North Lake Tahoe received its first snowfall on Thanksgiving, and it’s been dumping snow ever since! With five ski resorts already open and more on the way, many skiers and snowboarders have already gotten their first powder turns in — which is practically unheard of for the beginning of December.
But if being in the cold outdoors isn’t your thing, there is plenty to do indoors as well. The holiday period kicks off with Incline Village/Crystal Bay’s annual Northern Lights with events all month long from November 29 — December 31, including the 4th annual Tahoe Film Fest, which features at least 20 internationally-acclaimed films all over North Lake on December 6-9. So snuggle up with loved ones, grab some hot chocolate and winter treats, and let’s celebrate the snow!
All Month Long: Northern Lights Tahoe
North Lake has resurrected one of Tahoe’s most popular events from the 1990s called the Northern Lights, a holiday festival that showcases our unique local businesses. While there are more than 30 different events scheduled throughout Incline Village/Crystal Bay in December, here are some can’t-miss events:
Saturday, Dec. 1 — Glasses Wine Bar “Paint for Snow” Party hosted by Easel and Wine to be held 6-8pm. Buy tickets here.
Dec. 6-9 — 4th Annual Tahoe Film Fest will present 20 internationally-acclaimed films with an environmental conservation them to be shown at the Incline Village Cinema, Northstar California, and other small pop-up theaters around North Lake. New films include “Living in the Future’s Past” with Jeff Bridges and “Everybody Knows” starring Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem.
Friday, Dec. 7 — Community Christmas Mixer at the Raley’s Shopping Center, 4pm-7pm
Friday, Dec. 7 — Alibi Ale Works “Pray for Snow” Party kicking off at 7pm
Saturday, Dec. 8 — Brunch with Santa at the Chateau at Incline Village presented by Tahoe Family Solutions. Seatings are at 8am, 10:30am, and 1pm. Reservations required; call 775-413-5145 for details.
Monday, Dec. 10- Gingerbread Village Opening at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe
Wednesday, Dec. 12 — Candyland Christmas Party at the Incline Village Library from 4pm-5:30pm
Thursday, Dec. 14 — Diamond Peak 18-19 Season Kick-Off Party
Friday, Dec. 14 — Community Holiday Party at Sierra Nevada Properties from 3:30pm-6:30pm. Enjoy food, drinks (and spirits for those over 21), and cookie decorating.
Saturday, Dec. 15 — Community Tree Lighting and Holiday Party at the Chateau from 5pm-7pm
Saturday, Dec. 15 — Santa Crawl from 8pm-11pm
Friday, Dec. 21 — Dean-O-Holics Christmas Show at the Crystal Bay Club Crown Room
Mon.-Tues., Dec. 24-25 — Santa and Penguin Pete Visit Diamond Peak, 11am-1pm
Monday, Dec. 31 — California Honeydrops with a Jelly Bread After-party at Crystal Bay Club Crown Room starting at 9pm.
Have a merry and safe December; we’ll see you in 2019!
— Kayla Anderson