The Royal Bracebridge Dinner: A Once-in-a-Lifetime meal for the holidays

Winter in Yosemite, amid snowdriffs and that white and blue capped view of Glacier Point is an iconic experience. Quieter compared to summer months, it is the low-key Yosemite that I love without crowds or the heat. If you yearn to make a memory with your family this year, try experiencing The Bracebridge Dinner, which celebrates its eighty-fourth season.

The several hour dinner extravaganza, held between December 13 through 25, transforms the dining room of the Ahwahnee hotel into a seventeenth century English manor for a feast of food, song and mirth for eight performances.
Be forewarned that small children will probably get fidgety during the performance,so if your older kids enjoy such theatrics, this is the event for you. Dinner tickets run for $425 for adults and $265.50 for kids 12 and under, including tax and gratuity. Call the reservations desk to make a dinner-only reservation at (801) 559-4903.

During each Bracebridge performance, up to 300 guests enjoy a lavish, seven-course feast by The Ahwahnee's Executive Chef Percy Whatley, with service meticulously choreographed as part of the pageantry. The Ahwahnee Dining Room, with its 50-foot ceiling topped by massive log beams, serves as the Great Hall at Squire Bracebridge's manor. The entire room is a stage, crowned by an elaborate Squire's table and decked with holiday decorations, many of which are restored originals from the first productions in the late 1920s.
The 2010 performances of The Bracebridge Dinner take place December 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24 and 25, at 6 p.m. The following one- and two-night lodging packages for two are available:

The Ahwahnee -- $1718, two-night package; $1274, one-night package
Yosemite Lodge at the Falls -- $1030, two-night package; $929, one-night package
Wawona Hotel-- $1150, two-night package; $1000, one-night package

The Bracebridge Dinner
lodging packages include:
* Dinner for two at The Bracebridge Dinner (Dinner is on the second night of a two-night Bracebridge Package.)
* Professional group portrait sitting to commemorate the event.
* Shuttle services to The Ahwahnee for The Bracebridge Dinner guests staying at Yosemite Lodge at the Falls and Wawona Hotel. Complimentary after hours shuttle service is also available.


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