want to head over to the Incline Village Recreation Center to hunt for floating and sunken eggs in the pool. Earlier at the event, the Easter Bunny will be making an appearance for pictures.

Easter Keg Hunt Made for Adults: April 2 at 6 pm, Circus Circus Reno will be hosting an adult only hunt, where participants can find prizes like food and beverage credits, 100.9 the Bandit, concert tickets, and more. A grand prize of a kegerator, a keg of your choice,  a night’s VIP stay at Circus Circus, and $100 dining credit will be awarded to one lucky winner. To secure your spot for the hunt, listen to the 100.9 the Bandit to enter or text “KEG” to 68683.

Community Easter Egg Dash: April 4 at 11 am, there will be a free Easter Egg Dash for kids at Idlewild Park. There will be games, prizes, bounce houses, candy, and more. Bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Food Drive.

renotownmall_easterbunnyphotosEaster Bunny Photos: March 28 and April 4 from 11 am to 4 pm (on both dates), come down to the Reno Town Mall and get your picture taken with the Easter bunny!

Easter Bunny Festival: April 4 at 11 am, the Easter Bunny will be visiting the Sparks Crossing Shopping Center. There will also be treats, goodie bags for kids, games, prizes, face painting, a bounce house, and a baby chick petting zoo.

Tahoe City’s Spring Eggstravaganza & Egg Hunt: April 4, starting at 10 am at Commons Beach, there will be the popular golden egg hunt, face painting, games, and more.

Family-Friendly Easter Celebration: April 5 starting at 9 am, there will be a series of egg hunts for kids age s 1 to 14 at  BaseCamp in the Whitney Peak Hotel. Other activities at this event include art projects, cookie decorating, photo booth, and prizes. The hotel’s restaurant, Heritage, will also be having an Easter Sunday Brunch.

West Shore Easter Egg Hunt: April 5, West Shore will host two egg hunts, one for kids and one for adults. Kids can explore the lawn, hunting for eggs filled with candy, while adults can hunt on paddleboards and search for eggs tied to buoys. Easter gift baskets will be given out as prizes.

Gar Woods Traditional Easter Egg Hunt: April 5, there will be a traditional Easter egg hunt for kids starting at 11 am. For adults 21 and over, there will be the popular bottle hunt event starting at 11:30 am.

northstarNorthstar California Easter Event: April 5, there will be a variety of events hosted in the Village and on the mountain. At 10:30 am, there will be the Easter Egg Dash on the Village rink. Also in the Village, you can enjoy complimentary face painting, balloon twisting, and Easter crafts. At 11 am, the Easter Bunny will stop by for photos and the parade at 4:45 pm. On the mountain, skiiers are invited to experience Easter Bunny Skiing from 10 am to 2 pm. Keep your eyes open for the Easter Scavenger Hunt and Epic Mix Photographers with Easter Cutouts.

Alpine Meadows Easter Egg Hunts: April 5, kids and adults will enjoy Easter egg hunts, including the Beacon and Eggs Avalanche Beacon Scavenger Hunt, starting at 9 am.

Check out more Easter dining options here.

Take Me Out to the Ballgame: The Aces Are Back!

Reno AcesWhat better way to kick off the start of spring than with America’s favorite pastime? Reno’s own baseball team, the Reno Aces, is back! The highly anticipated 2015 season starts April 9 with an away game against Albuquerque and the home opener game on April 17 at the Aces Ballpark, also against Albuquerque. The Aces season runs until the first week in September, with plenty of opportunities for you and your family to see the Reno stars do what they do best.

Catch the players before they head out of town for their first game, at the annual Aces and Nevada Wolf Pack exhibition game. This game is on April 7 at 6:05 pm at the Aces Ballpark. This tradition brings together the Aces professional players with the university’s all-star team and is a great chance to see Reno’s two favorite teams come together on one field. Tickets for this game are offered online at regular price or at the Reno Aces Ticket Office and the University of Nevada Ticket Office for a discounted rate. All proceeds will benefit the Nevada Dugout Club, which benefits the University of Nevada baseball team.

Upcoming themed nights at the Reno Aces include:

April 18: Fleece Blanket Giveaway- be one of the first 1,000 people through the Rotunda Entrance and get a free blanket

May 16: Star Wars Night- the Aces host Stormtroopers from the 501st Legion and Mandalorian Mercs

May 29: Pink in the Park- the Aces players and coaches wear pink in support of women affected by cancer and proceeds will benefit charity

June 5: Military Appreciation Night- A special night paying tribute to the US Military

June 29: Dog Days of Summer: Bring your dog to the stadium, special ticket required

For a detailed schedule and information on tickets, visit the Reno Aces website.

Top 4 Reasons To Visit the Animal Ark

After a long winter, the Animal Ark reopens its doors to visitors March 28 for the spring season! The Animal Ark is Reno’s non-profit wildlife sanctuary and educational center that provides a home for life for wildlife that have been injured, abandoned or are otherwise non-releasable. The sanctuary is truly unique to our area and a great place for animal lovers to check out when they visit Reno Tahoe.

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Here are 4 great reasons to visit the Animal Ark this season:

  1. The educational opportunities- The Animal Ark is a great place to see and learn about wildlife in a new setting. Employees have extensive animal experience and knowledge to share with those who visit the site and are ready to answer any question you may have. The Animal Ark educates tens of thousands of children and adults every year and visitors of all ages can learn something new. Visitors learn about the animals through the educational tours and special programming events.5371196042_7a7f4133c7_b
  2. The events- The Animal Ark hosts a variety of events for visitors to attend throughout the season. The events are a great way to see the animals up close and in action, and make great photo-ops. Upcoming events include Pinatas and Predators on May 2, see the predators break open boxes filled with treats, Cheetah 500 on May 24, see cheetahs run at top speeds around the run field completely off-leash, CSI: Animal Ark on July 11, be a Cat Science Investigator and receive hands-on training for identifying feline characteristics, and more. The full details of these events, and more can be seen on their website.homepage-slide1000-santos
  3. To make your own contribution- You can personally make a difference in the lives of the animals and with the Animal Ark sanctuary through a number of ways. If you would like to make an in-kind donation, the Animal Ark is always in need of things like food, such as raw meats (except pork), apples, raisins, raw nuts, rolled oats, brown rice, and more, Simple Green, peroxide, and chlorine-free bleach, glass cleaner, folding sandwich bags, heavy trash bags, postage stamps, copy paper, office supplies, AA batteries, and Dogloos or crates in good condition.  If you are more of a hands-on type of person, you can volunteer your time with the sanctuary. They are always looking for people to help as docents, wildlife educators, facility maintenance, animal keeper/educator, and on the ambassador team. If prefer to make a monetary donation, you can do so through their website.IMG_9778
  4. The animals- And of course, the animals are the best reason to visit the Animal Ark. There is a large number of rescued animals to check out at the sanctuary. These animals include black bears, an arctic fox, coyotes, gray wolves, a kit fox, and red foxes, bobcats, a mountain lion, a Bengal tiger, Canadian lynx, a jaguar, and cheetahs, a barn owl, an American kestrel, a red-tailed hawk, a great-horned owl, desert tortoises, an American badger, and a raccoon. Come see these animals in person on your next visit to the Animal Ark!IMG_9752

For information all about the Animal Ark, visit their website.

Spend Your Spring Break in Reno Tahoe

Goodbye winter, hello spring! Along with the arrival of spring, comes spring break, a perfect week to escape everyday life to ski, attend a concert, or enjoy a drink. Whether you want to spend your time with a beer in your hand, celebrating a much needed break from school with friends, or you want to take your family on vacation to have quality time together, Reno Tahoe has what you are looking for to make the most of your spring break. And with Condé Nast Traveler naming Reno, Nevada as one of the top drivable destinations with great value for spring, do you need any more reason to make Reno Tahoe your spot for spring break?

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For those looking to party with friends:

The Reno Leprechaun Crawl is March 14, starting at 8 pm. Grab your festive St. Patrick’s Day costume and an official crawl cup to see what the downtown Reno bar scene has to offer. There will be drink specials and costume contests throughout the night. Check out more St. Patrick’s Day fun in Reno Tahoe here and festive dining options here.

The next Downtown Reno Wine Walk is March 21, starting at 2 pm along the Truckee River in downtown Reno.  For only $20, you will get a wine glass, a wristband, map of participating vendors and wine tastings from 25+ vendors.8343237391_dcd9acf843_o

The WinterWonderGrass Festival is March 20-22 in Squaw Valley. This winter bluegrass music and craft beer festival will feature 15+ brands and 12 California breweries. Headliners include Trampled by Turtles, Greensky Bluegrass, The Infamous Stringdusters and Elephant Revival, and more.

College Week at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort is March 23-27 and March 30-April 3. With valid college ID, students can hit the mountain by getting an all day lift pass for only $62. On March 24 and 31, enjoy live music and happy hour specials after a long day on the slopes at the resort’s Locals Après Hour at the Sierra Pub.

The next Reno Beer Crawl is March 28, starting at 2 pm in downtown Reno. $5 gets you a commemorative beer crawl glass, a wristband, map of participating vendors and $1 6 oz beer refills (6 oz is equal to half a beer!!)

Other places to check out during your visit:

LEX Nightclub- Reno’s newest nightclub at the Grand Sierra Resort  is open Thursday through Saturday from 8 pm to 4 am. LEX will be hosting djs DVBBS on March 13 and 3LAU on March 21. Tickets for these events, as well as guest list and table services are available online.

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The Brew Brothers- One of Reno’s most popular downtown bars is located inside the Eldorado Hotel Casino. Every day from 2 to 5 pm is Happy Hour. Every Thursday the bar has live djs and $7 wristbands for all you can drink Brew Brother’s beer from 10 pm to midnight for Student Body Thursdays.

For those looking for some family time:

The Monster Jam will be coming to the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center March 13-15. Tickets for the world’s largest monster truck tour range from $27 for adults and $12 for kids ages 2-12.

The Gold Nugget Kids Race at Royal Gorge is open March 14-16. A free obstacle course will be open on the mountain starting at 10 am for kids and adults to try out on the Summit Station Start. There will be a prize for the skier/snowboarder with the fastest race times!7304105598_bb59e456b8_o

The 68th Annual Shrine Circus will be at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center March 20-22. Bring the whole family to see elephants, exotic animals, trapeze, motorcycles, clowns, face painting and more. Proceeds from the circus will benefit the Shriners Hospitals for Children. Tickets are $12 for kids under 12 and $14 for adults.

Other places to check out during your visit:

Nevada Museum of Art- The Reno located museum is currently featuring exhibitions such as Aboriginal Australian Contemporary Abstract Paintings, Victoria Sambunaris’ Taxonomy of a Landscape, Dave Eggers’ Insufferable Throne of God, and many more. The Hands On! Second Saturdays event offers free admission for everyone to the museum and free activities like art projects and storytelling. Upcoming dates include March 14 and April 11.

Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum- Also known as “The Discovery,” this Reno located museum offers hands-on art, history, nature and science exploration for kids. Current interactive exhibits include Truckee Connects, Nevada Stories, Da Vinci’s Corner, and more. Admission to the museum is $8 for adults and children, Wednesdays after 4 pm, admission is just $4!

All Aboard! Bay Area Trains are Headed To Reno!

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If you’re looking to spice up your next trip to Reno, opt for a unique mode of transportation to get you through the Sierra Nevada Mountains!

The Reno Fun Train and Sierra Scenic Train are both easy, affordable, and special ways to get you from the San Francisco and Sacramento areas. Key Holidays understand the importance of convenient transportation, but they have taken it to the next level with these entertaining train options. The midweek Sierra Scenic Train offers historical narration, meals, a café/bar, and a Piano Lounge Car where you can relax and take in the gorgeous views of the Sierras alongside some great entertainment while cruising through the Donner Pass. The weekend Reno Fun Train is the party train complete with a performance in the Dance Car by Elvis, a Smoking Car with a Cigar Lounge, first class table dining, and more that has been serving up a good time for 52 years (for passengers 21 and older)! For some seasonal fun, the midweek Sierra Scenic Train offers wintery specials February through March that gives passengers some amazing views of the snow-covered Sierras. These trains often have themed rides, such as Soul Train, Mardi Gras, and Motown to add to the fun! Trains depart from Bay Area and Sacramento Amtrak stations and arrive in Reno (other Amtrak stops available at an extra cost). Many Reno hotels provide shuttle services to and from the station to add to the convenience of this experience. Whether you’re heading to Reno for a business trip, a family vacation, or a getaway with friends, the Reno Fun Train and Sierra Scenic Train will all get you where you need to go in style.

For more information, a complete list of amenities, themes, scheduling, and reservations visit Key Holidays’ webpage here.

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Locals are Glowing with Holiday Spirit!

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One of the best parts about the holiday season is all the decorations that people put together. Some people put Christmas lights on their houses the day after Thanksgiving and some turn their lights on even earlier. Checking out Christmas light displays is one of the most fun and easiest ways to get into the holiday spirit, and it’s a great family activity. If you’re wondering where to find the best collection of holiday lights, we’ve found some great places around town with extremely festive decorations!

Lights of Tenea is an extremely popular residential lights show that has been a local favorite since 2004. This year’s show will top those of previous years with wild decorations such as eleven animated fireworks, seven animated characters, six lasers and three special effects lights, falling snow effects, and over forty six thousand lights! All of that and more will definitely inspire you to do some decorating of your own! This local show has always been spectacular, but perhaps the best part is their involvement in charity work. The homeowners of the Tenea house started fundraising for Evelyn Mount’s Outreach Program back in 2006 and soon after added Friends of Multiple Sclerosis and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to their efforts. Visit their website for directions, show times, and more information on the Lights of Tenea history and their fundraising programs.

In Sparks on Junction Drive the Light Show Bro will be performing his synchronized musical light show now through December 31st. At this show you will see thousands of lights synchronized to a 13 minute mix of music, which you can listen to on the radio at 89.3 FM or through their website. This year donations for the Northern Nevada SPCA, so viewers are encouraged to bring item such as dog food, cat food, blankets, and cleaning supplies. For a full list of necessities and wish list items, check out the SPCA tab on their website.

A local holiday light fanatic is a finalist for USA Today’s America’s Best Private Holiday Lights competition. Jeff Kendell’s home, which is located on Solitude Drive in Galena, is decorated with over 30,000 lights that are synchronized to four festive songs. This home has been covered in holiday decorations for eight years, and Kendell has no plans of slowing down. According to the homeowner and decorator, the display takes “110 hours to put up and another 70 to take down, plus 60 to 120 hours to program each song.” Dedication like that has surely paid off, and this display is not one to miss!

The Hidden Valley Parade of Lights has been lighting up east Reno for 32 years. The Christmas light displays in the neighborhood is a contest of the homeowners association that always attracts viewers from the public. The neighborhood tradition gets many homes to participate, and it’s a great spot to go for some holiday light viewing. To enter the neighborhood take Pembroke Avenue east from McCarran Boulevard and drive past Rosewood Lakes Golf Course. Once you see the holiday lights you’ll know you’re in the right place!

Exciting “Must Do” Holiday Events Around Town

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The holidays are here, and our area has tons of winter activities for you to participate in to keep you and your family happy and full of holiday cheer. This season is always a busy one, so to make things easy we’ve made a list of events going on around town and put a few of them here for you. All you have to do is have fun!

The Reno Ice Rink is always a favorite for this month. This year it will be hosted at the Reno Aces ballpark and will be open all the way through February. It’s definitely cold out on the ice, but skating is always fun regardless of your skill level. People and children of all ages head to the rink for some holiday fun, so be sure to join them! For more information visit our blog post dedicated to the Ice Rink.

The Eldorado is ringing in the holiday season with “Christmas Wonderland”, one of London’s biggest Christmas shows. The Eldorado is calling it “a holiday extravaganza of pure Christmas magic”. The show will be filled with dancing and singing of traditional Christmas carols, such as “Winter Wonderland” and “O Holy Night”, and the audience is encouraged to sing along. There will be beautiful costumes, a gorgeous set, a skilled and entertaining cast, and “the highest kicking chorus girls this side of the North Pole.” Performances will take place Tuesday through Sunday until December 27. Tickets are on sale now.

For some grown-up fun, the Santa Crawl will be taking place on Saturday, December 13. T’is the season to dress up in your best Santa costume and crawl to over 50 local bars with your friends! This crawl is expected to draw in a whopping 15,000 festive crawlers who will take over the streets of Reno for a night. Santa, reindeer, elves, and Ms. Claus will all come together for one giant holiday party! Be sure to buy your official Santa Crawl cup at participating retailers around town and get ready to have some fun!

Reno’s Wine Walk is holiday themed this month and is encouraging walkers to dress in their ugliest Christmas sweaters for the event. Head down to the Riverwalk District on Saturday, December 20 and enjoy wine from nearly 30 local businesses in the downtown area. For $20 you will get a wine glass and access to some delicious wines and a great time, and on the 20th a portion of the proceeds will benefit Cancer Awareness of Nevada.

For some holiday fun up in Tahoe, visit the Resort at Squaw Creek for A Star Spangled Christmas where the Truckee Tahoe Community Chrous will be singing for all to hear. They will be commemorating the bicentennial of our national anthem by performing the Star Spangled Banner, a Star Medley and Star Carol. The Chorus will also perform Schubert’s Mass in G, Gaudete!, a Jolly Jingle Christmas Medley and a sing along to get in the holiday spirit. They will be performing December 13 at 7:00 pm and December 14 at 2:00 pm. Get your tickets now!

December 20 through January 3 Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows will be hosting Holiday Celebrations up on the slopes! Santa will be skiing along with Olympic Gold Medalist Jonny Moseley throughout the month, so keep an eye out for them! In the Village carolers will be singing your favorite holiday songs, so cozy up to the fire and listen while you sip on some hot chocolate. Sqauw’s Olympic Ice Pavilion and SnoVentures Activity Zone are also great spots for some family holiday fun. There will also be a kids scavenger hunt during the month-long celebration to go along with the other holiday festivities. Head up to the mountain to be a part of this winter celebration!