Christmas Week 2017 Details Coming Soon!

Here are details from Christmas 2016 to give you an idea of what to expect…


Hetch Hetchy VistaEach day we offer an array of guided recreation trips tailored to the holiday season, including naturalist hikes, snowshoe trips to the Giant Sequoias and sightseeing tours of Yosemite Valley perfect for celebrating the Christmas Holiday.

Our expert massage therapist will be waiting to indulge you after your day’s activities (reservations required) – or you can always just skip the activities and go right to the massage!

Each night our restaurant will serve our classic menu along with memorable holiday specials. In the tavern, eggnog and hot specialty Rush Creek Pool Area by Night (Kim Carroll)drinks will be flowing, in addition to a broad assortment of wines, beer and spirits.

After dinner, we will offer a variety of nightly activities, including campfires, arts & crafts, bingo and guest speakers. And of course you’ll always have the wonderful options of reading or playing board games by the fireside, relaxing in our tavern or stargazing from your private deck.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21STRush Creek Guest Lounge - Kim Carroll

On Wednesday evening, we’ll kick off the holiday festivities. Head to our Recreation Center for decorating wood cookie ornaments. Then sneak in a quick visit to our beautiful hot tubs. Afterwards, relaxed and refreshed, enjoy a delicious dinner and join us for fireside s’mores under the stars. Or drop by the Tavern for a few small plates and specialty cocktails.


Snowman at the LodgeEl Capitan in Winter by Robb HirschEnjoy an active day in Yosemite on one of our guided naturalist adventures, or explore the spectacular Park on your own with pointers from our informative Recreation team.  When you get back we’ve got holiday crafts in Game Room, and our nightly s’mores by our outdoor fire pit.


We’re getting ready for Santa with letters to Santa– make sure Santa knows where you are and whether you have been naughty or nice this year. We will also be having our Happy Hour California Beer Tasting in the evening, where you taste a regional sampling while learning some beer basics. This is followed by a few rounds of Bingo and of course our nightly s’mores by the outdoor fire pit.

California Craft Beer Tasting

While the kids are busy with holiday crafts, join us in the lounge overlooking the pool area for a fun and informative beer tasting. California is placing itself at the helm of the recent craft beer movement, so when in Rome… Try a regional sampling of 3 different beer styles with host Megan Gerace, learn beer basics, and keep a Rush Creek Lodge tasting glass as a souvenir!   Be sure to sign up in advance with the Recreation Department, as space is limited for this fun event! ($20, advance reservation required, ages 21 and  over)


Our celebration continues in true Christmas spirit throughout Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

In the morning, start off with a gentle, but invigorating Vinyassa Flow Yoga class. Then grab the family and explore our pristine wilderness. Take a morning hike or snowshoe to the Giant Sequoias with one of our naturalist guides. Learn more of the history, folklore and fauna of Yosemite, and enjoy the breathtaking vistas of our postcard perfect scenery.

Return for an afternoon of hot cocoa, cider and crafts. Be sure to decorate your stockings, then head off to put finishing touches on treats for Santa Claus. Afterwards, enjoy fun-filled holiday carolers in the Guest Lounge sitting fireside with a cup of hot chocolate in hand.

And of course don your favorite Christmas sweater and join the Ugly Sweater Party in the Tavern!

Holiday Hay Ride at the Evergreen

Ugly Sweater Party!
After your dinner (or before if you’d like!), pull out your favorite holiday sweater and join the party in the Tavern. Enjoy a festive celebration complete with prizes for the ugliest sweater.


Savor the serenity of winter in the woods by starting your Christmas day lazing around your cabin or sneaking in an early walk, then…

Christmas Morning in Our Living Roomimg_5437Rush Creek - Hillside Villa Sleeping Area (Kim Carroll)
Bring the whole gang over to the Guest Lounge to open gifts around the blazing fireplace. Relax on a couch and make yourself at home. Be sure to check the kids’ stockings for special treats left behind by Santa.

Visit From Santa!
After his long night of work, Santa will be headed to the Rush Creek for some relaxation! Come by the Guest Lounge to have your img_5451picture taken next to the Christmas tree with Santa!

After opening gifts, bring your appetite, as Chef Lemens will be serving a special Christmas breakfast. Afterwards, hit the road and explore beautiful Yosemite Valley – our guides will gladly take you on an outing or help you plan one of your own. Or join in as our General Manager takes our first Annual Ho-Ho-Ho-Hike around property to walk off some of that hearty Christmas Breakfast.

Or just relax and enjoy the afternoon at the lodge, where we’ll have endless family activities to round out the day.

Old World Christmas FeastRush Creek Tavern Signature Drinks (Kim Carroll)
Chef Lemens will prepare a sumptuous array of mouth-watering dinners, sure to delight the palette. Here is a sample menu to give you an idea of what to expect. Remember to make reservations for our Christmas Feast. You can email or call the front desk at (209)379-2373 to make reservations for Christmas Dinner. 

Time: 5PM – 9PM
Price: $45 Adults; $20 Kids (age 2-12)

Evening ActivitiesReception Lobby (Kim Carroll)
Gather around our outdoor fireplace to roast a special holiday spin on the campfire classic s’mores and create a new holiday tradition for you and your family.

Join us for more holiday cheer in the tavern. Recently opened, our modern mountain retreat inspired tavern has a down home feel, the friendliest staff around and the tastiest of libations.Rush Creek - Hillside Villa Deck at Susnet -


Head over to the restaurant for a delicious hot breakfast. Grab lunch to go and hit the trail on another idyllic day exploring Yosemite with family and friends. Join an interpretive hike, snowshoe (weather permitting) to see the world’s largest living specimens – Giant Sequoias, or take a sightseeing tour of Yosemite Valley.

Hillside Villa Exterior

Or just sleep in and relax around the lodge after the Christmas festivities. Savor a rare carefree day however you choose: indulge in a full-body massage (advance reservation required), rejuvenate in the hot tub, read a book, play games, walk the nature trail… If you get motivated, join us for a bit more local area exploration on a late-afternoon Sierra Sunset Hike.

However you spent your day, come join us for a well-earned break while the kids head off to Game Room for nature crafts! After dinner, join the kids for s’mores by the fireside and discussion about the surrounding areas.


The fun continues the day after Christmas with more Yosemite exploration, College Bowl Games in the Tavern, more s’mores, and other activities.

NOTE: When you arrive, we’ll provide a detailed itinerary that includes all of the week’s activities, times and pricing.