Must-do Thanksgiving Events in Truckee


Thanksgiving week is packed with fun events, outdoor adventures, and the spirit of the holidays in Truckee. This is one of our favorite times of year for so many reasons. Downtown will transform into a wintery wonderland after the Bud Fish Tree Lighting. The lifts at local resorts will start turning. There’s great food, jolly people, and plenty of ways to stay entertained. And don’t forget to show some love to our local shops in Truckee after Thanksgiving for Small Business Saturday. We’ve gathered our must-do Thanksgiving activities starting with a bang on Friday the 16th!

SKI at one of the open resorts in the area: Northstar, Squaw, or Mt. Rose! They will all be open on the 16th, so get those skis waxed and get out there. Though the heat of winter has not yet hit, there’s still enough of the man-made stuff to get your turns in and calm your wintery itch.  

KICK off the holiday season on the 16th at our favorite tree lighting: The Bug Fish Tree Lighting in Historic Downtown Truckee. This is a Truckee tradition that is 35 years in the making and the perfect way to get in the holiday spirit. Don’t miss out on hot cocoa, cookies, decorating trees, and a visit from Santa himself. Learn more here.

WATCH our very own Kane perform in the Taming of the Shrew the 16-18th. Not only will you get a night full of comedic relief, you will be supporting the Truckee Community Theater: a real win-win in our eyes! Buy tickets here.  

FEAST on the best of the harvest with the Gourmet Kitty Productions and Kichen Collab on the 16th. Attendees will enjoy a 6-course meal of fall game and local produce while surrounded by live music and art from locals Beau Kissler and Abby Penfold. We have been itching to learn more about the Kitchen Collab, Truckee’s newest and only collaborative kitchen space and culinary incubator. This pop-up dinner will be the tastiest way to investigate! Make a reservation and see the evening’s menu here.

LADIES, it’s your night at Mountain Hardware and Sports on the 20th. This might not sound like your typical “ladies’ night” but this one will be a blast. Mountain Hardware will start the party at 6pm and the first 100 ladies inside will get a special gift. Everyone attending will get 20% most purchases, and raffles tickets for a chance to win $250. We’re in it for the holiday shopping, wine from the Pour House, and catering from our favorite food truck, Red Truck. Head over to their Facebook page to for VIP tickets and more information.

GIVE THANKS at Tahoe Donner’s three-course Thanksgiving dinner on the 22nd. Keep it traditional with turkey, or choose the salmon or prime rib option to shake it up. No matter what you choose, there won’t be any dishes to wash – now, that’s something to be thankful for! This event will be great for kids and is open to non-Tahoe Donner members as well. Reservations are highly recommended. You can RSVP and look at the menu here.

HIKE away the calories of your Thanksgiving feast by joining Tahoe Adventure Company on a full moon hike (or snow-shoe adventure, depending on weather) on the 22nd. There is no experience necessary for this 2-3 mile trek, so the whole family can come along to enjoy. We love the knowledge the guides have and how much they explain about the natural history and Tahoe. Included in the hike are hot drinks and snacks (if you’re not too full already!) and if it snows, the snow shoes and trekking poles are also included. Book online and find more information here.

PARTY with Squaw on the 24th for their Welcome to Winter Party. Squaw pass-holders and community members alike are welcome to enjoy live music, $2 beer stations, and raffles. This year, Squaw is making the celebration even more special with a Merry Days and Holly Nights Tree Lighting Ceremony, photos with Santa, and an outdoor fashion show. Learn more and see the full schedule of events online.