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!

New Year’s Eve at North Lake Tahoe

New Year's Eve Fireworks at Squaw Valley, 2010. Photo by Timothy Konrad

Whether you’re toasting the New Year with just your loved one, or bundling up the whole family for a night of fireworks and tasty treats, we have your guide to New Year’s Eve at North Lake Tahoe right here!

Fire and Ice New Year’s Celebration at Northstar-at-Tahoe

  • Ring in the New Year at Northstar’s infamous Fire and Ice Celebration! A DJ kicks off the evening on stage at 1pm, followed by the “Ripperroo Parade” at 4:45pm, where the young ones can blow noisemakers and hang out with Ripperroo. Adults can enjoy “An Evening with Led Zeppelin 2: The Experience” from 7 to 9 pm and the fireworks spectacular at 9 pm! Enjoy Cabana Bar drink specials all evening, from the “Resolution Martini” to the “Chocolate Mistletoe”.  Click here for details.

Family New Year’s Eve Party at Squaw Valley

  • Celebrate New Year’s Eve at High Camp with a all-ages evening on your favorite mountain, Squaw Valley. Ride the Cable Car up to High Camp for a night of entertainment that begins at 6 pm. (Be sure to catch the 5, 5:15, 5:30 or 5:45 pm tram.) You’ll be treated to a fabulous buffet dinner, music and dancing for the young and old alike. No need to stay up to the wee hours because you’ll ring in the New Year with a 9 pm. East Coast New Year’s champagne toast (sparkling apple cider for the youngsters). Afterwards, ride back to the Village to view the New Year’s Eve Fireworks display at 9:30 pm.
  • Reservations are required. Email abarker@squaw.com to reserve your spot. Tickets are $36 adults, $26 kids 12 and under (Cable Car tickets sold separately).

New Year’s Eve in Squaw Valley’s Olympic House

  • If you’re without the kiddos, and looking to celebrate in style then join the New Year’s Eve bash at Squaw Valley’s Olympic House. Known as the biggest party on the North Shore, Olympic House will host two DJ’s and a live band that spreads across all five bars in the lodge. The party starts at 9 pm and goes till drink service ends at 1:30 am. Cover is $10 at the door (cash only) and you must be 21+ with a valid ID. If you still want to see fireworks, a display is scheduled to launch from the Village at 9:30 pm (PT).

Sip and Shop at Squaw Valley Sport

  • Before the evening festivities get underway, head over to Squaw Valley Sport at 4pm for wine tasting and shopping!

Wine Tasting at Uncorked at Tahoe City

  • Uncorked Tahoe City hosts a winemaker’s tasting from 4 to 7 p.m with Auteur. Call (530) 581-1106 for details.

Torchlight Parade at Tahoe Donner Downhill

  • A unique and glowing way to ring in the New Year! This celebration is for intermediate skiers and riders ages 10 or older who can ski or ride unassisted in the dark on our Race Course run. Tahoe Donner Downhill recommends you come early to ensure you secure a spot in the parade. A DJ and snacks will be provided in the bar area prior to the parade. Sign-up is 4:30-5:45 pm with a 6:00 pm start time. View some video from the 2010 New Year’s parade!

New Year’s Eve Dinners in North Lake Tahoe and Truckee

  • Lone Eagle Grille at the Hyatt Regency: Why not dine lakeside with live music at this New Year’s Eve Celebration from 5:30 pm to 12:30 am? Regular menu offered from 5:30 to 7 pm, and a special five-course menu from 8 to 10:30 pm. Call for reservations (775) 886-6899.
  • Manzanita at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe: If you’re not the budget-minded then celebrate with friends and family at the The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe’s New Year’s Eve dinner at Manzanita. You can choose an early seating from 5 to 6:30 pm with a special a la carte menu. Or, enjoy a special four-course menu from 8:30 pm to 1 am with a champagne toast, music, party favors and dancing. Reservations required and books up quickly! (530) 562-3000
  • PlumpJack Cafe at The PlumpJake Inn: PlumpJack hosts a prix-fix New Year’s Eve Dinner with a four-course menu. $120/person. Call for reservations (530) 583-1578. Follow your evening of delectable cuisine by viewing the fireworks spectacular at the Village at 9:30 pm.

Holiday Events at Squaw Valley: Magical Memories

Photo courtesy of Alena Grace Photography

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!


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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