TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — As the new year approaches, holiday festivities continue around town and at resorts. Find the sparkle!Last chance to enter shop local contestTahoe City Downtown Association, North Tahoe Business Association and The Incline Community Business Association partnered together for the annual Shop Local Program. Shoppers pick up a card at a participating business and start shopping. For every $20 spent at a participating retailer a sticker will be added to the shoppers card. Shoppers with three or more stickers can turn in their card and be entered in a drawing for various prizes, cards with 13 or more stickers will also be entered into a drawing for the one of the grand prizes. Please call 530-583-3348 or e-mail TCDA@visittahoecity.com.Support the North Lake Tahoe business community this holiday season by participating in the 5th Annual Shop Local Contest. Shop through New Year's Eve for a chance to win the Grand Prize, a Tahoe Dave's $500 Gift Certificate and other great prizes from local businesses and organizations, including tickets to 2012 North Lake Tahoe events. Participating businesses are listed at www.northtahoebusiness.org, www.visittahoecity.org and www.visitinclinevillage.com, along with details and holiday event listings. Check back often as new businesses may be added throughout the season. Turn in your contest cards by Dec. 31 at the locations listed on the card and you will be entered into the raffle. Drawing winners will be announced in early January 2012.New this year, contest cards with 13 stickers or more will be eligible for the Grand Prize drawing for a Tahoe Dave's $500 gift certificate. Non-winning contest cards from the Grand Prize drawing and all other contest cards with three or more stickers are eligible to win additional prizes.When you shop locally you help the North Lake Tahoe economy, help keep independent shops in business. Researchers have proved for every $100 spent in independently owned stores, $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll and other expenditures. If you spend that in a national chain, only $43 stays in town. Spend it online and there is no benefit to your community.Call the Tahoe City Downtown Association at 530-583-3348 or the North Tahoe Business Association at 530-546-9000. Remember ... shop locally, win prizes ... and benefit your community. Holiday festivities at Northstar California ResortNorthstar California Resort in North Lake Tahoe is celebrating the season, and guests are invited to ring in the New Year in style at the Village at Northstar’s annual Fire andamp; Ice New Year’s Eve Celebration.An annual celebration for all ages, Northstar’s Fire andamp; Ice New Year’s Eve Celebration takes place in the Village at Northstar throughout the day and into the evening, with a DJ and activities including ice skating, live music featuring Led Zeppelin 2 – The Live Experience, drink specials, s’mores, and a spectacular fireworks show at 9 p.m. (East Coast celebration).The most economical way for skiers and riders to enjoy both Northstar and Heavenly this season is to take advantage of the lowest price guarantee on lift tickets. When purchased seven days in advance online at www.snow.com/lifttickets or through Vail Resorts Central Reservations, guests are guaranteed the price will be the lowest available for that day. On-site lodging is available at Northstar with lift and lodging packages starting at just $115 per person, per night (based on double occupancy in a studio condo; other room types available). Some restrictions apply.A complete list of upcoming events at Northstar can be found online at www.NorthstarCalifornia.com.Holiday cheer at Squaw and AlpineEnjoy the holiday cheer at Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows this season with a host of holiday events through Jan. 1, 2012. Everything shines with festive spirit as The Village lights sparkle and guests enjoy ice skating, shopping and holiday feasts in this classic winter wonderland. From snowtubing and mini snowmobiles to a family New Year’s Eve Party to romantic dinners to late-night parties, Squaw Valley is the place to be. To top it off, Olympic Gold Medalist Jonny Moseley will be on the slopes skiing with guests for free Dec. 30. For more holiday event details, please see squaw.com or skialpine.com. Dec. 302 p.m. Ski with Jonny Moseley. Take a few laps with Olympic Gold Medalist and Squaw Valley’s Chief Mountain Host, Jonny Moseley. Skiers can join Jonny at the bottom of the Funitel at 2 p.m. for a unique and complimentary mountain tour.2-5 p.m. Live Music on the KT Base Bar. Enjoy some classic rock on the new KT Base Bar with Eric E.3-5:30 p.m. Live DJ in the Events Plaza. Enjoy some DJ spun jams in The Village with DJ Nick Denoia. 4-7 p.m. Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides in The Village. Enjoy a horse drawn sleigh ride through The Village this holiday season. Rides are free for kids ages 10 and under and $5 for older kids and adults. Sleigh rides start and end in the Tram Plaza.4:30 p.m. Children’s Book Reading. Come out for the “Be Proud” Children’s Book Reading with author Colleen Doyle Brandt in the Palisades Conference Room in The Village. Dec. 312-5 p.m. Live music at the KT Base Bar. Enjoy some classic rock on the new KT Base Bar with Eric E.3-5 p.m. Live Music in the Events Plaza. Grab a hot cocoa or snuggle up around a fire pit and enjoy live music in The Village Events Plaza. 2-5 p.m. Pre-New Year’s Eve Cocktail Party at Alpine Meadows. Ride the free Squaw/Alpine Express and plan your new beginning at the Alpine Bar this New Year’s Eve! The Pre-New Year’s Eve Cocktail party is the perfect way to jump-start the countdown to midnight. Featuring festive cocktails, delicious appetizers and live music by Peter Joseph Burtt, skiers and riders can celebrate a resolution, bid 2011 farewell, and ring in 2012. 6-9:30 p.m. Family New Year’s Eve Party at High Camp. By reservation only. Guests with reservations can ride the Aerial Tram to a buffet dinner, included in the ticket price, and a 9 p.m. champagne toast (sparkling cider for 21 and under). The Aerial Tram will begin to bring guests down in time to view the 9:30 p.m. fireworks display. Adult reservations are $36 and $26 for children. Does not include Aerial Tram ticket.9:30 p.m. New Year’s Eve Fireworks. Bring in the New Year with Squaw Valley’s fireworks display. Best viewing is from KT Base Bar. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. New Year’s Eve Party in Olympic House. Bring in the New Year with music from Mojo Green in the Plaza Bar. DJ Zeb Early will be spinning in Bar One for ages 21 and older with a valid ID. Doors open at 9 p.m. with drink service until 1:30 a.m. Jan. 12 p.m. Mountaintop Service. Give thanks and praise on the mountain on New Year’s Day. Meet at the High Camp Sundeck (overlooking the Lake Tahoe). Everyone is welcome. Tram ticket not included. 2 p.m. Mountaintop Service at Alpine Meadows. Celebrate Christmas on the mountain with Tahoe Resort Ministries. Everyone is welcome. Meets at the top of the Roundhouse chairlift. Lift ticket or season pass required. More details are available at www.squaw.com and www.skialpine.com. Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows recently joined forces, bringing the two ski resorts under common ownership. Skiers and riders can now access 6,000 skiable acres, 43 lifts and 270+ trails at Squaw and Alpine Meadows on the Tahoe Super Pass or any lift ticket.For great winter lodging packages, call 1-866-366-7261 or visit squaw.com.The Ritz-Carlton offers festive New YearsNew Year’s Eve Dining in Manzanita, early seating, Dec. 31, 5-6:30 p.m. Enjoy the seasonal specialties of Chef de Cuisine, Jacob Ramos, on his featured a la carte menu.New Year’s Eve Celebration in Manzanita, Dec. 31, 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Ring in the New Year on this magical night with a four-course prix fixe tasting menu with a champagne toast, music, dancing, and party favors. Cost is $200 per guest.New Year’s Eve Dinner Buffet in the Pines Ballroom, Dec. 31, 6-9 p.m. Celebrate the impending arrival of 2011 at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe over a sumptuous buffet of seasonal, culinary delights with favorites for the entire family. Adults $70, children 5-12 $20, children under 5 complimentary.For reservations and more information call 530-562-3000 or visit www.ritzcarlton.com/laketahoe.All prices exclusive of applicable tax and gratuity. Reservations are required.New Years at the Resort at Squaw CreekOn New Year’s Day, a legion of brave souls will greet 2012 with an icy splash into one of the resort's unheated swimming pools for the Polar Bear Plunge. Of course, the heated main swimming pool and hot tubs will offer a warm-up following the dip. Hot chocolate will be awaiting the participants afterward, and a prize.Resort chefs are creating holiday meals on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve; a family-friendly dinner and gala takes place on New Year's Eve in the Grand Sierra Ballroom featuring dancing, a sparkling cider toast with balloon drop at 9 p.m. for children and an adult-oriented champagne toast at midnight.For reservations, call 800-401-9501 or visit www.visitsquawcreek.com.New Year’s Eve celebration at Jake’s on the LakeOn Saturday, Dec. 31, arrive early with the family for an a la carte menu or come in later for a three-course prix fixe menu and ring in the new year 2012 with party hats, a champagne toast and dancing. Guaranteed reservations required. Early seating 5:30-7:15 p.m., a la carte menu. Entres range from $25-$31, a la carte menu also served in the cafe/bar. $20 holiday kid’s menu available includes dessert.Later seating 7:30-9:15 p.m., three-course prix fixe menu includes entre, soup or salad, dessert, party favors and a champagne toast, cost $51-$86 depending on entre choice. Appetizers available a la carte. Dance party 10 p.m., no cover charge. Jake’s on the Lake is located at 780 North Lake Blvd. in Tahoe City’s Boatworks Mall. For more information and reservations please call 530-583-0188. View sample menus at www.jakestahoe.com.Tahoe Donner does it rightFriday Family Movie Night at tahoe conner, Dec. 30, The Princess Bride, 6:30 p.m. at Northwoods Clubhouse, free. New Year's Eve Snow Dance, Dec. 31. Ring in the New Year with Tahoe Donner. In addition to some great dancing, there will be many games and a bounce house for the kids. The fire pits will be roaring for s'mores and keeping warm. Take a lift ride for the best view of the on-hill light show. The bar and grill will be open. Ring in the New Year and dance your heart out at 6 p.m. Sunset Snowshoe, Dec. 31, weather permitting. Wrap up 2011 with a scenic snowshoe hike. These hikes are guided, and run through the Cross Country Center’s winding trails. Registration must be made at least 24 hours in advance by calling 530-582-9646. $7.50 per person with your own gear. $15 per person includes snowshoe rental. Bowl games and NFL playoffs. The Lodge and Pizza on the Hill are always a great place to watch the game, with multiple screens, great food and drink specials. Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area will get into the action, as well, Jan. 1-2, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Visit www.tahoedonner.com for information.
Ring in the New Year at restaurants, shops and resorts
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