Sparks Hometowne Christmas, presented by Intuit, will host a weekend of festive and traditional activities beginning Friday, December 7 with the annual tree lighting ceremony. The tree lighting ceremony and parade, originally planned for November 30 and December 1, were postponed a week to allow the city's personnel to work on and monitor flood preparations.
The annual tree lighting ceremony, presented by Intuit, will again be held on Friday evening, the night before the parade, from 6:30 PM – 7:00 PM in front of the Saint Mary's Amphitheater on Victorian Avenue. The Living Stones music team will lead a musical program and Grimaldis will be providing free treats to the public. Afterwards, Mayor Geno Martini will flip the switch and turn on the lights on the tree from our sister city, Garibaldi Oregon.
On Saturday, December 8, everyone is invited to attend the 26th annual Sparks Hometowne Christmas Parade, also presented by Intuit. The parade, featuring the theme, "Snowmen on Parade", will travel from east to west on Victorian Avenue and run from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm.
The 2012 parade will kick off the inaugural City of Sparks Toy Drive. Parade Grand Marshal – the Coca Cola Bear – will be escorted by United States Marines to gather toys for the Toys for Tots organization. Toy Coca Cola Bears will be given out for each toy donated during the parade, while supplies last.
Santa will greet and visit with children in the Glendale Schoolhouse from noon to 1:30 pm and after the parade from 3:00 – 4:00 pm. Boys & Girls Club members will serve as Santa's helpers and accept either $1 or canned foods; money will be donated to the Boys & Girls Club and canned goods to Evelyn Mount's Community Outreach program.
In an effort to help those that require assistance, a seating area for people with disabilities will be provided along the parade route on the northeast corner of 10th St. & Victorian Ave.
Indie Reno is hosting a craft fair in the Sparks Heritage Museum — local artisans will have hand crafted items available for sale on Saturday, December 8, 10am-5:00 pm. For more info on the artisans visit www.indiereno.org.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7
6:30 – 7:00 pm
Complimentary hot chocolate from Rail City and Cannolis from Grimaldis
The music team from Living Stones Church perform a traditional Christmas Singalong.
Tree Lighting Ceremony, presented by Intuit
Radio Personalities JJ Christy and Derek Gunn will host Tree Lighting Ceremony)
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8
10:00am – 5:00 pm
IndieReno Craft Faire in Sparks Museum
12 noon – 1:30 pm
Santa in Glendale Schoolhouse, presented by Sparks Heritage Museum
1:00 – 3:00 pm
Sparks Hometowne Christmas Parade, presented by Intuit
3:00 – 4:00 pm
Santa in Glendale Schoolhouse, presented by Sparks Heritage Museum and the Boys and Girls Club of Truckee Meadows
For more information, go to http://www.cityofsparks.us/christmasparade.
From the City of Sparks