Shop ‘til You Drop: Where to go for Holiday Shopping in North Lake Tahoe

Shop ‘til You Drop: Where to go for Holiday Shopping in North Lake Tahoe

The holidays are just around the corner, and with Christmas cheer and a fresh layer of snow on the ground, the pressure of shopping for the holidays is sure to follow.

Remove the headache of holiday shopping from your yuletide festivities by giving the gift of North Lake Tahoe this Christmas! Whether you’re stuffing stockings with locally made gifts found only in North Lake Tahoe, or gifting a one-of-a-kind experience you can’t fit under the tree, a shopping spree around the north shore is sure to help you find that perfect gift for all of your loved ones.

So don’t forget your list, and make sure to check it twice!

Where to Go, and What to Buy, For Everyone on Your List

With the region of North Lake Tahoe spanning approximately 40 miles, it’s best to think strategically when planning your winter shopping spree. Let’s make our way through North Lake Tahoe’s five shopping districts and the best shops for everyone on Santa’s list.

Tahoe City is home to a slew of art galleries, gift shops, and local eccentricities that are bound to be home for the perfect gift. For the sportier members of your family, check out Alpenglow Sports, a staple of Tahoe’s mountainside adventurers since 1979.Hit up the Tipsy Gipsy for fabulous attire for even the pickiest of fashionistas on your list. For everything from jewelry to toys to dog treats, make sure to check out The Cobblestone Center of shops, where you can check off everyone on your list in a single place!

Known to most for its iconic slopes and Olympic history, Squaw Valley is also home to some of the north shore’s most luxurious and quality shopping. The Village at Squaw Valley is home to a wide array of shops all within close proximity to each other, making shopping for multiple people a breeze. Check out Gallery Keoki for unique prints byKeoki Flagg, one of the finest Squaw Valley photography experts. Or follow your nose to Lather & Fizz Bath Boutique, the best smelling shop in Squaw Valley with unique bath and body offerings. And make sure to stock up on plenty of gear from Patagonia or The North Face to make sure your family stays in style this winter.

Speaking of villages, the Village at Northstar located at Northstar California Resort, is home to everything from high-end athletic gear to designer shoes to children’s toys. Elite Feet has been one of the most trusted shoe outfitters on the mountain for decades, so you’ll be sure to find a pair that that certain someone will love. And keep your little ones looking stylish for the new year with an outfit from Mine.

Kings Beach offers a fun, quirky and intimate shopping experience for shoppers who want to enjoy a scenic walk along the lake. The streets of Kings Beach are lined with stores that specialize in locally-made goods that are hard to find anywhere else, including The Robin’s Nest! Bring a smile to anyone’s face with humorous house decorations, adorable mugs, and uniquely Tahoe “bearaphernalia” to add some Tahoe flavor to any house. Or check out Provisions Lake Tahoe, which specializes in heartfelt keepsakes made by local artisans, ensuring that a little piece of Tahoe always stays with your favorite people.

Our last stop on our shopping trip around North Lake Tahoe brings us to Incline Village! Drawing from the beauty of their natural surroundings, the locally-owned boutiques and vintage shops in Incline Village have the charm of Lake Tahoe found in every corner. The Potlach, taken from the Pacific Northwestern Native American word for a “gift-giving ceremony”, features beautifully hand-crafted jewelry for your most uniquely fashionable friends. You can also add the stylish beauty and unique comfort of Incline Village to your own home with home furnishings and decor from Panache, transforming anyone’s humble abode into one of Incline Village’s most luxurious homes.

For more ideas on where to go and what to buy around North Lake Tahoe, check out our shopping page to learn more!

North Lake Tahoe Shopping Events You Won’t Want to Miss

In addition to hitting all of the best shops in the North Lake Tahoe area, the holiday season provides  can’t-miss shopping events that could be the solution to your Christmas list woes.

Kick off the holiday season in style at the Tahoe City Holiday Hop, November 30 in Downtown Tahoe City! After you’ve snagged every deal in sight for Black Friday, stroll and shop through Tahoe City on Small Business Saturday to continue your holiday shopping through local shops and artisans. While you peruse the local shops for a one-of-a-kind gift, enjoy wine, snacks, plenty of Christmas cheer, and festive surroundings that put the fun back into shopping for the holidays. Forgo dreary mall Santas and persistent kiosk vendors, and instead opt for unique gifts from local businesses and the splendor of beautiful downtown Tahoe City.

Experience the best of North Lake Tahoe’s local creatives with Holly Arts, a gift-oriented holiday exhibit featuring local artists and artisans. Holly Arts is an annual craft fair that gives local artists the chance to sell their wares for the holiday season, while giving shoppers the chance to take home a uniquely-made gift unlike anything found at your average department store. Not only will your friends and family take home a little piece of Lake Tahoe home to cherish, but your patronage supports local creators and keeps North Lake Tahoe’s artist community thriving. An exhibit by North Tahoe Arts, the Holly Arts Show runs from November 12 all the way through December 31st, for all of you last minute shoppers. 

Give the Gift of Tahoe this Christmas

Sometimes the best gifts can’t fit under the tree or be put into a stocking. No, we’re not talking about a new car, but instead give the gift of an unforgetable experience in North Lake Tahoe! From the top of the tallest ski slope, down to a lakeside spa retreat, experiences in North Lake Tahoe are a gift that everybody can enjoy.

From powderhounds  to someone that’s always wanted to learn to ski but never had the chance, a day on the slopes may be just what they’re wishing for this Christmas. North Lake Tahoe’s 12 downhill resorts provide outdoor adventures with an array of exciting options to zip across the region’s freshly fallen snow.

With resorts opening for the winter season (some, like Mt. Rose, and Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows have already opened), lift tickets or season passes are perfect for treasured family and friends who love to shred. This is a great option for mountain veterans and beginners alike, especially since January marks Learn to Ski and Ride month. Whether you’re helping long-time shredders experience their fun in the Sierra Nevada or putting young skiers on the pathway to learning a lifelong skill, this gift is sure to attract smiles of gratitude.

For some, all they’ll ask from Santa this year is some much needed rest and relaxation, and the chance to get away from it all. For the most high-strung on your shopping list, slip a gift certificate to one of North Lake Tahoe’s many serene spas

From on-site relief like the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe’s Stillwater Spa and Salon to romantic excursions complete with dining and massages at the Spa at The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe, a reservation on behalf of a loved one in need of relaxation will go a long way toward keeping them in good spirits. Granlibakken Tahoe also provides the weariest of our loved ones with a day spa, Soul Shelter Yoga and Meditation Space, and other amenities to ensure that your loved ones get the rest that they deserve.

And for the music lover in your inner circle, surprise them with a ticket to the 2020 WinterWonderGrass Festival in Squaw Valley, March 27-29. Surrounded by an abundance of white snow with the warm California sun overhead, WinterWonderGrass in Squaw is one of the most unique music festivals in the country. Bluegrass fans from all over the world gather to hear their favorite bands play in this gorgeous setting. Music is accompanied by local craft beer and a friendly atmosphere unlike any other music festival. Purchase your tickets today to slip into someone’s stocking this Christmas.

And whether you’re giving the gift of a North Lake Tahoe stay for Christmas, or just need somewhere to lay your weary head after you’ve successfully shopped until you’ve dropped, check out our lodging deals page to book your stay!

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