Holiday happenings in Truckee Tahoe
andamp;#8216;A Christmas Carolandamp;#8217;Cal Neva Resort, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, performed by the Nevada Shakespeare Company and presented by the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. (775) 832-1616, Tickets: (800) 74-SHOWS.Childrenandamp;#8217;s Christmas partyAt 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at the Kings Beach Family Resource Center. Christmas stories, Christmas caroling, Christmas games, Christmas cookies, Christmas prizes. All children ages 5 to 12 are welcome. Please contact Barbara Brown, Lake Tahoe Child Evangelism Fellowship Representative, at (775) 831-3653. Please RSVP if possible.Christmas classics at the Resort at Squaw CreekOn Saturday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m., Nevada Shakespeare Company and The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival present Charles Dickensandamp;#8217; classic, andamp;#8220;A Christmas Carol.andamp;#8221; Led by Managing Artistic Director Cameron Crain and Company Manager Joe Atack, Nevada Shakespeare boasts an extraordinary cast and crew of the Reno-Tahoe regionandamp;#8217;s finest performers, designers and directors. Tickets are $15 to $35. Dinner and show packages are available. For tickets, visit http://www.laketahoeshakespeare.com. On Sunday, Dec. 20, TOCATTA presents Handelandamp;#8217;s andamp;#8220;Messiahandamp;#8221; with other holiday favorites. This event features TOCCATA Chamber Orchestra and Chorus with soloists Tammy Brock, Joy Strotz and Anna Helwing, sopranos; Marianne Ashley and Susan Benefield, mezzo sopranos; Andy Sonnemaker and John Hutto, tenors; and Stuart Duke, baritone. Ticket range from $5 to $35. Dinner and show packages available. For tickets and information, call (775) 313-9697.Holidays in The Village at Squaw ValleySanta Claus Visits the Village; take photos with Santa in the giant Village chair, Dec. 19 to 24, noon to 4 p.m. Sierra Nevada Carolers fill The Village with holiday cheer, Dec. 19 and 20, 4 to 6 p.m. Squaw Valleyandamp;#8217;s Torchlight Parade, a spectacular procession of lights meandering down the Squaw peaks, Dec. 24, 6 p.m. New Yearandamp;#8217;s Eve Fireworks, Dec. 31, 9 p.m. Visit http://www.thevillageatsquaw.com for full Village holiday events.Sing in the SolsticeHoliday carolers and musicians will gather at 4 p.m. on Dec. 21, the winter solstice, at the base of the Squaw Valley Cable Car for a community carol sing-along. All are welcome to sing and celebrate the season and mark the shortest day of the year. Following the outdoor caroling at the cable car, singers and musicians will stroll to the historic Squaw Valley Chapel for refreshments and more singing around the Chapelandamp;#8217;s Christmas tree and their Yamaha concert grand piano.The Chapel was built 50 years ago for the 1960 Winter Olympics as a place where the athletes and their families could find peace and strength. This award-winning building is one of a few remaining from the Olympics. The beautiful stained glass windows open upon the mountains. On a snowy day the view is magical, with the holiday lights from the chapel glowing in the late afternoon twilight. Come join the fun for this classic holiday event. Donations are for the benefit of the Chapel.Kwanzaa Story Time and PartyFrom 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29, at the Incline Village Library. Learn about Kwanzaa and how it is celebrated in both stories and activities for all ages.Granlibakkenandamp;#8217;s White ChristmasGranlibakken Lodge (http://www.Granlibakken.com) at Lake Tahoe is making dreams of a White Christmas come true this season. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day hold a sleigh full of surprises and holiday nostalgia at Granlibakken. The annual Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade Thursday, Dec. 24 begins at 5 p.m. with Santa arriving afterwards via snowmobile with presents for the kids. The resort will serve complimentary hot mulled wine, hot chocolate and cookies for all. For lodging details, reservations and general information, visit http://www.Granlibakken.com or call (800) 543-7641.Family-Friendly New Yearandamp;#8217;s Eve PartyResort at Squaw Creek reprises its annual New Yearandamp;#8217;s Eve Family Celebration, which is held in the Grand Sierra Ballroom from 8 p.m. until 1 a.m. on Dec. 31. DJ Ty Kirkpatrick returns to spin tunes with video support for a celebratory evening of dance, desserts and toasts. The evening includes two balloon drops and toasts; the first toast, with sparkling apple cider, takes place at 9 p.m. in celebration of the Eastern Time Zoneandamp;#8217;s midnight, and the second balloon drop and toast with sparkling wine takes place at midnight local time.The event, which draws hundreds each year, includes dessert stations loaded with cakes, tortes, petit fours, strawberry shortcake, and a chocolate fountain with fresh fruits, berries and pound cakes. Coffee and an assortment of Harney andamp; Sons specialty teas are included too. Adults are $38; children 4 to 12 years are $22; children 3 and under are free. All prices are plus tax and 18-percent gratuity. For reservations, call Resort at Squaw Creekandamp;#8217;s holiday hotline at 581-6686.