Valhalla Tahoe’s annual Holiday Faire returns to South Lake Tahoe
As the winter holidays draw near, many locations around South Shore are beginning Christmas-related festivities — the first of which is Valhalla Tahoe’s annual Holiday Faire, held from Friday, Nov. 18, through Sunday, Nov. 20.
Hosted in the venue’s Grand Hall, the event returns for its 21st year. With nearly 30 vendors boasting the finest hand-made items, it’s a great spot to do some holiday shopping and — of course — meet Santa.
“People love coming in and seeing everything so festive.
“It’s such a historic building that we are so fortunate to still have here, and be able to celebrate the holidays in. Even if they don’t want to buy anything — just walk around and enjoy the atmosphere and maybe have some hot chocolate,” Valhalla Tahoe site manager Carolyn Grubb said.
The Tahoe-centric arts and crafts fair includes vendors such as Tahoe Mountain Soap, Bona Fide Books, Forest Furniture and Sir Richard’s Toffee, among others.
“The items have to be arts and crafts that have something to do with the local area, or the vendors have made themselves. It has to be hand-done, pretty unique and high class,” Grubb added.
Apart from the shopping, Mr. and Mrs. Claus will make appearances both Saturday and Sunday. Guests can also expect performances from South Lake Tahoe Children’s Choral Society. Elementary school children will sing at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, and middle school students’ voices will fill the hall Sunday.
“What I find the most fun is when I’ll go somewhere like Red Hut and ask to put up a poster, and one of the people will say, ‘I love going there because I sang there when I was a child.’ I hear that quite a bit. People who were here when they were in elementary school and junior high and loved coming and singing here — they never forget that,” Grubb said.
Over the course of the weekend, approximately 2,000 people are expected to attend the event, enjoying hot chocolate, mulled wine, cookies and the holiday spirit. Three Christmas trees will fill the Grand Hall, the largest of which is 24 feet tall.
Valhalla’s 21st annual Holiday Faire is open Friday from 5:30-8:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The three-day event is free for all ages. Learn more at http://www.valhallatahoe.com.