By plane and fire truck, Santa Claus coming to Truckee, Tahoe City on Dec. 12 |

By plane and fire truck, Santa Claus coming to Truckee, Tahoe City on Dec. 12

Santa Claus speaks to the crowd at Truckee Tahoe Airport during a previous fly-in event.
Courtesy Truckee Tahoe Airport |

TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — Jolly Old St. Nick will be pulling double duty next weekend at Truckee and the North Lake Tahoe, making sure children from across the region get a chance to assure him they’re on the nice list this year.

On Saturday, Dec. 12, Santa Claus will travel from the North Pole and arrive by a special airplane at Truckee Tahoe Airport in Truckee, bearing special gifts for children.

Starting at 10 a.m., bring the family to watch Santa land, and then enjoy hot chocolate and treats and visit with Santa.

“Everybody loves the Santa Fly in.” Mike Barrett, safety coordinator for the airport, said. “When Santa steps off that plane, it always gets a big cheer.”

The Santa Fly In event is a gift from the Truckee Tahoe Airport District, The Flying Doctors, Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, First Five Nevada County, First Five Placer County, Mountain Home Center, The Boys and Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe, Truckee Fire, Truckee Police, Santa, his elves and community volunteers.

Find out more by going to, calling 530-582-2583 or emailing


The annual Santa’s Party, hosted by the Rotary Club of Tahoe City in partnership with the Tahoe City Public Utility District, is scheduled Saturday, Dec. 12.

The celebration begins at 10 a.m. with a free breakfast for North Lake Tahoe families at the Tahoe City Golf Course, which has recently transitioned into the Winter Sports Park.

Santa will then arrive at 11 a.m., riding on a Tahoe City fire truck and escorted by Placer County Sheriff’s Office deputies and the Truckee California Highway Patrol.

The North Tahoe High School Jazz Band will join this procession, riding on a decorated float while playing Christmas music. Music will continue throughout the party, which ends at 1 p.m.

All children preschool to 9 years old are invited for a day of free sledding (snow permitting). The sleds/discs are provided by Rotary. Children can also talk to Santa and receive a free gift. There will also be free hot chocolate, cookies and coffee for Mom and Dad.

The Rotary Club of Tahoe City has been providing a Santa’s Party since 1949. Other businesses and organizations that help include Safeway, Save Mart, Sierra Sun, Tahoe Truckee Lumber, The Store … Copies and More, Geared for Games, Tahoe Cross Country, Duncan Golf Management, Wholesale Resort Accessories, North Tahoe Fire Protection District, PCSO and CHP.

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