If you’re like me you’re a sap for the holidays. I mean what’s there not to love. There’s finally an excuse to drink hot chocolate seven days a week, reason to wear your favorite festive fuzzy socks and even though ABC family is now absurdly called “Freeform” they still broadcast a full 25 days of Christmas movies.
And even though the warmth of a cozy home and watching “Elf” for the sixth time sounds appealing and all there are some really great things you shouldn’t miss out on this holiday season happening in and around Reno!
Here are a few fabulously festive holiday events I wouldn’t want you to miss out on:
Nevada City Christmas
The Nevada City Christmas celebration is hailed as one of the best Christmas celebrations in America. Nevada City is an old gold town, located about a mile north of Sacramento that has an aesthetically pleasing downtown area. It is a Victorian styled celebration. And this year the natives are encouraging all those who will attend the celebration to dress in Victorian attire for the full experience. This Christmas celebration is the closest thing to the real life “Christmas Carol.” There are carriage rides, live entertainment, a special appearance from Father Christmas, bag pipers, a living nativity scene and boastful Christmas goodies. This is definitely one of my favorite holiday celebrations because it has the most genuine feeling of Christmas. The downtown area is surrounded by snow capped mountains and many of the buildings are original. The bars are also great hot spots to hit for great spiked hot chocolates! Nevada City Victorian Christmas takes place on Sunday – Dec. 11 & 18 from 1:30 – 6pm and Wednesday – Dec. 14 & 21 from 5 – 9pm.
Truckee’s Festive Fridays
You get down with Truckee Thursdays? What’s not to love? I mean Truckee Thursdays have great food, street merchants and street performers. Now what’s the only thing that can make this better? How about taking the premise of Truckee Thursdays, and spicing it up for the holiday season. For the first three Fridays of the month the Truckee streets are lit up with hundreds of lights and carolers line the streets. Truckee is a quick escape from Reno that has a real holiday feel. Most of the stores in Truckee offer sweet discounts at their boutiquey stores. This is a great opportunity to snag some Christmas presents for your loved ones.
Reno Riverwalk houses
Listen I get it. Money is tight this holiday season. If you’re like me and don’t have the money to spare on hot toddies and bougie Truckee boutiques the Riverwalk house drive is more your speed. Story book like houses line the River Walk that would make Snow White herself jealous. Many of these houses put on incredible holiday displays. There are even a few Griswold like households that have light shows synchronized to music. A fun way to spend one of your December nights would be rounding up your close friends and driving down the street to look at the beautiful displays. Talk about a nostalgic trip down memory lane.
Santa Crawl and Santa Dash
Reno is supposedly the “crawl capital” of America. One of the most anticipated crawls of them all are the Santa Crawl. This is when thousands of Renoites congregate downtown all in Santa costumes literally crawling from bar to bar. For a small fee, the Santa crawlers can get into bars without cover charges and indulge in holiday “adult” beverages. Because everyone knows the best way to spread Christmas cheer is falling on your ass after drinking too much holiday beer. Something like that right? If the crazy crawl crowds aren’t your thing, the Santa Dash is an awesome local Reno event. On Dec. 17 participants are encouraged to come in Christmas costumes and take part in the fun run course located throughout downtown Reno. Running isn’t really my forte. But free cookies and Christmas caroling is and the Santa Dash has both of those things.
The holiday season really is the most wonderful time of the year. Luckily for locals there are some really awesome events in our area. Whether you spend your holiday taking a little road trip to Nevada City or just go to The Greater Nevada Field for some ice skating, round up your friends and do something festive. Before you know it the holiday season will be over and you’ll soon be looking for an excuse to spike your hot chocolate.
Ali Schultz studies journalism. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter @NevadaSagebrush.