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8 Campgrounds With Festive Holiday Events
Kettle Moraine SF Southern Unit
Wisconsin 1 of 9
Stunning natural features are enhanced when snow falls on the forest at this campground. You can see it for yourself on the Winter Solstice Hike on December 21. This trek follows along the John Muir Trail, and rangers suggest that you bring snowshoes if there's more than 6 feet of snow on the ground. Don't forget to pack stuff for s'mores, hot dogs and hot chocolate to warm up and refuel around a large post-hike bonfire.
Redman Creek Recreation Area
Missouri 2 of 9
The Festival of Lights Auto Tour is a fun holiday event for adults and children alike. A parade of decorated trucks will impress little ones, and the campsite-decorating contest gets the adults involved, too. The tour runs from November 23 to December 31, which makes it easier to carve one weekend out of your busy schedule for a winter camping trip.
Yosemite National Park
California 3 of 9
Unpack your winter camping gear at Upper Pines Campground and head inside for the Bracebridge Dinner, which has been celebrated since 1927. The event includes a four-hour pageant and an elaborate buffet.
The show features some of the most classic holiday carols, with more than 100 actors, and takes place in the festive Ahwahnee Dining Room. The highlight of the night is a seven-course banquet with vegetarian, gluten-free and nut-free options. YosemitePark.com has more information on dates and reservations.
Natchez State Park
Mississippi 4 of 9
With a month of holiday events, Natchez State Park is ideal for your December camping trip. Take your family to see the annual holiday concert, sign up for a tour of unique Christmas decorations at nearby Linden Bed and Breakfast, or head just outside of the park for eggnog at Lansdowne. Reserve a cabin so your family can crawl into a warm bed after the festivities.
Three Rivers State Park
Florida 5 of 9
Escape the cold and camp at Three Rivers State Park for a Christmas light show to remember. Choose a weekend leading up to Christmas to drive around the park from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and check out all the lights. When you're not looking at the lights, explore 5 miles of nature trails, 7 miles of biking paths and pier fishing.
Texas 6 of 9
Pitch your tent in this Texas campground to enjoy the holidays, Big Bend style. At the Chisos Mountain Lodge get your fill of all-you-can-eat buffets. On Christmas day get dressed in your best and fill your plate with honey glazed ham, roasted turkey, mashed potatoes and more. Don't head back to your campsite without tasting the fresh pumpkin and pecan pies.
Grand Canyon/Williams KOA
Arizona 7 of 9
This holiday event doesn't happen at the park, but does take place just an hour from your campsite. Take your family for a ride on the Polar Express, which begins in Williams, and travels along the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Free cookies and chocolate are given to kids on the train, and Santa even tells the story of The Night Before Christmas. Head back to the KOA where you can cuddle up in one of their many cabins with heat and electricity.
Lums Pond State Park
Delaware 8 of 9
Make yourself comfortable in a yurt at this Delaware state park. But head out into the snow on December 21 for natural wreath making with fellow campers. Pre-registration is required and the event is $10, which covers the cost of the materials. At the end of the day, take your wreath home to decorate your campsite.