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Holiday Events in and Around Yosemite Mariposa County

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 November and December. 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. 25 – Dec. 7
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 I – November 25-28, 2018
  • Session II – November 28-30, 2018
  • Session III – December 2 – 5, 2108
  • Session IV – December 5-7, 2018

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Dinner with Santa Tenaya LodgeKids Dinner with Santa

When: Nov. 25, Dec. 21 & 22
Where: Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite
Details: Children ages 4 to 12 get the chance to dine with Santa in a VIP dinner. Exclusively offered on Nov. 25 and Dec. 21 and 22, the beloved Kids Dinner with Santa brings little ones aged 4 to 12 face-to-face with the hero of the holiday season – Santa Claus himself. Available as an event or as part of an overnight package, kids will have the chance to spend a special dinner with Santa and his elves and participate in holiday games, crafts and activities. With great popularity and limited openings, this program sells out each year, so be sure to book early.

For more information contact Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite

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: Nov. 22 & 24
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.

More Information here.

Taste of YosemiteTaste of Yosemite

When: Nov. 4 – 16
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 here and See session availability here 

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