North Lake Tahoe Holiday Happenings 2023 – NTCA
North Lake Tahoe Holiday Happenings 2023

Mon | Dec 18, 2023

North Lake Tahoe Holiday Happenings 2023

Are you looking to celebrate with and support the North Lake Tahoe community or give back through volunteering? Learn more about this year’s holiday events.


2023 Tahoe Truckee Toys for Tots | Through December 13

Make the holiday season bright! Your donation of new toys or dollars stays local from Truckee to Incline Village and around the lake. Drop off new, unwrapped toys in the collection boxes at dozens of local businesses and organizations, including the Tahoe City Visitors Center at 100 N Lake Blvd. in Tahoe City.

Learn more or sign up to receive toys


Holiday Tree Lighting | December 1

On Friday, December 1 from 5:00-7:00 pm, visit the North Tahoe Event Center in Kings Beach for the Holiday Tree Lighting hosted by the North Tahoe PUD. Enjoy photos with Santa, local live music, crafts, soup, cocoa, face painting and more!


Holiday Maker’s Market | December 2

The Tahoe Backyard and Chickadee Art Collective present the Holiday Maker’s Market on December 2 from 12:00-4:00 pm. Stop by the Tahoe Backyard in Kings Beach for great shopping, lively music, local artists, fresh eats from Mountain Lotus Provisions, free coca at Chickadee Tahoe, carolers, beer specials from Bear Belly Brewing Company and more!

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Light Up the Streets

North Tahoe Business Association invites members, community, and visitors to participate in giving North Lake Tahoe an extra holiday glow! Feeling festive and eager to decorate? Use that holiday spirit and enter NTBA’s Holiday Lighting Contest. Business owners and individuals alike are encouraged to participate in this fun contest. Check out the categories and learn how to enter below. Entries must be received by December 15, 2023.

Light Up The Streets


Tahoe Nutcracker | December 15-17

The Lake Tahoe Dance Collective production of Tahoe Nutcracker premiered in 2019 and is set in the ballroom of the Tahoe Tavern on Christmas Eve one hundred years ago. The performance features two principal dancers from the New York City Ballet and the production will feature some new costumes and setpieces.

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Ornament Workshop at Bear Belly Brewing Company with Chickadee Art Collective | December 15

From 6:00-8:00 p.m., get crafty with Chickadee Art Collective and Bear Belly Brewing and explore a variety of DIY ornament stations for you to make 6+ ornaments to give away or keep for yourself. $35 per person includes one beer and all the supplies you’ll need to make a bunch of rad ornaments.


Tahoe City Holiday Market | December 16 & 23

Stop by the indoor market from 3:00-8:00 p.m. at the Boatworks Mall in Tahoe City to support local artists and crafters! Stroll the beautiful lake-side Boatworks Mall with a glass of wine, beer or cocoa from Tahoe Wine Collective and visit the Boatworks Mall shops for a festive afternoon.


Tahoe Wine Collective Holiday Cookie Decorating Workshop | December 16

Get in the holiday spirit at the Tahoe Wine Collective with a Holiday Cookie Decorating Workshop! Whether you’re an experienced baker or a beginner, this workshop is perfect for everyone. Learn new techniques, unleash your creativity, and create edible masterpieces that will impress your family and friends. 

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Final Fall Harvest Market | December 21

Support our local farmers at the last farmers market of 2023 at Boatworks Mall. Stop by from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. for fresh produce, meats, fish, dairy, baked goods, and gifts from local artisans. Support local businesses and enjoy your holiday shopping! 


Cozy Up at the Tahoe XC Lodge | December 18-23

Stop by the Tahoe XC Lodge after a winter walk and warm up with some complimentary hot chocolate or hot cider by the fire. There may even be some cookies ready!

The lodge and retail shop will be open to pick up season passes or peacefully relax by the fire before kicking into full gear this winter. It’s the perfect opportunity to drop off your skis for some fresh wax before the snow starts to fly. 


10th Annual Holiday Bazaar at Tahoe Flow Arts and Fitness | December 23

Tahoe Flow Arts & Fitness presents its Annual Holiday Bazaar on December 23. The market kicks off at 3 p.m., followed by performances at 6 p.m. This event is a fundraiser for our Youth Scholarship Program, performing arts education, and community entertainment programs.

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Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade | December 24

Gather family and friends for a Christmas Eve tradition at Granlibakken Tahoe as skiers illuminate the ski hill with torches followed by Santa and his elves arriving on the vintage Tucker Sno Cat from 5:00-6:00 p.m. Holiday gifts are handed out to children and complimentary cookies winter beverages are served at our historic ski hill.

Dress warmly and enjoy treats and a fireplace in the Ski Hut. There is no cost to attend, so spread the word and bring your loved ones!

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Christmas Pageant & Candlelight Service | December 24

All are welcome to the Olympic Valley Chapel at 444 Shirley Canyon Road on December 24, 2023, at 5:30 PM for a Christmas Pageant and Candlelight Service. Costumes and refreshments will be provided.

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Thanksgiving and Small Business Saturday Events


Sierra Community House | November 21-22

Sierra Community House offers special food distributions for the Thanksgiving holiday including a turkey and fixings. Services are free and everyone is welcome. You can register onsite and no qualifying documentation is required.

  • Truckee Drive-Through: November 21, 4-5 pm
    • Sierra Community House, 12116 Chandelle Way
  • Kings Beach Walk-Up | November 22, 3-4:30 pm
    • Sierra Community House, 265 Bear Street

For more info call (775) 545-4083 or email [email protected]


Tahoe Community Thanksgiving Celebration | November 23

Join for a free Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, November 23 from 1-5:30 pm at the North Tahoe Event Center. Donations are welcome: new unwrapped toys, cans of food for Sierra Community House, donation of $2 per person or $5 per family, a potluck dish to share with others, or volunteer to help.

For more info call (916) 764-6488 or email [email protected]


Small Business Saturday | November 25

Kings Beach Holiday Walkabout

Support your local shops on Small Business Saturday! On Saturday, November 25 from 10 am – 7 pm stop by participating Kings Beach businesses to shop and enjoy special offerings, discounts, Christmas cheer and community. Shops include:

  • The Robin’s Nest
  • Jackpot Thrift
  • Pistol Annie’s Flea Market
  • Brockway Art & Culinary Antiques
  • Hot Diggity Dog & Cat Pet Store
  • Lady Luck Skate Shop
  • KB Print & Frame
  • Wellbeing Gifts & Massage
  • Chickadee Art Collective
  • KB Nails
  • Ace Hardware

#ShopSmall Week and Small Business Saturday in Tahoe City

On November 25, stop by Tahoe City for the “Holiday Hop”, a town-wide Small Business Saturday extravaganza, centered around Boatworks Mall. This festive event will be taking place from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm, with the grand tree lighting ceremony at around 5:30 p.m. Fun is in store for the whole family, including crafts for kids and small business collateral to promote shopping small throughout the season. And, of course, Santa will be there for photos, along with a photo booth to capture your holiday memories. To make the day eve