Christmas Lights and Decorations Displays in the Reno Area
If you know of any outstanding Christmas lights displays around the Truckee Meadows, please use our Contact Us form to send an address so it can be added to the list. Note that some of these are listed from previous years and not necessarily displaying this holiday season.
41st Annual Hidden Valley Parade of Lights
December 2, 2023 through New Year's Day, 2024. 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.
3995 Sleepy Hollow Drive, Reno
We have lots of lights and a huge 20 foot (plus the giant 3' star) high lighted tree. A roof with so many lights on it Griswold would be proud. 3995 Sleepy Hollow drive, corner with Skokie. In the Hidden Valley neighborhood of east Reno. Come see the lights from 5p.m. to 11 p.m.
Lights of Tanea
Every night through Christmas, 2023. 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. Located at 16180 Tanea Drive in south Reno. Sunday through Thursday from 5 p.m. till 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5 p.m. to 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.
3953 Kentwood Court in Reno
In northwest Reno off N. McCarran Blvd. Each year they put up an amazing light display for Christmas and each year keeps getting bigger and brighter.
City of Reno Holiday Lights Festival and Tree Lighting
Friday and Saturday, November 24 - 25, 2023. Friday 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Come enjoy the City of Reno's Christmas Tree Lighting. Shop locally made holiday gifts, relax to the sounds of live music, grab a bite at the food truck plaza and of course enjoy the lights. There's something for everyone in the family at the Holiday Lights Festival. Festivities are free to the public. Downtown Reno at City Plaza, between City Hall and the Truckee River.
Thursday to Saturday, November 30 to December 2, 2023. Come to Victorian Square on December 2 for the traditional Christmas parade festivities starting at 11 a.m., along with entertainment, photos with Santa, and arts and crafts. The parade starts at 1 p.m. This year's theme is "Dashing Through the Decades!" The tree lighting ceremony will be the night of December 1 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 November 30 to December 2, 2023.
4th Annual Trail of Lights: a Drive-Through Holiday Celebration at Washoe Lake State Park
December 8 - 10 and 15 - 17, 2023, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Washoe Lake State Park is hosting its 4th annual drive-through holiday celebration. Campground Loop B will be decorated with lights, holiday scenes, our favorite holiday movie quotes, and more. Vehicle clearance is limited to nine feet, six inches (9'6"). Participants will stay in their vehicles as they drive through the loop. Drivers should be prepared for congested traffic and a long line at the park entrance. Park staff has added an extra weekend to the event to help alleviate wait times. The park entrance fee is $5 per vehicle for Nevada residents and $10 per vehicle for non-Nevada residents. There is no additional charge for this program. We can accept cash, credit cards, and checks.
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.
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.
5025 Sagehen Lane in Reno
20k light show in sync to 4 songs. Tune to 88.1 FM. Runs daily at the top of the hour from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sagehen Lane is in Panther Valley in Reno's North Valleys area.
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.
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.
7450 Ambush Circle, Sparks (Wingfield Springs)
We add 1000s of lights each year and have a mailbox out front for letters to Santa.
1004 Sunset Mountain Rd. in Reno
Off N. Virginia Street, across from Panther Valley and west of U.S. 395. It's best to head up North Virginia to get there because the back of the house is decorated as well.
12210 Mystic Sands Drive in Sparks
This home has amazing Christmas lights and so do many other houses in the neighborhood. These homes are located a few miles north on Pyramid Highway in the Pebble Creek neighborhood.
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 "2023 Map of 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 1, 2023. 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 1, 2023 starting at 5:30 p.m. After that, enjoy holiday decor throughout downtown Carson City.
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