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Christmas Lights and Decorations Displays in the Reno Area

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39th Annual Hidden Valley Parade of Lights

Through New Year's Day, 2022. 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 or Veterans Parkway. 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.

  • Jagged Rock Road
  • Mia Vista Court
  • Clear Creek Drive
  • Pebble Beach Drive
  • Tamarisk Drive
  • Hidden Valley Drive

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

Lights of Tanea

November 26 - December 25, 2021. This long-running light display is back after taking a break for a few years. Though not as extensive as it used to be, the show is still impressive and one of the biggest and most spectacular Christmas lights displays at a private residence in the Truckee Meadows. They will not be taking charitable donations as in past years. Located at 16180 Tanea Drive in south Reno. Daily from 5 p.m. till 10 p.m. The show features music (tune to 106.1 FM) synchronized to the lights. Visit the website for specific directions and information about visiting the display. You need to follow a few common sense rules so everyone can enjoy the show.
Christmas Lights of Tanea, Reno, Nevada
Photo courtesy Lights of Tanea

City of Reno Holiday Tree

View this big decorated tree at City Plaza, across from City Hall in downtown Reno.

Damonte Ranch Circle of Lights

The official Circle of Lights will be on Saturday, December 18, 2021. Look for lots of lights on the path between Rio Wrangler, Veterans, and Steamboat Parkway. Other parts of this south Reno neighborhood are likely to be good places for some nicely decorated homes.

Sparks 34th Annual Hometowne Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting

Friday and Saturday, December 3 - 4, 2021. Come to Victorian Square on December 4 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 "The ART of Christmas." The tree lighting ceremony will be the night of December 3 from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. In addition to parade and tree lighting festivities, enjoy the 39 North Pole Village holiday festival of lights with a big selection of events and activities. The festival runs from December 2 - 4, 2021.

2nd Annual Trail of Lights: a Drive-Through Holiday Celebration at Washoe Lake State Park

December 9 - 12, 2021, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. each night. Campground Loop B will be decorated with lights, snowmen, candy canes, and more. Participants will stay in their vehicles as they drive through campground loop B. Listen to your favorite music as you drive through the campground looking at the decorations. There is a vehicle clearance limit of nine feet, six inches (9'6"), including the antenna. Vehicles taller than 9'6" will not make it through the decorated campground loop. $5 per vehicle for Nevada residents and $10 per vehicle for non-Nevada residents. Washoe Lake State Park is off Eastlake Blvd., between Reno and Carson City in Washoe Valley.

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.

Homes in Reno's Cyan neighborhood

There are two homes in the Cyan neighborhood of south Reno with light displays synchronized to music - 98.5 FM for both homes. 2094 Long Meadow Drive and 2000 Peaceful Valley Drive, both are corner homes on Echo Valley Parkway.

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.

2390 Walnut Street in Reno

They have over 30,000 lights, with each tree having over 3200 lights.

4018 White Rock Court in Reno

Known as "The Elf House" where kids get to mail their Santa letters and enjoy watching the elves work, plus lots of decorations.

Biggest Little Light Show

9140 Gilvarry Street in Reno. Lights are on Monday to Thursday, 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday to Sunday 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tune your radio to 89.9 FM and enjoy 6 different songs.

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.

10235 Lucente Way in Reno

This home in the Double Diamond area of Reno features around 20 inflatables and a magic mailbox.

10408 Rockport Lane in Reno

South Reno off Double Diamond Pkwy.
Christmas lights displays, Reno, Sparks, Nevada, NV
Image courtesy Randy Zaborac.

7540 Gold Drive in Golden Valley, behind North Valleys High School

Display has about 30,000 lights. There are 72 channels of lighting synchronized to a total of 9 songs. Tune to 89.90 FM. Display includes big arches, a mega-tree and Star Wars decorations. Display operates Sunday through Thursday, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Donations are being accepted for the SPCA.

Spring Drive in Reno

There are a number of festively decorated homes along a stretch of Spring Drive east of Rio Poco Rd.

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.

The Reno Dads website has compiled a list of Christmas light displays and linked it with a map. Check it out at "2021 Map of the Best Christmas Lights in Reno/Sparks."

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.

Silver & Snowflakes Festival of Lights in Carson City

Friday, December 3 2021. Silver & Snowflakes brings many visitors to the downtown core of Carson City to celebrate the annual tree lighting of the state and city Christmas trees. The tree lighting is scheduled for Friday December 3, 2021 starting at 5:30 p.m. After that, enjoy holiday decor throughout downtown Carson City.

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