Holiday Happenings

Steam train decorated with a wreath

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Join in the festivities at parks across the country as national parks celebrate holidays of past and present throughout the month of December. Step into the past to discover how people celebrated winter holidays, experience another culture's traditions, or just join in the fun!

Parks across the country are hosting special events, like train rides, open houses, musical performances, solstice observances, craft-making, food-tasting, caroling, resolution hikes, and more. Check the list of events below to find something near you.

Come to an event or create your own holiday traditions of visiting a national park.

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  • Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

    Historic Ranch Candlelight Tour

    Saturday, November 10, 2018

    Experience the historic ranch at night via paths lit by kerosene lanterns. Historic characters tell the story of ranch life in Chase County over 100 years ago.

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    • Location: Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve
    • Fees: free
  • Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

    Victorian Handcraft Demonstration: Feather Christmas Trees

    Saturday, November 10, 2018

    The first artificial Christmas trees were fashioned from feathers! Make a brooch or an ornament and learn how to craft this traditional holiday decoration.

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    • Time: 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    • Location: McLoughlin House Unit of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
    • Fees: Free
  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park

    Mr. Jingeling's Holiday Jubilee

    Saturday, November 17, 2018

    Experience the magic this holiday season with Santa's #1 elf

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    • Location: Visit cvsr.com
    • Fees: $25 adults, $20 children ages 3-12
  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park

    Mr. Jingeling's Holiday Jubilee

    Sunday, November 18, 2018

    Experience the magic this holiday season with Santa's #1 elf

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    • Location: Visit cvsr.com
    • Fees: $25 adults, $20 children ages 3-12