City Of Sparks

Sparks 30th Annual Hometowne Christmas

Sparks 30th Annual Hometowne Christmas Celebration

Sparks Annual Hometowne Christmas Parade

Join us in celebrating A Season of Giving! The Sparks Hometowne Christmas Parade inspires us all to spread the Christmas spirit by helping those less fortunate this holiday season. Unite with us on Victorian Square December 3, 2016 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. with Mayor Geno Martini, Friends from your community, and the most giving of them all, Santa Claus.

The Hometowne Christmas Parade is a Northern Nevada tradition as deep rooted as the spirit of the season itself. Cherie Jamason will be heading off the parade as Grand Marshal. Cherie has 27 years of service with the Food Bank of Northern Nevada. The parade will feature marching bands playing the holiday tunes we all know and love, Christmas costumes, adorable animals, and festive floats all representing A Season of Giving. The Sparks Hometowne Christmas Parade kicks off the City of Sparks Toy Drive, and features a Community faire with information on how you can give back to your community this holiday season.


Tree Lighting Ceremony

Friday December 2, 2016 6:30PM-7:00PM

Kick off a Season of Giving with friends, family, and Mayor Martini as he flips the switch to light our living Christmas tree in Downtown Sparks! The event includes live music, The Sparks Rotary Club’s raffle where someone will win $10,000, and free treats like hot chocolate for the young and young at heart.

Hometowne Christmas Celebration

Saturday, December 3, 2016 1:00-3:00PM

Come down early to get a good spot, or avoid the parking and winter weather by carpooling, taking the bus, or rideshares, just get there! The parade begins at 1:00 p.m. but the festivities are taking place long before that. Make sure to get a picture with Santa, and check out the Community Faire to learn how you can celebrate a Season of Giving through our local non-profits.

Parade Applications

If you are interested in submitting a parade entry, please, fill out our online application form here.

Our fee structure for applicants is as follows:

Regular Registration       09/07/2016 – 11/10/2016             $40*

Late Registration              11/11/2016 – 11/18/2016              $60 *

PAST DEADLINE              11/19/2016 – 11/23/2016              $100*

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

No paper applications will be accepted. No applications will be accepted after 11/23/2016. This event is subject to SELLING OUT. Do not delay.

We are not accepting any applications for vendor booths.

Click HERE for Parade Rules and FAQ

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Art Exhibit at Sparks Heritage Museum
Parks: Past/Present Perspectives” presented by Truckee Meadow Parks Foundation

Historic photos from personal, public, and private collections are recreated by professional photographers to document long-term effects time, the environment, and policy decisions have had on our parks. There are currently 22 historical and recreated photographs of parks in the Truckee Meadows. The exhibit is part of a larger project known as the Parks Rephotography Project, which is an initiative designed to promote arts and culture in the Truckee Meadows through community engagement.

Join us for the artist’s reception at 3pm with hot chocolate and cookies.

Thank you to the 2015 Hometowne Christmas sponsors:


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