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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 CelebrationVintners’ Holidays

When: Nov. 3 – Dec. 5
Where: The Ahwahnee Hotel Dining Room
Details: Join California’s most renowned vintners as they come together this fall in Yosemite to share some of their most acclaimed wines. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to chat with the vintners as you sample their latest vintages and perfectly-aged selections. The elegant event includes a “Meet the Vintners” reception, four wine tasting sessions and a five-course dinner featuring dishes perfectly paired to the featured wines.

Below are the sessions for this year’s event:

  • Session I – November 3 – 5, 2019
  • Session II – November 6 – 7, 2019
  • Session III – November 10 – 12, 2019
  • Session IV – November 13 – 14, 2019
  • Session V – November 17 – 19, 2019
  • Session VI – November 20 – 21, 2019
  • Session VII – December 1 – 3, 2019
  • Session VIII – December 4 – 5, 2019


Dinner with Santa Tenaya LodgeKids Dinner with Santa

When: 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 Ahwahnee Hotel
Details: Since 1927, the renowned Bracebridge Dinner has transformed The Ahwahnee 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 YosemiteChefs’ Holidays

When: Nov. 4 – 16
Where: Locations vary
Details: Bringing together America’s top chefs at The Ahwahnee 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 Chefs’ Holidays.

A Chefs’ Holidays features cooking demonstrations, a reception where you can meet the chefs and a five-course dinner prepared by a visiting chef.

See session availability here 

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