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There's No Place Like Tuolumne County For The Holidays

By Mackenzie Rodgers | 11/13/2019 | Eat & Drink, Events, Exploring Tuolumne County, Family, Hiking, Outdoor Adventure, Shopping, Special Event Venues & Services, Stanislaus National Forest, Wine and Cider Tasting, Winter Fun, Yosemite National Park

Explore Yosemite, Gold Country, and the High Sierra, this season, and experience the Yuletide charm of Tuolumne County. We've come up with a few places, events, and activities that will elevate your small-town experience and leave you feeling like a true Tuolumne County local.

Sonora is the little “Hallmark” town dream for those who have never been, and the Annual Christmas Parade is a 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 Parade brings lively cheer to the historic street.


Join the local community of Twain Harte for their annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Winter Wonderland Parade. Folks gather from all over the County to this little mountain town for a night in the High Sierra. The air might have a chill, but the hot cocoa and kind atmosphere will keep you warm.



The Polar Express™ at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park is a seasonal family favorite. Climb aboard the decorated train, meet Mr. and Mrs. Claus in the Roundhouse, and enjoy this iconic Christmas movie reenactment on the Sierra Railway.

The Polar Express™  Santa Visit in Roundhouse

Photos by Menka Belgal

Covers Apple Ranch will have you stuffed like a turkey with sweet treats like their legendary “Mile High Apple Pie” and delicious apple cider made on site. Then, take a post-meal train ride around the gorgeous grounds. This destination is fun for the whole family. Be sure to visit their farm animal petting zoo, too!

Photo via Instagram @asmello4

Have you ever tried freshly made candy canes? Well, now’s your chance! Nelson’s Candy Kitchen, in Columbia State Historic Park, makes this must-eat traditional treat daily, and by hand.


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.

Photo by The Taste SF

Take your adventure “over the river and through the woods” to Yosemite National Park’s awe-inspiring Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias. This simple hike is a great way to burn off those holiday carbs, and witness the oldest, largest, and fastest growing trees in the world.

Photo by The Taste SF

In search of some cabin vibes? Add Long Barn Lodge Ice Rink to your travel itinerary. Surrounded by little red cabins, this destination is full of High Sierra history and Christmas spirit.


Have the snowday of your childhood dreams at Leland High Sierra Snowplay. Enjoy the thrill of tubing down slopes, hot cocoa sips, and fireside coziness.


Take a break and take a trip. Start planning your 2019 vacation with the help of travel inspiration and information delivered directly to your mailbox. Request your FREE Tuolumne County Vacation Planner here today.


Visit www.VisitTuolumne.com to find lodging, including quaint B&Bs, cabins and more, for your trip to Tuolumne County.

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