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Posted on: January 2, 2020

[ARCHIVED] SnowGlobe festival wraps up as the most successful to date


South Lake Tahoe, CASnowGlobe rang in the new year with thousands of people attending the final evening, and by all accounts, it was a success.  

“City staff works hard all year in cooperation with festival organizers,” said City Manager Frank Rush, “We can always improve, but by the numbers, this was another successful year in part because of that hard work and cooperation between the City and SnowGlobe.”

City staff worked hard to promote a safe and successful event, and to help alleviate community impacts associated with the festival. Highlights of the final day and festival include:

  • South Lake Tahoe Police Department reports that day 3 was another success, and our officers made only 2 alcohol-related arrests. 28 citations were issued. The police department says this year was the best year for arrests, and only 4 were made during the entire event compared to 9 last year. All arrests were alcohol-related. There were no major incidents to report. Most of the calls for service were for stolen cell phones, 
  • RockMed, the event’s medical services crew, treated 61 patients for the duration of the festival. Down from 63 last year and 170 in 2017. Only one person was transported to the hospital during the entire festival.
  • Event organizers and City staff again conducted continuous monitoring of sound levels at the perimeter of the event venue. They generally recorded decibel readings in the 70 – 85-decibel range, which are within stipulated permit requirements. 
  • There were a total of 51 complaints received via the City’s telephone hotline and online complaint form on Day 3. Most of the complaints were associated with firework noise, very few about noise from the music. City staff again responded to all complaints with return phone calls and/or in-person visits. For the third day in a row, we got several calls from residents who were pleased with sound adjustments made by the alteration of the stage and other changes this year. In total, we had 118 complaints this year during the 3-day festival.
  • Event organizers continue to place a high priority on trash collection, and crews again worked diligently throughout the day and several hours after the performances ended last night to remove all litter associated with the event. The City received only a few trash related complaints, and all of them were resolved.

To view daily sound monitoring reports, please visit

Numerous local partners, including Lake Tahoe Community College, El Dorado County Sheriff, California Highway Patrol, STPUD, and others, have worked closely with the City and event organizers, and the City greatly appreciates the strong spirit of cooperation among all parties. 

Thank you again to all of the SnowGlobe attendees for visiting South Lake Tahoe, and thank you again to our residents for your patience and understanding during this significant special event!

Happy New Year! 

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