If you booked a South Lake Tahoe vacation rental for Christmas, you are in for a treat. Lake Tahoe during this time of year is simply magical. The Heavenly Village has events happening daily from tree lightings to ice skating to live music and more. You can enjoy the snow covered landscape from inside by the fire or you can get outside each day and soak it up on the resort runs or nearby trails. However, you may be feeling a little unsettled or unsure of what to bring or how to celebrate in a home that is not yours. As the local vacation rental experts in South Lake Tahoe, we are here to tell you it will be amazing. Check out these tips for an unforgettable holiday season at the lake.
Choose a vacation rental in South Lake Tahoe that feels like home.
Chances are, if you prefer booking vacation rentals over hotel rooms, you likely prefer the perks of having a home away from home and all the amenities that come with it. This is probably even more important during the holiday season so be sure to book a South Lake Tahoe vacation rental that satiates that need. For example, find a property that fully accommodates all your guests so everyone can sleep comfortably and there are multiple living spaces for everyone to spread out. If you have teens or kids, a den or bonus room with entertainment options will keep them busy and buffer some of the noise for the adults. If there is a family with younger children joining, make sure there is a sleeping space that has a queen or king and a bunk bed or room for a crib. Don’t forget a fireplace if Santa is going to be incorporated into the vacation for the younger children.
Research the holiday events happening nearby
The holiday season at the lake is jam packed with fun stuff through the New Year. SnowGlobe is a huge event leading up to New Years and the Gondola drop in the Heavenly Village is a fun event for everyone. Truly, there is so much happening on the mountain slopes and off that no one will be able to complain they are bored. However, when you have a large group coming together to celebrate, it can be hard to make sure there is something for everyone. Rest assured though, if you booked a South Lake Tahoe vacation rental through us, you are close to ski resorts, night life, shopping, dining and all the local events.
Pack your holiday décor
If you want to create a memorable experience, feel free to pack the décor you use each year at this time and display it at the vacation rental in South Lake Tahoe that you booked. This is a great way to have some comforts from home and make this Christmas feel special and inline with your usual traditions. This is especially important if you have some younger kiddos in the group who want to see certain items, like their stocking or a special figurine that has been incorporated each year.
Plan out the big holiday meals
Food is such a big part of any holiday, especially if there are certain traditions or items your family and friends have each year. Be sure to look for a South Lake Tahoe vacation rental with a big kitchen and dining area that will allow for easy entertaining. To make the holiday meals easier, assign each family, family member or friend a dish to cook or bring. By splitting up the duties, you alleviate stress at the grocery store and make it budget friendly for each person. If there are specialty items you need, plan ahead. While we do have some specialty grocery stores in town, they are small and may not have the items or ingredients available. Either double check and special order ahead of time, bring it with you or have it delivered during your stay. Also, find out at booking what kitchen items are there that will be needed, such as a turkey baster, roasting pans or a BBQ or smoker.
Figure out how to get presents to your South Lake Tahoe vacation rental ahead of time.
Some groups choose the vacation instead of buying presents. This is a great way to make the trip affordable. If you will still be exchanging presents, you have a few options. If everyone in the group is traveling by car, bringing the gifts will be easy. If folks are traveling by flight, that could make things tricky. Either designate a suitcase for presents and make sure you have space for bringing gifts back. If your stay is long enough, find out if you can receive shipments at the vacation rental in South Lake Tahoe that you booked. Or do a little research and find out about the types of shops and businesses we have here at the lake. There are plenty of locally owned businesses that would love your support. From local hand made goods to wine to coffee to clothes to beauty to spa treatments to sporting goods, we have plenty of places to do your Christmas shopping at.
For more information or questions on celebrating the holidays at a vacation rental in South Lake Tahoe, feel free to give us a call. We would be happy to help!