holidays

Santa Claus hands a candy cane to all riders of the Santa Train in Carson City, Nev.
Noah Glick

Around this time of year, it’s not too hard to find a holiday train ride in the Mountain West, from the North Pole Express in Heber City, Utah to the Santa Express in Horseshoe Bend, Idaho.

To get a sense of how it all works, I visit Carson City, Nev. to take a look at the different options.

The holidays often mean Christmas hams, mulled wine and potato latkes. But in the Mountain West, our food occasionally comes from the forest and not the grocery store. Tom Healy is a hunter living in the small town of Wisdom, Montana. This holiday season, he tried a gamey twist on traditional, eastern European cabbage rolls, called halupkis. Check out his recipe below. 

Epi’s is a Basque restaurant in Meridian Idaho, just west of Boise. In mid-morning, things are still pretty quiet, but owner Eric McFarland and a few others are prepping food.


For many Latinos around the world, Friday is the start of a two-day holiday: Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead. It’s a celebration to welcome back loved ones who have passed in order to reunite with the living. University of Nevada, Reno Senior Gabino Salinas is a first-generation Mexican-American and is celebrating the holiday for the first time. KUNR’s Stephanie Serrano spoke to him about his experience.

Coping With Grief Amidst Holiday Cheer

Dec 21, 2018
A girl in a red jacket stands next to a tree with the sun setting in the background.
Holly Hutchings

The surge of holiday joy permeating the air from Thanksgiving through New Year’s can make a swell of grief for those who’ve experienced loss. 

Elf on the Shelf

Dec 16, 2014

So many parents feel pressured to create the "perfect" holiday for their children-but is all the effort and expense really worth it?