Spending the Holidays at Jellystone Parks

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It’s true: there’s no place like home for the holidays. But when you’re an RVer, your home has wheels!

There are all sorts of reasons people choose to celebrate the winter festivities in their mobile homes and travel trailers. Maybe you’re traveling to be closer to family but want to retain some of your privacy; maybe some special, far-flung holiday event is calling your name. Heck, maybe you just have so many destinations on your travel bucket list that you can’t resist using the extra time off to knock out a few of them. (Psst… looking for even more travel inspiration? Grab a Rand McNally Road Atlas. Aside from pristine, up-to-the-minute maps, it’s also full of all sorts of fun facts and off-the-beaten-path attractions!)

Besides, the winter holidays are more about who you’re celebrating with than where you’re celebrating. So grab your favorite Santa hat or your best set of dreidels — because if you’re looking to make some holiday memories this year, we have just the place in mind.

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Holiday Vacations

Obviously, there are all sorts of places you could spend your holiday trip. Heck, you could even jet off to some exotic islands rather than taking your motorhome!

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But when it comes to family-oriented, all-American camping holiday getaways, it’s hard to beat a trip to a Jellystone Park Camp-Resort. As far as wholesome fun and relaxation is concerned, these special campgrounds have it all.

That’s because each franchised branch in this extensive network of resorts is owned and operated by down-to-earth camping families just like yours. They feature exciting, hands-on themed events for the kids as well as a vast array of fun activities, no matter where you are in the country.

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And even in winter’s chilly grip, Yogi Bear’s crew is still ready and waiting to help you and your family make life-long holiday memories. More than 25 Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts remain open all year round, no matter what the weather is doing!

Camping Holidays for Families

So, why do Jellystone Parks make for some of the best camping holidays you can imagine?

Well, as we mentioned, each park is run by a family who fell in love with the RV lifestyle, just like yours, which means each location excels in offering friendly and personalized customer service. In fact, it’s less like “customer service” and more like staying with old friends.

However, even though every campground is unique and special, you can also count on finding certain themed activities and fun events across the entire chain, such as meet-and-greets with your kids’ favorite characters like Cindy Bear, Boo Boo, and Yogi himself, as well as organized arts and crafts and outdoor adventures like wagon rides or hide-and-seek games.

Think the snow will keep you cooped up? Think again! On the contrary, many Jellystone Parks host or are in proximity to fun winter events that will keep the whole family warm and smiling. Here are just a few holiday festivities you could participate in this year:

  • Gloucester Point, VA – This campground makes a great home base for visiting the old world charm of Colonial Williamsburg.  The Christmas season is especially festive with 18th century music, events, shopping and home tours.
  • Sturbridge, MA – During your stay you won’t want to miss historic Old Sturbridge Village, the largest outdoor history museum in the Northeast. Discover the history of Christmas traditions on the Christmas by Candlelight tours in December and enjoy holiday favorites like caroling and sleigh rides.
  • Nashville, TN – As the closest campground to the famous Opryland Hotel, the Jellystone Park in Nashville is a great family vacation destination. “A Country Christmas” begins in mid-November at the Opryland Hotel, with thousands of lights, decorations, and entertainment.

These are just a few of the special events you can take part in by camping at a Jellystone Park this year. Here’s the full list of campgrounds that will remain open this winter — with locations across the country, there’s sure to be one near your holiday destination.

American RV Holidays

So, now that you have the perfect campground in mind, let’s talk logistics. For example, if you’re going to be celebrating Christmas or Thanksgiving in an RV, you’re probably wondering what you’re going to do about dinner!

Although it takes a little bit of creativity, entertaining a large family is totally possible even in the smallest of campers. Here’s our guide on how to throw a big party even in a tiny trailer.

We’ve also written up some guidelines to help you with cooking up that famous holiday feast of yours, even if your rig doesn’t have an oven. Admit it: you’ve been wanting to try a deep-fried turkey for years now, right? Well, this might just be the perfect time to invest in a fryer and give it a try. (It’s safer to operate outdoors anyway!)

Winter Camping

It’s also important to keep in mind that cold weather camping requires some extra precautions and preparations. Your RV’s pipes can freeze just like the ones in your home — but don’t worry! Preparing your rig for sub-freezing temperatures is a piece of cake.

Here’s our full guide on how to winterize your RV, and here’s our post on common winter camping problems and how to fix them, such as the correct usage of RV antifreeze. You might also benefit from investing in an insulating RV skirt to help insulate your camper’s delicate systems from the snow, and a small indoor dehumidifier to help keep down the moisture in the air that can be built up by using indoor heating devices. The posts linked above contain full details on winterizing your RV and staying warm, so be sure not to miss them!

No matter where you spend your holidays this year, and whether you find yourself camping or cuddled up under the tree or beside the menorah at home, we hope you have safe, healthy, and happy winter celebrations filled with joy and wishes come true.

Happy holidays!

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