The Bracebridge lottery of yore ended many years ago! by Barbara L. Steinberg
I was always fond of visiting new scenes, and observing strange characters and manners.
Even when as a mere child I began my travels, and made many tours of
discovery into foreign parts and unknown regions of my native city, to
the frequent alarm of my parents, and the emolument of the town crier. -Washington Irving
The highly-coveted Bracebridge Dinner tickets were once available by lottery only, but no more! In fact, tickets and packages for the eight performances are easily purchased online!
As a witness to this historic holiday extravaganza, in your dreams you will see, feel, and hear the merrymaking; awestruck as Bracebridge whirls around you. This dazzling spectacle is set in one of the most blessed places on earth, Yosemite National Park. It is the experience of a lifetime!
This legendary celebration, adapted from Washington Irving's "Sketch Book," marks its 86th year this December. Trumpets announce the arrival of Squire Bracebridge and presentations of food are made on cue by the sounding of chimes during the performance. The main dining room of The Ahwahnee Hotel is transformed into an Elizabethan Yuletide pageant. Elaborate props, costumed characters, and period entertainment bring this 17th-century fête to life along with a seven-course dinner.
Consider taking Amtrak to Merced and then YARTS (Yosemite Regional Transportation System) to Yosemite Lodge. Once in the Valley, you can ride shuttles; plus there's a special Bracebridge shuttle to and from The Ahwahnee Hotel, the backdrop for Bracebridge. Many people are reluctant to travel in the snow and with efforts to cut gas consumption using alternative transit is a real bonus. Of course, if you're staying at the Wawona Hotel you will need your vehicle.