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The Bracebridge Dinner in Yosemite

November 28, 2011 |  3:42 pm

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Since 1927, the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite has hosted the Bracebridge Dinner, a recurring event in the month of December that transforms the hotel into a 17th-century English manor for an "eat, drink and be merry" experience. The hotel's dining room is decked out in yuletide decor, inspired by Washington Irving's legendary Squire Bracebridge and the English Christmas traditions described in "The Sketch Book."

The four-hour event features a seven-course feast and performances by more than 100 professional singers and court characters telling the story of a Christmas feast. Yosemite itself is already a wintry wonderland this time of year; add food, song and cheer to get your ultimate Christmas spirit fix.

The event will take place Dec. 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24 and 25. Dinner-only tickets are $425 per person. One- and two-night lodging packages for two at the Ahwahnee, Yosemite Lodge at the Falls and the Wawona Hotel are also available (prices vary). To make reservations, visit www.yosemitepark.com/bracebridge.

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Photos: (Top) The Ahwahnee. Credit: Anacleto Rapping / Los Angeles Times; (bottom) the Ahwahnee dining room. Credit: Kenny Karst / DNC Parks & Resorts

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