Pomegranate Arts & Crafts Festival, Logandale, Nov. 4-5, 2016 Pomegranates aren’t a native fruit to the Moapa Valley region, but after Mormon settlers introduced the fruit to the region in the early 1900s and found that it thrived, the fruit became a celebrated part of the area. Today, the Pomegranate Arts & Crafts Festival celebrates the fruit with homemade jams and desserts. Additionally, regional artists and crafters set up shop for visitors, selling anything from decorated gourds to paintings. Attendees can shop around while listening to local music from artists like the Nelson Family Band.
V&T Railroad Polar Express, Carson City, Nov. 17 to Dec. 23, 2016 You know the holidays are around the corner when historic Nevada railways become gateways to the North Pole. The V&T Railroad was a highly successful route established in the late-1800s as a way to transport gold and silver. Today, its history is preserved through such themed rides as the V&T Railroad Polar Express. The Polar Express ride allows families to experience Courtesy Travel Nevada the joys that Santa brings while riding an authentic and historic train. Children on the Polar Express will meet holiday characters and go home with a silver sleigh bell. Guests can purchase coach or VIP tickets for this unforgettable childhood experience.
Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, Las Vegas, Dec. 1-10, 2016 The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo is the premiere rodeo event in the U.S. The most recognizable rodeo stars from around the nation come to Las Vegas each December to compete for gold. Known as “Cowboy Christmas” to attendees and fans, the event is full of cowboy favourites, including live country music, an expo with cowboy boots and other rodeo gear, and, of course, steer wrestling, bull riding, barrel racing and roping. It’s 10 days of cowboy heaven.
Reno Santa Crawl. Dec. 10, 2016 In Reno, the Santa fun is for adults, too. The Reno Santa Crawl is the largest Santa Pub Crawl in the country, where almost 15,000 holiday-clad partygoers hop from bar to bar in downtown Reno. In addition to drawing attendees from as far away as the East Coast, the event has raised more than $200,000 for local charities. Participants can also signup for a 5K run or Santa skiing at Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe.
Meteor Showers Nevada’s rural areas and parks aren’t just great areas to explore for scenery and culture, but they also give the state some of the darkest night skies in the country. Those skies are perfect for stargazing. This fall, there are several opportunities to catch one of the most spectacular phenomena of the skies, meteor showers.
Leonids Meteor Shower, Nov. 17, 2016 Named for its location near the Leo constellation, the Leonids meteor shower occurs annually in midNovember. This year, stargazers will get the best view the night of Nov. 17.