Celebrate the holiday season in downtown Sparks when Victorian Square Plaza turns into a sparkling winter wonderland on Dec. 9 and 10, as 39 North Downtown and Nugget Casino Resort team up to host 39 North Pole Village. The annual holiday light festival features thousands of twinkling lights, holiday shopping booths, great food, family fun and holiday cheer.
More than 3,000 people are expected to visit 39 North Pole Village over the two-day event. Santa will be there to take requests and read special letters he has received to make this a truly special holiday tradition.
New this year is the Griswold Family Challenge where local families and businesses will compete in a light display contest inspired by the one and only Clark Griswold from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. To enter teams will pay a $100 entrance fee for a 10×20 space to decorate. There are two divisions in the competition, the Family division and the Business/Non-profit division.
The Griswold Family challenge is a very unique contest because the displays are all built by local businesses and families. This is a People’s Choice award contest so people attending the event will determine the winners. The winning teams will receive half of the contest registration fees as a cash prize. The more teams that compete, the larger the prize money awarded. “Christmas is such a magical time and we thought having a Christmas lights decorating contest would bring a lot of holiday spirit to the community” said co-chair and community volunteer Lisa Jansen. “The displays will only be around on Friday, December 9 and Saturday, December 10 so everyone should make sure they come down and vote for their favorite display.”
“This is a community event and we are seeking help from families and businesses in the community that would like to sponsor, compete in the Griswold Family Challenge, or volunteer.” Said Angela Handler, 39 North Events Director. “We’re also accepting donations of new or gently used holiday lights and decorations.”
People in the community who would like to sponsor or participate can contact Angela Handler at (775) 690-2581 or angela@29NorthDowntown.com for more information.