kids on ice rink looking at Christmas tree

Christmas Events in North Lake Tahoe

Christmas is the best time of year for spending quality time with friends and family and if you’re looking for a winter wonderland to spend the holiday season, North Lake Tahoe should be at the top of your list! With plenty of snow, winter recreation and Christmas activities and events in North Lake Tahoe throughout November and December, this region is the perfect snowy alpine getaway! With Tahoe Signature Properties, you can find a wide array of stunning vacation rentals in North Lake Tahoe! Whether you’re looking to stay at Northstar, Palisades Tahoe, Truckee or Kings Beach, with Tahoe Signature Properties you can find lakeside cottages, cozy cabins, snug ski resort retreats and so much more – perfect to make magical holiday memories!

Adult Winter Events

If you’re looking for something just for adults over the holiday in North lake Tahoe, you’re in luck! While there are lots of dining options in North Lake Tahoe from fine dining to fun, funky bars, these events are especially geared to make your holiday something special!

Reno Santa Crawl

December 9, 2023
Start behind Rum Bullions in Silver Legacy Resort Casino, Downtown Reno, NV
Tickets $12

If you’re up for a drive or an uber, this annual bar crawl is not only popular, it’s a great way to experience all that Reno has to offer! Dress up in your best holiday gear and check out some of the best bars in Reno! You can even win prizes for your costume!

Snowshoe Tour + Chalet Dinner at Alpine

December 22nd & 27th
Alpine Lodge Palisades Tahoe
4:30pm – 7:00pm
$140 + (gratuity and tax)
21+ no exceptions.

Join a guided snowshoe tour to the mid-mountain Chalet at Alpine Meadows where you’ll enjoy a four course Bavarian inspired meal. In addition, guests will also receive a complimentary drink at the last chair bar before heading up, a glass of champagne upon arrival to the Chalet, and there will be beer and wine available for purchase. Snowshoes are provided free of charge; all you need to bring are warm clothes and your appetite. Please make your reservations at least one week in advance to ensure you receive a spot on this exclusive dining experience.

Sunset Happy Hour

December 22nd, 23rd, 28th & 29th

Palisades High Camp

If you’re looking for something for an après ski experience that is really special this holiday, book a Sunset Happy Hour and enjoy the view from 8200 feet as the sun sets behind the Sierras from High Camp! Take in the breathtaking 360º views of Lake Tahoe, and the snow capped peaks of the Sierras while enjoying happy hour drinks and food! The ticket includes one tram ticket and one beer or wine. If you prefer cocktails and food, there are appetizer options and a full bar to order from as well. For more information, visit the Palisades Tahoe events website.

See the Lights!

There is nothing quite as magical as twinkling Christmas lights in the snow and with these events, you can enjoy some of the very best Christmas lights in Lake Tahoe! Get into the holiday spirit and enjoy the lights, sip hot cocoa and have some delicious food!

Disco Tubing

Select dates
SnoVentures Palisades Tahoe

Disco Tubing brings a unique twist to snow tubing you won’t find anywhere else. This thrilling, family-friendly snow tubing experience amps up our tubing lanes with flashing lights, lasers and a live DJ. Gather your crew, wear fun costumes and ride down the neon, electrifying lanes from 5-7pm on select dates. Don’t miss this exciting winter Tahoe adventure!

Northstar California Resort Christmas Events

Northstar California offers an incredible array of activities all year round but during the holidays, it’s a true winter wonderland. With twinkling lights and endless activities, no matter where you’re staying in North Lake Tahoe, a visit to Northstar Village is a must!

Winter Wonders

Daily from December 15th – 31st

From visits with Santa to facepainting to hot chocolate and DJs, whether you are looking for holiday fun in the afternoon or evening, Winter Wonders at Northstar has all this and so much more! For more information, click the link above!

Northstar’s Winter Music Series

Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays Nov 17th – Apr 20th


Bundle up the family and head over to The Village for après, shopping, ice skating and everything in between! DJs will be on the stage every Friday & Sunday and bands will play on The Village Stage every Saturday! Put your dancing shoes on and come join the holiday festivities!

S’more Fun!

Friday, Saturday & Sunday Dec 15 – Apr 14


Cozy up around fireplaces at the Village Overlook and make s’mores to your heart’s content! You can also order delicious cocktails and watch the sunset over the mountains. This is an event that will truly warm the soul!

Ice Skating at the Northstar Village

Ice skating is a fun winter activity that the whole family can enjoy – and there’s no better place to lace up your skates than at the Northstar Village! With twinkling lights strung above the outdoor rink, this is one of the best places to get some holiday magic and make memories together! Whether you’re a seasoned skater or a first-timer, this rink is the perfect place to enjoy this winter tradition!

Christmas at the Ritz-Carlton at Northstar

Are you looking for magical, family friendly holiday activities? Then look no further than The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe! Over the holidays, you can find snow globe and wreath making workshops that are a perfect way to spend a winter afternoon with the whole family in North Lake Tahoe! Plus, if you want to visit Santa, you can see the big guy on December 24th!

Christmas at Palisades Tahoe

Kids Craft & Game Room for the Holidays at Palisades Tahoe

December 19th – 30th
Daily 10am – 9pm except December 24th, 25th & 31st
$10 at the door for a day pass.

Each day this holiday season, kids can enjoy arts and crafts, games, movies, and a feature film each night at 7pm! This year, kids will also get to enjoy a variety of entertainment! Magic shows, movies, balloons, and face painting are all on the agenda. For more information, check the link!

Shop, Dine and Ski Free at Palisades Tahoe

November 14th – December 24th

The Village at Palisades Tahoe

The holidays are just around the corner, which means you’ve probably got a long list of people you need to get gifts for this year! The Village at Palisades Tahoe has some of the best winter shopping in the area, with options like skis and snowboards, Palisades Tahoe merch, slick sunglasses or goggles, gift cards, games and toys for kids, hats and gloves, and more! If you’re not shopping for someone, but staying in our cozy Village, be sure to check out one of our many fantastic eateries or food & beverage outlets while you’re here. All of your purchases, whether shopping or dining, count as participation in our annual Shop, Dine, and Ski Free event, where you can qualify for a free lift ticket for every $750 you spend!

Christmas Church Services in North Lake Tahoe

Amidst the snowy splendor of North Lake Tahoe, Christmas services provide a serene escape from the holiday rush. No matter where you’re staying in North Lake Tahoe, this tradition unites visitors in a shared celebration of Christmas spirit. Against the stunning alpine landscape, these services seamlessly blend reverence and joy, turning each gathering into a cherished moment, a pause for reflection in the heart of the holiday season.