Your Tahoe Weekend: Celebrate Christmas weekend in Truckee, Tahoe |

Your Tahoe Weekend: Celebrate Christmas weekend in Truckee, Tahoe

Tahoe Star Tours offers a unique and fun opportunity to investigate the Sierra skies.
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Below are the Sierra Sun’s picks for the Top 10 events to check out this weekend at Truckee and Lake Tahoe.

Have an event you want considered for a future Your Tahoe Weekend calendar? Email Reporter Cassandra Walker at

1. Santa Skis at Homewood

Ski with Santa, snap a photo or even get a gift from the man himself at Homewood this weekend on the beginner and intermediate runs.

Where: Homewood Mountain Ski Resort | 5145 W. Lake Blvd., Homewood

When: Friday, Dec. 22 | 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Cost: Free event with ticket purchase.


2. Cross Country Opening Day

Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area is scheduled to open this Friday, weather permitting. Check the website for weather, operations, ticket, and rental information.

Where: Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area | 15275 Alder Creek Road, Truckee

When: Friday, Dec. 22 | 8 a.m.

Cost: Ticket required.


3. Stars & S’mores

Tahoe Star Tours will launch a new “Stars & S’mores” program from The Ritz-Carlton, where guests can learn about the cosmos during a fireside astronomy conversation and observation through Celestron telescopes.

Where: The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe | 13031 Ritz-Carlton Highlands Court, Truckee

When: Friday, Dec. 22 | 7-8:30 p.m.

Cost: $45 Per Person


4. Santa Cruise

Celebrate on the water during Zephyr Cove Marina’s Santa Cruise featuring St. Nick, Lake Tahoe views, professional photography, holiday music, treats and hot chocolate.

Where: Zephyr Cove Resort, Lake Tahoe Cruises | 760 US Highway 50, Zephyr Cove, Nev.

When: Saturday, Dec. 23 | Noon-2 p.m.

Cost: Adult: $64; Child Age 3-11: $10; Under 3: Free


5. Shop Local Holiday Program

North Lake Tahoe communities, including Truckee and Tahoe City, will continue their shop-local initiatives through Christmas Eve; get your holiday shopping done.

Where: Historic Downtown Truckee, Downtown Tahoe City

When: Through Sunday, Dec. 24

Cost: Free event


6. Toccata – Tahoe Symphony Presents Handel Messiah

Olympic Village Lodge will transform into the Merry Wonderland, featuring a grand performance of elegant classical music ensembles performed by the TOCCATA — Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.

Where: Olympic Village Lodge | 1901 Chamonix Place, Olympic Valley

When: Saturday, Dec. 23 | 4:45-8:30 p.m.

Cost: Performance Only: $60; Performance & Pre-Show Reception: $80


8. Sunday Brunch

Brunch at Manzanita in The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, includes a chilled seafood display, a carving station, salads, cheese & charcuterie, breakfast favorites and desserts. Manzanita will also host a holiday dinner that evening for Christmas Eve. Advance recommendations are recommended.

Where: The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe | 13031 Ritz-Carlton Highlands Court, Truckee

When: Sunday, Dec. 24 | Noon

Cost: Adults: $79, Children Age 3-12: $25


9. Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade

Make your way down Granlibakken’s Ski Hill holding your own torch during this Sunday’s annual Torchlight Parade in celebration of Christmas, including hot chocolate, mulled cider, s’mores, gifts and photos with Santa.

Where: Granlibakken Tahoe | 725 Granlibakken Road, Tahoe City

When: Sunday, Dec. 24

Cost: Free event with ticket purchase.


10. Santa & Penguin Pete Visit Diamond Peak

This Christmas Eve, head to Diamond Peak to ski with Santa Claus and his pal Penguin Pete, have your picture taken with the dup and celebrate the holidays with family and friends.

Where: Diamond Peak Ski Resort | 1210 Ski Way, Incline Village, Nev.

When: Sunday, Dec. 24 | 11 a.m.

Cost: Free event with ticket purchase.


Cassandra Walker is a features and entertainment reporter for the Sierra Sun. She can be reached at, 530-550-2654 or @snow1cass.

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