‘Magical Memories’ holiday celebration returns to the Resort at Squaw Creek | SierraSun.com

‘Magical Memories’ holiday celebration returns to the Resort at Squaw Creek

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OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. andamp;#8212; Resort at Squaw Creek’s popular annual holiday program, “Magical Memories,” returns Nov. 24 when the resort rolls out an impressive array of family-oriented activities, which continue through Jan. 2, 2011. In celebration, a special $179 “Magical Bed andamp; Breakfast” package featuring a deluxe guestroom and breakfast for up to two adults and two children (12 and under) will be valid Nov. 22-Dec. 16, 2010, subject to availability. To book a reservation, utilize promo code: MAGICRSC at http://www.visitsquawcreek.com, or call 800-401-9501.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.Subsequent days will feature events such as breakfast with Santa, live music, a film festival, children’s holiday crafts, winter wonderland stories, ice skating with Buddy Bear, moonlight snowshoe tours, broomball Mondays, snowman making contests, elf tuck-Ins, movies for the children, and ski film movie nights in Sandy’s Pub. 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.