Sparks annual 39 North Pole Village begins this week

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39 North Pole Village holiday light festival returns to Downtown Sparks this week with an endless supply of free family fun.

The popular event held from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Dec. 6 to December 8, in downtown Sparks along Victorian Square.

The annual holiday light festival features thousands of twinkling lights, free Engine 39 train rides, live music, craft vendors, great food, family fun, holiday cheer and the fan favorite Griswold Challenge light display contest.

There will be a heated vendor village tent for guests to stay warm and Santa will also be there to take requests and more.

Family and friends can also enjoy the Griswold Challenge, where local families and businesses compete in a light display contest inspired by the one and only Clark Griswold from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation has several new teams competing this year.

To enter teams will pay a $100 entrance fee for a 10x20 space to decorate.

39 North Pole Village Schedule of Events:

Thursday, December 6:

  • 4:00 p.m. - Display lighting, food trucks and vendor booths open
  • 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Free rides on Engine 39
  • 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. - Santa Visits
  • 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. – Excel Christian School Live Nativity Scene
  • 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Christine Tence Performance
  • 7:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Free Cookies & Milk Story Time with Mrs. Claus and Model Dairy
  • 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Free rides on Engine 39
  • 9:00 p.m. - Event Closes

Friday, December 7:

  • 4:00 p.m. - Display lighting, food trucks and vendor booths open
  • 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Free rides on Engine 39
  • 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. - Santa Visits
  • 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. – Excel Christian School Live Nativity Scene
  • 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Tintibulations Handbell Ensemble Performance
  • 7:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Free Cookies & Milk Story Time with Mrs. Claus and Model Dairy
  • 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Free rides on Engine 39
  • 9:00 p.m. - Event Closes

Saturday, December 8:

  • 4:00 p.m. – Display lighting, food truck and vendor booths open
  • 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Free rides on Engine 39
  • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Free Reindeer Games
  • 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. - Visit with Santa
  • 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Free Rides on Engine 39

People in the community who would like to support the event or compete in the Griswold Challenge can contact Angela Handler at (775) 690-2581 or angela@39NorthDowntown.com for more information.

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