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35th Annual Hidden Valley Parade of Lights

December 9, 2017 to January 1, 2018. 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. (Be sure to check for street closures due to SouthEast Connector construction. It should be okay in the evening, but you never know.) 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 undoubtedly be more if you look around.

  • Jagged Rock Road
  • Mia Vista Court
  • Clear Creek Drive
  • Pebble Beach Drive
  • Man of War Drive
  • Hidden Valley Drive

Christmas lights displays, Reno, Nevada, NV
Decorated home in the Hidden Valley Parade of Lights. Photo © Stan White

LightShowBro in Sparks

November 30 to December 31, 2017. During this musical Christmas light show, you will see many thousands of lights, perfectly synchronized to a 13 minute custom music mix. The display consists of house lighting, lighted props, flood lights, eave lighting, strip lights, and more. You can hear the synchronized music by tuning your car radio to 89.3 FM. There will be about 16 minutes of simple music and lights between shows, so just wait if you get there during a break. Shows in 2017 run daily every half hour from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Visit the website to learn more about seeing this big light show. The show is located at 5555 Junction Peak Drive in Sparks, off of Sparks Boulevard and Ion Drive.

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.

Christmas lights displays, Sparks, Reno, Nevada, NV
Lights of Omni. Image courtesy Dean Parker.

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.

City of Reno Holiday Tree

Reno's Holiday Christmas Tree will be lit on December 6, 2017, and will be on display through the holiday season. The 2017 Holiday tree is located in its traditional location at the corner of 1st and Virginia Streets, between City Hall and the Truckee River. Following the tree lighting, you can go over to the "Reno Ice Skating Rink" for a session on the ice. The rink is located at Greater Nevada Field.

Sparks Community Christmas Tree

Sparks Community Christmas Tree is lit each year as part of the Sparks Hometowne Christmas celebration and parade. The tree is located at Saint Mary's Amphitheater on Victorian Avenue and will be lit at 6:30 p.m. on Friday evening, December 1, 2017. The Sparks Hometowne Christmas parade and celebration will be on Saturday, December 2, 2017. The parade starts at 1 p.m. and is only one of many events during the day.

Christmas Tree at The Nugget in Sparks

Friday, November 24, 2017. The lighting of what is one of the biggest tree in Nevada and the whole U.S. will be at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to come to the event at Victorian Square and then enjoy the tree during the holiday season. 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.

Lights of Tanea

Alas, it is the end of an era and there will be no Lights of Tanea in 2017, and perhaps never again. I hope you were able to see the show in past years as it was truly spectacular.

Christmas Lights at the Nevada State Capitol in Carson City

This Neoclassical Italianate style building 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 1, 2017, at 5:30 p.m. It's 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 101 North Carson Street in Carson City.

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