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All Aboard The Polar Express!

The Polar Express is headed to Nevada!

Looking for a fun and unique way to celebrate this holiday season? The Polar Express is pulling through Carson city all month long to offer you and your family an unforgettable winter train ride. Rail Events Inc. is inviting you to join them for a ride inspired by the holiday book and movie, Polar Express. This trip to the North Pole will be filled with tons of holiday-related activities, such as caroling and a reading of The Polar Express with hot chocolate and cookies, followed by a meeting with Santa who will hand out sleigh bells to the children, just like in the story. Families are encouraged to wear their pajamas to stay comfy and warm during the trip. This train ride is something that the entire family can enjoy together, and the story of the Polar Express is one that many people are familiar with.

The event is one hour long and will take place on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through December 22nd this year. The Polar Express departs from the Carson City Eastgate Depot. Tickets tend to sell out quickly, so be sure to get them here while you can! VIP parlor car tickets are also being offered this season.

For information on The Polar Express event or to find other train stops throughout the country, head to Rail Events Inc. to find the answer to all your questions. For information on the local stop, visit V&T Railway’s website.

Christmas on the Comstock

This Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, Virginia City, Nev. kicks off its annual holiday tradition, Christmas on the Comstock. Located just 25 miles from Reno, the town boasts the Parade of Lights, a country Christmas concert and Breakfast with Father Christmas. The festivities continue throughout the month with unique gifts and boutique holiday shopping at local merchants.

Breakfast with Father Christmas – Dec. 7, 9 – 11 a.m.

Join Father Christmas for breakfast, photos and a chance to share Christmas wishes at Piper’s Opera House. Price: Adults $10, Kids $8.

The Candy Cane Express Trains –Dec. 7-8 and 14-15. Two departures daily: noon and 2 p.m.

Create holiday memories aboard the Candy Cane Express Holiday Train on the famous Virginia & Truckee Railroad. Delight with visits from the Candy Cane Sisters while sipping hot chocolate, spiced apple cider and enjoying delicious cookies and candy canes. Price: $14 adults, $7 children, ages 2 and under free. Purchase tickets online.

Christmas Movies at Piper’s Opera House Dec. 7, 12 – 4 p.m.

Bring the kids to watch classic Christmas movies at the historic Piper’s Opera House before the Parade of Lights. Price: FREE.

Christmas on the Comstock Parade of Lights – Dec. 7, 5 p.m.

Bundle up and gather along C Street for Virginia City’s only evening parade and watch as the town lights up with Christmas cheer. Price: FREE.

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Christmas in the Sierra – Concert with David John & The Comstock Cowboys, Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m.

Bring your cowboy boots and Santa hat to this boot-stomping good time with David John and the Comstock Cowboys for a country Christmas concert at Piper’s Opera House. Buy your tickets in advance online. Price:  $25.

Photos with Father Christmas – Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Stop by the Virginia City Visitors Center at 86 South C Street to meet Father Christmas and create a holiday memory. Call 775-847-7500 for more information.

Virginia City Merchant Christmas Gift Giveaway, Dec. 7 – Dec. 30, merchant business hours vary.

Pick up a lucky number card at Forever Christmas, The Mark Twain Museum or the Visitor Center for a chance to win one of 2,000 free gifts at over 20 participating merchants. Price: FREE.

Gingerbread Social and Charity Auction – Dec. 8, 5 p.m.
Enter your gingerbread creation for a chance to win fabulous prizes at Piper’s Opera House. Price: FREE.

To purchase tickets and for more information on Christmas on the Comstock events taking place in Virginia City, Nev., visit online or call the Virginia City Tourism Commission at 775-847-7500.

Santa is coming to town… by the thousands

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Reno Santa Pub Crawl

‘Tis the season to gather in downtown Reno with thousands of Santas, elves, candy canes and Rudolphs for the 2012 Santa Pub Crawl! Dawn your Santa suit, ugly sweater, or any other Christmas costume and join the wassailing masses on December 15, beginning at 7:30 p.m. You’ll have a merry time caroling through the streets while enjoying drink specials at a slew of bars with the purchase of a $5 commemorative cup. Pick up your cups early at participating locations, or purchase it the night of the crawl at participating bars.

Before you hit the crawl, check out these additional spirited events:

Bowling with the Elves – December 14

If you’re arriving in Reno on the Friday before the Crawl, make your way to the National Bowling Stadium for the first ever Bowling with Elves. Santa’s little helpers (and apparently little bowlers) are teaming up with Toys for Tots, so bring a new, unwrapped toy for donation and receive a discount on your entry fee.

The Great Santa Dash – December 15

Before taking advantage of the jolly drink specials at the crawl, burn a few extra calories at The Great Santa Dash 5k run/walk at Winfield Park. Runners of all levels are welcome and holiday attire is strongly encouraged. So slip into your Santa suit a little early and join the fun.  The run kicks off at 10:00 a.m., rain, snow or shine!

Event fees: $32 Adults, $22 Youth (17 and younger)

Santa Ski Crawl – December 15

Forget the one-horse open slay. Grab your skis or board and dash through the snow in style at Mt Rose Ski Tahoe. Anyone dressed up as Jolly St. Nick or in similar festive garb will receive a $39 lift ticket on the day of the crawl (just wearing a Santa hat will not qualify). Be sure to gather on the stairs of the Main Lodge at 11:00 am for the group photo shoot, followed by a massive Santa group ski from the top of the KC Bowl at 11:30 am.

For more information on holiday events in Reno Tahoe, take a look at our events calendar.

A Hometown Holiday Weekend Lights Up the Start of the Season

Festivities and activities to nativities and sugar plum fairies,  December is here and Reno Tahoe USA is wasting no time jumping into the holiday spirit!

SPARKS HOMETOWN CHRISTMAS ~ Dec 2-3

5330823374_5ab658c20d_zThe spectacular tree lighting ceremony happens tonight, followed by the extensive Christmas Parade on Saturday. The Parade’s Grand Marshals include: Ian Petrella (played Randy, Ralphie’s younger brother in “A Christmas Party”), American Idol finalist Kimberley Locke and Olympic Gold Medalist swimmer Natalie Caughlin. The parade will travel from east to west on Victorian Avenue, from 1:00pm-3:00pm.

CHRISTMAS ON THE COMSTOCK PARADE OF LIGHTS ~ December 3

Let the traditional holiday light cruises drive past you this year. This quaint community hosts an early evening parade, in which the floats and marching bands must incorporate lights. It’s a celebration of the holidays with a hometown ambiance.

THE NUTCRACKER ~ December 3-4

The holidays wouldn’t be complete without the retelling of one of the season’s most beloved tales. Experience the season’s joy as Tchaikovsky’s classic music guides you on a journey through a world full of beauty and magic, dancing snow flakes and sugar plums, and a war betwixt rat and a charming heroic prince. For more performances of the Nutcracker in the Reno Tahoe region, click here!

SPIRIT OF THE SEASON ~ December 3-4

The traditionally popular, Spirit of the Season holiday show is finally here. The hair on the back of your neck – be warned! This year’s guest artist Kip Wilborn – an SF Opera performer and former “Phontom” – is lending his amazing pipes to the music of the holidays. The concert set will be held on Saturday, December 3 (7:00 p.m.) and Sunday December 4 (2:00 p.m.) at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts.

Happy Holidays!

Celebrate the holidays with ice dancing show

HolidayIce_900x235_eldoThe Eldorado Hotel Casino plays host to a celebration of the holiday season with the Holiday Ice Spectacular playing through Dec. 29 on the Showroom Stage.

This dazzling show is a thrilling combination of skillful ice-skating and theater. Dozens of charismatic, world-class figure skaters will lift, turn and twirl to the tune of a modern mix of classic holiday favorites. The Holiday Ice Spectacular is produced and directed by Jeb K. Rand, a former U.S. National figure skating competitor who has been featured in the Ice Capades, Disney on Ice and the famous Radio City Christmas Spectacular in New York City. Event Details

Reno Pops presents an old-fashioned Christmas

RPO-logoReno Pops Orchestra presents its fourth annual holiday concert at Rock Church, 4950 Vista Blvd in Sparks on Friday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m.

Guest conductor Joel Munc will lead the orchestra in an assortment of holiday music including: Polar Express, White Christmas, Winter Wonderland, Carol of the Bells, Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring, and LeRoy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride.

A vocal ensemble will join the orchestra for Alfred Burt’s Christmas Carols.  The orchestra will play Coirelli’s Christmas Concerto.

In keeping with the annual holiday concert tradition, members of the audience will be invited to sing along with the orchestra. Vocalists will lead the audience in favorite carols and the words will be projected on a screen to make it easy for those who want to join in.

This uplifting holiday concert is free, but donations are always appreciated.

For more information call 775-673-1234 or visit www.renopops.org.

Video: Sierra ski and board conditions are ideal

What started as a meager ski season with a couple good early season storms and then a long, warm lull, has evolved into a powder-seekers dream in the Sierra Nevada. The last week has brought several feet of new snow to area ski resorts, and another storm system is expected through Christmas Day to add a couple more feet to the total.

What does all this mean? It means it is time to take advantage of discounted rates and book a ski trip to Reno-Tahoe. You’ll be glad you did …

Helmet cam view of Alpine Meadows on Sunday:


E-card: Give someone you love a taste of Reno-Tahoe

Christmas is just a day away, and 2009 is on the horizon – perfect timing for that last-minute greeting for someone special on your list.

Check out the Reno-Tahoe Holiday Gingerbread Maker, and e-card personalized with Sierra Nevada winter images. Happy Holidays!




Photos: Santa Pub Crawl takes over downtown Reno

Reno is still in recovery mode after a night of partying Saturday as hundreds of Santas converged on downtown during the Seventh Annual Reno Santa Pub Crawl.

More than two-dozen local nightlife hot spots participated with drink specials and music, while locals and visitors mingled in their Santa suits.

The night culminated with a gathering of the Santas under the iconic Reno Arch and shortly after the real Santa was on his way home to continue getting ready for Christmas Eve. Don’t worry, though, we got a picture of him. He’s the one in the red hat.