Tram Up to a Mountain Feast, at Lake Tahoe

Fa, la, and la: Join a magical Christmas Eve Dinner at High Camp.

HOW TO GET CLOSER TO SANTA? Well, being very nice, and kind, and a good neighbor, and a considerate earthling, are solid first steps. But if you mean proximity-wise, well, the North Pole is probably the way to go. But visiting this fantastical world is not such a swell idea as Christmas draws near, what with all of the toy-makery and the reindeer exercises and Santa going over his list once, then twice. Better to find a way to get closer to the sky, where Santa famously is come Christmas Eve, and if you can do so on a gorgeous mountain, by way of a decorated tram, on the 24th of December? You'll likely become cozier with much of the joy and festiveness the season represents. And you can do just this, via a brand-new dinner at...

HIGH CAMP: It's the Beyond Merry Wonderland Christmas Eve Holiday dinner, and it will spread out, with lavish pomp, at High Camp's Terrace Room. The meal itself? Think "... local, fresh, traditional holiday dinner," the sort of supper to keep you fortified while you gaze out upon the snowy peaks of Squaw Valley and the Tahoe region. The time to enjoy this up-the-hill, tram-tastic to-do? The single seating is at 5 o'clock, so you can be back down the mountain for any further Christmas Eve plans you might have, later in the night. It's a special place to enjoy a special meal, and doubly so if Tahoe, the mountains, and the occasion itself are dear to you. The...

SQUAW VALLEY ALPINE MEADOWS... dinner, being new, just might fill up faster than you think, so make your reservations soon. An adult dinner is priced at $65, while tots ages 5 to 12 can dine for $29.

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