A Winter Wonderland of Fun in Reno-Tahoe

As the temperature drops and autumn transitions to winter, Northern Nevada undergoes a seasonal transformation marked by a series of holiday festivities. December and January usher in a special time of the year in this region, featuring a variety of events that appeal to both locals and visitors. From the illumination of streets and mountains with twinkling lights to lively parades that instill a sense of cheer, Northern Nevada’s holiday season provides ample reasons for celebration.

This blog aims to guide you through some of the noteworthy holiday events in Northern Nevada, ensuring you make the most of the festive season in the Silver State. Whether you’re in search of a thrilling winter adventure or the comfort of a quaint, small-town celebration, Reno-Tahoe offers a diverse range of experiences for everyone during this special time of the year.

Christmas On Ice

November 21 – December 30

Glide into the Eldorado Showroom this holiday season as THE ROW Reno presents, “Christmas on Ice” beginning Nov. 21, with performances every Tuesday through Saturday until Dec. 30. The family-friendly Christmas spectacular will be complete with world-class synchronized skating and freestyle figure skating performed on a real ice rink, accompanied by a stunning cast of talented singers and captivating dancers performing all your favorite holiday jiggles. Get into the holiday spirit as each glide, spin, and jump will transport the audience into a realm of pure wonder and excitement.

39 North Pole Village

November 30 – December 2

Join us in the Victorian Square Plaza for the 8th Annual 39 North Pole Village Holiday Festival. Enjoy free Santa Photos, Live Music, Heated Vendor Tent, Lighting Displays, Free Train Rides, Food Trucks and more. The heated vendor village tent provides guests with a cozy shopping experience as they browse local vendors and crafters. Returning this year is The Griswold Challenge, where local families and businesses compete in a light display contest inspired by the one and only Clark Griswold from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. This is a People’s Choice contest, so people attending the event will determine the winning team.

Let it Glow, Reno 

December 1 – January 7

Let it Glow, Reno is a friendly light competition between MidTown Reno, Downtown Reno, Riverwalk District, Brewery District, and Wells Avenue & businesses within those districts. Come stroll down lit-up streets and shops and enjoy all that the Reno community has to offer. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite lights while shopping at participating local businesses!Voting will take place throughout December. Categories include Most Reno, Most Griswold, Most Creative, Best in District, Most Lit District and more. Winners will be announced at the Let It Glow Spotlight Party at the end of December. Details coming soon.

Christmas in Space

December 19 – 31

Step into a world where intergalactic wonder meets Yuletide joy in “Christmas in Space,” an electrifying extravaganza brought to you by Q Productions Las Vegas. Hold onto your (space) seats because this show features an unparalleled cast of acrobats, daredevils and cirque performers who will leave you mesmerized. At the forefront of entertainment technology, the show utilizes mind-blowing projection mapping and interactive lasers that redefine ‘holiday lights.’ Are you a thrill-seeker? Prepare to be astonished by The Cyclone, a jaw-dropping daredevil act that suspends a Harley Davidson motorcycle—and its fearless rider—45 feet in the air. But that’s not all; the rider also tows two spectacularly fearless female acrobats performing dizzying aerials. Adding a dash of scientific marvel to the mix is Lady Light Lasergirl, an award-winning laser performer who has dazzled audiences on Discovery Channel’s Outrageous Acts of Science and Fox Network’s Game of Talents. But what would Christmas be without heart? The show’s sentimental core centers on an inquisitive Alien who lands in a theater, determined to abduct a Janitor for a holiday crash course. When he opens a Stargate, his extraterrestrial buddies come rushing in, and together, they embark on a journey to discover the true meaning of Christmas and the Holiday Season. Buckle up; this is one sleigh ride you won’t want to miss!

Six the Musical

January 2 – 7

From Tudor Queens to Pop Icons, the SIX wives of Henry VIII take the microphone to remix five hundred years of historical heartbreak into a Euphoric Celebration of 21st century girl power! This new original musical is the global sensation that everyone is losing their head over!

Reno Latin Dance Fest

January 4 – 7

The Reno Latin Dance Fest is a dance festival with workshops taught by professional instructors during the day, dance showcases every night, Jack and Jill dance competitions, and social dancing and parties with some of the best Latin DJs. It is a place where dance enthusiasts from all over the world come together to celebrate Latin dance.

Monster Jam

January 19 – 21

Monster Jam roars back into the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center this January!