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Holiday happenings in the Tahoe Truckee area

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Resort at Squaw Creek’s popular annual holiday program, andamp;#8220;Magical Memories,andamp;#8221; returns when the resort rolls out an impressive array of family-oriented activities, which continue through Jan. 2, 2011. Magical Memories moves into high gear when the resort becomes a fully-illuminated winter wonderland at the Gingerbread Village Unveiling and Grand Tree Lighting Ceremony Nov. 26, 5-8 p.m., with an appearance by U.S. Freestyle Team Member Shannon Bahrke, Tahoe native and two-time Olympic medal winner (Salt Lake City and Vancouver). In addition, enjoy live music, carolers, visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus and Santa’s merry elves, ice skating with Buddy Bear, complimentary hot chocolate and s’mores under the stars. Santa arrives via classic fire engine for the tree lighting. This event is free to all. Major musical presentations are offered on Dec. 11 and 12 with a holiday performance by the Truckee Tahoe Community Chorus, and Dec. 19 with Handel’s Messiah performed by TOCCATA in conjunction with the Truckee Tahoe Community Chorus.On New Year’s Day, 11 a.m. to noon, a legion of brave souls will greet 2011 with an icy splash into one of the resort’s unheated swimming pools for the Polar Bear Plunge. The heated main swimming pool and hot tubs will offer a warm-up following the dip.Resort chefs are creating holiday meals on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, and a family-friendly dinner and gala takes place on New Year’s Eve in the Grand Sierra Ballroom with a sparkling cider toast with balloon drop at 9 p.m. for children and an adult-oriented champagne toast at midnight. For reservations, call 800-401-9501 or for more information about Resort at Squaw Creek and/or Magical Memories, visit http://www.visitsquawcreek.com.

Dec. 2, Historic Train Depot. 5-8 p.m. Tree Lighting at 5:30 p.m. Cider and cookies, with carolers singing traditional holiday songs. Rotary Club of Truckee will have ornaments available for adorning the tree to benefit the American Cancer Society. Call 530-587-8808.

North Tahoe Arts, 380 N. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, Dec. 3, 5-8 p.m. Reception for show featuring holiday gift items handcrafted by 10 local artists. Call 530-581-2787 or visit http://www.northtahoearts.com.

Friday, Dec. 3, 5-7 p.m. Join the Boys andamp; Girls Club of North Tahoe and the North Tahoe Business Association for the annual Kings Beach Holiday Fair andamp; Tree Lighting Ceremony. Local vendors selling great gift and decor items, caroling, food, drink. Santa will be there to light the community tree and take photos. Call 530-546-9000 or visit http://www.ntba.com.

Sponsored by the Kings Beach Downtown Association, Dec. 3-5, Second annual Holiday Open House. Downtown merchants will welcome you with: Extended hours, treats and drinks, special holiday offers, music, Santa Claus and a month-long community holiday raffle. Tickets will be on sale at all Kings Beach Downtown Association businesses. Generous merchants have donated wonderful prizes to ensure a very successful raffle. Membership is 37 strong and they are dedicated to making your shopping, dining and business experiences in Kings Beach pleasurable.

Come welcome winter with one of Glenshire Elementary’s favorite traditions andamp;#8230; The Glenshire PTO Annual Pancake Breakfast, Saturday, Dec. 4, 8-11:30 a.m. at Glenshire Elementary. Bring your family, friends, neighbors, pancake breakfast $20 for a family of four or $6 per person.

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Join neighbors, friends and local merchants for an evening in Downtown Tahoe City, Dec. 3. Starting off with hot chocolate and seasonal caroling in Heritage Plaza at 5:30 p.m., followed by Santa’s arrival and the official lighting of Tahoe City’s downtown Christmas tree and all-new, more than 2,000 feet of LED rope lights to light up downtown for the holidays. Grab your shop local card after the lighting and head into town for an evening of local shopping and support of your favorite merchants. Special thanks to the Tahoe City PUD Parks andamp; Recreation Department for their hard work helping decorate downtown. And huge thanks to the donors who helped purchase the new rope lights.

Bring the entire family into Downtown Tahoe City and get your holiday card photos taken with Santa in his sleigh at Heritage Plaza, Saturday, Dec. 4. Photos and holidays cards available through Barifot Photography in Tahoe City. $15 per family, three photos per seating. After a picture with Mr. Claus explore the shops and restaurants all within walking distance for great holiday deals and lunch specials.

North Tahoe Hebrew Congregation (NTHC) is celebrating the fourth night of Chanukah, Saturday, Dec. 4, 5-9 p.m. with a Chanukah party filled with games, live music and great food. Included in the nights festivities will be the lighting of the Menorah, a traditional brisket and latke dinner, BINGO, Dreidel game and children’s activities. The Sisterhood Gift shop will be open with Chanukah and other Jewish themed items including wrapping paper, Menorahs, and other gifts. The entire community is welcome to this fun, family-friendly event. Jew and non-Jews alike are welcome to attend to celebrate the traditions of Chanukah. RSVP is a must. Tickets are $25 for the whole family or $12 per adult and $6 per child (age 8 -12). Children under 8 are free. RSVP to Rose rlorenstein@gmail.com or call 530-546-2559.

Join Teresa at the Truckee Community Recreation Center to make your pine tree-shaped plate with a cut out snowflake pattern for Christmas, Friday, Dec. 10, 1:30-3:15 p.m. Children ages 4 to 6, cost is $15. Youths ages 6 and above $17, 3:40-5:30 p.m. Includes all supplies and firing. Pre-register at Recreation Center, 8924 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, or call 530-582-7720.

The Mountain Belles will be singing Christmas Carols by the fire in the courtyard at the Artisans Market Place, 10382 Donner Pass Road, between Scraps and Burger Me!, Truckee, Dec. 10, 6 p.m. Come and sip some wine, shop and enjoy the a cappella alchemy of the andamp;#8220;Bellesandamp;#8221; singing a selection of classic Christmas music. Contact holly.hsb@highoctavehealing.com or 530-401-8917.

See Santa at his annual fly-in to Truckee Tahoe Airport, Saturday, Dec. 11, 11 a.m. Bring your children to a free, fun, holiday event. Greet Santa when he lands, enjoy yummy, holiday treats, visit with Santa and take home gifts and great memories of this unique, local event. Sponsors are Truckee Tahoe Airport District, Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, The Runway Cafe and Flying Doctors with pilot Rob Lober will be flying Santa. Call 582-2583 for information.

Children 5 years and older are invited to T Pots Pottery for an evening of painting great gifts for family and friends, Dec. 11, 6 p.m., 10607 W. River St. #2a, Truckee. Pizza and drinks will be served to the painters while they create their masterpieces. Reservations required at 530-559-9773.

The Truckee Tahoe Community Chorus of Sierra College, directed by Susan K. Horst, Chris Nelson, and Dr. Thomas Acord will present andamp;#8220;Songs of the Seasonandamp;#8221; at The Resort at Squaw Creek, Olympic Valley, Saturday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 12 at 2 p.m. The concert is an opportunity to usher in the holiday spirit and promises to be one of the chorus’ most exciting and diverse concerts ever. The program will include light holiday selections, choral classics, and holiday music from around the world. All children will be admitted free of charge and are invited to join the chorus on stage for the traditional sing along at the conclusion of the concert. For concert and ticket information, go to http://www.singttcc.org or see your favorite chorus member. General admission is $12 and preferred seating is $20.

Guests enjoy free sledding and a visit from a toy-bearing Santa at the Rotary Santa Sled Day Dec. 12 at Granlibakken Resort, noon-4 p.m. All children from pre-school to 9 years and their parents are invited. Santa will arrive by North Tahoe Fire Protection District fire truck, led by the North Tahoe High School jazz band, to give out wrapped presents to each child. Sleds are provided by Granlibakken for fast-paced fun, followed by hot dogs, cookies and refreshments, which are donated by Save Mart in Tahoe City and Safeway in Kings Beach. More than 300 children attended last year. Join the Tahoe City Rotary’s wonderful holiday party.

Dec. 15, 6 p.m., North Tahoe High School Gym, The North Tahoe Middle School and High School Musicians and Band Directors would like to share their music of the season! Call 530-368-6020 for info.

Are you looking for a great way to enhance your trip to Lake Tahoe this winter? Join a very special Full Moon Trek through the brisk mountain air of Lake Tahoe’s forests, Dec. 21, 5 p.m., Tahoe Vista. After meeting the group and previewing the trip, time will be spent fitting gear and a comprehensive lesson will be covered. You will trek on our easy to use snowshoes through Tahoe’s peaceful, wintery forest. As we travel by moonlight, our professional, knowledgeable guides will discuss Natural History and Astronomy topics as well as fascinating facts about our moon. Includes hot drinks, snacks, gear, permit fees and knowledgeable guides. Reservations required. Cost: $65 pp. letsgo@tahoeadventurecompany.com, 530-913-9212.

Join the artists for wine, beverages, snacks and shopping. Artists will be on hand to show and discuss their work: Kevin Klein – Photography, Rebecca Maidman – Rivka Designs Hand knit textiles. Find those one-of-a-kind gifts for friends and family., Dec. 23, 5-8 p.m., Artisans Market Place, 10382 Donner Pass Road, between Scraps and Burger Me! Call 530-401-8917.