Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park

Holidays in the Parks

December 16, 2010, 5:17 pm

If you’re looking for something to do this holiday season, look no further than our national parks! Celebrate the holidays by sharing in traditions handed down through the ages or make your own tradition. This holiday season discover a range of winter activities including fireside chats, winter caroling, backcountry skiing and snowshoeing or simply soak in the beauty of winter in some of America’s most breathtaking landscapes. Use this link to find activities happening in your area or take a look at some of our favorite holiday activities below.

President’s Park, Washington D.C.

Visit the nation’s Christmas tree and take in the sites and sounds of the holidays. Kids can visit the large-scale model train or visit with Santa at Santa’s workshop. In addition to the nation’s Christmas tree visit the ‘Christmas Pathway of Peace’ where 56 trees-- one  representing each state, the District of Columbia and each of the five territories-- are lit until 11 p.m. each evening. Don’t miss the musical entertainment each night from December 14th through the 23rd.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio

Enjoy hearing a reading of the Polar Express as you journey to the North Pole on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. Children are encouraged to wear their pajamas. Cookies and hot chocolate are served. Information on how to purchase your tickets online is available at www.cvsr.com.

Yosemite National Park, California

Yosemite is full of winter activities for the adventurous. Try cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. The Badger Pass ski area provides the perfect place to downhill ski or snowboard. Don’t miss the outdoor ice skating rink in Yosemite Valley.

De Soto National Memorial, Florida

On December 18th park visitors will be treated to an outdoor winter festival featuring music from Native American artist Juan R Leon. Visitors can then walk De Soto National Memorial's trails lit by hundreds of luminaries as park staff dressed as Native Indians and Spanish Soldiers tell you about the significance of the winter season to their cultures.


Image courtesy of National Park Service