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Make a Holiday Light Show the “Highlight” of Your Winter Camping!
It’s always fun to gather up the family to go see a dazzling light show during the holiday season. So why not double the fun by planning a camping trip at the same time? Here are a few great places where you can do both:
Santa Claus Land of Lights
- November 28 – December 29
- Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort
- Santa Claus, Ind.
This 1.2-mile drive-through outdoor light show winds through the resort as it tells the story of Rudolph in bright, energy-efficient LEDs. Admission is $15 per car and discount coupons are available at participating McDonald’s locations in Indiana, Kentucky and Illinois, with a portion of the proceeds going to Ronald McDonald Charities of the Ohio Valley. Check Lake Rudolph’s Campground website for details. The park also offers “Rudolph’s Family Christmas Package” which includes a two-night stay in a Rudolph’s Christmas Cabin, two vehicle passes to Santa Claus Land of Lights, breakfast and a visit with Santa and $20 worth of Rudy Bucks for family Christmas craft activities.
Christmas Carnival of Lights
- November 30 – December 31
- Yogi Bear's Jellystone Caledonia
- Caledonia, Wis.
Billed as southeastern Wisconsin’s biggest, brightest and most dazzling holiday lights show, this drive-through attraction spans 1.6 miles and includes over two million lights with displays featuring elves, reindeer, forest friends, Santa himself and more. New this year is a 200-foot tunnel lined with images and words set to music. Enjoy the show from your own vehicle or book a spot on Santa’s sleigh! Admission fees start at $20 per car. Check the website for dates and times.
The Dancing Lights of Christmas
- November 16 – January 4
- James E. Ward Agricultural Center
- Lebanon, Tenn.
- Where to camp: Nashville East/Lebanon KOA Campground
Described as “Tennessee’s Largest Drive Thru Light and Music Show,” The Dancing Lights of Christmas features over two million lights set along a 2.5 mile route that are synchronized to “dance” to music on the radio. Admission is $30 for a family vehicle and other activities, such as pony rides, a train ride, ice skating and photos with Santa are available for an additional fee at Santa’s Village.
St. Augustine Nights of Lights
- November 23 – January 31
- Historic District, St. Augustine, Fla.
- Where to camp: St. Augustine Beach KOA, North Beach Camp Resort, Cooksey’s RV Park, Compass RV Park, Ocean Grove RV Resort, Stagecoach RV Park, Bryn Mawr Ocean Resort
For this 26th annual event, St. Augustine’s historic district will be adorned with three million lights and downtown businesses will stay open later, so visitors can enjoy the lights as they dine and shop. Trains and trolleys offer special tours during the event and visitors can also book specialty tours that range from walking and horse-and-carriage tours to tours that deliver views of the lights from the water and the air.
As we start winding down to the end of 2019, it’s not too early to start planning your camping trips for 2020! At GoCampingAmerica.com, we make the planning process easy. Just use our Find a Park feature to find the perfect RV parks and campgrounds for your needs!