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Experience Christmas in Lake Tahoe with Family Activities

A mom and dad walk through a pasture holding hands while their toddler sits on dad's shoulders during christmas in lake tahoe

Lake Tahoe is beautiful any time of year, but there’s nothing quite like Lake Tahoe at Christmas. It’s a great place to gather with friends and family, with plenty of family-friendly activities, traditional comfort foods, and festive celebrations. Whether you live locally or are passing through, here are some of the best ways to take advantage of Christmas in Lake Tahoe

A Magical Christmas in Lake Tahoe: What to Do and Where to Go

Winter Launch Party at The Village at Palisades Tahoe

1960 Olympic Valley Road, Olympic Valley, CA, 96146

The Winter Launch Party at The Village at Palisades Tahoe is the perfect way to kick off another bountiful ski season in Lake Tahoe! This exciting event on Saturday and Sunday, December 16 and 17, will feature a great lineup of live music, a spectacular fireworks display, and plenty of skiing and snowboarding. Attendees can also take advantage of exclusive giveaways that will make your winter ski season even more memorable! 

Northstar Winter Wonders

5001 Northstar Drive, Truckee, CA, 96161

From December 15 through December 31, the magical winter wonderland of Northstar Winter Wonders arrives in Northstar Village. Guests of all ages can enjoy family-friendly activities like ice skating and holiday shopping. Indulge in festive, seasonal flavors at various restaurants and cafes throughout the village. The event itself is free, so you can get your fill of festive cheer just by stopping by! 

A mother in a lace dress squats and hugs her toddler son in a pasture during christmas in lake tahoe

Christmas Eve Dinner at Palisades Tahoe 

1901 Chamonix Place, Olympic Valley, CA, 96146

At Christmas, there are few things more festive than a grand feast. Christmas Eve Dinner at Palisades Tahoe is a “buffet extravaganza” with holiday classics like carving stations, traditional holiday side dishes, and an array of delectable desserts. Grown-ups can enjoy a complimentary glass of Champagne upon arrival and a full bar where you can grab a drink to enjoy with your dinner. Reservations are required! 

Ice Skating – The Shops at Heavenly Village

1001 Heavenly Village Way, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

When it comes to seasonal family-friendly events, there’s nothing better than ice skating. Heavenly Village is home to some of Tahoe’s best shops, restaurants, and live music, and in the winter, the Village Ice Rink welcomes thousands of guests. Bring your own skates or rent them at the rink. Then, once you’ve skated up an appetite, grab some delicious dinner nearby or finish up your holiday shopping!

A mom in a lace dress and a dad walks through an open pasture while their toddler son sits on dad's shoulder

Village Breakfast With Santa

1001 Heavenly Village Way South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

In addition to their beloved ice rink, Heavenly Village is also the place to be on Saturday mornings in December when Santa comes for breakfast! The Fire & Ice Restaurant in Heavenly Village hosts a delicious breakfast that captures the joyful energy of the holiday season, featuring visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus! Start your day with festive cheer and a delicious, filling breakfast.

Holiday Tree Lighting at the Heavenly Village Lake Tahoe

4080 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

If you need another reason to visit Heavenly Village for the holiday season, you’ll want to kick off Christmas with their Christmas Tree lighting. This annual celebration includes the lighting of their 65’ Christmas Tree, special local Lake Tahoe guests, and live music by the talented Kristen Brown. Enjoy a fireworks display and, of course, a visit by Santa himself! 

Christmas in Lake Tahoe

Celebrate Christmas in Lake Tahoe with any of these wonderful events! Undoubtedly, you’ll be feeling the joy of the holiday season while you’re dining, shopping, ice skating, and celebrating with your loved ones. Merry Christmas!  

If you’re looking for another way to make some memories this year, then let’s chat! I’m a Lake Tahoe photographer, and I adore working with people to deliver authentic and gorgeous portraits. From dreamy maternity sessions to milestone celebrations, I do it all! I love creating a comfortable environment that encourages you to show off your bright personality. If you’ve been considering booking a session, I’d love to connect and tell you more about my session experience. Contact me today so we can get the conversation rolling!

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