City Of Sparks

Sparks Hometowne Christmas

Sparks Annual Hometowne Christmas Celebration

The City of Sparks is well known for their events - “It’ Happening Here,” as the city’s motto suggests. From fundraising walks at the Marina to car shows downtown to 4th of July, we find ways to celebrate heritage, culture, food, sports, and the grand-daddy holiday of them all, Christmas. This year, the Sparks Hometowne Christmas parade is a celebration of all special events. This year’s theme is “It’s Happening Here All Year Round: A Celebration of Our Hometowne Events!

Parade Applications

If you are interested in submitting a parade entry, please, fill out our online application form at Hometowne Christmas Parade Application 2014. View the 2014 Parade Rules.

Our fee structure for applicants is as follows:

Early Registration             07/03/2014 – 09/08/2014             $35*

Regular Registration        09/09/2014 – 11/10/2014             $40*

Late Registration              11/11/2014 – 11/30/2014             $60 *

Week-of-Event                 12/01/2014 – 12/02/2014             $100*

*Please, be aware that EventBrite also includes a small fee for online payments.Tree Lighting Ceremony

Tree Lighting Ceremony

Friday December 5, 6:30-7:00 pm

Gather ‘round as Mayor Martini turns the lights on the glorious tree. Event includes carolers and great 

entertainment. New surprises are afoot, come and be a part!

Hometowne Christmas Parade

Saturday, December 6, Parade: 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Floats, animals, cool cars and cute kids. This parade has it all. Come down early and get hot chocolate compliments of Living Stones Church. Parade logistics by Hot August Nights.


Santa’s Village

Saturday, December 6, Parade: 11:30-12:30 and 2:30-4:00 pm.  Check in on Santa at Santa’s Village in the Schoolhouse, where the elves from the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Truckee Meadowskeep Santa in the “ho-ho-ho” mood. Bring a can of food for a free photo and gift. Food donations benefit Evelyn Mount Food Charities. The Santa Float is sponsored by Rail City.

Craft Faire

Saturday, December 6, Parade: 10:00am - 4:00 pm.  Shop local this Christmas! The Hometowne Craft Faire in the Museum, Victorian and Pyramid Highway, boasts the most talented artists in the area. Hosted by Sp

arks Heritage Museum and Culture Center and Indie Reno.

Interested craft vendors wanting more information about participating in the Hometowne Craft Faire can c

ontact Shelly Jackson. (Products must be hand crafted and made locally -- no buy and sell or multilevel marketing.)

Community Faire

Saturday, December 6, Parade: 10:00am - 4:00 pm. Pop by the community Faire hosted by Washoe County School District Volunteers .Members of the non-profit community will be there with activities for the kids and free book giveaways. Sponsored by Bourbon Square Casino.

City of Sparks Toy Drive

Our friends at Swire Coca-Cola are bringing around the big red trucks to help Santa deliver toys to local kids in need. Donate a toy at any of the locations listed below, or bring a toy to the parade and drop it off at the Saint Mary’s Amphitheatre and meet the Coca-Cola Bear at 10-Noon. Sponsored by JA Nugget.

Scheels Entry Breezeway (collecting now)

Hot August Nights Office

Sparks City Hall

Alf Sorensen Community Center

Games Galore Meadowod Mall

Swire Coca Cola

Toys R' Us

Walmart (any location)

39North Pole Musical Mistletoe Stage

Saturday, December 6, 10:00am - 4:00 pm. New this year is the 39North Pole Stage at the Great Basin Brewery. You can write letters to Santa and pick up your 39NorthPole Passport. Stamped passports are entered to win great prizes and swag bags valued up to $30. (Need not be present to win.)

Ugly Sweater Run

Saturday, December 6, 10:00am.  Join the Ugly Sweater Run before the Parade. The run is a 2-mile non-timed fun run around the marina and strollers are welcome. Registration is available at Scheels Customer Service Desk. Cost is $20 or new toy donation, 100% of proceeds benefit Toys for Tots and all participants will receive an event souvenir.

Sponsored by:




Special help from

Hot August Nights

Living Stones Church

Boys and Girls Clubs of the Truckee Meadows

Washoe County School District Volunteers

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