Let there be lights!

Winter arrived early this year in Lake Tahoe, where folks spent much of November and December at “pray for snow” parties the last several years. Heavenly Valley, celebrating its 60th anniversary, opened its slopes Nov. 14, and by Thanksgiving, the fun was full-speed ahead. Resorts throughout the Basin also are catering to the flocking snowbirds.

To further ring in the holidays, the City of South Lake Tahoe – marking five decades as an incorporated community – is hosting its fourth-annual Light Up South Lake Tahoe event on Saturday, Dec. 5. A procession starts at 6 p.m. at Stateline, and the City’s fire, police and snow-removal departments will be decorated for the occasion as they proceed down Highway 50 toward the “Shops at the Y” at the intersection with Highway 89.
Businesses along the way, decked out in their festive best, will light up the way.

At what locals refer to as “The Y,” Santa Claus, that Jolly Old Man himself, is expected to be waiting nearby to observe the South Lake’s tree-lighting ceremony. Santa will be available for photos, and cookies and hot cocoa will be served.

Things also will be hopping in and about Heavenly Village. The resort is hosting “Winter Ignite” from Dec. 4 to 12, marking the return of snow people, snow-ball battles and smooth sailing down the slopes.

Highlights include:

• Warren Miller Entertainment releases its 2015 film, “Chasing Shadows,” at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe Hotel and Casino on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 4 and 5. Miller once noted, “a pair of skis are the ultimate transportation to freedom.”

• Jason Bonham, son of legendary Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, will present his “Led Zeppelin Experience” at Monbleu Resort Casino and Spa on Saturday, Dec. 5.

• The Tahoe Adventure Film Festival, featuring the year’s best sports films and promising to “fuel your passion for action, and ignite your sense for adventure” to is set for Friday, Dec. 11, at Montbleu.

• Matt and Kim, a high-energy, alternative dance duo from Brooklyn, New York, will entertain folks at Heavenly Village at a free performance on Saturday, Dec. 12.

• For family fun, Heavenly’s Tubing Hill offers four lanes with a 65-foot vertical drop – 500 feet of worth. Participants must be 42 inches tall.

• Want to take it higher, let’s say 9,150 feet? Catch the gondola at Heavenly Village and embark on a 2.5-mile journey skyward as your prepare for the Unbuckle Apres Party at Tamarack Lodge from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. daily. You can expect live DJs, half-price drinks and food specials and visits from the Heavenly Angel Dancers on Fridays and Saturdays. And what a view of Lake Tahoe on the way up!

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