Yosemite New Years Eve Celebration

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New Year's Eve Celebration

One of the United States' most celebrated New Year's Eve parties is located in Yosemite National Park. The Yosemite National Celebration involves a whole weekend of activities that indulge the senses, entertaining young and old well into the wee hours of New Year's Day. Read More

  • December 31st to January 1st each year
  • Events take place at the Majestic Yellowstone Hotel, Yosemite Valley Lodge, and Big Trees Lodge
  • Drinks, entertainment, accommodation - all in packages offered at a fixed cost

Overview: What more could a visitor ask for to enjoy the celebration of New Year's Eve than a few days of thrills and spills, recreation and entertainment in the heart of Yosemite National Park? In fact, it has become one of the most renowned parties around. The Yosemite National lodge plays host to not only locals, but tourists from around the world with something designed for all ages.

When: December 31st to January 1st each year

Where: Majestic Yellowstone Hotel, Yosemite Valley Lodge, and Big Trees Lodge in Yosemite National Park

Fees: Costs vary

Details: A complete array of recreational activities is set up, with special packages being offered to include top class accommodation.

The entertainment kicks off with a luscious dinner, music, dance, games, naughty snacks and chocolates, all in plain view of a vibrant and crackling fireplace. The next morning, guests are given a celebration breakfast and then sent off on varied activities throughout the park with complementary packed lunches. Some opt for winter hikes, snowshoeing or even park tours. Then, some wander into the lodge library to rest with a cup of hot chocolate by the fireplace or indulge in an inclusive bodily massage in the spa.

New Year's Eve starts around a memorable dinner. Adults wander off to the local tavern to warm up after a long day in the snow and cold, laughing, enjoying live music and preparing themselves for the festivities ahead. As the party unfolds, kids and adults are treated to a large buffet of desserts, all made in accordance with individual desires and tastes.

The New Year's Eve Party picks up pace with further food, drink, entertainment and dancing to salsa, rock, pop and Latino music. The only criterion is that every guest, children included, must dress according to the decade that suits their tastes. Then, a lodge king and queen are picked and other prizes are awarded. When midnight arrives, the New Year is toasted in with top quality champagne in specially engraved champagne glasses (gifts for the adults to keep) and a special punch just for the kids.

The next day, after a long sleep in, partiers gather in the main dining room to enjoy their champagne brunch. Afterwards, many head out for further relaxation or simply venture into the wilds for one final go at winter recreation.

Find the latest details on the Yosemite National Park Website.

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