Happy Holidays from all of us at RVParking.com! We hope that your holiday celebrations have gone well so far and would love to hear about your Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa RV Park celebrations.
For those of you who are still full of holiday spirit and don't want Christmas to end, there are still ways to celebrate the holidays and get in on holiday deals at RV Parks throughout the US.
Pine Mountain, an RVC Outdoor Destination, located an hour South of Atlanta, is still offering value day discounted tickets to Callway Gardens' "Fantasy in Lights" show until December 30. As a holiday thank-you to our men and women in uniform, Pine Mountain is offering a 25% discount to active military through February 2012.
Are there any other holiday RV park promotions worth sharing? Let us know in the comments below.
The last time my husband and I spent a winter in Florida, we toggled between workamping and sightseeing. After we managed a pumpkin lot in South Florida for a couple of weeks, we spent some downtime lounging around an RV resort near Orlando. Then we headed back south for a month to manage a Christmas tree sales lot and wrapped up our Florida trip with an extended stay on the Gulf Coast. It was a great way to spend the winter because there was so much to see and do. With an abundance of sunshine, palm trees, activities and beautiful beaches, it’s pretty obvious why this state is a favorite among the Snowbird crowd. Whether you choose the Gulf Coast, the East Coast, or anywhere in between, there is no shortage of ideal locations to park your rig.
So, just where do you go once you hit the Sunshine State? It all depends on your RVing style. Looking for a ritzy crowd? You might like an upscale RV resort on the west coast in Naples. Love more of a laid back style? Check out the RV parks situated on the Gulf Coast in Florida’s panhandle. Nature lovers will enjoy one of the 50 glorious Florida State parks that have a campground. One such gem is Sebastian Inlet State Park located on Florida’s east coast about 15 miles south of Melbourne Beach. If wasting away in Margaritaville sounds more your speed, then make a beeline for the Florida Keys. And if entertainment options galore are what you seek, then check out the area surrounding Walt Disney World Resort. One of my favorite Florida RV resorts is located nearby. Encore’s Lake Magic RV Resort in Clermont has super spacious sites, two pools, tennis courts, and a clubhouse; just to name a few of the amenities. It’s proximity to my favorite amusement park seals the deal.
In fact, most of my favorite RV parks can be found within the Encore RV resort family and they are located all over the state of Florida. Their parks are full of amenities and many planned activities as well. Just visit their website, www.rvonthego.com, to find great daily and weekly specials at many of their resorts.
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Miami - Miami Everglades Campground
"This park is great for quite, shade trees, walking, riding bikes, nice people, paved roads, pool and close to everything you need."
"Nice and quiet, friendly, well structured, shady places under trees.. One of the best places I have seen yet." Read more.
Naples - Lake San Marino RV Resort
"We found this park an absolute delight with many very friendly RV'ers. Tons of activities within the park, and a great location to get to shopping, restaurants, beach, etc." Read more.
Key Largo - Kings Kamp
"Beach access and beautiful mornings and evenings on the docks. Very helpful staff. I will stay again." Read more.
Bahia Honda Key - Bahia Honda State Park
"The most uplifting and amazing thing about the entire experience? The kids never complained once and still talk about their awesome camping trip." Read more.
Saint Augustine - Anastasia State Park
"This was a beautiful park: clean and very well maintained... Every site seemed to offer enough privacy and space, and there was a friendly, neighborly vibe. Within 10 minutes from the historic part of town, this park is ideally situated. From what I learned of other options in the area, this is definately the best place to stay."
"There are 2 sections to the park; we stayed in the Coquina loop, which is very shady and has secluded campsites. It is just a short walk to the ocean. There are sites very close to the ocean. The other loop is very open with only palm trees for 'shade'... We loved it here." Read more.
Orlando - Moss Park
"A charming natural oasis; hard to believe you are so close to Orlando's theme park mecca." Read more.
Clermont - Encore Lake Magic RV Resort
"The landscaping in the park is gorgeous, there are many amenities like tennis, swimming pools, clubhouse, etc. Each of the sites is wide and has enough lawn surrounding the sites to give lots of privacy." Read more.
Winter Garden - Winter Garden RV Resort
"The resort is one mile from one of the best bike trails in Florida and some of the best restaurants in the area. Two pools, a small fitness center, and a cypress-lined pond full of water fowl are resort highlights... Safe, friendly, and comfortable." Read more.
Sorrento - Wekiva Falls Resort
"Clean, friendly and the kids loved it!" Read more.
Ocala - Ocala RV Camp Resort
"This RV Park was nice ... Everyone was pleasant ... even the homeless dude that knocked on the door asking for money and stayed for dinner was nice." Read more.
Ocala Sun RV Resort
"Everyone was very friendly and accommodating... The laundry and showers are all newly renovated as is the recreation hall. There is always lots to do from bingo, cards, holiday meals, Saturday night entertainment and pool aerobics." Read more.
Tampa - Bay Bayou RV Resort
"This park was amazingly nice with security, ponds and a large enclosed dog run." Read more.
Arcadia - Riverside RV Resort
"Riverside RV Resort is one of the finest campgrounds for Snowbirds in Florida. The management, winter guests, employees, and activities are outstanding." Read more.
"It is new and all facilities are current and well maintained. Having Marina sites is interesting and the shoreside sites give a great view of the intercoastal waterway. We found this to be a very nice resort. We would go back." Read more.
Fort Myers Beach - Red Coconut RV Resort on the Beach
"Very nice beach front site with very clean washrooms and showers."
"Friendly staff and everything is in good shape. Not the cheapest campground but worth the money, only downside is that Wifi is not free of charge." Read more.
Destin - Destin RV Online
"Great tropical setting with extra large rear patios." Read more.
Being on the road means that you get to take advantage of experience great holiday attractions and celebrations around the United States. The following is a just a sampling of upcoming RV Park Christmas events:
Since this is a post about holiday RV Park Events, it's fitting that we begin with what's happening in the town of Santa Claus, Indiana over at Lake Rudolph Outdoor Resort.
During the Christmas season, the inside Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort is home to Santa Claus Land of Lights Family Christmas Light Adventure. This light show is truly unique for several different reasons … it is the only light show in North America that tells a story in lights and storyboards. At 1.2 miles long, it is also the largest campground holiday light show in North America.
Families may experience the untold story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer … all in brilliant LED lights! The Santa Claus Land of Lights is located inside Lake Rudolph Campground & R.V. Resort in Santa Claus, Indiana and tells the “Shining Story of Rudolph.” This light adventure is a 1.2 mile driving route that contains over 300 light displays and 11 Rudolph story scenes. Discount coupons ($4) off are available at participating McDonald’s locations. A portion of proceeds from the Santa Claus Land of Lights will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities. www.SantaClausLandofLights.com.
Open from 5:00 – 9:00pm CST on Thanksgiving night and then Fridays, Saturday and Sundays through December 12. The Santa Claus Land of Lights will be open nightly from December 17 through New Year’s Day; closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Here is a link to video footage on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38GKJJKLuwQ.
Here is a link to their Flickr account which includes photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/43359699@N04.
Escape the cold and snow while enjoying Christmas event on offer at several RV Parks in sunny Florida.
Rainbow Village RV Resort of Largo, Florida is hosting a Christmas Dance on December, 10. Admission is $5. On Christmas day, dinner will be served in the Rec Hall. Bring a covered dish and the park will provide the ham and potatoes. The cost of the Christmas dinner is $2.
Over in Bradenton, Pleasant Lake RV Resort is hosting a Christmas show on December 11 at 7 pm, featuring the talent of Melissa and Larry Brahm. Thirty of their residents are celebrating the holidays together on a Christmas Holiday Cruise to the Caribbean from December 4-11. The park is filled with beautiful lights, culminating in a judging of community Christmas decorations at 6:15 on December 18. Their sister Carefree Park, Horseshoe Cove, will be dropping by with the festive gift of a 30 piece gulf-cart light electric parade and there’s a buzz that cookies and punch will be severed afterwards at the Rec Hall.
Kissimmee South RV Resort in Davenport (formerly Three Worlds RV Resort) is also hosting several Christmas events starting with decorating the park with music and snacks to enjoy the time today at 2 pm. On December 13th, park residents will go caroling at Savana Court Assisted Living in Haines City starting at 4:30 pm. There will also be a Christmas Eve Service followed by fellowship and a Christmas day dinner at 1 pm.
December is also a busy time at Big Tree RV Resort in Arcadia, starting today with their annual Christmas Craft Boutique. Our talented residents set up tables of jewelry, quilted items, wood crafts, baskets, sweaters, tea towels, etc. they make themselves and have for sale at the Boutique. It’s a perfect time to start Christmas shopping. Their residents provide lunch and have a bake sale. Since this is advertised in the local paper, there's a big crowd.
Next up is their Christmas Golf Cart Parade on the second Saturday evening of December. Residents decorate their golf carts with holiday decorations and lights. They parade through the streets of Big Tree and also the mobile home community next door. Prizes are given for Funniest, Most Christmasy and Best Religious Theme.
The Arcadia Concert Band will perform their Christmas Concert for our residents followed by the annual Tree Trimming Party in the Clubhouse with caroling, food and fellowship.
Another annual tradition is lighting of the luminaries on Christmas Eve. Residents line the front of their lots with white milk jugs with a lighted candle inside and we surround our pond with luminaries. It is a spectacular light show that residents of Arcadia even come to enjoy. There will also be Christmas dinner at the clubhouse.
Pine Mountain, an RVC Outdoor Destination will offer a “Mid-week Fantasy” package to coincide with the Callaway Gardens “Fantasy in Lights” show. The package can be purchased from Nov. 19 to Dec. 30 for mid-week stay only.
Guests of Pine Mountain will have the benefit of obtaining access to the many amenities and features the resort has to offer, while also enjoying Callaway Gardens’ famous holiday light and sound show. RVC Outdoor Destinations has chosen to give back to the community by giving ten percent of the package proceeds to the Salvation Army. Pine Moountain
This special holiday package is for Monday-Thursday reservations, but weekend lodging is also available for purchase. The package will include two tickets to the Fantasy in Lights show, one concrete site (Azalea) with cable and free Wi-Fi, a bundle of firewood, and two complimentary gourmet coffees in the morning. The cost of the package is $69, with a value of $85. Additional nights for the concrete sites are $40. Cabin and yurt stay is not included in the package.
Pine Mountain, an RVC Outdoor Destination is only three miles from Callaway Gardens, and just one hour from Atlanta. RV and non RV guests are welcome and there are cabins available for rent starting at $80 a night. There are also furnished yurts available for stay starting at $38 a night. Along with cozy accommodations, guests can enjoy concierge service, a community lodge with a coffee, beer, and wine bar, free Wi-Fi, activities pavilion, Bark Park Off-leash area, plus more.
The “Mid-week Fantasy” package cannot be combined with other offers and reservations are required. Pine Mountain, an RVC Outdoor Destination is located at 8804 Hamilton Rd, Pine Mountain, GA 38122. For more information, please visit http://www.pinemountain.rvcoutdoors.com/. To make your “Mid-week Fantasy” reservations, call 706-663-4329.
At Jellystone Park in Nashville, they are currently running a Christmas light show put on by Shadrack Productions. It's a 2 drive-thru mile stretch of Christmas lights synchronized to music. You can also reserve a horse drawn carriage to go through the lights show. We also have inflatable jump house and slides and a Christmas Village with Santa, hot chocolate, coffee and gifts (all have their own charges). It is $25 a carload to get into the lights show.
Everyone is invited, Winter Texans, overnighters and long-time guests, to the Christmas dinner at Travelers World RV Resort in San Antonio. The park provides the turkey, ham, dressing and potatoes and each guest is asked to bring a dish to pass. There's seating for 102 people, but if weather is nice they can add a few more people who may have to sit outside.
This weekend at Jellystone Hill Country, prices are rolled back 40 years (Rv sites $3.40 and lodge rooms $20.99) for an old time Christmas as a Thank you to their guests! In return, they ask for a donation to the local food bank.