North Lake Tahoe, California Things to Do

Find fun things to do in North Lake Tahoe, California. There’s a fabulous variety of totally fun tourist attractions and things to do in North Lake Tahoe to suit every taste, from skiing and snowboarding in winter to fishing and water sports in the summer. Plus, there is plenty of dining, shopping and activities when it’s time to come inside. Whether you’re looking to hit the slopes or hit the shops, restaurants, spas or the casino tables, you’ll find it all in beautiful Lake Tahoe, California. The Squaw Valley Lodge provides the perfect spot to experience it all!

Holiday Events in Truckee: First Fridays!

first friday in Truckee

In many cities you may find First Thursdays to whet the curatorial interest of gallery lovers, where visitors enjoy open houses and peruse the work of their favorite artists. You don’t need an urban lifestyle to enjoy art, food and festivities! For the First Friday of each month, participating Downtown Truckee shops and restaurants will offer complimentary art, food, drinks, music and more from 5PM-8PM! Participating stores will display First Friday Flags, so you know where to find the fun!

On the First Friday of December (12/2) enjoy Toddy Treat night! The downtown merchants have partnered with Truckee Rotary in their annual lighting of the “Bud Fish” tree.  Just after dusk, the tree will be lit for the holiday season and Historic Downtown Truckee will come alive!

Gather with the local community and enjoy hot chocolate, treats, kids activities, caroling, dancing and annual tree decorating by elementary school kids, followed by a visit from Santa Claus!


Holiday Tree Lightings in North Lake Tahoe

Holiday Tree Lightings in North Lake Tahoe

Photo courtesy of Alena Grace Photography

It’s that time of year again! If you like to kick-off the holiday season with Holiday Tree Lightings, then you are in for a treat with the local festivites in North Lake Tahoe this December. Be sure to bundle up the little ones and get ready for a heart and belly-warming time!

December 2nd: Holiday Tree Lighting in Kings Beach, CA

  • Join Santa and Mrs. Claus for the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at the North Tahoe Event Center from 5-7pm. The annual community event includes photographs with Santa, a cookie swap and craft stations for the kids. Warm up with hot cocoa and homemade soup and treat one another to candy canes. This event is sponsored by the North Tahoe PUD and the Event Center, the North Tahoe Business Association, and the Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe. For further details, call 530.546.9000.

December 3rd: Tree Lighting in Tahoe City, CA

  • Help Santa Claus and Liberty Energy turn on the holiday lights in Downtown Tahoe City from 5PM to 7PM. Warm up with friends by the fire in Heritage Plaza with complimentary refreshments and enjoy live holiday music. Carol with friends and loved ones to ring in the holiday season! This event is sponsored by Tahoe City Downtown Association and Tahoe City Public Utility District.  For more information visit The Tahoe City Downtown Association.

December 3rd: Tree Lighting at Cal Neva Resort

  • Join Santa Claus in Cal Neva’s beautiful Indian Room to light the Holiday Tree from  5PM-7PM. Get your photo taken with Santa himself, and snack on warm cookies and hot cocoa. For more information visit the Cal Neva Resort.

Holiday Events at Squaw Valley: Magical Memories

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Snow, steaming hot cocoa and sleigh rides. There is so much happening this year at the 7th Annual Magical Memories, we don’t know where to begin!

Resort at Squaw Creek has crafted a bevy of holiday activities for all ages, which runs from November 25, 2011 to January 8, 2012. We’ll just whet your appetite for winter wonderland galore with these options: holiday caroling, cookie decorating, wine and cheese tastings, s’mores roast and hot cocoa by the bonfire, breakfast with Santa, stories with Mrs. Claus in the lobby, snowman making competition, sleigh rides and more!  To see a detailed list of events by date and more information, click here!

If you are music buff, then be sure to set aside these dates and get your ticket while you can! Handel’s “Messiah” in the Grand Sierra Ballroom is a local’s favorite, and not one to miss.

Musical Event Details:

11/30, 12/7, 12/14 at 5 PM: Live Local School Performances. Complimentary!

12/10 and 12/11: The Truckee Tahoe Community Chorus of Sierra College presents “Sing Christmas”;  for tickets click here.

12/16: The Orchestra and Community Chorus of the Tahoe Area (TOCCATA) presents a special version of Handel’s “Messiah” in the Grand Sierra Ballroom. Buy your  tickets here!


Holiday Events in Tahoe City: Holly-Days Jubilee

Light up your holiday season with the Town Tree Lighting!

It’s that time of year again. Fresh snow, a cup of hot cocoa, letters to Santa, and festive lights to warm your hearts. Kick off the holiday season this December with the Tahoe City Holly-Days Jubilee!

The Weekend Lowdown

Town Tree Lighting and Community Caroling

  • Friday, December 2, 2011
  • 5pm-7pm

Bundle up, bring your camera, and come see Santa light the tree!

Family Winter Wonderland and Photos with Santa Claus

  • Saturday, December 3, 2011
  • 11am-2pm

Want a great photo to share in your holiday cards this year? Then grab the whole family and get your picture taken with Santa!

All events are held in the center of town at the Heritage Plaza: 550 North Lake Blvd, Tahoe City, CA.


Super Snow, Super Pass: Resort Openings

Photo Credit Keoki Flagg

It’s that time of year! Although Lake Tahoe summers are indescribably beautiful and fun, we tip our hats to winter. In case you haven’t heard the rumor mill of openings in Truckee and North Lake Tahoe, following are the projected dates. Keep in mind that many are weather permitting and subject to change.

  • Alpine Meadows – December 10
  • Boreal Mountain Resort – Open
  • Diamond Peak Ski Resort – December 15
  • Donner Ski Ranch – TBA
  • Homewood Mountain Resort – TBA
  • Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe – November 23
  • Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort – November 18
  • Soda Springs – TBA
  • Squaw Valley – November 23
  • Sugar Bowl Ski Resort – TBA
  • Tahoe Donner Ski Resort – December 9

Remember, if you haven’t purchased your Tahoe Super Pass (access to Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows) then be sure to pick one up here!

The brand new Tahoe Super Pass is the ultimate dual mountain Tahoe pass, providing access to some of the most remarkable, expansive terrain in all of North America. The Tahoe Super Pass is good at Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, providing access to over 6,000 acres, spread across eight Sierra Nevada mountain peaks. The listed prices for the pass are only guaranteed until November 30, 2011 so get yours now!



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