There's no place like home for the holidays! Explore Tuolumne County this season and become a hometown traveler. How familiar are you with your old stomping grounds? We've come up with a few places/events that will refresh your hometown experience and leave you feeling like a true local. Take a look at our recommendations below, and take your Tuolumne County pride further by inviting your friends and family home for the holidays too.
The Christmas Parade in Historic Downtown Sonora is an annual classic in Tuolumne County. Walk along Washington Street and shop local with hot cocoa in hand and the holiday spirit in your heart as the Christmas Parade brings lively cheer to the Historic street. Join the local community for the Twain Harte Tree Lighting Ceremony, where folks gather from all over the county to the little mountain town for a night in the High Sierra. The air is a little thinner up there, but the cocoa and locals are nice and warm. Covers Apple Ranch will have you stuffed like a turkey with sweet treats like their “Mile High Apple Pie” and delicious cider made on site! Make your trip complete by saying hi to the friendly farm animals at their petting zoo.
KEEP IT LOCAL FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Sonora is the little Hallmark town dream for those who have never been. Take a fresh look at all this town has to offer on a 2nd Saturday Art Night. Street bands, sweet boutiques and local tastings await. Take some time and take a hike at Table Mountain in Jamestown. This haven on the outskirts of town will have you feeling a thousand miles from your hometown. Plus, the scenic views are truly insta-worthy. Baby it’s cold outside, so warm your belly at Indigeny Reserve. Enjoy a scenic afternoon with organic cider/spirit tastings and wonderland walks around the beautiful grounds that are hidden in the hills of Sonora.
NEW ADVENTURES FOR EVERYONE
The Polar Express at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park is a seasonal family favorite. Sip hot cocoa, meet Mr. and Mrs. Claus, and enjoy the classic Christmas movie reenactment on the Sierra Number 3 “Movie Star Train.” Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias is a quieter destination near the Big Oak Flat Entrance of Yosemite. This hike is the perfect opportunity to go walking in a winter wonderland because, with weather permitting, it may require snow shoes. Just off of Highway 108 is Long Barn Lodge. Surrounded by quaint cabins, this ice rink was once an actual barn built to house miners mules in the gold rush winters. Reflect on the history, brush up on your ice skating skills and rock out to some vintage holiday tunes.
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