Catch the spirit with Magical Moments at the Resort at Squaw Creek | SierraSun.com

Catch the spirit with Magical Moments at the Resort at Squaw Creek

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Magical Memories illuminated winter wonderland comes to life during the Gingerbread Village Unveiling and Grand Tree Lighting Ceremony Nov. 28 at the Resort at Squaw Creek at 5 p.m.Drawing hundreds of people each year, this kick-off celebration comes complete with live music, carolers, visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus and Santas merry elves, photos with Santa, ice skating with Buddy Bear, complimentary servings of hot chocolate and oven-fresh gingerbread cookies under the stars. This event, like all Magical Memories events, is open to the public as well as resort guests. Bring a new, unwrapped gift for local childrens charities and receive a gift from the Resort.The festivities continue. The first three Wednesdays in December at locals nights with local school music, free ice skating and hot chocolate. The North Tahoe High School jazz band performs a free concert Dec. 3 at 5 p.m. On Dec. 10 the Glenshire Elementary School musicians perform, and Dec. 17 the Truckee High School band members will play holiday classics.On Sunday, Dec. 7, Squaw Valley Institute presents the Truckee Community Chorus in a special holiday presentation co-conducted by Susan K. Horst and Chris Nelson, which begins with a reception at 3:30 p.m., and an event start time of 4 p.m. Tickets can be purchased for $10 online at http://www.squawvalleyinstitute.org or call 581-4138. Students and children 12-and-under are free.Later in the evening at 8 p.m., Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival presents the Reno Baroque Ensemble in an enchanting winter concert featuring soloists and orchestral artists from the Sacramento Philharmonic, Reno Chamber Orchestra and Reno Philharmonic as well as nationally-acclaimed vocal soloists. Dinner and Show packages are available in addition to general admission tickets for this event. For tickets visit laketahoeshakespeare.com or call (800) 74-SHOWS.

The Gingerbread Village is a holiday fantasy, with an electric train touring the town, teddy bears nodding at tables with tea all the trimmings of an enchanted village. Facts about the Gingerbread Village at Resort at Squaw Creek: 222 hours of labor 440 lbs confectioners sugar 24 gallons molasses 10 lbs granulated ginger 250 large candy canes 600 small candy canes 30 lbs gummy bears 20 lbs Mandamp;Ms