Christmas Week

From a festive parade to tree lighting, s’mores to Santa, Yosemite adventures to craft sessions, you are in for a holiday unlike any other with the Rush Creek family. If you’re joining us, check out last year's Christmas Activities Calendar to get an idea of the fun ahead!

Each night our Restaurant will serve our classic menu along with memorable holiday specials. In the Tavern, eggnog and hot specialty drinks will be flowing, in addition to an assortment of wines, beer, and spirits. Our talented executive chef designs our menu to showcase the finest in seasonal, local and organic ingredients. To start tempting your palate now, view this year's Christmas Menu.

NEW THIS YEAR: see below for details on our new Christmas Bundle.
At a Glance
  • Daily on-site activities for all ages
  • Free expert planning advice at our Recreation Desk
  • No hidden Resort Fees
  • Book direct for best rate guarantee
  • Christmas Bundle
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Christmas is a special time at Rush Creek. Throughout the week, we focus our energy on creating a memorable holiday experience so you can have as much fun as possible on your Yosemite getaway.

Our holiday experience is filled with Yosemite guided excursions such as naturalist hikes, snowshoe trips to the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, and Yosemite Valley sightseeing tours. Back at the lodge we have daily activities the whole family can enjoy such as stocking decorating, gingerbread house making and beer tasting. Our expert massage therapists at Rush Creek Spa will be waiting to indulge you after your day’s activities.

Look forward to the Restaurant and Tavern serving classic and holiday menu specials and the Tavern offering eggnog, specialty cocktails (& free-spirit mocktails), wines, beer, and spirits. Come evening, relax indoor or outdoor fireside with board games or stargaze from your private deck, heated saltwater swimming pool, or hot tub.

This year we’re offering a Christmas Bundle that includes Christmas Day Dinner and a holiday craft for each person in your party, plus some of our favorite sentimental gift items.
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You'll see the option to add the Christmas Bundle to your reservation after you've selected your room and stay dates.

We encourage you to visit the Recreation Desk in the Main Lodge for free planning advice and daily activities from our team of local experts.

You can also visit our EXPLORE adventure planning page for ideas ranging from light complimentary activities on property to more extensive professionally guided tours throughout the region.

Call (209)­ 379-2373, email or book online using the dropdown menus above.
Christmas is a popular holiday at the Rush Creek, so please book early to guarantee your spot! The fine print is pretty simple. The earlier you book, the more you save. For our Best Rate Guarantee remember to book directly with us on this site, call our local reservationists at  (209)­ 379-2373, or email us at

Adding the Christmas Bundle to your stay is easy.  Simply select stay dates that include December 25th, choose your room, and under Fun Upgrades and Extras select the Christmas Bundle.

Remember to make your dinner reservation for the Christmas Day Dinner right away. Make your reservation today by contacting
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Your lodging reservation is all you need for a spectacular Yosemite adventure, with no hidden Resort Fees.  From basics such as free parking and free Wi-Fi, to Pool Area access and game room fun, to more robust delights like the Daily Activities organized by our onsite Recreation Team throughout our indoor and outdoor play areas, including everyone’s favorite – nightly fireside s’mores roasting! Plus, miles of nature trails in the adjacent forest.

Trip Ideas

Our Christmas schedule is carefully designed to get you into the spirit of the holiday season between the beauty of Yosemite. When you arrive at our lodge, you'll be greeted by a welcoming and festive atmosphere, decorated for an unforgettable Christmas celebration.
DAY 1: Arrive at Rush Creek Lodge
Arrive ahead of schedule and enjoy a warm lunch in our Tavern. Following that, enjoy a hike or snowshoe on one of our three Nature Trails.

Make your way to the Main Lodge to and challenge your friends and family to a game of shuffleboard or foosball.

After your evening meal, delight in crafting a s'more fireside or catch a captivating Yosemite Wildlife Talk at the Recreation Center. Afterwards, make your way to the Tavern for a pre-Christmas festivities.
DAY 2: Christmas Eve
Kickstart your Christmas Eve morning with a breakfast at our Restaurant, setting the stage for a day in Yosemite's winter wonderland. Whether you explore on your own or prefer the guidance of our professionals, our Recreation Desk is here to assist you in crafting your perfect day.

After a day filled with hiking or snowshoeing adventures, return to the lodge to discover festive daily activities, thoughtfully curated by our Recreation team. Get into the spirit as you decorate gingerbread houses and stockings, savor the flavors of a beer tasting, spend quality time with the ones you love most.

The height of the evening? The much-anticipated visit from none other than Santa Claus himself! A moment of pure magic for children and adults alike.

As day turns to night, gather with in the Tavern, where laughter and holiday spirit fill the air, creating memories that will warm your heart for years to come.
Day 3: Christmas Day
Merry Christmas! Start by checking the surprises Santa has left in your stocking, and then make your way to the Restaurant for a delicious and filling breakfast.

Indulge in some well-deserved rest and relaxation at the lodge or embark on a festive adventure in the breathtaking Yosemite. If you opt for a day of leisure, head down to Rush Creek Spa and begin your journey with Signature Massage from our certified therapists. Continue your rejuvenation journey with our Yosemite inspired amenities in our Day Spa.

Holiday Meal Extravaganza
While you’re enjoying your day, our team of chefs will be in the kitchen preparing a holiday feast. Choose from a variety of savory options, and top off your meal with one of our delicious homemade desserts!

Get a taste of what's to come last year's Christmas Menu.

Finish your night with another ooey gooey campfire tradition– S’mores.
Day 4: Explore More
Indulge in a lazy morning and a delicious hot breakfast, then stop into Main Lodge for a seasonal arts & crafts project. Stick around for lunch, or get out and enjoy a day in Yosemite. Once again you can choose from one of our guided hikes or sightseeing tours. Whichever trip you choose, you will learn more about the history, plants, and animals of Yosemite while taking in the breathtaking vistas of the postcard-perfect scenery.

Return to the lodge in time for another memorable night of dining and activities.

Inquire at our Recreation Desk about Craft Beer Tasting!
Day 5: Until Next Time
Wake up revived and refreshed. Enjoy a hearty breakfast, then sneak in one last great hike or snowshoe trip before heading back to the real world.

Or join us for lunch, relaxation and football games in the Tavern. Then hit the road, smiling all the way home as you revel in the memory of a new-found holiday tradition in the mountains.

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