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Snow Globe 2018

It could be the ultimate New Year’s party destination – with great music, postcard-perfect scenery and the chance to make a difference.

SnowGlobe 2018 is on the schedule in South Lake Tahoe, featuring three stages packed with musical variety, stunning artwork, the aerial beauty of professional skiers and snowboarders, all taking place in late December. Dates for the show are Dec. 29 through 31 and this year marks the eighth annual SnowGlobe Festival.

Headlining the stages are Above & Beyond, Diplo, RL Grime, Eric Prydz, Sofi Tukker, Big Gigantic, Said The Sky, Chelsea Cutler, Medasin, Party Favor, Justin Jay and Rezz, just to name a few, with electronic, hip hop, jazz and more among the musical styles being offered. It was also announced in mid-November that MTV has acquired SnowGlobe and will add the festival to its offering of live musical events across the globe.

Organizers point to the Sierra Nevada mountain surroundings as being part of what makes the annual SnowGlobe Festival a unique hit; when not listening to music you can do some sightseeing around Tahoe, go for a hike or hit the slopes, even stop in to one of the many casinos at nearby Stateline, Nevada to try your luck.

More than three dozen groups will be involved in the festival, performing for the crowds, with the focus on ringing in the New Year with great music, food, friends, fun and memories to last a lifetime.

Attendees will tell you the festival is one of the best ways to close out the year and get ready to welcome in a new one, whether you enjoy one day or all three caught up in the music. The show is staged at the South Lake Tahoe Community Playfields, 1 College Way, South Lake Tahoe with single-day and three-day tickets available. Upwards of 20,000 fans are anticipated to attend each day of the festival. For ticket information, visit

Billed as the ‘music and mountains’ festival, the outdoor show could feature crystal clear skies or some bone-chilling cold and snow, so those planning to attend are advised to plan for anything and everything. There is no camping allowed at the site but plenty of hotels are available nearby for utilizing as home base during the festival weekend.

Continuing a partnership it started last year, the 2018 SnowGlobe (#SG18) Festival will once again seek to benefit the environment – something the Tahoe area is known for through its ‘Keep Tahoe Blue’ and similar initiatives.

Working in cooperation with The Sugar Pine Foundation, SnowGlobe is sponsoring the planting of 400 sugar pine seedlings in the Tahoe Forest and festival attendees can add $5 to the purchase price of their ticket to benefit the Foundation and support future plantings.

SnowGlobe also partners with Waste-Free Earth, a sustainability program, to encourage festival attendees to get involved with greening efforts through contests,  plastic pledges and educational efforts on site.

According to the SnowGlobe website, the “ultimate goal with SnowGlobe is to transition into a completely sustainable event – a dream inspired both by the South Lake Tahoe community’s culture of environmentalism and our festival’s personal belief in the importance of conscientious and ethical event planning.”

To that end, organizers note that the food, flatware and cups being used at this year’s festival by vendors are 100 percent compostable and will not add anything to landfills. Figures from the 2017 fest show a full 66 percent of the waste generated was diverted away from landfills.

Music is virtually non-stop, with three stages in action, and at the mainstage, enjoy the ‘Big Air’ activation, a SnowGlobe tradition, that brings snowboard and skiing demonstrations to the audience in between the performances.

There’s also another humanitarian side to the show – the Lake Tahoe Boys & Girls Club will benefit from a SnowGlobe partnership with Hotels for Hope – as a portion of lodging fees paid by festival attendees will be donated to the Boys and Girls Club in the local area.

More than three dozen groups will be involved in the festival, performing for the crowds, with the focus on ringing in the New Year with great music, food, friends, fun and memories to last a lifetime.