Christmas arrives early at Tahoe’s Valhalla Holiday Faire |

Christmas arrives early at Tahoe’s Valhalla Holiday Faire

Adam Jensen
Robert Rathman, top, and Bob Harms, decorate a Christmas tree at the Valhalla Grand Lodge for a previous Valhalla Holiday Faire.
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If you go

What: 20th annual Valhalla Holiday Faire

When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 20-22

Where: Valhalla Grand Hall, Tallac Historic Site

Tickets: Free


SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — While Thanksgiving is still a few days away, there will be plenty of unique holiday gifts available at the Tallac Historic Site this weekend.

The annual Valhalla Holiday Faire celebrates 20 years this weekend with plenty of familiar faces Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 20-22.

Visitors and residents tend to make a habit of returning to the faire once they have the experience, said Valhalla Tahoe Association Coordinator Carolyn Grubb.

“It’s fun because the families come back year after year,” Grubb said Tuesday.

Twenty-nine vendors will fill the Valhalla Grand Hall for the event and offer a wide variety of wares. Jewelry, scarves, gift baskets, copper creations, local soap, hand-painted glass and pillows are among the goods available. Numerous strudel varieties, homemade toffee and honey are also among the edible offerings at the holiday faire.

“Most of the vendors are locals,” Grubb said. “It pretty much has to be things they made themselves or are appropriate to the area.”

One local vendor who will return to the faire this weekend is Marianne Rosenfeld and her Forest Furniture. The South Shore resident makes mountain home decor and specializes in turning used skis and snowboard equipment into furniture and home accessories like bottle openers and wine racks.

Rosenfeld has been among the vendors at the faire for several years. The event always features a lot of high-quality products, she said.

“It’s great,” Rosenfeld said. “It’s traditional Christmas with a Tahoe flair.”

The faire takes place in the Valhalla Grand Hall at the Tallac Historic Site. The rustic estate was built in the 1920s and features a massive stone fireplace and open-beamed ceiling. The hall will be decorated with a Christmas tree, holly and lights for the faire.

“It’s just a really special place — the history here alone,” Grubb said.

Santa Claus will make appearances Saturday and Sunday, and the South Lake Tahoe Children’s Choral Society will perform in the afternoon those days, as well.

Refreshments will be available for purchase during the faire, and gift baskets filled with items from vendors will be raffled off at the event.

The faire takes place from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22. Entrance to the faire is free.

The Tallac Historic Site is located on the north side of State Route 89, just past Camp Richardson. Parking is limited at Valhalla. Free shuttle transportation will be available from the main Valhalla entrance. More information is available at or by calling 530-541-4975.

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