While many families prefer to spend the holidays at home, those wanting to hit the open road in their motorhomes have plenty of destinations across the United States that are perfect for RV camping during Christmas season. From stopping to take a ride on the Polar Express through the Grand Canyon to staying in a town called Christmas, these national parks and cities across America offer unique opportunities for RV travelers to celebrate the holidays.
Christmas is about more than exchanging gifts, spending time with family, and good eats – it’s about creating memories. Whether it’s you and your spouse, your extended family, or even friends, you can create some awesome memories by venturing away from home and finding an RV destination to celebrate Christmas in a brand-new way.
Yosemite National Park, California
Located in the mountains and highlands of northeastern California, Yosemite National Park is brimming with guests during the peak summer season, but you’ll find a much more intimate park if you choose to go over the holidays. Even during snowfall, there is still plenty of attractions and magnificent views open, and seeing Yosemite covered in snow is a surreal experience that summer tourists don't get to see.
For an unforgettable dining experience, you can head to the famous Awhanee Lodge for the annual Bracebridge Dinner. The Bracebridge is a throwback to the 18th century, which has taken place every year since 1927 and offers four hours of entertainment accompanied by a full, seven-course dinner. Bracebridge Dinners will take place on select evenings throughout December at the Majestic Yosemite Hotel's dining room, an 18th-century great hall perfect for a night of decadence.
Estes Park, Colorado
Christmastime is an excellent time to visit Estes Park in Colorado. Throughout the holiday season, the streets are decorated, the shops are filled with Christmas cheer, and of course, it’s a wonderful time to do some skiing or snowboarding. There are also several great dining options on Christmas Day and multiple RV parks decorated for the holiday season, so you can find the right match for you and your family.
While you're in Estes Park, be sure to stop by the Yuletide Lights, a drive-through attraction featuring thousands of Christmas lights and numerous holiday displays. If you're looking for something else to do, you can also stop by holiday markets, meet and mingles, or other seasonal events taking place in this small Colorado town this December.
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Although tourists flock to Grand Canyon National Park in droves from spring through fall every year, the winter and Christmas seasons are some of the best times to visit this famous landmark attraction. With fewer crowds and cooler temperatures in December, you won’t have to worry about cars clogging the most popular destinations or the sweltering heat of Arizona's summers.
RV camping is available year-round at the Trailer Village RV Park, which is located in Grand Canyon Village on the south rim of the South Rim. The Grand Canyon Railway, which is also located in the Grand Canyon Village, is a must for anyone visiting the park any time of year, but it gets even better at Christmas when it's temporarily transformed into the Polar Express.
Stone Mountain, Georgia
If you’re in the southern United States, Stone Mountain Park—located right outside of Atlanta, Georgia—offers a great RVing experience during its annual Stone Mountain Christmas festival, which lasts over a month and a half and offers guests plenty of time to enjoy the holiday cheer.
Throughout the season, there are opportunities to go water tubing, take holiday train rides, drive or walk through lighting displays, and even meet Rudolph and the Abominable Snowman or check out "Ice Age 4-D" on the big screen. Although you won't likely find snow at this southern destination, you can still get into the Christmas spirit by venturing down Wonderland Walkway, attending the daily Christmas parade, or catching evening firework shows.
What better place to experience Christmas than in a town called Christmas? Leave the cold and snow behind and head down south to Florida to experience the holidays in shorts and a t-shirt. The town is named for Fort Christmas, but it still embraces the spirit of the holiday season, and the RV park even has a giant Christmas tree, a Santa, and a sleigh.
If you want some real action, the theme parks of Greater Orlando are right around the corner, including Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, and Legoland, many of which feature their own Christmas celebrations throughout November and December each year.
Santa Claus, Indiana
This town in Indiana has taken the Christmas theme and run with it. You’ll have a blast in Santa Claus, Indiana, with all their holiday-themed attractions such as the Santa Claus Museum, Santa’s Candy Castle, and Frosty’s Fun Center. The town has the unique distinction of having a post office with the name of Santa Claus and is flooded with letters every year addressed to old St. Nick himself. Of course, you'll also get to stay at Lake Rudolph Campground and RV Resort when you're in town, which is also appropriately decorated in holiday cheer throughout the Christmas season.
Corpus Christi, Texas
One of the southernmost cities in Texas, Corpus Christi, is another excellent choice for those who’d like to spend the holidays enjoy pleasant weather. Winter is one of the best times to visit this beach-side destination if you want to avoid the rowdy college crowd. Corpus Christi also hosts the Harbor Lights Festival that features a festive parade, kid-friendly activities, live music, and the lighting of the huge, central Christmas tree.