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Experience the Magic of Candy Cane Lane and Village with Special Guests Santa and Mrs. Lollie Claus!

November 27, 2023 | Julie Malkin-Manning

Get ready for a festive family extravaganza as Candy Cane Village takes center stage at the Patterson Hall and Patio at UNR in the heart of Lake Tahoe on Saturday, December 2nd, from 2 – 5 PM. Presented by IVGID Parks & Recreation and UNR Lake Tahoe, this annual community event, held as part of the Northern Lights Festival, promises a day of joy, laughter, and holiday cheer for the entire community.

Watch in awe as Nevada Santa and Mrs. Lollie Claus make a grand entrance, arriving in style aboard the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District’s fire engine. The excitement kicks off with the “Santa Stroll,” guiding families from the whimsical Candy Cane Lane at the IVGID Recreation Center to the magical Candy Cane Village on the UNR campus. Be sure to capture the moment with photos as Santa and Mrs. Lollie Claus spread holiday cheer throughout the village.

Live Performances and Singalongs

Immerse yourself in the festive spirit with live performances by the Incline Elementary School Choir at Candy Cane Village. Join the community singalong and let the joyful tunes fill the air. Plus, don’t miss the sponsored “Cocoa with the Captain” by WCSO Incline Substation, and enjoy complimentary refreshments provided by UNR. The village will buzz with activities sponsored by local service clubs, agencies, and nonprofits, ensuring there’s something for everyone.

Candy Cane Lane Extravaganza! 

Embark on a holiday adventure starting at the IVGID Rec Center, where Candy Cane Lane, sponsored by IVGID Parks and Recreation, begins. Families can visit the Rec Center first, where a craft station awaits to help little ones create and send their letters to Santa. Then, follow the festive path adorned with holiday decorations, guided by Santa and Mrs. Lollie Claus themselves.

ELFunteers and Festive Fun Along the Way! 

Look out for our spirited “ELFunteers” donned in red and white vests and holiday headbands, assisting Santa in guiding walkers to Candy Cane Village. The journey along Candy Cane Lane is illuminated by a dazzling holiday tree, decorated by the creative hands of elementary school students.

Convenient Shuttles for a Seamless, Safe, and Sustainable Experience!

To make your experience even more enjoyable, shuttles will run in both directions, starting at 2:30 pm and operating approximately every 15 minutes between the IVGID Rec Center and UNR Primm Library Parking Lot. So, hop on board and let the holiday festivities begin!

A full schedule of Candy Cane Lane and Village activities and participants will be published the week of the event at ivcba.org, which you can visit for the entire Northern Lights event calendar.

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