truckee California with a blanket of snow

Base Camp for a Big Life

Truckee CA

The town of Truckee looks like a charming holiday scene almost year round, so it is no surprise residents and businesses go big with decorating in the holiday season. While the entirety of Donner Pass Road is beautifully lit throughout Christmas, downtown’s Truckee Christmas lights really shine. At the end of November each year, the Truckee Downtown Merchants Association and Truckee Rotary put on the Bud Fish Tree Lighting Ceremony. Trees are decorated by hundreds of students. Santa stops by for the evening, with hot cocoa, music, and photos. The evening culminates with the lighting of a truly majestic 60 foot tall tree right downtown. Check the Truckee Chamber’s Event Calendar for this year’s date. Missed the big downtown Christmas lighting party? No problem, Santa returns to the Truckee Airport every year in mid December. He gives Rudolf and the other reindeer a break, and arrives in a nifty plane with Mrs. Claus! With carolers, cookies, cocoa, and special gifts from our local elves over at the makers space next door, this is a great event for kids! Check the news page for this year’s information. There’s also always Christmas Lights out at Northstar with their 4 week long Noel Nights celebration. The ice rink is the focal point of the fun with sleigh rides, Santa, and skating. Be sure to bring some canned food for the community food drive as well. Want your business or home lit up with elegant white lights like everyone else in town? Contact Sierra Christmas Lights. We have two crews based in Truckee ready to assist with your Christmas Light Installation needs. After the holidays we don't slow down. Let us make your next Truckee wedding or special event shine even brighter. We will design a bespoke lighting arrangement to transform your indoor and outdoor spaces. From a patio deck party to an elegant dinner party we have you covered.

Places in the region

Donner Summit

Gray's Crossing and Old Greenwood

Martis Camp


Wedding Venues in Truckee we create lighting

Northstar wedding venue

Northstar California

Get married at a mid mountain ski lodge. An easy way to have an all inclusive resort wedding at a ski area

PJs wedding venue lit by wedding lights


A new, modern building on the golf course. Sophisticated interior design and lovely outdoor setting with long views to Mt. Rose

ritz carlton at Northstar california

Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe

Luxury slope-side resort with a variety of indoor and outdoor venues. The Ritz Carlton has the ability to host very large weddings, up to 400 people

Tahoe Donner wedding venue with a tent outside

Tahoe Donner

Choose from two nice venues - The Lodge or the Alder Creek Adventure Center. The Lodge is a fine dining restaurant right on a golf course

sugar bowl wedding venue in the mountains of California


Sugarbowl offers the most intimate, historic wedding venues at any ski resort in the area. If history and charm are priorities