Tree lightings this weekend: Meyers and South Lake Tahoe plan free, family friendly celebrations
Meyers and South Lake Tahoe will light up this weekend, welcoming visitors and locals with tasty treats, pictures with Santa and more.
“Traditions, like the tree lighting, help the community come together in celebration of the season and let us pause to remember what’s important about the holidays,” said Carol Chaplin of Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority. “Our visitors not only get to share that with us; they also get to experience the festivity it lends to our mountain town.”
The Meyers Tree Lighting Event will kick off Friday, Dec. 4, at 5 p.m. in the Divided Sky/Downtown Café parking lot. The celebration is free and open to the public. Popcorn, hot chocolate and other food items will be served.
According to the Meyers Community Foundation, the event organizer, “The Christmas fire truck and Santa will return via the CALSTAR helicopter (weather and circumstance permitting).” The Meyers Community Foundation is a nonprofit group “that advocates for and serves the needs of the Meyers residential and business communities.”
Rene Brejc, of Meyers Community Foundation, said the tree lighting began five years ago as an idea — “Let’s put lights on a tree.”
“It hadn’t been done for so long,” Brejc said, “so we went around to businesses and started asking for money.”
She added that a few hundred people showed up the first year, and the event continued ever since.
“That’s how the Meyers Community Foundation got started, too,” Brejc explained. “A few residents and business owners wanted the ability to work cohesively” for community betterment.
Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort, Meyers’ hometown ski area, will participate in Friday’s tree lighting along with event organizers.
“Lake Tahoe DJ Ryan Palmer will donate his time and equipment to provide music for the event,” said Sierra-at-Tahoe’s marketing and events specialist Leslie Schultz, who also confirmed that a photo booth will be on site to “take high-quality shots of the kids with Santa.”
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE
Light up Lake Tahoe is planned for Saturday, Dec. 5. It’s free and open to the public.
Starting at 6 p.m., South Lake Tahoe’s fire, police and snow-removal departments will cruise down Highway 50 in decorated vehicles from Stateline to the “Y,” a news release said. As they drive by, “businesses will turn on their lights in a wave.” Then the celebration continues at the “Y” with “the annual tree lighting, along with hot cocoa and cookies and a visit from Santa Claus.” South Shore businesses are encouraged to decorate storefronts for the event and the holiday season.
“The city is looking forward to kicking off the holiday season with the 4th annual Light up Lake Tahoe event this weekend,” said Tracy Franklin, South Lake Tahoe’s public information officer. “We’re also looking forward to the Lake Tahoe Children’s Choral group to sing holiday classics during the tree lighting. In past years South Tahoe Standup Paddle has been the most decorated business on Highway 50 and we’re looking forward to see which businesses will be their competition this year.”
According to Franklin, “Last year’s event was attended by a mix of locals and visitors and it is estimated 300 people were in attendance.”