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Monday, December 23rd – Saturday, December 28th, 2019

From tree lighting to wine tasting, s’mores to Santa, Yosemite adventures to Yoga sessions, you are in for a holiday unlike any other with the Rush Creek family. To get a better idea of the types of activities to expect, take a look at our 2018 Christmas Activity Calendar.

You’ll get the most value, fun, and convenience from your visit by purchasing a customizable two or three-night package that includes Christmas dinner, other meals, recreation, activities and more. When you arrive we’ll provide you with a detailed itinerary that includes all of your weekend’s activities.

Our talented executive chef, Chef Lemens, designs our menu to showcase the finest in seasonal, local and organic ingredients, so the final 2018 menu will be available just prior to the holiday.  To get a general idea of the type of deliciousness you can expect, please look at our tentative 2018 Christmas Menu.

NOTE: Christmas is a popular holiday in our area, so please book early to guarantee your spot. Reservations are required for Christmas Dinner as well. Email or call 209-379-2373 ext. 1562 to make dinner reservations.

Our two and three-night packages are a great value and make it easy for you to make the most of the week’s activities.

PACKAGES INCLUDE:

  • Lodging
  • Christmas Day Feast (or a three-course dinner on another night if your stay does not include Christmas Day)
    • Note that the three-night package includes another three-course dinner on another night of your stay in addition to the above dinner
  • Hearty homemade mountain breakfast in our full-service restaurant each morning of your stay
  • Freshly made trail lunches for your day’s activities on one afternoon
  • A fun, family-friendly arts & crafts project
  • An exciting holiday welcome gift
  • Evening activities including campfires, s’mores, movies, bingo, and other games
  • And an optional add-on of your choice of one guided recreation activity: hike, snowshoe walk or sightseeing tour (including appropriate equipment rental and trail lunch), subject to availability
2-Night Package 3-Night Package
Couples Package
with Guided Recreation Trip
2 adults,
Lodge Double King and a guided recreation trip for 2
$734 per night $646 per night
Couples Package 2 adults,
Lodge Double King
$580 per night $544 per night
Family Package
with a Guided Recreation Trip
 2 adults, plus 1-2 children or a third adult,
Villa King Double Twin and a guided recreation trip for 4
$906 per night $910 per night
Family Package  2 adults, plus 1-2 children or a third adult,
Villa King Double Twin
$806 per night $756 per night

Prices are per night and do not include tax.  Advance reservations are required and subject to availability.  Meals do not include alcoholic beverages.  Call 209-379-2373 or email  to reserve or you can book online here:

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2018 Christmas week Details

MAKING THE MOST OF THE HOLIDAY

Each 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. Check out the guided recreation trips we’ll have available this holiday season here.

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 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.

Check out all the fun activities our Recreation team has planned this year in our 2018 Christmas Recreation Calendar here!

Friday, DECEMBER 21ST

On Thursday evening, we’ll kick off the holiday festivities. Head to our Recreation Center by joining us for our “Build Your Own Snow Globe Craft”. Then as the night starts to wind down sneak in a quick visit to our beautiful hot tubs. Afterward, relaxed and refreshed, enjoy a delicious dinner and join us for fireside s’mores under the stars and test your knowledge with Yosemite Trivia. Or drop by the Tavern for a few shared plates and specialty winter warmer cocktails.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22ND

Enjoy an active day in Yosemite on one of our guided naturalist adventures, or explore our spectacular backyard, Yosemite National Park on your own with pointers from our informative Recreation team.

After a day of Yosemite, adventures come back and start a friendly fireside board game competition in our cozy Guest Lounge. Or join our Recreation Team in creating a 3-D art piece with the fun “Snow Paint Craft”. Then join us fireside for our nightly campfire classic — S’mores!

Sunday, DECEMBER 23RD

Now as the festivities are rolling, help us deck the halls with our fun “Giant Snowflake Craft.” Or join us in creating your own “Animal Track” imprint using clay and life-size animal track molds for a fun take home. Later in the evening be fireside again, so make sure you join us for another night of s’mores at our outdoor fire pit.

CHRISTMAS EVE

Our celebration continues in true Christmas spirit throughout Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. In the morning, 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 about the history, folklore, and fauna of Yosemite, and enjoy the breathtaking vistas of our postcard-perfect scenery. The options are endless.

Return for an afternoon of hot cocoa, cider and decorating your stockings, and then head off to put finishing touches on treats for Santa Claus.

And we’re making sure we are ready for Santa. Join us for another fun and festive takeaway as we start decorating ornaments to take home to adorn your own Christmas tree. Be sure to write to Santa with our Recreation Team in their “Letters to Santa” activity to make sure Santa knows if you’ve been naughty or nice this year.

Christmas Feast
Chef Lemens will prepare a sumptuous array of mouth-watering dinners, sure to delight the palette.

Click here to see the tentative 2018 Christmas Menu. And of course be sure to check out our 2018 Kids Christmas Menu to get the entire family excited for the holiday.

Time: 5 PM – 10 PM
Price: $55 Adults; $25 Kids (age 2-12)

Note: Remember to make reservations for our Christmas Feast. You can email or call the PJ at (209)379-2373 ext. 1562 to make reservations for Christmas Dinner.

Looking for something a little more casual? Don’t worry our culinary team will be serving our Tavern Menu from 12 pm to 10 pm as well. 

CHRISTMAS DAY

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 Room
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 picture taken next to the Christmas tree with Santa!

After opening gifts, bring your appetite, as Chef Lemens will be serving a special Christmas breakfast. Afterward, 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 just relax and enjoy the afternoon at the lodge, where we’ll have endless family activities to round out the day.

Christmas Feast
Chef Lemens will prepare a sumptuous array of mouth-watering dinners, sure to delight the palette.

Click here to see the tentative 2018 Christmas Menu. And of course be sure to check out our 2018 Kid’s Christmas Menu to get the entire family excited for the holiday.

Time: 5 PM – 10 PM
Price: $55 Adults; $25 Kids (age 2-12)

Note: Remember to make reservations for our Christmas Feast. You can email or call the PJ at (209)379-2373 ext. 1562 to make reservations for Christmas Dinner.

And just like on Christmas Eve, our culinary team will be service Tavern Menu from 12 pm to 10 pm if you’re looking for a more casual dining option. 

Evening Activities
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. Then join us in our cozy Guest Lounge for a Fireside Jamboree, and sing-a-long to your favorite Christmas Carols with our favorite local musical trio, Sequoia.

Join us for more holiday cheer in the tavern. Our modern mountain retreat inspired tavern has a down-home feel, the friendliest staff around and the tastiest of libations.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 26TH

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. Pick out the perfect guided recreation trip for you and your loved ones this holiday season here.

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 a snow paint craft! After dinner, join the kids for s’mores by our outdoor Fire Pit.

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