Olivas Adobe Holiday Tour
When, where: Sunday, Olivas Adobe Historical Park
Highlights: Experience an 1860s-style rancho holiday celebration with costumed docent-led tours and historical reenactments.
Cost: Free; reservations recommended
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK
When, where: Dec. 13 to 25, the Ahwahnee Hotel
Highlights: This 84th annual event re-creates an old English Christmas feast. Expect to be entertained by about 60 singers, court characters and performers — and to be sated with a gourmet seven-course dinner.
Cost: Dinner tickets are $391 for adults; $244.15 for children ages 6 to 12.
Info: (801) 559-4903, https://www.yosemitepark.com/bracebridge
The Grand New Year’s Eve Party
When, where: Dec. 31, the Grand Del Mar
Highlights: Ring in 2011 at this Mediterranean-style resort with the help of a deejay, a six-piece band, dancing and a dramatic countdown.
Cost: $35; lodging and dining packages available
Info: (888) 314-2030, https://www.thegranddelmar.com
Wine Train New Year’s Eve
When, where: Dec. 31, departing from the Napa Valley Wine Train station
Highlights: Partake in a Venetian-style masquerade ball on rails; offerings include a wine-and-seafood reception, a twilight dinner and an after-party in the train station with dancing and a midnight toast.
Cost: From $55 (for just the after-party) to $255 for the entire evening, including dinner, in the upscale Vista Dome car
Info: (800) 427-4124, https://www.winetrain.com/holiday/new-years-eve
Palm Springs International Film Festival
When, where: Jan. 6 to 17, various venues
Highlights: More than 200 films from 70 countries will be presented at this event. Amid screenings and social events, Robert Duvall, Colin Firth and Natalie Portman will be honored during the black tie awards gala.
Cost: Prices vary by event; the opening night gala is $60; the black tie awards gala starts at $350
Info: (800) 898-7256, https://www.psfilmfest.org
— Avital Binshtock