Top California Holiday Events

Holidays are here!  And, since I am an enormous proponent of anything celebratory, especially around Christmas and New Year’s Eve, the next few blog posts will be holiday-centric.  For ease, I am categorizing the holiday event schedules by state.  Enjoy!

California Holiday Events  


Around Lake Tahoe, one can enjoy some fabulous skiing!  It is also a community for many festive holiday celebrations, such as the ones at Heavenly.  Heavenly Holidays starts on December 19 and continues for two-weeks: a festival for the whole family at the Heavenly Village featuring professional ice skating shows, ice sculptors, carolers, local artists and a 16-foot snow globe where kids can get their photos taken with Santa. The Lake Tahoe SnowGlobe Music Festival is December 29 - 31. For three days, the festival will rock Lake Tahoe's South Shore, offering three main stages of world-class musicians.  Finally, on December 31, Heavenly New Year’s Celebration includes ice sculptors, live music, fire dancers and a 9:00pm ball drop and fireworks show.

Mammoth Mountain

On December 22, The Night of Lights, which began almost two decades ago, celebrates the magic of the holiday season with a winter lights show against the majestic backdrop of the ski slopes.  Then, a 10-day long holiday celebration begins:  Christmas Art Festival, Fireside Story Time, and many activities with Woolly – the mascot of Mammoth.


At Northstar, you can meet Santa, congregate to write letters to Santa, bake holiday cookies, and ice skate through this December.   Additionally, to celebrate Northstar's 40th Anniversary, Shaun White will host a birthday bash.

Squaw Valley  

Starting on Saturday, December 15, and continuing through the New Year, you may celebrate the Holidays at Squaw Valley. Enjoy amazing conditions, Santa on the slopes, festive cheer in The Village and much more. You can ski with Chief Mountain Host, Jonny Moselely, grab a hot chocolate and nestle up next to the firepit while you listen to the carolers, and take the family to SnoVentures for snow tubing.

For a rocking New Year's Eve, choose any of the mountain communities - each hosting their own celebrations!

Jennie Iverson
Jennie Iverson


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