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Have You Ever Camped on the Holidays?

By November 26, 2010

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The holidays are a great time to get together with family and friends. I hope you all are enjoying this festive time of year. The weather in December can be quite harsh in many parts of the country, but in some areas this can be the very best time of year to be outdoors. Ask any snowbird. They know the advantages of heading south for the winter.

Jean Sickler took this picture of the camping loop on Thanksgiving Day at Spirit of the Suwannee Campground, Live Oak, Florida. (photo © Jean Sickler.)Jean Sickler took this picture of the camping loop on Thanksgiving Day at Spirit of the Suwannee Campground, Live Oak, Florida.

I know there are a lot of die-hard campers and RVers out there, but have any of you ever camped on the holidays? If you have, leave a comment and share your holiday camping experiences.

November 23, 2007 at 12:34 pm
(1) Arkie says:

Have camped many yrs, 10+ during holidays. Wonderful and couldn’t be more peaceful…. Love it!!!!

November 23, 2007 at 3:39 pm
(2) Andy B. says:

I have camped numerous times over Thanksgiving and New Year’s, but not X-mas. Friends and I usually go steelhead fishing somewhere in Northern California or Southern Oregon. It’s great, often we are the only ones camping in the area.

November 24, 2007 at 7:22 am
(3) byrdr1 says:

I am sitting at Ocean Lakes CG Myrtle Beach, SC right now.
I am have been here all week and we just had Thanksgiving dinner with 12 other families who are camping with us.
This is our 7th Thanksgiving together.
We started with 3 families and it grows each year, as more families get into camping.

November 25, 2007 at 9:03 pm
(4) Kelly says:

We camped this weekend out in Ridgecrest desert. I is a family tradition for over 20 years. We ride our dirt bikes and party with many friends that all met the same weekend. There is no better way to spend a long weekend

November 26, 2007 at 1:59 am
(5) Tim says:

we have camped (I THINK 3 YEARS IN A ROW) in Branson, Mo. over Thanksgiving. and been camping in Tupelo, Ms. (to visit relatives) over Christmas more times than I can keep track of. We camp almost every year at our seasonal CG over EASTER weekend.
Never camped on New Years

November 26, 2007 at 10:42 am
(6) Mary Beth says:

My husband and I have a tradition of camping over the Thanksgiving holiday. Our kids are grown and out of state with their own lives and we have no other family nearby. This year we took our three 12 week old kittens with us. What a hoot!

November 26, 2007 at 4:00 pm
(7) Robin says:

We camp over the holidays whenever possible. Anywhere south of here where it is warmer. This year it’s Christmas in OK camping on my son’s property. A real camper must camp, ya know?

November 27, 2007 at 3:00 pm
(8) Steve and Vickie Gray says:

On Thanksgiving of 2006 we were in Anthony, New Mexico and it was beautiful. Had the door and windows open and a lot of people standing outside smelling the cooking turkey and pies. It was awesome. Missed the family but had a good time.

December 24, 2007 at 12:25 am
(9) beth says:

We had for years, before we retired met several couples for Thanksgiving and Christmas….Lots of love there and the food to die for great! Now that the grandkids are bigger we have stopped for a few years but I tell you we may just start bring them along because we had so much fun…everyone becomes your family….giving with a smile and a hug means so much to us all…

December 24, 2007 at 11:59 am
(10) Jeoff & Cyndy in Nevada says:

We leave the a couple of days after Christmas to go snowmobiling. We stay thru the New Year and longer. We camp-out in the R.V. in the snow for 6 to 9 days, spending the days snowmobiling and the nights around a bonfire, staring at the bright stars, breathing the sharp, clean, chilly night air. It has turned into a family event for the past 8 years now. My wife, daughter, in-laws, and a few friends head out every year. We see other familar faces time after time. Some of these people come from as 400 miles away just to spend the New Year up in the mountains. These people seem become your “winter” family; sharing and enjoying the same things you do. It is bliss…..

December 26, 2007 at 1:45 am
(11) ladyvelosa says:

We started camping out on Thanksgiving we had so much fun we did it every year to the many complaints of our family…then when 911 happened we said ok we stay home and have Thanksgiving dinner with the family…family all left town! Never again we have more real “family” in rv parks than at home……the deversity of food is so nice too…and all the people gather there who meet us want to be with us instead of a required visit to the relatives….Christmas is getting that way to just mail a gift card and we’ll talk at you later…get more love in an rv park, they treasure what time we all have left and make the most of it…..

November 24, 2008 at 9:42 am
(12) Papaso says:

We’ve been camping on Thanksgiving for 7 years. My family really enjoys getting together for this special occasion, we usually have three sites and about 23 people. I fry a turkey, and grill some ribeyes over the fire, along with all the fixins. All year long everyone is looking forward to Thanksgiving at our place, wherever it may be.

November 24, 2008 at 10:14 am
(13) Suzanne says:

We camp at Christmas and New Years in a Yurt, the yurts can be found in Provincial Parks in Canada and in National Parks in the USA….

The yurt we camp at has a wood burning stove and skylight…it is so peaceful and a truly winter wonderland…the rangers bring you and your gear by sleigh to the yurt…i never thought with our cold Canadian Winters I would go winter camping!



November 24, 2008 at 12:04 pm
(14) Martha says:

Our first time was Thanksgiving 1986 was in Shenandoah Nat’l Park, VA. Beautiful weather, friendly folks and lots of deer visiting the campsite. Our small pop-up was hit from the rear at a toll booth but we could get it open with a crow bar for one last trip. The second time was 10 years later and tent camping, the Park was closed for the season, found a small campground in Waynesboro, VA. But cold weather and snow sort of made it a little less fun. (who knew the air in the mattress would be as cold as the outside air) Friendly folk at a local outfitters supplied us with foam pads, woolen hats and mittens and gave us directions to a great place for dinner.

November 24, 2008 at 2:00 pm
(15) Virginia says:

One Thanksgiving we drove to New york City with our truck camper and camped with a view of the Statue of Liberty outside our window!
It was great! We took the subway to the Macy’s Day parade and afterwards dined in the city and then explored. Among those in our campground were circus performers. It was great fun to rub elbows with them and hear their advetures as we waited in line for the showers and sinks. Though we were not with friends and family, it was a memorable and delightful camping weekend! 8-)

Virginia J. Pulver
In Sunny Santa Fe

November 25, 2008 at 1:22 am
(16) Kevin says:

I have a friend that does some kind of adventure holiday every year. Last year they spend the holidays kayaking through the Everglades. They still exchanged gifts, but it was things they could take with them.. I think got a pair of smartwool socks. That would rather spend money on the adventure and the time together then the gifts.

December 28, 2008 at 2:10 pm
(17) Jane says:

We have been camping now for several years in Seligman, AZ where we and some friends have some land. We go there on Thanksgiving, and have done Easter a couple of times. Also, they camp on New Years there. It is a good time, as we bring all the atv’s and dirt bikes, and ride, ride, ride. A good time to get away from it all, as there is spotty phone service, and no tv. We love it, and for those who have not camped on the Holidays, you should give it a “whirl”!

January 2, 2009 at 10:44 pm
(18) sparky says:

I just spent 10 days at American Heritage RV park Williamsburg,Va.
what a great place exit 231 I.64 2 more streets-
I am going Back April 4–14 2009

November 20, 2009 at 8:29 pm
(19) John @ barbara says:

yes, we camped last Thanksgiving for a week and we really enjoyed it 2009,this New Years Eve we are going to camp again for a week.More of you guys should really try to go on a Holiday it’s great.Barbara

November 29, 2009 at 3:09 am
(20) Picture Camping says:

My husband’s family cycles through the aunts’ & uncles’ places to host Thanksgiving each year, and when we go out of town for the big family reunion, we tent camp. We love it! We’re close to the action but maintain some privacy and control over when we get to go to bed, etc. And we’re always welcome to take showers at some relative’s house, so it’s the best of both worlds.

November 30, 2009 at 5:54 pm
(21) Barbara says:

Yes, we have camped on Thanksgiving weekend. My sister-in-law lives in N.Jersey and we live in Virginia. We met and camped in Carlisle,PA at Western Village Campground. It’s half-way for both of us. We had a great time, turkey and all the goodies to go with it.

December 7, 2009 at 12:29 pm
(22) Char says:

This will be our first year to go camping on a Holiday. (New Year’s Eve) We will be camping with a Couple that are long time friends. My Hubby and our Friend both retired after being Police Officers for more than 30 years. We are looking forward to some peace and quiet at the Beach !!

December 3, 2010 at 6:37 pm
(23) Jan says:

We camp either Thanksgiving or Christmas or both near Knoxville, TN, where my husband’s elderly parents live. A lot of fun family time. This past Saturday, 13 ate supper with us: homemade chicken noodle soup, grilled cheese sandwiches, chips, ice cream for dessert! They all seemed to enjoy it. We all had spent Thanksgiving day with his parents and were up to HERE with turkey!

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