During this winter season, if you happen to be bored or stuck inside, no worries! There are many different types of places located throughout Nevada that offer a wonderful winter experience. Here are 10 unforgettable places/events in Nevada that are worth checking out this winter season:
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe - Reno
Opening in 1953, Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe is the closest ski resort to Reno. At about 8,260 ft, Mt. Rose is Tahoe's highest base elevation. This resort may be named after Mt. Rose, but it's actually located on the slopes of Slide Mountain. With nearly 1,200 acres worth of north and east facing slopes, Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe is the perfect skiing destination during the winter season. (22222 Mt Rose Hwy)
2. The Ice Rink at The Cosmopolitan - Las Vegas
During the winter season, The Cosmopolitan transforms the Boulevard Pool into The Ice Rink, which overlooks the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. Without a doubt, The Ice Rink is a great winter retreat in Las Vegas. If you enjoy ice skating, a visit to this rink is an absolute must! (3708 S Las Vegas Blvd)
3. The Polar Express - Ely
At Nevada Northern Railway, in Ely, you'll get to experience the magic you've read about and seen in the movie, The Polar Express. You'll board a real life Polar Express and journey to the North Pole. While on your journey, you'll get to enjoy cookies and hot chocolate while listening to the classic story. You'll even meet Santa! The Polar Express runs on the weekends from now until Christmas. What a great way to spend a winter day! (1100 Ave A)
4. Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens - Las Vegas
Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens is a definite must see this holiday season. Here, guests will get to view a winter wonderland that's been complemented by twinkly lights, thousands of poinsettias and a beautiful tall tree. If you love being surrounded by beautiful flowers, you should definitely visit this amazing conservatory this winter season. This particular display is available through January 3, 2016. (3600 S Las Vegas Blvd)
5. Diamond Peak Ski Resort - Incline Village
Diamond Peak Ski Resort, located in Incline Village, offers 6 chairlifts, 30 runs and tree skiing. It also offers a beautiful view of Lake Tahoe. This awesome resort provides the perfect winter backdrop for a great afternoon of snowboarding and skiing. (1210 Ski Way)
6. WinterFest 2015 - Henderson
Henderson will host its annual WinterFest celebration at the Henderson Events Plaza and Henderson Convention Center on December 10-12. This family-friendly event will feature a variety of activities, some of which include an official tree lighting ceremony with Santa Claus, gingerbread house displays, roaming performances and an evening light parade. This is such a wonderful family event that shouldn't be missed! (200 Water St)
7. Mount Charleston - Clark County
With an elevation of 11,916 ft, Mount Charleston is the highest mountain in both the Spring Mountains and Clark County. This beautiful mountain is a great location for an afternoon hike during the winter season.
8. Reno Santa Pub Crawl - Downtown Reno
On Saturday, December 12, 2015 (7:30pm-1:00am), thousands of Santas will gather in downtown Reno to enjoy good spirits and yule-tide cheer. More than 15,000 holiday-clad revelers are expected to attend this year's festivity. Because so many people are expected to attend, additional bars will be added. The best thing about this event is that all the proceeds are used to benefit local schools. Keep in mind, you MUST be 21 years old to attend. If you try to sneak in, Santa will most likely put you on the naughty list. Most importantly, have fun, be careful and Merry Christmas!
9. A Beautiful Chalet Rental in Tyrolian Village - Incline Village
Gather up your family, friends or special someone and rent a cozy chalet in Tyrolian Village. I can't think of a better place to be during the winter season. Hey, everyone needs a vacation every now and then!
10. The Magical Forest - Las Vegas
The Magical Forest, at Opportunity Village, is a winter wonderland that features millions of sparkling lights, nightly entertainment, wonderful food and lots of holiday cheer. A few other activities enjoyed at The Magical Forest include the following: a forest filled with dazzling trees, Cheyenne’s Enchanted Carousel and Rudolph’s Raceway. Hours of operation: Sun-Thurs 5:30-9:00pm/Fri-Sat 5:30-10:00pm. Both children and adults love The Magical Forest! (6300 W. Oakey Blvd)
Are you planning to visit any of these places during this winter season? Where are some other places worthy of checking out? Share your thoughts with us below!