New Year's Celebration

Ring in the New Year With Us
This time of year you can often feel like you have the entire Park to yourself, and the sparkle of glistening snow on Yosemite's scenic wonders is nothing short of magical. You really do have to see it for yourself in order to appreciate it fully.

NEW THIS YEAR: see below for details on our new New Year's Bundle.
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  • 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
  • New Year's Bundle
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At Rush Creek Lodge, we've created a New Year's Eve experience that will lead the way into the year with unforgettable memories.  Our festivities include a 3-course dinner that is sure to satisfy every pallet, followed by an exciting evening of dancing with a local DJ.

For those who prefer a more relaxed approach to welcoming the year ahead, the lodge offers cozy spots to unwind by the fireplace, sip on a glass of champagne, and reflect on the year gone by.

As the night reaches its peak, head into the Tavern as we gather for a grand countdown, and anticipated champagne toast.

It's a magical way to bid farewell to the old and embrace the new, surrounded by the beauty of nature and the warmth of community...

This year we’re offering a New Year's Bundle that includes 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 New Year's Bundle to your reservation after you've selected your room and stay dates.

With our location at Yosemite's doorstep, right off the Highway 120 West entrance to the Park, Rush Creek is the ideal basecamp for exploring Yosemite's iconic attractions.

Upon arrival, you can visit our Recreation Desk in the Guest Lounge for insider tips and free planning advice for your ideal romp through the Park, or leave the driving and the details to us on one of our professionally guided excursions.

NOTE: When you arrive, we’ll provide a detailed itinerary that includes all of the week’s activities, times and pricing.
New Year's Eve 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 New Year's Bundle to your stay is easy.  Simply select stay dates that include December 31st, choose your cabin, and under Fun Upgrades and Extras select the New Year's Bundle.
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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 nature trails, 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.

New Year's Suggested Itinerary

The fun begins with our December Recreation Calendar featuring daily activities for all ages, recommended Hikes & Tours, Massage Treatments, and there are plenty more surprises in store over New Year's weekend.
DAY 1: Arrive at Rush Creek Lodge
Arrive at Rush Creek Lodge and kick off your New Year's celebration with a warm welcome. Settle into your room and take in the grandness of the lodge.

Head over to the Main Lodge that's stocked with fun and games like Pool, Shuffleboard, Foosball, and an entire indoor playground for children and adults alike...

Enjoy a special dinner at our restaurant, complete with  dishes and festive atmosphere.
DAY 2: New Year's Eve
Start your day on a delightful note with a wholesome breakfast served at our Restaurant, setting the stage for a day of adventure in Yosemite.

Afterward, make your way to our experts at the Recreation Desk to craft your ideal outing in the park. With a wide range of guided excursions at your disposal, like our Giant Sequoia Hike and Snowshoe, you can easily explore the Park's most remarkable features.

If you're inclined to explore on your own, our knowledgeable team is eager to offer you tailored planning advice, ensuring you make the most out of your adventure.

While you're away, our team is preparing for an exciting and unforgettable evening of events.

To ring in the New Year, our Chef has curated a splendid 3-course dinner that promises to satisfy a wide range of tastes. Explore our thoughtfully curated New Year's Dinner Menu to get excited for what's to come!

As the evening unfolds, make your way Tavern for a lively night featuring music, dancing and a champagne toast! Get into the festive spirit by previewing our New Year's Eve Activities Calendar for 2022/2023 and start gearing up for the celebration.

Our midnight champagne toast will be followed by late-night Tavern.
DAY 3: New Year's Day
Don't be afraid to sleep in and grab breakfast at your leisure. Even better, take your New Year to a whole new level with some relaxation at Rush Creek Spa.

Following much needed R&R, get some fresh air with an invigorating walk on our nature hiking trail.

For even more outdoor fun, you’ll find plenty of games throughout our 20-acre forest property like Giant Checkers and Connect Four, Bocce, Corn Hole, and Zip Lines abound.

After some outdoor recreation, chill out by a warm fire in our cozy Recreation Lounge filled with comfy chairs and couches, games and books, plus our friendly Recreation Desk staff who just love to talk about all things Yosemite.

Finish your night with dinner at the Restaurant paired with a holiday inspired libation from our Tavern.

If you're still feeling adventurous, indulge in our hot tub for some nighttime stargazing!
DAY 4: Hetch Hetchy or Yosemite Valley
After a refreshing night's sleep, get excited to begin the journey to a lesser-traveled part of Yosemite, the Hetch Hetchy region.

Our General Store is brewing up your favorite coffee order along with seasonal specials to get you energized for your day of hiking and exploring. We’ve got all your favorite grab-and-go breakfast fixings to make even the pickiest of eaters satisfied.

Located just a few miles down Evergreen Road, Hetch Hetchy is one of Yosemite’s hidden gems, offering a variety of options from easy day hikes to strenuous backpacking excursions. The easy 2.5 miles (each way) trail to Wapama Falls is a favorite for adults and children alike. This trail, which runs through a rock tunnel and then along the north side of the reservoir, allows visitors to experience the true power and majesty of the Hetch Hetchy waterfalls.

We know firsthand how Yosemite activities create robust appetites, and the culinary team at Evergreen Lodge is eager to satisfy your hunger and tempt your taste buds with fresh and hearty California mountain lodge cuisine. Tonight is your night to fill up on favorite seasonal items and maybe try something unexpected.

Individually packaged s’mores await you to end your day in Yosemite the sweetest way possible.
DAY 5: Happy New Year! Until Next Time
Thanks for spending the holiday with us and we hope to see you again next year. Make sure to stop by our General Store on your way out for a quick bite and some souvenirs. Alternatively, you can join us for lunch, unwind, and savor football games in our inviting tavern.

If you’re leaving Rush Creek Lodge using Highway 120 West, you’ll pass through the charming Old West town of Groveland. You may want to stop by a locally loved coffee shop, Mountain Sage Coffee & Nursery, where you can sip on lovingly prepared homemade beverages and home-baked goods in their enchanting gardens. You’ll also love the art gallery featuring incredible images and stories created by local photographer, naturalist, and all-around great guy, Robb Hirsch, who also leads our photography workshops in Yosemite.

Until next time, Happy New Year and happy trails!

Your friends at the Evergreen