'Tis The Season To Celebrate The Holidays With Our National Parks!

By Alanna Sobel on 12/15/2011

There are so many great ways to visit, share and support America's iconic, national treasures during the holiday season. Here are a handful of our suggestions:

  • Give The Gift Of The Parks - Thanks to the generosity of the National Park Foundation board, all year-end gifts (between now and December 31) will be matched up to $75,000! That means your gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar. Pretty incredible, right?! And when you make a donation to NPF, we'll send you a special printable certificate to include in a stocking or under your Christmas Tree. I also recommend you check out our gift guide to shop for more gifts that give back to our national parks.
  • Hooray For The Holidays! – Now listen up, this is the part where we thank YOU and give back to YOU! From December 19 through December 23, you could win the ultimate national park prize pack including a free annual pass to America's nearly 400 national parks and roundtrip airfare to any national park destination Southwest Airlines can take you to, outstanding outdoor gear, NPF apparel, and more! Join us at today at www.facebook.com/nationalpark and learn more about Hooray for the Holidays!
  • Watch The 2011 National Christmas Tree Lighting From President's Park On-Demand! Let us bring the spirit of the season to you with the Lighting of the National Christmas Tree at www.thenationaltree.org or by checking local PBS listings for airdates and times. Promise you won't be disappointed as you watch President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and their family, along with a star-studded list of performers including Big Time Rush and Ellie Goulding, OneRepublic, Rodney Atkins, Marsha Ambrosius, Kermit the Frog and host Carson Daly having a wonderful time together at the 89th National Christmas Tree Lighting!