Lake Tahoe Christmas Activities - Staff Picks

Lake Tahoe Christmas Activities - Staff Picks

By: Ellen Arnold Comments: 0

Sip & Shop in Downtown Truckee

Plan an epic holiday shopping day in Truckee with a little insight from the California 89 Staff Picks. You can find gifts for everyone on your list in historic Downtown Truckee. The stores range from clothing boutiques and jewelers to home goods, galleries and sporting goods stores. Keep yourself warm and toasty with coffee, tea or cocoa from one of Truckee’s best coffee houses. The California 89 staff has compiled a list of some of their favorite places just for you!

High-end design and handmade goods for the home:



High Camp Home

Tahoe Oil and Spice

Cooking Gallery


Find just the right piece of art or jewelry:

Bolam Gallery

Riverside Studios

Lorien Powers


Everything from boutique fashion to mountain sports gear:


California 89

Dressed Boutique

Ela Chapman

Kalifornia Jean Bar

Nomad Boutique


Tahoe Sports Hub

Totally Board


The best spots to warm up with a cappuccino or cocoa:


Dark Horse Coffee

Zuri Coffee


California 89 Staff Picks Guide (Download)

California 89 Staff Picks  

Holiday Fun & Local Performances

The Lake Tahoe area has a little holiday fun for everyone. There’s the obvious choices like skiing at one of Tahoe’s epic resorts, but there are lots of other options for the non-skier. Spend the day exploring Apple Hill while choosing the perfect tree or get your adrenaline pumping at Tahoe City Winter Sports Park. Holiday performances range from classics to reimagined versions of old favorites. Many Tahoe ski resorts have transformed their villages into winter wonderlands complete with Santa, ice skating, photo-ops, holidays sweets and treats.


One of my favorite ongoing events is Festive Fridays in historic Downtown Truckee. Every Friday leading up to Christmas during December the shops are open later, the vibe is cheery and parking is FREE after 4pm! It's the perfect start to December weekends. Participate in scavenger hunts and savor holiday sips and sweets at participating businesses. Enjoy caroling and gift wrapping made possible by local Girl Scouts and Victorian Christmas performances by a local school. Here are a few holiday events I won’t be missing this December.  

Outdoor activities and winter fun off the slopes: 

Apple Hill Winter Activities

Tahoe City Winter Sports Park

Camp Richardson Mountain Sports Center


Classic performances and live music to get you in the holiday spirit: 

The Twisted Nutcracker and The Tale of The Rat King

The Truckee Tahoe Community Chorus Concert Series

SnowGlobe Music Festival


Annual ongoing holiday events for the whole family: 

Heavenly Holidays Family Festival

Festive Fridays

Northern Lights Tahoe

Merry Days & Holly Nights at Squaw Valley 


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