Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks Logo SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif., Nov. 18, 2013—This winter, visitors to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks can enjoy events ranging from traditional to adventurous and spend the holidays in rustic comfort and joy.
Start the season by gathering around the Nation’s Christmas Tree – the world-famous General Grant Tree – in Kings Canyon National Park. On Dec. 8, at 2:30 p.m., park explorers can take part in the 88th annual Trek to the Nation’s Christmas Tree event, which features entertainment from the Jubilation Singers, Tubachristmas Ensemble, and Sanger High School Choir; along with a non-denominational holiday message. Admission to the park will be free from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. at the Kings Canyon National Park entrance to accommodate visitors. During the ceremony, a National Park Service representative will speak about the General Grant Tree’s role as a national shrine in memory of the men and women of the Armed Forces who have served, fought, and died to keep America free. A memorial wreath will be placed at the base of the General Grant Tree. Attendees can park at the Grant Tree Trail entrance or take a free shuttle from the Kings Canyon Visitor Center before taking the quarter-mile hike to this magnificent tree. Free shuttle users should allow for an extra 30 minutes of commute time. The Sanger, Calif. Chamber of Commerce is also offering chartered bus service from its offices. Event attendees can reserve space on a Trek Service Bus for $30 per person, a Lunch Bus for $50 or a Dinner Bus for $50 by calling the Chamber of Commerce at 559-875-4575. For more information, visit the Sanger Chamber of Commerce website or the National Park Service website.
When Jack Frost starts nipping, park visitors can take refuge in a cozy room at John Muir Lodge in Kings Canyon’s Grant Grove Village. Nestled in the midst of huge trees and sparkling snowdrifts, John Muir Lodge offers a unique setting for a cozy holiday with family and friends. Guests can enjoy the chilly weather exploring their surroundings, or congregate around the fire in the main lodge for games and holiday treats.
The Sequoia Natural History Association, National Park Service and National Audubon Society have teamed up to host the annual Sequoia Christmas Bird Count on Dec. 14. Enthusiasts of the park’s feathered friends are invited to head to the Foothills Visitor Center and embark on a wintry adventure to identify the many beautiful species who call Sequoia National Park home. This is a free event and is open to explorers of all ages. To register and receive a complete itinerary, call 559-565-4222.
Sequoia National Park’s premier lodging destination, Wuksachi Lodge, is also decking its halls in preparation for a holiday season full of hustle and bustle. Snow is a key component of any Sequoia winter, and Wuksachi Lodge will have plenty of wintry toys available so guests can take full advantage of the park’s regular flurries. For those seeking thrills and chills, snowshoes and cross-country skis are available to traverse the lush forests around the lodge, with two for one rentals lined up for the busy season. Kids (or kids at heart) can have fun creating snow forts, building the ultimate snowman or dashing through the snow on snow discs and sleds, available at the onsite gift shop. After a day of play, visitors can warm up and refuel with a seasonal meal like braised Brandt beef, roasted root vegetables or savory rotisserie chicken by Executive Chef Jeff Graham or a signature holiday cocktail by Bartender Travis White at The Peaks restaurant.  
The main lodge at Wuksachi will be full of holiday cheer, and guests can take part with a wood ornament decorating workshop on Dec. 18. On Christmas Eve, the lodge will host a cookie decorating workshop just in time for a visit from Santa, who will lead a round of carols and coax excited little ones to sleep with favorite holiday tales. But the holidays don’t end on Dec. 25. On Dec. 28, a snowshoe hike led by the Sequoia Natural History Association will set out from Round Meadow at 10 a.m. Attendees can RSVP by calling 559-565-4222. Wuksachi will also hold a New Year’s Eve bash, complete with a uniquely delicious dining experience, dancing, party favors and a midnight champagne toast.
To learn more about Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, please visit VisitSequoiaKingsCanyon.com.  To learn more about upcoming Holiday Events, please visit VisitSequoiaKingsCanyon.com/Events.
About Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts serves as concessioner to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, operating overnight accommodations, food and beverage, retail and other services at destinations including Wuksachi Lodge, Grant Grove Village, John Muir Lodge and Cedar Grove. To learn more about Delaware North Companies’ properties in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, visit www.VisitSequoiaKingsCanyon.com.


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