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Tahoe Truckee holiday happenings: Magical Memories, ski and board with Santa, cocoa and concerts

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TAHOE/TRUCKE, Calif andamp;#8212; If shopping green for the holidays is on your list of things to do, check out Keep the Sierra Green’s updated website and new feature: Shop Green.At http://www.KeeptheSierraGreen.org learn which local businesses are participating in this voluntary sustainable green business program, how you can participate, and more. Thirty-eight business partners have qualified by demonstrating their efforts to minimize waste, conserve energy and water, and implement pollution prevention measures. For more information about the program, visit http://www.KeeptheSierraGreen.org.

Resort at Squaw Creek’s popular annual holiday program, andamp;#8220;Magical Memories,andamp;#8221; is an impressive array of family-oriented activities, continuing through Jan. 2, 2011, to include the impressive Gingerbread Village. On New Year’s Day, 11 a.m.-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. Visit http://www.visitsquawcreek.com.

Resort at Squaw Creek’s popular annual holiday program, andamp;#8220;Magical Memories,andamp;#8221; is an impressive array of family-oriented activities, continuing through Jan. 2, 2011, to include the impressive Gingerbread Village. On New Year’s Day, 11 a.m.-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. Visit http://www.visitsquawcreek.com.

Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus announces its 6th annual production of Handel’s Messiah, directed by Maestro James Rawie Sunday, Dec. 26 at 3 p.m. at Christ the King Luther in Tahoe City. General admission $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, $5 for students 25 and under with a valid ID, and preferred/reserved seating is $35. Children under 12 are admitted free with a paying adult. Tickets may be purchased at the door with cash or check or online with a credit card.Supported by the Kling Family Foundation and Thorney Point Foundation. Call 775-313-9697 or visit http://www.ToccataTahoe.com.

Celebrate the Holidays at Squaw with two weeks of yuletide cheer. Santa on skis, Christmas carolers, live music, holiday parties, and the Christmas Eve torchlight parade at Squaw Valley USA. Visit Santa in the Village through Dec. 24, noon-4 p.m., find him on the slopes Dec. 24-25, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Enjoy moonlit snowshoe tours, shopping and holiday feasts. To top it off, Jonny Moseley will be on the slopes skiing with guests for free from Dec. 26 through Jan. 2. New this winter, Squaw Valley welcomes a host of new events for children and families such as hot chocolate and s’mores snowtubing parties, a New Year’s Eve concert and a Christmas stocking scavenger hunt. Find one of the 100 red stockings hidden on the mountain and win free lift tickets and other great prizes Dec. 26. Visit http://www.squaw.com.

Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort has a host of activities and events planned to celebrate the season. Complimentary live music will entertain guests Dec. 24 and Dec. 26-30, 2-5 p.m. on the Village Stage. Santa Claus will visit the shops Dec. 24, noon-2:30 p.m. to give candy to good boys and girls. Children are invited to visit participating stores in the Village to write a letter to Santa. These letters will be special delivered in time for Christmas. Visit http://www.NorthstarAtTahoe.com.

On Saturday, Dec. 25, Santa and his friends will make a special visit to the Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area. Join Santa for a half-day of skiing and riding fun. The Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area will open at noon. Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area, 11603 Snowpeak Way, Truckee, 530-587-9444, http://www.skitahoedonner.com.

The Sierra Nevada Classical Guitar Society will give a holiday concert again this holiday season Wednesday, Dec. 29, 7 p.m. at Squaw Valley Chapel, 444 Squaw Peak Road, Olympic Valley. The concert is free to the public with a $15 to $20 donation strongly suggested. Featuring: Antoniy Kakamakov from Bulgaria, one of the finest young musicians in the classical guitar world; Larry Aynesmith, founder of the Sierra Nevada Classical Guitar Festival; Andrew Ohren, an acclaimed classical guitarist from Plumas County. This year features exciting new additions to the repertoire including the magnificent Bach Chaconne performed by Antoniy Kakamakov, Andante from Vivaldi Concerto for Two Guitars, music by Adam Falckenhagen from the Baroque era, and more. Included are classical guitar solos, duos and quartets.

Join a Torchlight Parade on New Year’s Eve, 11603 Snowpeak Way Truckee, Dec. 31, 6 p.m. This event is for intermediate skiers and riders age 10 or older who can ski or ride unassisted in the dark on the Racecourse run. Come early to secure a spot in the parade. A DJ and snacks will be provided in the bar area prior to the parade. Sign-up is from 4:30-5:45 p.m. with a 6 p.m. start time. Info at ski@tahoedonner.com or 530-587-9444.

Ring in the New Year with Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort at the annual Fire andamp; Ice New Yearandamp;#8217;s Eve party, open to all ages in the Village at Northstar. There will be live music and entertainment throughout the day including fire dancers, fireworks, skating, food, drink specials and other fun. The fireworks display will begin at 9 p.m. (East Coast time).


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