Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
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Truckee Holiday Events Nov 30-Dec 21

Posted on October 25, 2012
Filed Under North Tahoe Events

Between November 30 and December 21, you are invited to join in the Holiday festivities and celebrations throughout Truckee.

On November 30, starting at 4:30 p.m. local school kids come downtown to decorate small Christmas trees with handmade ornaments. These small trees are then mounted to the lamp posts along Commercial Row for the holidays.

At 5:00 p.m. gather the entire family in front of the California Welcome Center in the train depot for the annual “Bud Fish” tree lighting ceremony. Bud Fish, a charter member of the Rotary Club of Truckee and longtime Truckee resident helped provide and decorate a Christmas tree for downtown every year. Upon Bud’s death, the Rotary Club of Truckee secured and planted a permanent living Christmas tree downtown and dedicated it in his memory, ensuring the continuation of this festive tradition. The Rotary Club partners with the American Cancer Society in welcoming the holiday season with the lighting of this memorial tree. Memorial tree ornaments can be purchased inside the Welcome Center to honor cancer survivors, or to pay tribute to the lives lost to the disease while raising money to help fight it.

Join carolers to sing holiday favorite and enjoy complimentary hot cocoa and a visit from Santa himself. Following the lighting ceremony there will be a ”Cocktail Bingo” event held at the downtown Community Arts Center including a raffle and silent auction. All of the proceeds from the event will go toward the town’s holiday lighting costs.

Throughout the winter, the Truckee Donner Merchants Association will be hosting First Fridays events on the first Friday of every month. Downtown merchants will offer special promotions, activities, live music, food and beverages on these evenings. Throughout the month of December, downtown merchants will host holiday events every Friday evening. Guests are invited to peruse the downtown shops from 5-8 p.m. on December 7 for family night, December 14 for girls’ night out, and December 21 for couples shopping. With more than ten new shops and eateries, including Trokay Café, Bespoke, Sipes Tahoe, Bluestone Jewelry, and many more, these Friday Holiday events lend to a unique shopping and dining experience.

Beyond the downtown, shoppers can find many new shops and old-favorites when looking for that special holiday gift. From the new Bare Bones Work Wear, to sporting goods at Start Haus, Granite Chief, Porters or Paco’s Ski & Bike, to the “hardware store and more” long-time favorite Mountain Hardware & Sports, holiday shopping in Truckee is always fun.


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