As the sun goes down Friday night in Victorian Square Plaza, the plaza will transform into a winter wonderland for the second annual 39 North Pole Village.
This Friday and Saturday evening, 39 North Downtown and the Nugget Casino Resort will be turning on thousands of lights while also offering photos with Santa, free train rides on the 39 Engine, over 40 vendors, food trucks and more family fun.
Attendees can start heading down to Victorian Square on Friday from 4 to 9 p.m. to enjoy holiday displays, train rides and photos with Santa from 5 to 7 p.m. The festivities continue on Saturday from 12 to 9 p.m. with an ugly sweater creation station starting at 1 p.m., the Reindeer Games from 12 to 5 p.m. and the band “Rock School” playing live music from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
During the Reindeer Games, guests can play the Rudolph nose toss, pin the carrot on Frosty or partake in other fun holiday events. People are also encouraged to contribute to the Community Food Pantry- the event’s charity of choice- by leaving donations under the giant gifting tree.
For the first time in Sparks, businesses and teams are also invited to participate in the Griswold Challenge where participants can decorate their booths in true Clark fashion from the popular holiday movie “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”. Participants are given a 10’x20’ space to design anything they want. It’s rumored that the Excel Christian School will have a nativity scene, Sparks City Council member Ron Smith is bringing an 8-ft. metal flag and 12-ft. inflatable, and that there will be a Christmas Story living room scene with the infamous leg lamp.
“Salon 2000 was the first to sign up and they didn’t tell us what they were doing, so I’m really excited to see what they come up with,” says 39 North Downtown Events and Marketing Coordinator Angela Handler.
She added that the Trading Post Saloon will have a teepee and that the Sparks Heritage Museum is bringing a float.
Handler said that when you come to the 39 North Pole Village this weekend, you definitely want to check out Santa’s Workshop.
“The backdrop of the workshop was one of the main pieces in Hidden Valley’s light display. It was created by a local artist and is still in great shape,” she said.
For more information about the 39 North Pole Village and other local events, visit http://www.39northdowntown.com/.