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Holidays in Yosemite offer a magical experience for adventurers, couples and families alike.

Holidays in Yosemite

If you are looking for something new and exciting this year, maybe a visit to Mariposa County is in the cards. Christmas in Yosemite is easily a seasonal highlight, especially with the events and wonderful activities  Mariposa County has available in the winter season.

Winter is all about rest, relaxation and of course, hibernation. We reflect on the last year and arrive fresh and newly awakened, ready to tackle New Year’s resolutions. With so many different cultures, religions and histories gathering here, it’s exciting to see how visitors celebrate the holidays in Yosemite!

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There are many winter holidays to celebrate this season, not just Christmas! From Hanukkah, Three Kings Day, Passover and the Winter Solstice to Little Christmas, Ramadan, St. Lucia Day, Kwanzaa and of course, New Year’s, holidays in Yosemite are meant to be spent with loved ones, friends and family.

No matter what holiday you are celebrating, there will be a fun winter activity in Yosemite Mariposa County to help you make the best memories.

Holiday Activities in Yosemite

Spending the holidays in Yosemite National Park will not disappoint, from picturesque sleigh rides to Curry Village outdoor ice skating rinks in Yosemite Valley, there are many things to do this winter.

Did you know that the Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area (formerly Badger Pass) is home to the oldest downhill skiing area in California? Skiing in Yosemite is an experience of a lifetime, from cross-country skiing to downhill skiing and snowboarding, the Yosemite Ski & Snowboard area is the perfect place for winter fun, no matter your age or skill level.

There is often confusion whether Yosemite National Park is open year-round so it’s important to note it is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, with no reservations required to enter. Highway 140, Highway 120 West, and Highway 41 remain open year-round and provide access to Yosemite Valley. The Hetch Hetchy Road is open for day use throughout the winter months, too. Make sure to check Yosemite weather and road conditions before taking off for your winter getaway. During the winter months, you bring or rent chains to at least have in your car as part of the requirements! You can call 209-372-0200 for up to date road information.

Where to Eat for the Holidays in Yosemite 

A storied favorite, the renowned Bracebridge Dinner turns The Ahwahnee’s Dining Room into an Old English-era celebration hall. Equipped with elegant music, bubbling Yuletide cheer and a gourmet, seven-course meal, the Bracebridge Dinner is truly an event that you must attend at least once.

What about a special tasting and wine pairing? Queue the Vintners’ Holidays. During the winter months, Yosemite Mariposa County hosts gorgeous receptions where guests will interact with vintners and sample their latest vintages and perfectly-aged selections. BE sure to make a reservation for the Vintners’ Holidays, this event is a seasonal highlight that you won’t want to miss.

The Mountain Room at Yosemite Valley Lodge

There will also be exciting dinner menus offered at Wawona Hotel, Yosemite Valley Lodge and The Ahwahnee on Christmas Day for the Christmas in Yosemite celebration. The holidays in Yosemite offer many opportunities to get your fill. While Yosemite Valley Lodge does not require a reservation for their dinner, Wawona Hotel does and The Ahwahnee highly recommends it, so call ahead!

If you are planning to spend the holidays in the park this year, Christmas in Yosemite provides visitors and party-goers a phenomenal meal that is sure to make you feel right at home for the holidays.

Last but not least, don’t forget to stop by Wawona Hotel, Yosemite Valley Lodge or The Ahwahnee on New Year’s Eve, either! Experience a truly unforgettable celebration as you ring in the New Year at one of the world’s most beautiful destinations, Yosemite National Park.

From party favors to a decadent six-course meal, complimentary sparkling wine toast, live music, and dancing make this New Year’s your best one, yet.

Staying in Yosemite this Winter

Yosemite winter lodging options are extensive in Mariposa County. From quaint, budget-friendly motels to luxury hotels that put you steps away from the majesty of Yosemite’s natural wonders, to gorgeous vacation rentals and cabin rentals, finding accommodations this holiday season that suit your travel needs will be a piece of cake. Find Yosemite lodging by region, proximity to the park or budget. Don’t forget to take a look at our winter travel tips, either!

You can also plan your stay as a package for one of the exciting holiday events this winter. Many of the hotels listed above offer lodging and dining packages that will provide a perfectly planned winter vacation in Yosemite.

Explore lodging options in Yosemite Mariposa County and start planning your holiday today.

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