Enjoy the Holidays in Mammoth Lakes

Dec 23, 2021

The holidays in Mammoth Lakes are magical. The beauty of the mountains and forest, the crunch of snow underfoot and the spirit of a small community all combine for a memorable experience.

When you come to a ski town for Christmas, skiing is most likely on your list. But there are so many other activities to enjoy over the holiday season. From festive Christmas events and dinners to off-mountain activities, here’s a look at all the fun that’s in store this holiday season in Mammoth Lakes.

Christmas tree in the Village at Mammoth

Things to Do This Holiday Season in Mammoth Lakes

Ice Skating at the Mammoth Ice Rink

Head to the Mammoth Ice Rink for public skate throughout the holiday week. Rentals and concessions are available at the ice rink.

Guided Full Moon Snowshoe Tours

During the week leading up to Christmas, full moon snowshoe tours are offered at Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center

Sledding at Woolly’s Tube Park

Woolly’s Tube Park opens on December 17 and will be open for sledding throughout the holiday week. Advanced reservations are recommended.

Guided Snowmobile Adventures

Get into the backcountry on a guided snowmobile adventure. Tours are available daily. Advanced reservations are required.

Family-Friendly Indoor Activities

Take a break from the cold at one of these family-friendly indoor activities:

Advanced reservations are recommended during holiday weeks.

Apres Ski & Holiday Spirits

Restaurants and bars throughout town take their apres-ski game to the next level over the holiday week. Grab a festive drink or take home a bottle of locally-made spirits from the Easter Sierra Spirits Project (available at Shelter Distilling) to enjoy by the fire

Holiday Events in Mammoth Lakes

Night of Lights

A one-of-a-kind evening at Canyon Lodge to kick off the holidays. Night of Lights is a free, fun-filled night for all ages with live music, a torchlight parade, kids activities, snowmobiles rides and a firework spectacular that lights up the Sierra sky

New Years Eve Family Fun

Ring in the New Year with family festivities at the Village at Mammoth! Looking for a special experience? Check out the Private Viewing Area & Party from the Village Gondola deck with prime viewing of the live music and fireworks show.

Christmas Dinners in Mammoth Lakes

Whether you spend a quiet day gathered around a crackling fireplace, hit the slopes or explore other on-the-snow activities, you’ll definitely want to eat! Since Mammoth Lakes is a resort community welcoming many visitors, a variety of restaurants remain open for Christmas. Discover everything from casual on-mountain fare to fine dining prix fixe menus.

Brasserie at Mammoth Rock N’ Bowl

The Brasserie at Mammoth Rock N’ Bowl offers an upscale prix fixe menu for Christmas dinner. Reserve a table by calling the Brasserie at 760-934-4200. View the full menu on Brasserie’s website.

Lakefront Restaurant

On Christmas Eve, enjoy a special four-course prix fixe menu with live music at The Lakefront Restaurant. Seating times are available at 3 pm, 5:30 pm and 8 pm View the menu on the Lakefront Restaurant’s website and call 760-934-2442 for reservations.

Smokeyard BBQ & Chop Shop

Smokeyard BBQ & Chop Shop is hosting Christmas Eve and Christmas Day prix-fixe menu. Reservations are available starting at 4 pm. Time slots are available every 15 minutes. Book online to reserve a table.

Whitebark Restaurant

Enjoy a flavorful four-course, prix fixe feast at Whitebark Restaurant on Christmas Day dinner from 5-9 pm. View the menu on Whitebark’s website and call 760-934-0460 for reservations. Regular dinner service is also available. 

53 Kitchen & Cocktails

On Christmas Day, 53 Kitchen & Cocktails will offer a special three-course prix fixe Christmas dinner menu starting at 4 pm. View the menu on the 53 Kitchen & Cocktail website and call 760-934-0707 for reservations. Limited regular dinner service is also available. 

Austria Hof

Austria Hof is serving their regular menu with some additional Christmas specials. Call ahead for reservations at 760-934-2764.

Jimmy’s Taverna

Head to Jimmy’s Taverna for a dinner with amazing wine in a Greek atmosphere. Call ahead for reservations at 760-934-2515.

The Mogul

The Mogul Restaurant offers delicious American cuisine in a family-friendly and cozy atmosphere. Call 760-934-3039 to make a reservation.

Petra’s Bistro & Wine Bar

Petra’s Bistro & Wine Bar will be offering their regular menu, which will pair perfectly with your favorite wine from their diverse wine list. Call Petra’s at 760-934-3500 for more information.

Rafters Restaurant, Bar & Lounge

If you’re looking for American cuisine, head to Rafters Restaurant, Bar & Lounge. Call ahead for reservations at 760-934-2515.

Side Door Wine Bar & Cafe

Cozy up with savory European fare and choose from over 300 fine wines this Christmas at Side Door Wine Bar & Cafe. Call 760-934-5200 for more information.


Toomey’s in the Village will be offering their regular menu. Call 760-924-4408 to reserve a table.

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