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!”
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
IT’S MORE THAN A PARADE! OTHER PARADE ACTIVITIES
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.
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
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.)
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.
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