The Ultimate Winter Weekend in Reno Tahoe

The Ultimate Winter Weekend in Reno Tahoe

Hot chocolate. Ice skating. Twinkling lights. Doesn’t this all sound like the makings of a perfect winter weekend? If you agree, look no further than Reno Tahoe to plan the ultimate outing in a true winter wonderland. 

Warm Treats

Fuel up with a warm and comforting bowl of delicious soup. Keep Jack Frost’s icy fingers at bay with tasty options from one of Reno’s many favorite restaurants. If you’re craving a traditional favorite such as French onion, then Wild River Grille might be the perfect lunch spot for you, or try a healthy twist on beloved broccoli cheddar at Great Full Gardens.

Photo courtesy of Wild River Grille

Photo courtesy of Wild River Grille

Craving a warm libation to sip on? Snuggle up with a glass of mulled wine or apple cider – both pair perfectly with your favorite slippers and a roaring fire. If you find yourself out and about, exploring all that downtown Reno has to offer, stop by Pignic Pub & Patio for their cool weather-inspired cocktail, Jack the Ripper. While this one is served cold, it’s sure to leave you feeling warm and fuzzy.

Frosty Outdoor Fun

Reno Tahoe is synonymous with world-class skiing, making a trip up the mountain a no-brainer for your winter weekend agenda. Several storms have delivered fresh snow to Lake Tahoe ski resorts so skiers and snowboarders can rejoice in a day spent cruising down the mountain. To make your trip even more convenient, a number of shuttles are available to and from many ski areas.

Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe

If you are in the mood for some fresh air, but want to stay on level ground, lace up your skates and hit the ice. The region offers five outdoor ice skating rinks – in both Reno and Lake Tahoe – which provide fun for kids of all ages.

The Biggest (not-so) Little Christmas Tree

Get in the holiday spirit (in a BIG way!) with a trip to downtown Sparks to see one of the country’s largest Christmas trees. The 105-foot-tall Nugget Christmas tree dazzles with 3,000 LED bulbs. In the true spirit of the holidays, the tree is the cornerstone of the 12 Nuggets of Christmas, a giving event benefiting various local charities.

Photo courtesy of Nugget Casino Resort

Photo courtesy of Nugget Casino Resort

Lights Galore

A popular family tradition for many is taking an evening drive to admire impeccably decorated and well-lit homes in and around Reno. Make a batch of hot chocolate, gather the kids in the car and head out to one of these popular neighborhoods.

  • Lights of Tanea – This street of lights is located in south Reno, with homes decorated with flashing lights and your favorite holiday characters, from Santa and his reindeer, to polar bears and more. Tune your radio to 95.1 FM and enjoy a fun musical accompaniment to the light show at 16180 Tanea Drive.
  • Light Show Bro – With more than 20,000 lights covering almost every part of the yard, this display at 5555 Junction Peak Drive in Sparks is sure to impress. Synchronized music adds to the experience when you tune in to 89.3 FM.
  • Parade of Lights – Another area favorite is back this year in Hidden Valley. Many homes in this community participate in a neighborhood light competition, much to the delight of onlookers. A couple that will probably catch your eye are 5665 Hidden Valley Drive, featuring lights, music and wooden cutouts of holiday characters, as well as 113 Mia Vista Court, complete with Frosty and Santa in the cab of a pick-up truck and lights galore.

In the mood for even more festive lights? Find holiday displays near you and head out for an evening of fun!


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