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Tahoe Truckee tree lighting festivities abound

Staff report

The Tahoe Donner tree lighting celebration will light up the night with festivities on Nov. 30.

Magical Memories at the Resort at Squaw Creek will become a fully-illuminated winter wonderland at the Gingerbread Village Unveiling and Grand Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, Nov. 29.

World Cup Champion and Olympic skier Tamara McKinney and Squaw Valley professional skier, model and Resort at Squaw Creek ski ambassador Amie Engerbretson will join the festivities.

Carolers, an ice skating performance by local children, visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus and Santa's merry elves, and complimentary servings of hot chocolate will be part of the extravaganza. This event is free to resort guests and the public.

Subsequent Magical Memories events include breakfast with Santa, holiday concerts, children's holiday crafts, cookie and cupcake decorating, Menorah lighting, winter wonderland stories with Mrs. Claus, sunset snowshoe tours, snowman and snow fort building contests, elf tuck-ins, movies for the kids, and ski film movie nights in Sandy's Pub.

Musical presentations will be offered on Dec. 7 and 8 with a holiday performance by the Truckee Tahoe Community Chorus. A holiday dance performance by InnerRhythms takes place on Dec. 11. Free local school musical performances take place in the lobby on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 11 and 18.

For a complete calendar of events visit http://www.magicalsquawcreek.com.

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LIGHT UP THE NIGHT AT TAHOE DONNER

Once you've had enough turkey fun on Thursday, get ready for Santa and holiday activities at the annual Tahoe Donner Light Up the Night event at The Lodge on Saturday, Nov. 30, 5-8 p.m., for the eighth annual tree lighting ceremony. A host of other festivities will take place including reindeer games, Santa's arts and crafts workshop, hot chocolate and s'mores, letters to Santa, storytelling by Mrs. Claus, caroling, photos with Santa, and the grand finale tree lighting. Kids ages 13 and under will receive a free raffle ticket and one lucky kid whose raffle ticket is drawn will get to light the tree at 6 p.m. Kids are also encouraged to take a camera so they can get their photo with Santa. Give back and take canned items for the Project MANA food drive. There will also be a raffle with Tahoe Donner prizes with proceeds going to Project MANA. This event is free and for all ages.

Visit http://www.tahoedonner.com/rec-programs/special-events.

North Tahoe Tree Lighting

The annual North Tahoe Community Tree Lighting will be held on Friday, Dec. 6, 5-7 p.m. at the North Tahoe Event Center. Placer County District 5 Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery will be on hand to assist Santa and Mrs. Claus with the lighting of the holiday trees.

For the second year the North Tahoe Community Tree Lighting will welcome the North Tahoe School Jazz Band and Tahoe Music Institute students to perform holiday classics for the event. They will set the mood for the evening as everyone waits with anticipation for the North Tahoe Fire Protection District to bring Santa and Mrs. Claus to the Event Center to light the community trees.

Once the trees have been lit, Santa will lead everyone into the building for more holiday fun! Danielle Hankinson Photography will there to take pictures with Santa, so wear your favorite holiday outfit.

Complimentary hot soup and cocoa will be offered to warm everyone up after being outside to light the trees. The Friends of the Library are hosting a book swap so bring any new or used books to swap with your friends and the Friends of the Library. There will also be several holiday crafts for the kids. Come with your holiday spirit ready to soar.

Ritz-Carlton Tree Lighting

Join the ladies and gentlemen of The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe to welcome the holidays during the 4th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in the Living Room, Dec. 7, 4:30-6 p.m. This special evening includes s'mores with the Marshmologist, hot chocolate, cookie decorating, ornament making and holiday performances by the children of the Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe and the Tahoe Expedition Academy.

The event is complimentary and open to the community, 13031 Ritz-Carlton Highlands Court, Truckee, 530-562-3000, http://www.ritzcarlton.com/laketahoe.

Also on tap is a Gingerbread Workshop slated for Saturday, Dec. 7, 14 and 21; 3-4 p.m. Under the expert tutelage of a Ritz-Carlton pastry chef, families may convene at the Lake Tahoe Resort to experience the magic of creating a personalized gingerbread house that even Santa would be proud to call his own. Cost is $125 per family.