Lake Tahoe Celebrates Return of Holiday Traditions This Winter

Nov. 16, 2021 (SOUTH LAKE TAHOE Calif./Nev.) – A return to holiday celebrations of mountain life that residents love and visitors expect are on the calendar this winter at Lake Tahoe. That most wonderful time of year will feature a combination of good tidings, cheer and merriment. (


The 25th Annual Valhalla Holiday Faire showcases local and regional seasonal arts and crafts in the historic Valhalla Grand Hall at Tallac Historic Site, Nov. 19-21. Mr. and Mrs. Claus will make the rounds, and as the Tahoe Children’s Choirs perform seasonal favorites for enjoyable holiday shopping.

The Winter Festival (formerly Barton’s Festival of Tree & Lights) offers free community events organized by students at South Lake Tahoe High School, Dec. 3-4 from 4-8 p.m. The festival will feature choirs, bands, orchestra, drumline, and dancer team performances; magic show; and photos with Santa. Local artwork, baked goods, and food truck specialties are available for purchase.

Casino entertainment at the South Shore Room at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe features Shenandoah, Nov. 5, Warren Miller’s Winter Starts Now, Nov. 19-20; Abbacadabra: The Ultimate Abba Tribute, Nov. 27, and Christmas with The Filharmonic, Dec. 17 – Jan. 3. 

Bally’s Lake Tahoe, formerly MontBleu, hosts a complete line-up of music and dancing with performances in the showroom or Blu Nightclub by Fortunate Youth, Nov. 17; Andre Nickatina, Dec. 3; CloZee, Dec. 5; Minnesota, Dec. 11; Blues Survivors: John Mayall & Walter Trout, Dec. 17; The Dead South, Dec. 18 and a New Year’s Eve Celebration, Dec. 31. Every Friday and Saturday nights guests can rendezvous at HQ Center Barthen head over to Opal Nightclub to enjoy all the missed celebrations from birthdays, reunions, weddings, graduations, and bachelor/bachelorette parties.

Add a little magic to the holidays with the “Mystifying” and “Mind-Bending”Alex Ramon – Real Magic, at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe, Sundays – Thursdays, Nov. 23, 2021 – Jan. 8, 2022,*. Recommended for ages five and older to enjoy this show. *Note: no performances December 10-12, 24, and 31.


The festive holiday season kicks off with the Heavenly Village Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, Nov. 26 at 6:30 p.m. Daily tree lightings continue through December at 5:30 p.m.

Holiday Santa Paws & Yappy Hour benefitting the Humane Society at Fire + Ice in the Heavenly Village, are scheduled for Dec. 2 and 9 from 3-5 p.m. There are photo ops with pets and Santa, treats, and warm beverages. The same venue is hosting Tahoe’s Breakfast with Santa for kids, Dec. 4, 11, and 18 from 8 – 10 a.m. (space is limited, online reservations only).

Don your best holiday apparel for the Tahoe Santa Run/Walk, throughout the Village, and shops to support the local food pantry, Dec. 11 at 10:30 a.m.

Magic comes to the ice rink with Disney Characters in the Heavenly Village, Saturdays in December and daily, Dec. 26-30 from 3–6 p.m. See Beaty and the Beast, Dec. 26; Anna, Elsa, and Olaf of “Frozen,” Dec. 27; Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella, Dec. 28; Woody and Buzz of “Toy Story,” Dec. 29; and JJ from Coco Melon & Paw Patrol, Dec. 30. Local ice sculptors vying for bragging rights and a $500 donation to a charity of choice, Dec. 27 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Family-friendly festivities continue, Dec. 27-31, with a Lake Tahoe Ferris Wheel affording lake views during the day and the twinkling lights and Christmas trees at night. Stuff-A-Bear, where kids can build their own teddy bear, is available near the fountain, Dec. 27-31 at 1 p.m.


Heavenly Holidays reach their zenith on New Year’s Eve when fire, lights, and music fill the air. 2:00 pm – 9:30 pm, Live music on the Main Stage with Tyler Rich on Thursday, December 30th. 

Ring in 2022 at Heavenly Holidays in the Village with a massive rock concert showcasing award-winning touring artists, guitarists, and songwriters from all ends of the music industry. Unfortunately, Gin Blossoms came down with COVID and had to cancel. Instead, a band of special guests who have played stadiums all over the world with staples like Lynard Skynard, Tim McGraw, REO Speedwagon, The Alan Parsons Project, and more will take the stage.

The party continues into the night at casino nightclubs. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe is also offering Year-End Celebration pre-fixe menus for groups of 25 or more.


With the ever-pivoting landscape of COVID-19 and other occasional travel factors, destination partners encourage travelers to plan for a safe, healthy winter adventure. Lake Tahoe offers updated information on its website at “Know Before You Go” and Responsible Recreation with all current state and county health protocols

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Contact: Jenn Boyd or Phil Weidinger, Weidinger Public Relations, 775-588-2412 or



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