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38th Annual Hidden Valley Parade of Lights

Through New Year's Day, 2021. 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

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 has been canceled, but residents are still encouraged to get their lights out. This south Reno neighborhoods is likely to be a good place for some nicely decorated homes.

Sparks Annual Hometowne Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting

Canceled.

Somersett Neighborhood of Lights

Voting is open from Wednesday, Dec. 9, through Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020. Gates will be open from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. each evening to accommodate those touring the lights. Click for a map of participating homes.

39 North Pole Village Holiday Lights Festival

39 North Pole Village is canceled for 2020. However, you can still 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 can view businesses and houses around Sparks to determine the winning displays. Registration deadline is December 10, 2020. You can download the entry form from the website. For more info, call (775) 690-2581.

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.

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.

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.

Lights of Tanea

This long-running light display is back after taking a break since 2016. Though not as extensive as it used to be, the show is still impressive. Located at 16180 Tanea Drive in south Reno. Daily from 5 p.m. till 9:30 p.m. For accompanying music, tune to 106.1 FM.
Christmas Lights of Tanea, Reno, Nevada
Photo courtesy Lights of Tanea

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.

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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