The Winter Holidays in Tuolumne County
Visit the Tuolumne County events page for happenings such as Christmas parades, holiday craft fairs, live theatre, the Las Posadas nativity processions and interactive Miner’s Christmas in Columbia (yosemitegoldcountry.com/events/)
Ride the Polar Express at Railtown 1897 State Historical Park in Jamestown, CA. Relive the magical journey of the Polar Express on an hour-long train ride to the North Pole. Enjoy hot-hot-hot chocolate and yummy cookies as you ride along with the man of the story's characters. Once you reach the North Pole, the jolly old elf - Santa himself - will come on board to give each passenger a silver sleigh bell, the "first gift of Christmas."
Madera, CA's Candlelight Christmas
Madera's annual Christmas parade began as a procession of tractors down Yosemite Avenue but has grown to include almost any type of vehicle, as long as it is emblazoned with at least 100 lights. (Children's electrical and pedal vehicles shall have a minimum of 30 lights. Watch for this event the first week of December.
Celebrate Madera’s rich agricultural heritage at the one of a kind Tractor Parade of Lights! Come December, harvesters, fire trucks and farm equipment dazzle the crowd covered in holiday lights as they roll down main street. (maderachamber.com)
Seasonal Wine Tasting in Madera - Wine aficionados are invited to stroll through the heart of downtown Madera with a commemorative glass for a special seasonal wine tasting.
Christmas Performance at Golden Chain Theatre in Oakhurst, CA
Love live theatre? Attend a Christmas edition performance at the Golden Chain Theatre. Actors will take you to a broadcasting studio located in New Jersey in the 1940’s. Watch as the Feddington Players attempt to do a Radio Christmas Carol while battling noisy plumbing, missed cues and electrical issues. (www.goldenchaintheatre.org)
Christmas at Fresno Flats in Oakhurst, CA
Celebrate Christmas by traveling back to the 18th Century at Fresno Flats Historical Village and Park. Meet Father Christmas and explore life as it would have looked during an 18th Century Christmas. (www.fresnoflatsmuseum.org)
The Holidays at Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite's South Entrance
Join Tenaya Lodge for the Gingerbread Workshops with a decorating contest, live music, and hot holiday beverages. Or, make holiday decorations at the Ornament and Stocking Decorating Workshops. Purchase the ornaments and stockings, and the Lodge will supply all the decorating supplies to make them truly yours.
Kids take precedent at Tenaya Lodge. They can have dinner with Santa (and get plenty of time to tell Jolly Old Saint Nick their gift requests.) Kids also have their own New Year's Party, a perfect entertainment solution while parents are at Tenaya's adult party. (www.tenayalodge.com/Holiday-Events.aspx)