City Of Sparks

Sparks Hometowne Christmas

Sparks Annual Hometowne Christmas Celebration

Come downtown on Saturday, December 5, 2015 for a traditional Christmas parade along with entertainment, photos with Santa, and arts and crafts. This year’s theme is “All Aboard The Hometowne Express!”  Parade goers can expect whistle stops, box cars, train engineers, and Santa bringing up the caboose. The tree lighting ceremony will be the night of Friday, December 4, 2015 with the parade on Saturday at 1:00pm.

Tree Lighting Ceremony

Friday December 4, 2015 6:30-7:00 pm

Gather ‘round the tree as Mayor Martini turns on the glorious lights on the tree. Event includes great entertainment and treats for the kids. Come and be a part of the fun.

Hometowne Christmas Parade

Saturday, December 5, 2015, 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Be sure to check out the Mayor's Own Marching Band sponsored by Pacific Dentistry/Smile Generation and  Santa's Float sponsored by Rail City Casino.

Come down early and get hot chocolate compliments of Living Stones Church. Check in on Santa at Santa’s Village at the Schoolhouse, while the elves at the Boys and Girls Club keep Santa in the “ho-ho-ho” mood.

Parade Applications

Parade Applications

The Parade is SOLD OUT.

If you are participating in the parade, the lineup will be emailed to you on 11/30 and posted on this page.

Click HERE for Parade Rules and FAQ

Toy Drive, Sponsored by Nugget Casino Resort

Every kid deserves a little joy, so share the joy with a gift for Toys for Tots. Bring a new un-wrapped gift to the parade to be distributed to kids in need in our city. Along with our friends at the Nugget Casino Resort and Swire Coca Cola, we are hosting the Toys for Tots Toy Drive as part of the Christmas Parade! Give your gift directly to the Coca Cola Polar Bear and Marines during the parade as we STUFF THE TRUCK with toys for boys and girls in our area.

If you miss bringing a gift at that time, bring your toy to any of the following locations and know that your generosity is bringing joy to a child this Christmas.

Toy Drop-Off Locations:

·         Nugget Casino Resort, 1100 Nugget Ave, Sparks

·         City Hall, 431 Prater Way, Sparks

·         Alf Sorenson Community Center: 1400 Baring Blvd. Sparks

·         Scheels at Legends

·         For more locations:

Photos with Santa

Check in on Santa. He’s waiting on your list. You can get your picture with the jolly old guy compliments of the Boys and Girls Club of Truckee Meadows. Cash and canned food are accepted for Eveyln Mount’s Food Pantry. Saturday, Dec. 5, 10am-12:30pm and 3-4:00 pm

Community Faire

Discover how you and your family can help this Christmas season and beyond. Representatives will be on hand from our local charities to talk about volunteering, food drives, and giving back. Find them downtown Saturday, Dec. 5, 10am-4:00 pm.

Ugly Sweater Run

Scheels is kicking off the parade day with an Ugly Sweater Run, 2 miles around the marina for fun and giggles. The “Ugly Sweater Run” will be held at Scheels on Saturday, December 5 at 10:00am. Registration is available at Scheels Customer Service Desk. The fee is $20 or New Toy Donation - 100% of the proceeds will benefit Toys for Tots.

We are not accepting any applications for vendor booths.

Media Partners:

Cumulus Communications


Shamrock Communications

Lotus Radio

Thank you to the 2015 Hometowne Christmas sponsors:


Special help from

Boys and Girls Club of the Truckee Meadows

Hot August Nights

Livings Stones Church

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