Are you looking for a way to put the magic back into your holiday celebrations? A camping trip might be the answer you're looking for! Camping during the holidays is a great way to get back to the basics, to celebrate nature, and remember all you have to feel grateful for. It's a way for the family to spend quality time together, away from the pull of video games, TV, and cell phones. Most importantly, being outdoors is the perfect way to mark the passing of the seasons, and toast the season or the year to come.
Many RV parks and campgrounds host special holiday events. All over the U.S., you'll find campgrounds that put on special programs for Mother's Day, Father's Day, and July 4th. In fact, Independence Day is one of the biggest camping holidays of the year. If you're thinking about camping during the July 4th weekend, be sure to reserve your campsite well in advance, as they tend to fill up quickly, especially at campgrounds that put on fireworks shows or are near towns with big fireworks displays.
The winter holidays are an especially fun time to go camping. If you're in the northern half of the state, you'll want to check first to make sure that your campground is open year round. If it is, you can look forward to a holiday trip that's full of winter sports like skiing and snowshoeing. Even if there isn't snow in your area, you can still enjoy an invigorating winter hike followed by an evening around the campfire. Be sure to pack and plan for the cold, and bring plenty of treats!
If you're heading to a southern campground for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year's, you can enjoy the sunny weather while you check out the local display of lights or join in the campground's potluck Thanksgiving dinner. Nearly all campgrounds that are open for the holidays put on some kind of a special group meal or event.
To make sure your camping holiday is as fabulous as possible, take a little time to brainstorm ways you can adapt your at-home rituals to the camping environment. If you won't have a Christmas tree, can you bring peanut-buttered pinecones, birdseed, and suet to hang on a living evergreen in your campground? Can you re-create your Thanksgiving dinner with dishes made over the campfire or in a Dutch oven? Maybe this will be the year when you hearken back to old-fashioned traditions, like baking apples, roasting nuts, and decorating with paper chains rather than electric lights. You can sing carols over the glow of your lantern, take a hay ride at Thanksgiving, or visit a farm to meet real rabbits and chicks at Easter.
Holiday camping can be a memorable, bonding event for the whole family. You'll always remember the year you climbed Green Mountain at Easter or snowshoed to that waterfall at Thanksgiving. It's spending time together that makes the holidays special, and there's no better way to do that than by getting back to nature.