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Bracebridge Dinner

Costumed singers peform to a crowd

Ahwahnee's Bracebridge Dinner has become part of Yosemite's history.

Lani Spicer

'Tis the season for the Bracebridge Dinner, the colorful Christmas pageant staged annually since 1927 in The Ahwahnee's majestic Dining Room in Yosemite National Park. The Yuletide production is based on the 1822 story of Bracebridge Hall by Washington Irving--the American author famous for The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. With holiday flair and candles aglow during the Bracebridge Dinners, the park's hotel transforms into an old English manor filled with festive song and food. How did this colorful holiday tradition start? Don Tresidder of the Yosemite Park and Curry Co. hired a pageant director to craft a holiday event fitting for the hotel's first winter season; creator Garnet Holme cast Tresidder and his wife, Mary Curry Tresidder, as the Squire and Lady Bracebridge. After Holme's death in 1929, Yosemite Valley resident Ansel Adams took over production-scripting a performance that is still largely used today. Read more Bracebridge history (or how The Ahwahnee was used as a naval hospital during WWII.)

Learn more about the Bracebridge Dinner.

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