Family-Friendly Holiday Events At Lake Tahoe

The communities of Incline Village and Crystal Bay, NV, will host the return of the annual Northern Lights Festival, now through December 31, 2020. 

Highlights include the prestigious Tahoe Film Fest and a variety of safe and seasonal events that include a “Northern Lights Family Day" full day of family fun, “Light up the Night” holiday lights tour, concerts at the Crystal Bay Club, and a traditional performance of the MESSIAH by the TOCCATA Tahoe Symphony and Chorus.

“This holiday season will be alive and well this year,” said Linda Offerdahl, co-organizer of the Northern Lights Festival. “The family-friendly activities will all be organized under the Washoe County COVID 19 Guidance program so we can all safely enjoy the spirit of the season.”

A complete calendar and more information can be found at

“One of the most important events of the annual Festival is the Shop and Eat Local promotion,” said Offerdahl. “We are encouraging everyone to keep the money on the mountain and support those who need it most after such a trying year.”

From December 3rd through the 6th, Tahoe Film Fest will offer various programming that focuses on the environment.  According to its organizers, the Film Fest locates new and important environmental films to showcase everyone’s efforts to maintain the beauty of Lake Tahoe and its surroundings.

Tahoe Film Fest also celebrates a section of American Independent Films, New Films from Latin America, and a Filmmaker Tribute.  All proceeds from Tahoe Film Fest benefit UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC).

On Saturday, December 12, everyone can fuel their spirit for the season by participating in a variety of events within the “Northern Lights Family Day."  With visits (at a safe distance) from Santa and his Elves at the Chateau, a stop at the Sweet Cozy Chalet for S’mores and music at Sierra Nevada College, and a trip through the magical Gingerbread display at the Hyatt Regency, it’s a day to get out to enjoy all the good in life this holiday season.

Starting the weekend after Thanksgiving, locals and visitors alike can watch the local businesses “light up the town” and take the Northern Lights Walking Tour to see colorful lighting displays within the business communities and neighborhoods. Maps can be found at retail businesses, restaurants, resort casinos, and the D.G. Menchetti Visitor Center.

Northern Lights is sponsored by the Incline Village Crystal Bay Visitor Bureau, IVGID Parks and Recreation Department, and the newly formed Incline Village Crystal Bay Association (IVCBA) that is dedicated to bring businesses and nonprofits together for advocacy and to create a more cohesive community.