What’s your New Year’s Eve style? A raucous celebration with hundreds of your closest friends, dressing to the nines and partying the night away? Maybe an intimate dinner followed by drinks and welcoming 2018? Or, perhaps a quiet night of relaxing by the fire in your cabin with a book and a glass of champagne is more your speed. Whatever the case, Yosemite Mariposa County can help you say goodbye to 2017 and hello to the New Year come Dec. 31. Here’s a brief guide to some of the things you can do for a Yosemite New Year’s Eve.
Straight out of “The Great Gatsby,” Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite is hosting a Roaring Twenties party this New Year’s Eve in its Lodge Grand Ballroom. Featuring live music from party band the Valley Cats and the Sierra Jazz Band, the evening will be filled with cocktails, dancing, a gourmet dinner and champagne toast with 2018 balloon drop.
Kids can even get in on the action. Children 13 and older are invited to the main party, while those 4-7 can enjoy a Comic Book Hero party and those 8-12 can revel in an Outer Space party. Babysitting is available for those under 4. The children’s events cost $65 and also include dinner.
Details, dinner menu and room packages available on the Tenaya Lodge website.
As Yosemite National Park celebrates its 90th birthday, the historic Majestic Yosemite Hotel invites guests to ring in 2018 with a six-course dinner in the Majestic Yosemite Hotel Dining Room. Live music and dancing will help you celebrate the end of 2017 in style. Details at 888-413-8869.
The Yosemite Valley Lodge in Yosemite Valley offers three distinct ways to welcome 2018, from family fun to a gourmet gathering. The Mountain Room features a prix fixe dinner (reservations not needed). Meanwhile, the Mountain Room Lounge will feature live music, drinks and light food, and a dance area with DJ from 9 p.m. to midnight. The Cliff Room is the place for families to be on New Year’s Eve. This free event features light snacks and drinks along with games, prizes and televised ball drop from New York City’s Times Square. The event is free and no reservations are needed.
Details on Yosemite Valley Lodge’s New Year’s Eve celebrations at 209-372-1403.
Head over to Big Trees Lodge in Wawona for vintage piano music, dinner and dancing on New Year’s Eve. Call 209-375-1425 for details and reservations.
Not up for big crowds and a party atmosphere? Why not DIY this New Year’s by going out for a day of ice skating followed by renting a cabin or stay in a B&B for a quiet, low key celebration. Our lodging guide lets you filter by region, budget and accommodation type, with an option for pet-friendly lodging, also.
Want to know more about winter in Yosemite? Check out our frequently asked questions section, then look into our guide to winter activities. It’s also important to “know before you go,” so visit our transportation guide before your visit so you can get around Yosemite and Mariposa County hassle-free this winter.
What’s your New Year’s Eve style? A raucous celebration with hundreds of your closest friends or perhaps a quiet night of relaxing by the fire?