Seasonal Festivities In Your National Parks

December 2, 2014Rocío LowerNPF Blog

The chill, wonder, and merriment in the air can only mean one thing: the holidays are now upon us! Sites across the National Park System are celebrating the season in exciting ways. From musical concerts, to cultural performances, to hands-on craft projects, there are incredible opportunities for you to enjoy the season’s festivities.

As you gather with friends and family this month, take some time to explore new places together and to learn about the unique and protected sites in our nation. This holiday season, you can make new memories by visiting:

Wreath with red bow covered in snow

Andersonville National Historic Site (Georgia) – Honor our nation’s veterans by participating in Wreaths Across America at Andersonville National Cemetery.

Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site (Colorado) – Celebrate the holiday in 1840s style as you experience how an isolated trading post enjoyed the spirit of the season. 

Chickamauga & Chattanooga National military Park (Tennessee) – Attend a special tour at the holiday event at the Cravens House.

Cumberland Gap National Historical Site (Kentucky) – Get a taste of Christmas Past while enjoying crafts over delicious gingerbread, sugar cookies, and hot chocolate.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park (Ohio) – Put on some comfy pajamas, enjoy cookies and hot chocolate, and huddle up for a reading of The Polar Express.”

Eisenhower National Historic Site (Pennsylvania) – Join park rangers for an Eisenhower Christmas filled with 1950s tales, music, and decorations.

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site (Oregon) – Escape the winter cold and head to the McLoughlin and Barclays houses for Victorian crafts, music, living history talks, and delicious holiday refreshments.

George Washington Carver National Monument (Missouri) – Enjoy a holiday open house as park staff share seasonal music, refreshments, and interpretive programs.

Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site (Montana) – Take the family out for a Victorian holiday celebration filled with horse-drawn wagon rides, roasting marshmallows, iron candy canes, and holiday crafts for kids of all ages!

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site (Iowa) – Partake in the holiday festivities as you go snowshoeing with a ranger, enjoy blacksmithing demonstrations, and interpretive presentations at the home of our 31st President.

Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site (Pennsylvania) – Listen to the sounds of Christmas as a special group of performers share 19th century holiday music.

Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve (Louisiana) – Step back in time and celebrate the holidays in old-fashioned, 1800s style of Yuletide at the Malus-Beauregard House.

Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail (California) – Experience Las Posadas at the Martinez Adobe as you learn about this holiday tradition that is celebrated throughout the Americas.

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park (Alaska) – Learn about time-honored Skagway traditions at the Yuletide open house and sing along.

Ninety-Six National Historic Site (South Carolina) – Discover how colonists carried out for the fall harvest, prepared for winter, and enjoyed the holidays at the Black Swan Tavern and Logan Log House.

President’s Park (Washington D.C.) – Partake in a national tradition that traces back to 1923 and visit the National Christmas Tree and the surrounding holiday trees and ornaments representing the 56 states and territories. National Christmas Tree Lighting

River Raisin National Battlefield Park (Michigan) – Celebrate the holidays the Old French Way and learn about traditions such as the yule log, cooking, storytelling, and children's activities.

Saint Paul’s Church National Historic Site (New York) – Enjoy holiday music as you take in the sweet sounds of harps, French horns, trombones, and voices in a beautiful, historic setting.

Scotts Bluff National Monument (Nebraska) – Travel back in time and enjoy Christmas on the prairie with seasonal refreshments, live music, period clothing, and the making of holiday ornaments.

Thomas Edison National Historical Park (New Jersey) – Take in the sights and sounds of the Holidays at Glenmont while exploring the beautiful home and estate grounds.

No matter how you prefer to kick off the season, your national parks provide wonderful ways for you to explore our nation’s fascinating beauty and history, all while relishing in December’s holiday spirit. Be sure to check your local national park’s calendar of events for more festive ideas!

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