Christmas Lights and Decorations Displays in the Reno Area
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37th Annual Hidden Valley Parade of Lights
Through December 31, 2019. There are lots of highly decorated homes in the Hidden Valley area of east Reno. All the decorations are actually part of a contest by the homeowners' association, but everyone can come to enjoy the lights. Since they are all in one area, it's a good way to enjoy lighted Christmas decorations without driving too much.
There are two ways to get there from E. McCarran Boulevard. Go east on either Pembroke Drive or Mira Loma Drive. When you get into the houses you'll start seeing the decorated homes. You can use Google to navigate the neighborhood or download this Hidden Valley street map. Here are a few of the streets where you are likely to see some spectacular homes, but don't limit yourself to these - there will be more if you look around.
Saturday, December 7, 2019, 5:30 p.m. The event begins at noon in City Plaza (between City Hall and the Truckee River) with a makers/artisan fair, food trucks, and live music. Tree lighting festivities begin at 5 p.m. with several different entertaining groups such as the Kennelly Irish Dancers, Gospel Choir and "Santa's Christmas Wonderland" from the Eldorado. Santa will be on site from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. for free photos with the kids. At 6 p.m., Mayor Hillary Schieve and City of Reno Council members will start the official countdown to the tree lighting. Following this, enjoy free ice skating at Rink at The Row.
December 7 - 14, 2019. This event begins with the Reno tree lighting on Saturday. Three temporary public art pieces will be on display through the duration of the Winter Light Festival. They will be at the ReTRAC Plaza on Virginia Street and at Wingfield Park. On closing night (Dec. 14) from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., come to City Plaza for the Fire & Ice Show, featuring an ice carving competition and fire art and dancers. It's all free and open to the public.
Damonte Ranch Circle of Lights
December 14, 2019, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. At the Circle of Lights Celebration, Santa will be on site handing out goodies. Food trucks will also be there so you can enjoy taking in some Christmas lights and some tasty food. If you miss the light ceremony, you can still enjoy the neighborhood lights for the holiday season as several neighborhoods in Damonte Ranch go all out. Off Steamboat Parkway.
The Lights of Kindness
November 30 through December 7, 2019, each day from 2:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Spread some kindness this holiday season with local businesses as they decorate holiday trees at the Outlets at Legends in Sparks for local non-profit charities. Vote for your favorite decorated tree. Each vote is $1 and all proceeds are donated directly to local charities and stay within or community. There will be photo opportunities with Santa and you can experience a train ride around the holiday forest.
WinterFest at Greater Nevada Field
December 6 - 8, 13 - 15, 20 - 24, 2019. This winter holiday event includes the Holiday Express Train to the North Pole, pictures with Santa and craft making in Santa's Village, plus thousands of lights. The train ride is a custom narrated journey around the inside of the stadium to Santa's Village. Hours are Fridays and Saturdays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Sundays and December 22 - 24 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. $10 per person, kids 2 and under free. Greater Nevada Field is at 250 Evans Avenue in Reno.
Friday and Saturday, December 6 - 7, 2019. Come to Victorian Square on December 7 for the traditional Christmas parade festivities from 10:30 a.m. to about 2:30 p.m., along with entertainment, photos with Santa, and arts and crafts. The parade begins at 1 p.m. This year's theme is "Christmas Around the World." Get a picture with Santa and check out the Community Faire with information on how you can give back to your community this holiday season. The tree lighting ceremony will be the night of December 6 from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Event includes live music entertainment.
Thursday through Saturday, December 12 - 14, 2019. Victorian Square in downtown Sparks becomes a sparkling winter wonderland with thousands of lights in celebration of the holidays. Stroll through the holiday lights, enjoy photos with Santa, kids activities, decorating contests and vendors. You can take part in The Griswold Challenge, where local families and businesses compete in a light display contest inspired by Clark Griswold from National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. This is a People's Choice contest, so people attending the event will determine the winning team. Hours are 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.
Lights of Omni
Come see 60,000 LED lights synchronized to 8 Christmas songs, transmitted via FM 89.9 to your car radio. The display is at 290 Omni Drive in Sparks.
Singing Santa in Sparks
This Christmas lights display features Santa Claus singing various songs. The featured tune is "A Soldier's Silent Night." It is located at 4435 Dancing Moon Court in Sparks, off Los Altos Parkway.
3928 Snow Valley Drive in Cold Springs
As reported by Sean, this Christmas display features three homes with lights synchronized to 14 different songs. Click for directions to 3928 Snow Valley Drive in Reno's North Valleys.
10878 Pebblehill Drive in Reno
This home goes all out. Bring some non-perishable food items for the community food pantry bin and grab a "letter to Santa" template that they set out for the little kids.
Alpine Circle in Reno
Each year the neighbors in this cul-de-sac light up their homes to celebrate the holiday season. As it gets closer to Christmas, Santa sits outside handing out candy canes. Each year is a little different and there is also a spot to donate canned goods that benefits the Food Bank of Northern Nevada.
2063 Whitecliff Drive in Reno
Tune in to 100.5 FM to hear the sounds of the season. This location is in South Reno.
10408 Rockport Lane in Reno
South Reno off Double Diamond Pkwy.
4th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at The Nugget in Sparks
Friday, November 29, 2019, 6:30 p.m. Santa Claus will be on hand to help light up the beautiful Christmas tree. To celebrate the gift giving season, the Nugget will award donations to several charities on behalf of the Marnell family. There will be free hot chocolate to cheer up and warm up while the tree lights up Victorian Square. The spectacular tree is a 75' Noble Fir from Oregon and is among the tallest cut Christmas trees on display in the nation. The Nugget is at 100 Nugget Avenue in Sparks.
More Christmas Light Displays
The big shopping centers (Outlets at Sparks, Meadowood Mall, Summit, etc.) all have nice holiday lights displays. There are other private home displays all over Reno and Sparks, but it can be difficult to find information about these. My advice is to watch the media (TV news and newspapers) as they sometimes report on some of the bigger displays. If you know of one, feel free to Contact NewToReno with the information.
Silver and Snowflake Festival of Lights in Carson City
The Nevada state capitol is a Neoclassical Italianate style building that is beautiful year round, but it takes on a special charm each year when it and the surrounding grounds are lit with thousands of Christmas lights. Enjoy the show in downtown Carson City at 101 North Carson Street. The tree lighting ceremony is on Friday, December 6, 2019, at 5:30 p.m. It's just one activity of the Silver and Snowflakes Festival of Lights happening in downtown Carson City from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Christmas Lights at the Governor's Mansion in Carson City
The historic Nevada Governor's Mansion shines with thousands of lights during the Christmas season. It is located at 606 Mountain Street in Carson City.
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