The third annual Heavenly Holidays celebration kicked off Friday with Santa encompassed in a 16-foot snow globe.
Families took pictures of the white-bearded hero at Heavenly Village, giving kids a chance to sneak in any last-minute gift ideas.
Robert Rebollar was taking a picture with his family in the snow globe Friday.
“We’re just here to get in the Christmas spirit and do as much as we can,” the Houston resident said.
Heavenly Holidays, which is co-produced by Tahoe South and Heavenly Mountain Resort, features 12 days of seasonal festivities that will run until Dec. 31. On Friday, it started with a re-creation of Santa’s workshop inside a large snow globe, where Santa himself was present.
The snow globe will be open from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. until Dec. 24.
A disc jockey will play holiday favorites this weekend before carolers arrive Dec. 23 and Dec. 24 to perform from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Pete Sonntag, Heavenly’s vice president and chief operating officer, said the events at Heavenly Holidays work well with the resort’s ski times.
“The lineup of events makes it easy for families to extend the special experience they have on the mountain into the afternoon and evening,” he stated in a press release.
The festivities will continue on Dec. 28, when top figure skaters perform at the Heavenly Village Ice Rink. The skaters will perform once a night for three days, ending with a Grand Finale Show on Dec. 30 at 7:30 p.m. Shows on Dec. 28 and Dec. 29 will also be held at 7:30 p.m.
Additionally, Fear-No-Ice Sculpting exhibitions will be from Dec. 28 to Dec. 30 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The event features costumed sculptors racing to carve figures out of huge blocks of ice with chainsaws.
Heavenly Holidays caps off with a 9 p.m. fireworks show and ball drop on New Years Eve — the same time of the midnight ball drop at Times Square in New York City.
Sonntag said the energy at the festival is “truly one-of-a-kind.”
“Heavenly Holidays will be entertaining our holiday guests for the third year running,” he stated in a press release, “and I think you will be hard-pressed to find someone out there without a smile on his or her face.”