Christmas light hotspots in Reno

The Ultimate Guide to Christmas Light Hotspots in Reno, Sparks, & Carson City (Updating 2023)

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Please note that we are updating this post daily for 2023 as we receive new Christmas light hotspot submissions (we want to confirm so you don’t waste your time driving around). Submit your home or a neighbor’s!

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Updated annually. Originally Published 12/2018.

One of our favorite things to do this time of year is to see all of the Christmas light hotspots! We love Christmas lights. Below we are sharing the ultimate guide to Christmas light hotspots in Reno, Sparks, Carson City, and beyond!

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Homes with a ❄️ indicate that they have been verified for the 2023 season.

Easy-To-Use Map for Christmas Light Hotspots

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Here is an easy-to-use map to enjoy all of the lights around town. Keep scrolling for detailed info and photos of the spots you see on this map. Some addresses have already started their light shows while others have set dates for when they go live.

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Does your home or neighborhood go all out for Christmas decorating? Submit your home to our ultimate guide to Christmas Light Hotspots in Reno and surrounding areas.

Submit your own home or neighborhood using the submission form below or click here to open the form in a separate window for a better view.

Christmas Light Quick Links

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Operating Hours For Christmas Lights

*Please note that homes listed below typically have lights up by Dec. 1 with lights running from 5pm-9pm. If that is not the case, we have included that in the notes below.

Christmas Lights In Reno

Hidden Valley Parade of Lights

Every year the homes in the Hidden Valley neighborhood participate in a contest that is put on by their HOA.  This is is the perfect area to check out since this contest has been going on for over 36 years! Count on the lights being on December 4th through December 31st  from 6:00pm – 9:30pm.

Here is a map of the neighborhoods in Hidden Valley to make it easier for you. You are bound to get in some great light sightings! We’ve listed the addresses of 2022’s top ten homes for you below. 

  • 2ND PLACE – 2960 MAN OF WAR DR


Check out previous winners: 20222021 | 202020192018 | 2017 | 2016

❄️ Biggest Little Light Show, 9140 Gilvarry Street, Reno, NV

The show starts November 23rd and lights are on Monday-Thursday 4:30pm – 9:00pm and Friday – Sunday 4:30pm – 9:30pm.  

Tune your radio to 89.9fm and enjoy 6 different songs! 

❄️Damonte Ranch Circle of Lights – Cancelled for 2023

Steamboat Pkwy, Reno, NV.

This is cancelled for 2023 although many home owners say they will still be decorating the back of their homes so people can enjoy on the path. 

❄️ Somersett Neighborhood of Lights

This year Somersett is stepping up its game! The winners will be announced on December 17th and we will post them once they are announced. Community gates will be open from 4-8 pm Thursdays-Sundays from tomorrow (Dec. 1) through Dec. 16. 

2022 Winners

Best Classic Decorations: 1850 Graysburg Drive
Griswold: 1940 Champion Hills Drive
Young People’s Choice: 1930 Dream Sky Court
Best Street: Deerbrook Court

❄️ Cold Springs

Cold Springs is hosting their own Christmas light competition and we have included the homes competing this year on our map!  Make sure to check out the map for over 20+ homes in that area! 

❄️ Alpine Circle, Reno, NV Near Jessie Beck Elementary School

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.

10440 Canyon Country Ct.
10440 Canyon Country Ct.

❄️10440 Canyon Country Ct, Reno, NV

The decorations in this home are awesome.  This house is a must-see for the holiday season! There is a 1.5-hour loop show on the home of various holiday movies and music in addition to the decorations.

❄️ Hope Community Church (755 Trademark Dr, Reno, NV)

Enjoy the light show with over 11,000 lights.  The show is operating daily from 6pm-9:30pm through December 24th. Drive through a light tunnel on your way out. It’s running Friday-Sunday Nights from 6-9:30PM. It starts every half hour and the audio plays on 98.5 FM.

elf house in reno
The Elf House

❄️The Elf House – 4018 White Rock Ct, Reno, NV – Cancelled 2023

“THE ELF HOUSE” is cancelled for 2023 season.  Will return in 2024

Lights on Peavine – 2190 Peavine Creek Rd, Reno, NV

Shared by the owner, enjoy this new choreographed light show! There are 5 different songs, singing Santa, and 13 Christmas trees

Sami Dinan 3928 Snow Valley Dr, christmas light hotspots
Snow Valley Drive | Credit: Sami Dinan

3928 Snow Valley Drive, Reno, NV.

Shared by a reader, this home is out in Cold Springs and it’s part of a three-house light show! Tune into FM 93.1 to hear approximately 15 songs during this show. 

Buckshot Ct in Cold Springs
Buckshot Ct in Cold Springs | Credit: David Martin

❄️ 17720 Buckshot Ct in Reno, NV

Shared by a reader, this street lights up for the holidays pretty well with inflatables and lights. It is out in Cold Springs. Tune the radio to 90.7 FM for light show and music. 

17795 Cedar Mountain Drive Reno NV 89508
17795 Cedar Mountain Drive, Reno, NV

17795 Cedar Mountain Drive Reno, NV

Beautifully decorated home shared by the homeowner in Cold Springs as part as the neighborhood competition! 

christmas lights in reno
7540 Gold Drive

❄️ 7540 Gold Drive, Reno, NV

Amazing display which runs from the day after Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day has about 30,000 LED lights. There are 72 channels of lighting synchronized to a total of 9 songs this year Tune to 89.90 FM. The arches over the driveway are 40′ long and the mega-tree is 16′ tall and 10′ wide at the base. Many hand made decorations including a 6 foot Star Wars Millennium Falcon & Tie-Fighter on the roof

❄️ Lights of Tanea | 16180 Tanea Dr. Reno, NV.

The 2022 light show will run nightly typically starting on Black Friday 2022. The lights will run Friday – Saturday 5-11pm  and Sunday-Thursday 5-10pm. Tune into 106.1 FM.

❄️ 2390 Walnut Street, Reno, NV

Shared by the homeowner! They have over 30,000 lights!  Each tree has over 3200 lights as well! 

Christmas lights in sun valley nevada
6943 Chorale Ct

6943 Chorale Ct, Reno, NV.

Shared by the homeowner, enjoy the amazing lights in Sun Valley.

For an extra-special night, visit when Santa stops by to hand out goody bags for any kids that come by from 5-8pm (date not announced yet)

7744 Corso St.
7744 Corso St

❄️ 7744 Corso St, Reno, NV.

Shared by the homeowner! They have a whole new show for this year with around 10,000 lights set to several new songs. Music is broadcast on 102.5. They will be raising money outside the house from SPCA again this year on December 17th.

❄️ 2094 Long Meadow Drive, Reno, NV

A fun house with a synchronized light show! Tune your radio to 98.5 FM to enjoy the show! 

❄️ 2000 Peaceful Valley Drive, Reno, NV

Shared by a neighbor.  Tune your radio to 98.5 FM to enjoy the show! 

2283 Big Trail
2283 Big Trail

❄️ 2283 Big Trail Cir. Reno, NV

Submitted by the homeowner. Just a lot of lights and lawn decor. The whole roof is covered like Christmas Vacation. 

Whoville Christmas lights
4930 West Hidden Valley Dr

❄️ 4930 West Hidden Valley Drive, Reno, NV 

5th place for the Hidden Valley lights in 2021.  This home adds more to Whoville every year! 

1675 Gulch Way, Reno, NV

Located in the Double Diamond neighborhood. Tons of lights, blanket lights and love that this entire house is covered as well. 

4031 LITTLE VALLEY RD, reno, nv
4031 Little Valley Rd.

❄️ 4031 Little Valley Rd, Reno, NV

Fun blow-ups and lights to help everyone get into the spirit of Christmas.

7845 Hidden Valley, Reno, NV

Tune your FM to 99.3 and enjoy!  This is a simple home, but the light/music synchronization is great! 

❄️ 3100 Idlewild Drive, Reno, NV

There are tons of fun lights and a giant Santa Claus to enjoy. There’s a food collection bin for nonperishables.

 ❄️ 8130 Deerbrook Court, Reno, NV

Santa will be by the evening of Dec. 18. There is a mailbox for letters to Santa, include your address on your envelope!

❄️ Picket Ct, Reno, NV

Multiple homes are decorated for the Holidays for you to enjoy! 

❄️ 3408 White Mountain Ct., Reno NV.

Submitted by the homeowner. Come enjoy our lights, fun for the whole family.

❄️ 1004 Sunset Mountain Rd, Reno, NV

It’s best to go up Virginia street to see it as the back of the house and the hill behind it is decorated too. Submitted by a neighbor.

More Homes in Reno With Lights (No Descriptions Given)

  • ❄️736 Renoir Ct, Sun Valley, NV 89433


❄️ 290 Omni Drive, Sparks, NV.

This decorated home consists of over 60,000 LED lights that are synced to over 5 different Christmas songs.  Tune your radio to 89.9 FM.

Ambush Circle, Sparks. Christmas light hotspot
Ambush Circle – Sparks

❄️ 7450 Ambush Circle, Sparks, NV. 

Located in the Wingfield neighborhood, we visit this Christmas light hotspot each Christmas and it does not disappoint. Tune your radio to 89.9 FM and enjoy the light show with synchronized music!

They also have a spot to donate canned goods that will be donated to the Food Bank of Northern Nevada! 

Waterfall Ct

❄️ Waterfall Ct, Sparks, NV

Think Christmas Vacation of lights, PLUS multiple houses do it. There is a mailbox for Santa at on of the houses and a projector video of Santa!

christmas lights pah rah
7580 Pah Rah Drive

❄️ 7580 Pah Rah Drive, Sparks, NV

Charlie Brown Christmas decorations and lights

❄️ W. Nashua Pl, Sparks, NV

2 houses are lit up, two with lots of fun lights and figurines. There is also an SPCA donation drop in there.

❄️1330 Lublin Drive Sparks NV 89441

Shared by a neighbor, this home has some beautiful lights including the roof! 

4911 Mesa Meadows Ct Sparks, NV

Shared by the homeowner! Thanks for sharing!

Bonita Ct Christmas Lights
Bonita Ct

❄️ Bonita Ct, Sparks, NV.

This is a nice home with lots of Disney characters and decorations! 

❄️ 3860 Early Dawn Drive, Sparks, NV. 

Enjoy 500 ft of lights set to music on the radio station!! Lights are from 5-10 pm on weeknights and till midnight Fridays and Saturdays. 

335 Mia Ct.

❄️ 335 Mia Ct, Sparks, NV.

Submitted by the homeowner.  A fun light display to enjoy. 

Shari Way, Sparks, NV.

Exact address not known. But you can’t miss it.  Not only does this home go all out for Christmas but they also go big for Halloween! 

❄️ 9855 Pasquel Lane, Sparks, NV. 

Shared by the homeowner, they have about 100,000 lights up across 10 acres out in Spanish Springs.

H Street in Sparks, NV.

christmas lights in sparks
2235 Charolaise Circle

2235 Charolaise Circle, Sparks, NV.

Shared by a reader – not a ton of lights, but lots of inflatables!

11745 Canyon Dawn Dr, Sparks, NV.

Shared by the owner.  Lots of lights around that neighborhood. 

❄️354 Elges Way, Sparks, NV. 

As shared by the homeowner, lots of lights for families see and to enjoy. 

10645 Palm Springs Dr, Sparks, NV 89441
10645 Palm Springs Dr, Sparks, NV 89441

❄️ 10645 Palm Springs, Drive, Sparks, NV.

Enjoy tons of lights!  Santa will be making a visit on December 16 from 5:30-8:30 where kids can tell him his Christmas wishes, receive a candy cane and even have some hot cocoa.  They also have a canned food donation bin, bring canned food to donate if you can! 

160 Rosetta Stone Dr.

❄️ 160 Rosetta Stone Dr, Sparks, NV.

Our lights are set to music, and we have awesome blow-ups in the front yard. Our neighbors across the streets have many lights all over their yards as well as the neighbors around us!

2825 Grosmont Drive

❄️ 2825 Grosmont Dr, Sparks, NV 

Lots of Christmas lights to enjoy. Lights are on 6pm-12 am daily. 

❄️ 2 E Devere Way Sparks, NV

There are lights to music. Lights can be view from 5pm to 10pm everyday. Over 30,000 lights and 12 different songs. They will also have a bucket out for can food donation.


❄️ Nevada State Capitol

Each year the grounds of the Capitol building are lit with thousands of Christmas lights. There is an annual tree-lighting ceremony as well. 

The location is in Downtown Carson at 101 North Carson Street.

Near Al Seelinger ES and Saliman

South on Saliman – turn left on Sonoma (stop sign), and follow it around. Lots of great houses to check out lights! Right near Al Seeliger Elementary School area.

christmas lights carson city
1086 Lindsay Ln

1086 Lindsay Ln, Carson City, NV.

Shared by the homeowner! As you can see above a great display! 

More Homes in Carson City With Lights

  • ❄️2894 Pinebrook Dr, Carson City, NV 89701

Carson Valley (Minden, Gardnerville, Genoa, 

1367 Stodick lane, Gardnerville NV 89410
1367 Stodick lane, Gardnerville, NV

1367 Stodick lane, Gardnerville, NV

Submitted by the homeowner you can enjoy a giant snowman and lots of other inflatables, and even more Christmas lights to enjoy! 


548 Ranch Road
548 Ranch Road

548 Ranch Road, Fernley, NV

Shared by the homeowner! Over 80,000 light, tune into 98.7 fm to watch the show, and the show runs:

  • Sunday – Thursday from 5:00 pm- 10:00 pm
  • Friday & Saturday from 5:00 pm-11:00 pm 

It will be running until New Years Day weather permitting.

christmas lights fernley

❄️ 1477 Green River Ln Fernley, NV.

Santa will be there on Dec. 10 and Dec. 17 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. You can enjoy hot chocolate and cookies. A donation of canned goods is recommended but not required.

Colorado Court

Shared by a reader, every house is lit with lots of blow-ups and music.

Miller Lane

Shared by a reader, there are several homes lit each year. 

213 Poppy Hills Ct

❄️ 213 Poppy Hills Court, Fernley, NV

Shared by the homeowner! Close to 30,000 lights; the display gets bigger and better each year! 

Incline Village

972 Jennifer Street, Incline Village, NV 

Light shows are Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights starting on December 2. Starting on Friday, December 16 our shows run every night through December 27.  All shows are at 5:45 pm and 7:15 pm and are approximately 40 minutes long.  

The main highlights are a 30′ tall mega tree with 4800 Pixel LED lights and a 8’x8′ picture wall with 2400 Pixel LED lights.  We have over 20,000 lights in the show. The family raises money at the show for Tahoe Family Solutions and has a food donation bin for canned goods. 

Submit Your Home To Our Map

Does your home or neighborhood go all out for Christmas decorating? Submit it below or open the submission form in a new tab here and don’t forget to send us photos of your home so we can include via email

More Holiday Light Shows & Holiday Fun

Holiday Menorah and Tree Lightings

Date: Various Dates in November and December

Location: Reno, Sparks, Carson City, and Tahoe

Cost: Free

Check out the holiday menorah and tree lighting around town this year! Join in on the celebration with these free events, entertainment, and more! Click the link above to view all of the tree lighting ceremonies happening with details.

Washoe Lake Trail of Lights Drive-Thru 

Date: Dec. 8 -11 from 5-8 p.m.

Location: Washoe Lake State Park, NV

$5 per car for Nevada residents or $10 for nonresidents. Join us for our 2nd Annual Drive-Through Holiday celebration! Campground Loop B will be decorated with lights, snowmen, movie quotes, and more!

Participants will stay in their vehicles as they drive through the loop. Listen to your favorite music as you drive through the campground looking at the decorations.
**Important update: Vehicle clearance is nine feet, six inches (9’6″), including the antenna. Vehicles taller than 9’6″ will not make it through the decorated loop.

Zoo Lights at Sierra Exotic Animal Park

Date: November 26 & 27 and December 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18

Location: Sierra Safari Zoo 

Cost: $12 for adults., $8 for kids 3 to 12. Kids 3 and under are FREE, and $9 for active military/veterans.

Come see the Zoo lit up for the Holidays. There will special opportunity to have your picture taken with Santa ($5) and kids will get a special holiday cookie to decorate. There will be free hot chocolate and hot cider to sip as you stroll the grounds. This event is Weather dependent.

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Kacey Queen is a co-founder of Nevada Moms

Kacey received her bachelor's in Psychology while cheering for the University of Oregon. They moved to Reno in 2014 and have loved it ever since. She is a dedicated homeschooling mother to her three children.

She serves on the hospital board for Northern Nevada Health Systems and is passionate about her community.

Kacey loves exploring with her family and finding family-friendly events and activities! A few of her favorite things include family adventures, traveling, working out, coffee, and dessert!