Winter Activities at National Parks

Many of the National Parks are having wonderful holiday celebrations.  Here are a Few:

  • At Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site (La Junta, Colorado), the holidays come to a fur trading post of the 1840s on December 3 and 4. The celebration includes wagon rides, games, toy making, a piñata break, and two evenings of candlelight tours of the fort.
  • From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on December 11, come to Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site (North Carolina) for Christmas at Connemara. This free celebration will honor Carl Sandburg and the family holiday tradition of music. Singers, instrumentalists, a Cherokee Indian storyteller, and others will perform.
  • Join this year’s “Trek to the Nation’s Christmas Tree” at Kings Canyon National Park (California) on December 12. The destination is the General Grant Tree, which President Calvin Coolidge designated as the “Nation’s Christmas Tree” in 1926 and which was established in 1956 as the only living national shrine to those who gave their lives in service to our country.
  • On December 19, come to Valley Forge National Historical Park (Pennsylvania) for “The Army Arrives! Annual March-In of the Continental Army Commemoration.” There will be candlelight tours, a “march” to the Muhlenberg Brigade huts, and good old-fashioned 18th-century festivities. At the Muhlenberg huts, park staff and volunteers in period clothing will demonstrate camp life while the Colonial Revelers rejoice in the visitor center.
  • Explore the natural side of the solstice holiday—stars, evergreens, wildlife (for example, cardinals, turkeys, and roadrunners)—on a unique nighttime drive through Saguaro National Park’s Rincon Mountain District (Arizona). The auto tours that make up the Holiday Car Caravan will be offered at half-hour intervals on the evening of December 30.

Any of those can help you get into the holiday spirit.  Just remember, that just because it is the winter time, doesn’t mean that the parks close.  You can enjoy National Parks all year round.

For a list of other holiday events at other National Parks, Follow This Link.

Source: National Park Service

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