Best of Tahoe Donner | Holiday Edition

By Joe Lewandowski | Photo: Chris Beck

Whether it’s your first time in Tahoe Donner or you’ve been visiting or living here for years, there’s no shortage of fun activities and adventures to enjoy with friends and family, especially around the holidays. Here are some of our local holiday highlights so you can set your seasonal schedule and celebrate in style.

BEST FAMILY CELEBRATION

LIGHT UP THE NIGHT

After you’ve had a couple days to digest that Thanksgiving feast, bring the entire family for our annual Light Up the Night celebration. Look forward to the tree-lighting ceremony, arts and crafts, visits with Mrs. Claus and Santa, and a raffle with great prizes and proceeds benefiting local nonprofit Project MANA.

When: Saturday, Nov. 25, 5-7PM

Where: The Lodge Restaurant & Pub

Cost: Free! Donate canned food here.


BEST ADVENTURE DATE ACTIVITY

FULL MOON SNOWSHOE TOUR

Bring your sweetheart for some holiday romance under the night sky with a full moon snowshoe tour, or moonlit hike if Mother Nature hasn’t supplied the snow yet. With experienced guides and sweeping panoramas, it’s the perfect way to get your heart racing.

When: Saturday, Dec. 2, 5:30-7:30PM

Where: Alder Creek Adventure Center

Cost: $49 adult, $30 kids 12 + under


BEST GIRLS NIGHT OUT

WOMEN’S SHOPPING NIGHT

Bring your girlfriends for an evening of fun and sensational seasonal savings at the Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center. With deals offered on everything – including gear, clothing and drinks at the Trailside Bar – it’s the perfectly social way to save.

When: Wednesday, Dec. 13, 5-8PM

Where: Alder Creek Adventure Center

Cost: Free!


BEST SANTA EXPERIENCE

CHRISTMAS DAY & SKIING WITH SANTA

Christmas morning just got a little more magical – join Santa for a delicious breakfast, followed by a day of skiing and riding with the big guy once the lifts open. Bring the whole family for this magical day in the winter wonderland of Tahoe Donner.

When: Monday, Dec. 25, 10AM breakfast, 11:30AM skiing

Where: Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Resort


BEST WAY TO RING IN THE NEW YEAR

LIGHT PARADE & FIREWORKS

Ring in the New Year in true Tahoe Donner fashion with our annual Light Parade down the mountain! Intermediate or better skiers and riders age 10 and older are invited to join the parade, and everyone will enjoy music, snacks and a spectacular fireworks show. Signups begin at 4:30, so come early to save your spot

in the parade – or snag a great seat.

When: Sunday, Dec. 31, 6:15PM

Where: Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Resort

Cost: Free!


BEST CHAMPAGNE TOAST

NEW YEAR’S EVE AT THE LODGE RESTAURANT & PUB

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in style with a delicious dinner followed by dancing, a champagne toast and perhaps a kiss. Executive Chef Lew Orlady probably won’t pucker up, but he and his team will craft a magical meal to remember. Seating is limited and reservations are required.

When: Sunday, Dec. 31, 5-10PM

Where: The Lodge Restaurant & Pub

Reservations: (530) 587-9455