Seasonal Celebrations and Holiday Happenings in Nevada 2018

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From our home at Stillwater Payments to yours, we sincerely wish you a Merry Christmas.  

Christmas is a universal, beloved holiday that celebrates family and joy. There are a million things to do this holiday, but one of the most important is to have fun. Luckily, there are many options for enjoying the Christmas season with the community, especially right here in Nevada. So we’ve compiled a list of some of the events happening in Nevada this Christmas season.  Here are some great ways to enjoy the holiday season. 

In Reno/Sparks: 

“The Nutcracker” at the Nugget – From Friday, December 21 to Sunday, December 23, the Reno Dance Company will perform “The Nutcracker” on the celebrity showroom stage of the Nugget Casino in Sparks.  

Winterfest at Greater Nevada Field – From Friday, December 21 to Monday, December 24, the Reno Aces baseball arena will be transformed into a Winter Wonderland for the Reno/Sparks annual Winterfest. This event will include a Holiday Express train, ice skating, and a real-life Santa Claus. Friday and Saturday hours are 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday and Monday hours will be 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. Children 2 and under are free.  

Christmas Lights Display – This year is the 36th annual Hidden Valley Parade of Lights. Running through December 31, this event features houses in the Hidden Valley area of east Reno. The Hidden Valley homeowners’ association puts on a Christmas lights competition every year, leading to a spectacular display open to the public.  

In Las Vegas: 

The Bellagio Fountains and Conservatory – Open until January 6 and completely free for the public, the Bellagio Fountains light display and the Conservatory Christmas exhibit is one of the highlights of the Las Vegas Christmas holidays. The Conservatory is open 24 hours a day and features a 40-foot tree decorated in over 7,000 lights and 2,500 ornaments, a life-size polar bear and her two cubs, and over 28,000 poinsettias. The Bellagio fountain show is set to classic Holiday music. Weekday performances start at 3 p.m. On Saturday and holiday, performances begin at noon. On Sundays, they begin at 11 a.m. This show is also free.  

Ice Rink at the Cosmopolitan – For the Christmas Holiday, the Cosmopolitan turns their pool into an ice rink made of real ice. It is open through January 1. Hours are 2 p.m. to midnight Monday through Friday and noon to midnight over the weekend. Admission is $20 for skating access and a $5 rental fee for equipment. Other activities include S’mores by the fireside, holiday movies, and a manufactured snowfall rigged for every 30 minutes.  

Winter’s Village at Green Valley Ranch & Red Rock Casino Resorts – This event runs through January 6. The Winter’s Village includes a 6,000 square-foot ice skating rink and over 60 Christmas trees. Through December 23, it will also feature daily visits from Santa Claus. The price is $25 per person and $15 for children under 5.  

In Carson City: 

Santa Train – The Santa Train event takes place at the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City. Kids can visit Santa, write him a letter, and receive candy. The train runs every 30 minutes from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The train also features historic equipment from the Virginia and Truckee railroad. $5 per person. Kids under 3 years old are free.  

Polar Express – The Polar Express is a 1-hour train ride that runs between Carson City and Virginia City. The experience features Santa and other characters from the beloved book, as well as hot chocolate and cookies. Each child is given a silver bell to commemorate the experience. Trains run at 5 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 8 p.m. Adult rates are $46 while rates for kids 2 to 12 hover at $37.  

In Virginia City: 

Christmas on the Comstock – Running through December 31, this month-long celebration of the Christmas season is a staple of historic Virginia City. This month, Virginia City will be turned into a holiday town straight from a storybook, featuring decorated store-fronts, lights displays, and a visit from Santa on Saturday, December 22.  

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