Now is the time to enjoy taking an evening drive around the Truckee Meadows to view homes, shopping areas, and city Christmas trees lit up for the holiday season.
When I was a kid, my parents took us out to see the light displays, and I did the same when mine were little. There's something magical about the lights that makes everyone smile and enjoy the holidays just a bit more. We don't have a bunch of snow right now for a white Christmas look, but it is a cheery outing anyway.
Reno neighborhood lights up for the Christmas holiday season.
Photo © Stan White
What many think is the best display is "Lights of Tanea" in south Reno. There is a spectacular light display and accompanying music you can tune to on your car radio. There is another big display nearby at 2380 Solitude Drive, put together by an electrical engineer.
Both Reno and Sparks have official city Christmas trees of over 40 feet tall. The Reno tree is downtown by Rink on the River and Sparks has their tree in Victorian Square. Our two biggest shopping malls, Outlets at Legends in Sparks and The Summit in south Reno, are all decked out and enjoyable even if you don't do the buying thing. Down in Carson City, the State Capitol grounds have a big Christmas tree and the downtown area is lit up for the holidays.
If you will be traveling to other areas during the holiday season, About.com has a Christmas and New Year's Celebrations resource guide that includes light displays, parties, events, and activities all over the country.
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