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Local Lens – Northern Lights Celebration Weekend Highlights

November 30, 2022 | Linda Offerdahl

In the early days of Diamond Peak, the Northern Lights Celebration was a kick-off event to the ski season. It has grown into a month-long calendar of holiday events with something for everyone. With the holiday lighting introduced last year by IVCBA, a community tree lighting event, Candy Cane Village, is a natural addition to Northern Lights. Because there is SO MUCH going on from December 1- 4, this week’s Local Lens will highlight just this weekend’s festivities.


The Tahoe Film Fest kicks off the first weekend in December every year. Did you know that films are shown at the Incline Theater, as well as at the Crystal Bay Club’s Crown Room and North Star? The Tahoe Film Fest begins on Thursday, December 1, and there should be a big crowd on Friday night at the Incline Theater to see The Fablemans, the story of Stephen Spielberg. 


There are some tough choices to make this weekend, but not to be missed is the premiere performance of the North Tahoe Community Choir. It is directed by Donna Axton, also a renowned pianist.  The weather may be bad on Thursday, so it’s a good thing there are two performances, one on Thursday and one on Saturday night at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church. 

OR mellow out with a glass of wine at Glasses Wine Bar and listen to the Doug Coomler Jazz Duo on Saturday night!


Hopefully you made the rounds to our merchants last weekend for Small Business Saturday. But DID YOU KNOW our local hospital has a gift shop? It is run by the Incline Village Community Hospital Auxiliary. I don’t know who their buyer is, but they have great taste. Deals can be found at their sale on Thursday and Friday. If you haven’t been to the hospital on Alder lately, you may find it busier than ever because of the full-time clinic and the specialty physicians that service our community, in addition to the emergency wing.  Use the side door to easily find the gift shop and use the new parking lot in back if the front is full.   Mountain Hardware and Sports hopes to open their expansion this weekend.  We can’t wait to see what they have!  Don’t forget to shop for your tree at High Sierra Gardens!


The day starts at Country Club Center for Sip and Snacks, moves to the UNR at Lake Tahoe campus for Candy Cane Village (and Santa!) and ends at the main lodge at the Hyatt for a S’mores Happy Hour. Between the lighting at all three locations, and the snow coming on Thursday, Incline is sure to be a winter wonderland!


Sip and Snacks will be offered at several Country Club restaurants, i.e.  Austins, Fumo, Cool Mess, and the Mountain High Sandwich Co., plus hospitality at EXP Realty and Incline Spirits.


Starting at 4pm at Patterson Patio on the campus of UNR at Lake Tahoe is Candy Cane Village. Nevada Santa and Mrs. Lollie Claus arrive in style, courtesy of the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District fire engine. A program featuring the choir from Incline Elementary School starts about 4:30 and culminates with the official lighting of a tree designated as the official community tree in Incline Village this year. Weather may cancel or alter this event. Stay tuned to social media for updates.

WEAR YOUR BOOTS on Saturday so you can walk down Country Club, aka Candy Cane Lane to the Hyatt to view the Gingerbread House and Train on display in the lobby.  S’mores Happy Hour and Storytime with Mrs. Claus is a perfect way to end the evening. Parking is free from 3-8 at the Hyatt main lodge. 

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