A Happy Thanksgiving Comes With Endless Things to Do at Lake Tahoe, Reno


As we all continue to look forward to a white and wonderful holiday, the local businesses throughout the Lake Tahoe, Truckee, and Reno are finalizing their plans for what is always a spectacular time of the year. 

For a complete list, please visit GoTahoeNorth.com.

And if you are still thinking about where to go to celebrate this special season, we're here to help you find the perfect spot for your Lake Tahoe vacation, or a lifetime of memories,  for Thanksgiving and throughout the holiday season.


NOVEMBER 25 - 26, December 3 - 4 and 10 – 11, Carson City/ Candy Cane Express on the V & T Railroad

There will be two trains each day departing from the Virginia City depot (166 F Street), at 12 noon and 2 p.m. You'll ride in vintage Virginia and Truckee Railroad cars, heated for this chilly time of year. Enjoy hot chocolate, cider, candy canes and cookies during these holiday trips. The fare is $19 for adults, $8 for kids 2 to 12. Under two ride free on an adult's lap. Reservations required - buy tickets online. For more details, call (775) 847-0380.

NOVEMBER 26 - December 25 – Squaw Valley / Breakfast with Santa

Enjoy the breakfast buffet in Squaw Creek’s Cascades restaurant and make sure Santa knows what’s on your list. Every Saturday and Sunday starting November 26, through December 18, plus December 23 – 25, from 8:00 am – 11:00 am

DECEMBER 1, 2016 -December 4, 2016 – Incline Village/ Tahoe Film Fest

The Tahoe Film Fest presents an outstanding selection of new and exciting Environmental feature films that have been screened at various festivals throughout the world. Also featured is a selection of American Independent films celebrating the art of maverick filmmakers with new ideas. Finally, Tahoe Film Fest celebrates Hispanic filmmakers and their recognition by the Academy Awards over the past several years. New Hispanic films that focus on the art of Mexican culture will also be featured during the festival. The 2016 Tahoe Film Fest schedule will feature environmental films, American Independent films, and special screenings. To see details, click on each category below.

DECEMBER 2 – 3, Sparks, Nevada 

Friday, December 2 (Tree lighting): The traditional tree lighting ceremony takes place in the evening in the heart of Victorian Square. Free entertainment, sing-along, and cocoa for the kids. The Sparks Rotary Club will pull the winning ticket for their Mad Money Raffle, and someone will win $10,000 - a pretty merry night!

Saturday, December 3 (Ugly Sweater Run)

Scheels is kicking off the parade with an Ugly Sweater Run; 2 miles around the Sparks Marina for fun and giggles. Registration is available at Scheels Customer Service Desk. 100% of proceeds will benefit Toys for Tots.

Saturday, December 3 (Parade)

Enthusiastic spectators line the parade route on Victorian Square for their chance to see Santa and celebrate the holiday season.  The Christmas parade starts at 1:00 pm and features hundreds of parade entries, including floats, marching bands, animal groups and Santa himself. Enjoy a hot chocolate and take a photo with Santa.

DECEMBER 3, Virginia City / Christmas on the Comstock

Step back in time this holiday season and celebrate Christmas as they did in the 19th century. Historic Virginia City hosts its annual Christmas on the Comstock this December, offering a Victorian-style holiday celebration. The small mining town feels like a real-life vintage Christmas book, embracing the slower pace of the holiday spirit. Festivities for all ages range from unique boutique holiday shopping, specials, a holiday parade and more.

Grinch Made Me Do It Saloon Crawl:  Kickoff your holiday season with a little spirited fun. Sample a wide variety of holiday-themed specialty drinks that only saloons of Virginia City pour. All crawl participants receive discounts on full specialty drink orders. Visit all the saloons and be entered to win the grand prize.

Parade of  Lights: The Comstock shines bright with Christmas cheer during the month of December, but it shines brightest during the Parade of Lights. The festive parade starts at 5:00 p.m.

Contact: Virginia City Tourism Commission
E-Mail: info@storeycounty.com
Phone: 775-847-7500

DECEMBER  17, Reno / The Great Santa Dash

A festive 5k fun run through downtown Reno where hundreds of costumed participants will get a chance to experience the real spirit of Christmas!  New this year: A new route, a new time and pretty much every bit of it will be all new! Start at City Plaza and run along the Truckee River, enjoying aid stations with cocoa and cookies. After the race is the best after party you’ve ever seen!

Contact: Crawl Reno
Visit the Web Site
Phone: (775) 624-8320

DECEMBER  18 & 19 – Reno & Squaw Valley /  Reno Jazz Orchestra’s “Jazz for the Holidays ~ A Gospel Christmas"

The spirit of Christmas comes to life as the 17 piece Reno Jazz Orchestra and Pat Ester’s Gospel Choir brings Christmas favorites, jazz, and soul - with a few surprises mixed in – for three performances of feel good, “get ready for the holidays” music and song.  The concerts start at the University of Nevada Church Fine Arts building, Nightingale Hall, on December 17 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee at 2:00 p.m. on December 18th.  New this season is a special performance at the Olympic Lodge in Squaw Valley on December 21 at 7:00 p.m. For tickets and information, visit RenoJazzOrchestra.org or call 775-372-6160.

DECEMBER  26, 2016 -January 1, 2017, Reno / Nevada Chamber Music Festival

One of the finest holiday celebrations of all if offered through this magnificent festival of some of the finest musicians in America.  For complete details, visit RenoChamberOrchestra.org.

Whatever your plans, we’re here to help you enjoy all that the holiday season has to offer. May they be safe and merry for all ~

Blane Johnson


Sun Bear Realty and Property Management