All Nov. until Dec. 18

COMMUNITY | Truckee Community Christmas

Pitch in to help local families in need this holiday season. The Truckee Community Christmas non-profit is collecting non-perishable food items, new and unwrapped toys, and warm, gently-used coats. The program benefits 215 families, 25 teenage moms and their babies, 60 low-income seniors, and 70 homebound seniors. Info: see website for full list of donation locations, (530) 587-2757, truckeecommunitychristmas.com

Nov. 19, 23, 24 and 25

COMMUNITY | Let’s Talk Turkey

Volunteer with Project MANA this Thanksgiving to help your neighbors in need. The event provides people around North Lake Tahoe and Truckee with a turkey and Thanksgiving fixings. Volunteers are needed to help distribute this wonderful Thanksgiving feast. Info: sign up to volunteer at projectmana.org, (775) 298-0107

Friday, Nov. 20

FAMILY | Bud Fish Tree Lighting Ceremony

Enjoy the Christmas tree lighting ceremony, letters to Santa, children’s tree decorating, and of course, Santa himself will visit the downtown Truckee community. Info: free, tree decorating at 4 p.m., lighting ceremony 5:30 p.m., Train Depot, downtown Truckee, historictruckee.com

Saturday, Nov. 21

SPORTS | Turkey Trot Fun-Run

Grab your friends, family, and co-workers to get outside this season for a fun-run. Prizes will be awarded for the craziest costume. Proceeds from this 5k run benefit Athletes United, a non-profit devoted to helping foster participation of youth in a healthy and active lifestyle. Info: $30/adults, $15/kids 12 & under, race starts at 10 a.m., Bijou Community Park, South Lake Tahoe, epictahoe.com

PET-LOVERS | Home 4 the Holidays Craft Fair

Check holiday shopping off your list at this craft fair with a wide variety of local vendors selling handcrafted art, jewelry, and pet related gifts. A percentage of sales will benefit homeless pets at the Nevada Humane Society. Info: free admission, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Nevada Humane Society, 2825 Longley Lane, Reno, (775) 856-2000, nevadahumanesociety.org

Friday, Nov. 27

FAMILY | Gingerbread Village & Grand Tree Lighting Ceremony

Kick-off the holiday season at The Resort at Squaw Creek with a grand Christmas tree lighting ceremony featuring the Gingerbread Village, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, sleigh rides, and a local youth performance on the ice rink. Bring a toy to donate to Toys for Tots and enjoy complimentary valet parking. Info: free, 5 to 8 p.m., The Resort at Squaw Creek, Olympic Village, squawcreek.com

Saturday, Nov. 28

COMMUNITY | Tahoe City Holiday Hop

Celebrate Small Business Saturday in the heart of Tahoe City. Take a holiday stroll through local shops while sipping wine, enjoying snacks, and getting into the festive holiday spirit. There will also be a scavenger hunt with prizes and the kick-off to the annual Shop Local Holiday program. Santa will be there and ready for photos. There will also be a mobile pet adoption center from Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe. Info: free, all-day specials, Santa in the Boatworks Mall from 2 to 4 p.m., downtown Tahoe City, visittahoecity.org

Friday, Dec. 4

MUSIC | Pink Martini: Joy to the World featuring Storm Large

Enjoy a multilingual blend of cosmopolitan sounds from Pink Martini. The band, described as a “little orchestra,” will put on a festive holiday concert featuring songs from around the globe. Info: $32 to $72, 8 p.m., The Center for the Arts, Grass Valley, (530) 274-8384, thecenterforthearts.org

COMMUNITY | Sip & Shop at North Tahoe Arts

The North Tahoe Arts ARTisan shop features original, handmade work by local artists. Come sip refreshments and meet the artists while you shop. Kids of all ages are welcome to join in and learn to make an ornament, while parents browse the jewelry, pottery, glassware, fine art, and more. Info: free, 12 to 4 p.m., North Tahoe Arts, downtown Tahoe City, northtahoearts.com

FAMILY | Holiday Tree Lighting

This jolly community event will have free soup and hot cocoa, craft stations, a visit from Santa, and a music performance by the North Tahoe School’s Jazz Band and Tahoe Expedition Academy. Info: free, 4 to 7 p.m., North Tahoe Event Center, Kings Beach, (530) 546-7249

Saturday, Dec. 5

COMMUNITY | Zawadisha Holiday Bazaar

Zawadisha’s annual Holiday Bazaar is back and in a new location. Featuring local artisans and entrepreneurs, a portion of sales will be given back to Kenyan women through small loans for items like solar lamps, clean cook stoves, and water tanks. Info: free, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Blue Angel Café, South Lake Tahoe, zawadisha.org

Dec. 2 to 6

FAMILY | Barton Health’s Seventh Annual Festival of Trees and Lights

The MontBleu Convention Center will be transformed into a winter wonderland with trees and wreaths hand-decorated by school children and local designers. Each day there will be holiday performances, a silent auction, and Santa Claus! All proceeds from the festival benefit Barton Hospital’s Level III Trauma programs. Info: prices vary depending on night, family friendly pricing included, open daily at 10 a.m., MontBleu Resort, Stateline, Nev., festivaloftreeslaketahoe.org

Dec. 11, 12 and 13

MUSIC | TTCC Annual Holiday Concert

Give your ears a treat and join the Truckee Tahoe Community Chorus for their three-day series featuring a wide variety of holiday music. The 60-voice chorus is joined by The Truckee Tahoe Youth Chorus and accompanied by a quintet. Info: $20/adults, $5/kids under 18, Fri. and Sat. at 7p.m., Sun. matinee at 2 p.m., tickets available at the door or in Truckee at Cabona’s and The Office Boss, Church Street Community Arts Center, downtown Truckee, truckeechorus.org