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Holiday Events in and Around Yosemite Mariposa County

November 28, 2017

The end of the year is often a time of quiet reflection. It can be a time of looking back at everything you did right while resolving to do some things better. For others, it’s a time of celebration. Whatever your speed, there’s no better way to cap off the end of the year than to get away to Yosemite Mariposa County for the holidays this year.

Following are some of the best events in Yosemite Mariposa County during December and January. And, when you’re ready to visit us, don’t forget to check out our lodging page to search by region, budget, accommodation type and, yes, even pet-friendliness!

Grand Grape CelebrationGrand Grape Celebration

When: Nov. 5 – Dec. 1
Where: The Majestic Yosemite Hotel
Details: California’s top renowned vintners converge on Yosemite Mariposa County during the Grand Grape Celebration to share some of their most acclaimed wines, now through Dec. 1. Chat with the wine makers as you sample their latest vintages. The event culminates with a five-course dinner featuring dishes perfectly paired to the featured wines.

There are two sessions left in this year’s event:

  • Session V – Nov. 26-29
  • Session VI – Nov. 29-Dec. 1

More Information:


Dinner with Santa Tenaya LodgeDinner with Santa

When: All day, Dec. 22
Where: Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite
Details: Children ages 4 to 12 get the chance to dine with Santa in a VIP dinner. Tenaya Lodge is offering a special holiday deal: enjoy 10 percent off a two-night stay when you use the promo code HOLIDAYS.

More Information: Call 888-514-2167 or visit

Bracebridge DinnerBracebridge Dinner

When: Dec. 10-22
Where: The Majestic Yosemite Hotel
Details: Since 1927, the renowned Bracebridge Dinner has transformed The Majestic Yosemite Hotel’s Dining Room into a Renaissance-era hall filled with Yuletide festivities. Inspired by Washington Irving’s Sketch Book featuring Squire Bracebridge and Christmas traditions of the period, this annual event brings together more than 100 players portraying the Squire, his family, their servants, the Lords of Misrule and minstrels.

The Bracebridge Dinner is split across eight separate event dates through December.

More Information: Click here to check availability.


tenaya lodge gingerbread workshopsGingerbread Workshop

When: Dec. 22, all day. Doors open at 10:30 a.m.
Where: Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite
Cost: $75 per gingerbread house

Try your hand at a gingerbread house creation at Tenaya Lodge for a new way to celebrate the holidays. Experts will show you how to create your own unique house and even throw in a little competition for good measure.

Holiday deal: Now, when you book a two-night stay at Tenaya Lodge, you’ll save 10 percent.

More Information: Call 888-514-2167 or visit and use promo code HOLIDAYS.

Taste of YosemiteTaste of Yosemite

When: Split over eight session dates Jan. 8 – Feb. 2, 2018
Where: Locations vary
Details: Bringing together America’s top chefs at the Majestic Yosemite Hotel, this eight-session event captures the flavors of traditional American favorites infused with each chef’s unique twists. From modern cosmopolitan dining to bold Asian flavors and French influences, each dish complements the next during Taste of Yosemite.

A Taste of Yosemite features cooking demonstrations, a reception where you can meet the chefs and a five-course dinner prepared by a visiting chef.

More Information: See session availability here 

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