Ski Run Holiday Stroll debuts on Tahoe’s South Shore |

Ski Run Holiday Stroll debuts on Tahoe’s South Shore

Autumn Whitney

On Sunday, Dec. 11, businesses on Ski Run Boulevard will come together and put on the first-ever Ski Run Holiday Stroll, a community event focused on celebrating the Christmas season. From 3:30-5:30 p.m. enjoy a variety of activities, including face painting and visits with Santa Claus.

“The businesses on Ski Run are always thinking of new, exciting ways we can celebrate the community and our little neighborhood of shops. We have a lot of energy built up around cool events.

“A few weeks ago we were sitting around Red Hut having coffee at our normal meeting, thinking of ways we can celebrate the season. We have a cute little environment with a romantic, small-town feel to it — the whole street. So we decided on a holiday stroll,” Blue Angel Café owner Jeff Cowen said.

All are welcome to attend this free, family-friendly event, which takes place on both sides of Ski Run Boulevard between Alder and Tamarack streets.

The stroll is based off a similar tradition that began in Nantucket, Massachusetts, approximately 40 years ago.

“Townsfolk get together and visit local shops for shopping. We don’t have much shopping, but we’re taking the same concept of going from business to business — each business has a special offer or something free. It’s an extension of this historic heritage in the states,” Cowen said.

During the Ski Run Holiday Stroll, businesses will hand out free hot chocolate while strolling Christmas carolers sing at various locations on the street. South Lake Tahoe’s award-winning Blue Ribbon Choir also is scheduled to perform.

From 4:15-5:30 p.m., children are invited to chat and take pictures with Santa Claus, who will be inside Chimayó Street Grill. Throughout the afternoon, Blue Angel Café will supply free face painting for children. After the festival, the café will serve its traditional kids meals for $1.

Christmas lights and other holiday decorations will adorn the entire street, and everyone — locals and visitors alike — is invited to get in the festive spirit with Ski Run businesses. The Alder Inn will collect non-perishable donations for Bread and Broth.

“We’re hoping it turns into an annual event. This is a community builder, and we’d love to see a good turnout and families having fun,” BioSpirit Day Spa’s Teresa Bertrand said.

Learn more on the Ski Run Holiday Stroll Facebook page.

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