Kid-Friendly Holiday Events In Reno and Sparks, NV

The holiday season is upon us and if your family is looking for family-friendly activities and events in the Reno or Sparks, NV area, don’t fret. There is so much to do! 

Here are some of the top local upcoming holiday events:

Midtown Holiday Party
Friday, Nov. 22
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Living Stones Parking Lot
445 S Virginia St, Reno, NV 89501
Hosted by Midtown District Reno

Kick off the holiday season and support Midtown businesses in Reno at the Midtown Holiday Party. The festivities will be plentiful, including:

  • A tree lighting ceremony
  • FREE MIDTOWN SWAG (with the new logo!)
  • Live holiday band
  • Free hot chocolate
  • Holiday-themed photo booth
  • Caroling choir
  • Elsa braiding and more!

The evening events:

Choir Caroling: 6:00 pm-6:30 pm

Tree Lighting Ceremony: 6:30 pm

Live Holiday Band: 6:30 – 7:30

Enjoy Midtown Community Holiday Cheer: 7:30 – 9 pm

Lights Up at The Summit
Saturday, Nov. 22
6 pm – 7 pm
The Summit Reno
13925 S. Virginia St., Reno, NV 89511

Lights Up at the Summit is a kid-friendly event, featuring a laser light show, live music and Santa at The Center Plaza near Ulta and Vans. This event is free and open to the public.

  • S’moregasm – Hand Crafted Gourmet S’Mores Food Truck 
  • Laser Light Show 
  • Santa’s Arrival
  • Wild 102.9
  • Performance By Eric. H. Andersen 
  • DJ
  • And More! 

Crafts for Christmas
Friday, Nov. 29 – Sunday, Dec. 1
Nugget Casino Resort

This holiday season, Crafts for Christmas returns to the Nugget Casino Resort with three days of activities, including gift booths, holiday food and drink demonstrations, ideas for your festive Christmas party and more! Local musical groups will be performing and are certain to get you into the spirit of the season!

Visit nuggetcasinoresort.com for more details.

A Christmas Story – The Musical
Friday, Nov. 29 – Sunday, Dec. 1
The Pioneer Center

Brought to you by the songwriting team behind the Tony Award-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen and the Academy Award-winning film La La Land, A Christmas Story the Musical, brings the classic 1983 movie to hilarious life on stage! 

Purchase tickets by phone: 775-434-1050 or visit pioneercenter.com.

The 11th Annual Tree Lighting
Saturday, Nov. 30th
5 pm – 6:30 pm
The Outlets at Legends
1310 Scheels Dr., Sparks, NV 89434

Hosted by The Outlets at Legends and Fire-N-Ice Pizza Company, LLC, attendees are invited to kick off the holiday season at the Outlets at Legends 11th Annual Tree Lighting ceremony outside the north doors of SCHEELS. 

Starting at 6 pm, enjoy a free holiday concert. After the performance, the man in red will make an appearance and officially kick off the holiday season by the lighting of the tree, followed by a fantastic fireworks show. Plus the first 250 kids will receive a special gift!


Ugly Sweater Wine Walk (This one is for the adults!)
Saturday, Dec. 21st
2 pm – 5 pm
Reno Riverwalk District
Riverside Drive, Reno, NV 89501

The Riverwalk Merchants Association hosts the popular Wine Walk along the Truckee River and neighboring streets in downtown Reno. Visit five or more stops and enter to win over $800 in prizes.

Help support Safe Embrace, an organization offering services to those suffering from domestic violence near Reno, NV, and the Reno Riverwalk District, and participate in a perfect occasion to show your appreciation for community, education and wine. As a special addition to this month’s wine walk, the Riverwalk District will be hosting an Instagram ugly sweater selfie contest. An expected 5,000 locals and tourists are expected to attend this month’s event wearing their most awful of holiday sweaters and apparel.

Each month a portion of the proceeds for the Reno Wine Walk benefit local charitable organizations. In over six years the event organizers have donated more than $126,000 to local nonprofits. Safe Embrace provides help and resources, counseling, and clothing for people dealing with domestic abuse.

For more information, visit renoriver.org