Celebrate 13 days of Christmas at Heavenly Village

For
13 days, Heavenly Village will be teeming with the sights, sounds and
smells of the holidays as Heavenly Holidays 2011 from Dec. 19-31
treats guests to a variety of festive events from ice skating and
sculpting to a uniquely Heavenly countdown to the New Year. 

 

“The
holidays are a special time, as family and friends gather to celebrate
and partake in traditions that are meaningful to them,” said Pete
Sonntag,
vice
president and general manager of Heavenly. “With a great lineup of
events and the best skiing and snowboarding Lake Tahoe has to offer, we
hope that Heavenly Holidays will become an integral part of families’
traditions.”

Backed
by the West Coast’s largest snowmaking system and the world’s largest
fleet of Prinoth Bison X and Beast grooming machines, holiday revelers
can expect the finest snow surface conditions on the most open terrain
at Lake Tahoe. In addition to its clear advantage in terms of skiing and
snowboarding terrain, Heavenly has also put together a holiday program
that will keep families coming back year after year.

 Ripperoo Parades – December 17-March 24

Each
Saturday, starting Dec. 17, Ripperoo, Heavenly’s loveable mascot,
will give children the chance to star in their own parade, as they play
music, sing songs, and march through Heavenly Village. The Ripperoo
Parade will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the base of the Gondola and will end
with hot chocolate and photos with Ripperoo. 

 Santa’s Workshop Snow Globe – December 19-25

The
holiday merriment will kick off on Dec. 19 with Santa’s Workshop
Snow Globe, a 16-foot interactive snow globe where children can have
their photos taken on Santa’s lap as they to tell him their wish list.
The family-style atmosphere will be complete with an on-site disc jockey
playing holiday music. On Christmas Eve, special musical guest the
Dickens Boys will provide live holiday music using string and wind
instruments.

 The
Dickens Boys will return to the Snow Globe on Christmas Day, as
families will have the opportunity to take family holiday portraits at
the venue. The Snow Globe will be open Dec. 19-25 from 12:00-5:00
p.m.

 Heavenly Holidays Concert Series – December 26-29

The
jovial mood continues the week between Christmas and New Year’s, as the
Heavenly Holidays Concert Series is set to showcase a different band
daily from 2:00-4:30 p.m. The series features: Jelly Bread (Dec. 26),
Lavish Green (Dec. 27), The Trey Stone Band (Dec. 28) and Tragically
White (Dec. 29). Each band will perform live on-stage under the Heavenly
Gondola adjacent to Bellamy Court.

 Ice Skating Show – December 29-30

Taking
to the ice on Dec. 29 and 30, professional ice skaters will perform
a 20-minute Ice Spectacular Ice Skating Show at the Heavenly Village
Ice Rink at 7:00 p.m. and will showcase the talents of Jeb K. Rand and
his wife and skating partner, Jennifer.

 Ice Sculpting Exhibition – December 30

On
Dec. 30, an Ice Sculpting Exhibition will take place from 3:00-3:30
p.m. with lit ice sculptors being displayed throughout Heavenly Village.
At 6:30 p.m., the excitement will continue as “Fear No Ice” performs a
thrilling ice sculpting show adjacent to the Village ice rink.

A Heavenly New Year – December 31

All
the holiday events will cumulate on Dec. 31 with a Heavenly New
Year Celebration that includes interactive games and experiences such as
snowboard simulators, one-of-a-kind photo experiences, and face and
body painting from 6:00-9:00 p.m. Loaded with music, lights, pyrotechnic
effects and crowd interaction, the “Fear No Ice – Rock N Roll Show”
from 6:00-6:30 p.m. will be an exciting show unlike any ordinary ice
sculpting exhibition. “Band X” will perform an exciting New Year’s Eve
concert from 6:30-8:55 p.m. that will be an inspiring countdown to the
Gondola Ball Drop. A beacon in the dark sky, a brightly-lit Heavenly
Gondola car will descend from the top of the mountain until a
stopping-point above the Village crowd at 9:00 p.m., coinciding with
midnight on the East Coast. The dropping of the ball will signal the
beginning of a dramatic New Year’s fireworks show from the Gondola
parking garage. 

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