Take a look at our Top 5 Picks for family Christmas events in Tahoe. From all of us at Gemme Group, have a very merry holiday!
Ice Garden Train Rides
Olympic Village Lodge, Squaw Valley | Daily beginning Dec. 17 | free
Mini Polar Express | Rides Kids can take a ride on the mini-rail Polar Express around the Ice Garden at Merry Wonderland for free. Each day there will be special appearances by Santa himself! *Weather and conditions permitting.
Ice Garden & Carving Demonstrations | Watch as sculptors reveal the magic entrapped in ice & snow! Professional Ice Carvers will be working live to guest’s delight in the Ice Garden at Merry Wonderland (Olympic Village Lodge) carving sculptures of penguins, stars, and more. Event is free and cash bar is available. Demos will be Dec. 17, 23, & 24 from 2-4pm.
For more information please visit their website.
Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides
Squaw Valley | Dec. 17-25, 2017 | 2-5 pm | free
Let Santa’s reindeer take you on a special holiday path between Merry Wonderland (Olympic Village Lodge) and The Village at Squaw Valley free of charge. Board Santa’s sleigh at Merry Wonderland or in The Village from 2-5pm on December 17-24. *Sleigh rides are weather and conditions permitting. For more information visit: squawalpine.com/events-things-do/horse-drawn-sleigh-rides
TOCCATA presents Handel’s Messiah
St. Theresa Catholic Church, South Lake Tahoe | Dec. 17, 2017 | 3pm | $5-45 per person
Join us for an unforgettable afternoon of classical music and holiday elegance as the TOCCATA – Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus conducts a grand performance of Georg Frederick Handel’s classic, Messiah. Maestro James Rawie will conduct a grand performance featuring renown vocalists as a total of 22 musicians and 40 voices bring this 1742 classic to life. Hors’d’ouvres & bar service available. Purchase Tickets.
Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade
Granlibakken, Tahoe City | Dec. 24, 2017 | 5-8 pm | free
Celebrate the holidays and Tahoe’s rich history at Granlibakken’s annual Torchlight Parade. Granlibakken was the host to the 1932 Olympic Ski Jumping Trials, and follow a similar route as the athletes of yesteryear when you ski down Granlibakken’s Ski Hill holding your own torch on Christmas Eve. Intermediate skiers are welcome to ski down the ski hill after it closes. Torches will be provided. The Torchlight Parade is followed by hot chocolate, mulled cider, s’mores, and gifts and photos with Santa. Join us for this Christmas Eve tradition. For more information please visit their website.
Stars & S’mores
The Fireside Terrace at Ritz Carlton | Dec. 22 & Dec. 29, 2017 | 7-8:30 pm | $45 per person
Tahoe Star Tours will also introduce a new “Stars & S’mores” program at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe this winter. Participants are invited to meet at the resort’s Fireside Terrace for an engaging fireside astronomy session that includes a science-based conversation about the cosmos, poetry reading, and telescopic viewing with Celestron telescopes, followed by s’mores around the resort’s outdoor fire pit. Advance reservations are recommended and can be made online at www.TahoeStarTours.com.