It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and what better way to spend your holidays than a stay at one of America’s most iconic landmarks? Yosemite National Park offers visitors spectacular views and a lifetime of memories year round, but the park takes on an extra magical persona during the winter holiday season. The stunning snow covered background of Yosemite sets the perfect stage for a family holiday celebration like none you have ever experienced before.
Every season in Yosemite offers something special to its visitors, with the winter holiday season being the show stopper. Truly experience walking in a winter wonderland. The snow is glistening. Get cozy by the fire. Build a snowman in the meadow. If there ever was a place to experience the ultimate “postcard” Christmas, it is here in Yosemite National Park.
Things to Do In Yosemite During the Holiday Season
There are a lot of things to see and do in Yosemite during this time of year that simply aren’t possible during any other season. Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway in one of the most stunning Yosemite luxury hotels or a spectacular family holiday celebration, there’s something here for everyone. Here are some of the most popular things to do in Yosemite during the holidays.
Cross Country and Downhill Skiing
What would a winter destination be without the opportunity for some fun in the snow? Skiers will not be disappointed with the cross country ski trails found in Yosemite that offer skiers of all abilities a unique opportunity to enjoy the park. As a matter of fact, it’s one of Yosemite’s most popular winter attractions.
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias is one of the most popular attractions at Yosemite, but access roads are closed during winter. The area is still open, however, to cross country skiing which allows visitors to see the forests of gigantic sequoia trees in a way that is not available any other time of the year. Cross Country Skiing is also very popular in the Glacier Point area, especially the route from Badger Pass to Glacier Point. The Yosemite National Park Ski School has all the supplies and equipment you need to enjoy your trip. You can even rent sleds to pull the kids along as well.
Ice skating is an iconic scene in almost every holiday movie, and what better way to create your own iconic holiday memories than with a few turns around the ice rink? Yosemite National Park has a half dome rink with spectacular views of snow covered trees and mountains that offer a winter experience unlike any other for the entire family.
Curry Village Ice Rink is another great spot to enjoy an afternoon of ice skating while you enjoy the picturesque cliffs of Glacier Point in the background.
Horse Drawn Sleigh Ride
Create a holiday memory straight out of Jingle Bells with a horse drawn sleigh ride in the snow through Yosemite National Park. Beautiful Belgian Draft Horses decked out in sleigh bells make you feel as if you are actually living a Christmas movie as your sleigh carries you through a breathtaking winter wonderland.
Take Part in Christmas Celebrations and Activities
The Yosemite Valley really comes alive during the holiday season. Among the twinkling lights of snow covered, tree lined streets families can enjoy parades, holiday themed performances, and meeting the man himself, Santa!
Enjoy stocking and ornament decorating, or attend the Gingerbread House workshop to build an edible sweet house of your dreams. There’s also plenty of fun winter foods, beverages, and live music for the whole family. Parents can enjoy wine and beer tasting around the village as well.
Where to Stay During the Holiday Season in Yosemite
Ensure your winter stay is unforgettable at a 5-star hotel in Yosemite. Château du Sureau is an elegant nine-acre castle resort tucked away among the green foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, just 16 miles from the majestic Yosemite National Park.
Join us this holiday season as we host a collection of exciting events at the Elderberry House Restaurant. Experience unique and seasonal creations by our culinary team. Enjoy a journey of themes throughout the year, from monthly high teas, wine tastings, Christmas Eve and Christmas Dinner, to our highly anticipated New Year’s Eve Gala and more. Many of our guests have made it a family tradition to attend our yearly holiday events – moments like these warm our hearts.