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Ring in 2019 with these Yosemite New Year’s Events

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 2019? 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 2018 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.

Tenaya Lodge Seventies Celebration

Straight out of the Seventies,” Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite is hosting a  Boogie and Grove party this New Year’s Eve in its Lodge Grand Ballroom. Featuring live music from party band, the Valley Cats, the evening will be filled with cocktails, dancing, a gourmet dinner and champagne toast with 2019 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 Superhero party and those 8-12 can join a Hollywood party complete with red carpet. Babysitting is available for those under 4. The children’s events cost $75 and include dinner as well as entertainment.

Details, dinner menu and room packages available on the Tenaya Lodge website.

New Year’s at The Ahwahnee Hotel

The historic Ahwahnee Hotel invites guests to ring in 2019 with a lavish six-course dinner in The Ahwahnee Hotel Dining Room. Live music, party favors and dancing will help you celebrate the end of 2018 in style. Details at 888-413-8869 and more information here.

New Year’s at the Yosemite Valley Lodge

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 or here.

New Year’s at the Wawona Hotel

Head over to Wawona Hotel in Wawona for vintage piano music, dinner and dancing on New Year’s Eve. Call 209-375-1425 for details and reservations or click here.

Other Things to Do for New Year’s in Yosemite

Yosemite ice skatingNot 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.

Yosemite Mariposa Resources

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.


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