Christmas in July at Jellystone Park Campgrounds

Jellystone Park™ campgrounds offer the ultimate mid-summer camping event — Christmas in July Themed Weekends!

The holiday season goes by much too quickly for most people. But families who visit Jellystone Park™ campgrounds in July will have another chance to celebrate the holidays with annual “Christmas in July” activities. Christmas in July weekends typically include campsite and cabin decorating contests, gift exchanges and visits by Santa Claus. Some parks even have caroling, snowball fights and iceskating, while children’s craft activities range from making Christmas ornaments to painting ceramics for mom and dad.

Jellystone Park Campgrounds Celebrate Christmas in July

Jellystone Park Campgrounds Celebrate Christmas in July

Christmas in July themed weeks and weekends are scheduled at most Jellystone Park campgrounds across the U.S. and Canada as shown below.

If a Jellystone Park location is not listed, they do not have Christmas in July specific events.  To view a full list of locations, go to the Find a Park page.


2014 Christmas in July Events

(will be updated for 2015 soon)


Niagara Falls, Ontario – July 24-26 – It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Parents may bring a gift for their children to be delivered by Yogi Bear™ playing Santa ($20 max) on Saturday afternoon at the Rec Hall. There will be a Christmas DJ Dance Saturday evening, caroling and a sleigh ride around the park! Don’t forget to bring Christmas decorations for your campsites (prize available)!

Toronto, Ontario – July 25-27 – It’s the most wonderful time of the year, Christmas in July! Gingerbread making, decorating the Christmas tree and singing Christmas carols are only a few of the many holiday-spirited activities being held this weekend!


Larkspur, CO – July 10-12 – Christmas in July weekend includes: ‘Ice skating’, Melted snowman cookies, Site decorating contest, Golf cart decorating contest, Christmas carol hayrides, Christmas ornament (ceramics), Favorite Christmas tradition contest

Montrose, CO – July 24-26 – Holly Jolly Christmas in July – In the middle of summer, celebrate Christmas in July with us. We’ll have decorations, Christmas treats, holiday music, paint a ceramic Christmas tree and of course join us for cookies-n-milk with Santa Claus. Also, on Sunday Yogi Bear™ will join us for all you can eat pancake breakfast.


Milford, DE – July 24-26 – It was the night before Christmas and WOW!


Bremen, GA – July 19-21 – It’s going to be a cool weekend in July as we celebrate an early Christmas with Yogi and his friends. Lots of fun games and crafts. When you spot Yogi, be sure to tell him what you want for Christmas. We will be painting ceramics for Christmas presents for Mom and Dad. Join us for our white elephant Christmas gift exchange. Just bring a small wrapped gift (around $1) and be creative when you wrap it as there will be a prize for the “most unusually” wrapped gift.


Amboy, IL – July 25-27 – Come visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, join the Christmas parade, holiday music, Snowball Dance and site decorating.

Millbrook, IL – July 18-20 and July 25-27 – Winter Wonderland – The last two weekends is July, we’re turning Jellystone Park™ into a Winter Wonderland. A visit from Santa, Yogi’s Christmas Stageshow, and ringing in the New Year with Yogi Bear™, Cindy Bear™, and Boo Boo™ is sure to be a blast!

Pittsfield, IL – July 16-20 and July 23-27 – Santa Claus is coming to Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ at Pine Lakes! Celebrate Christmas early with Christmas crafts, decorating and Christmas music! We will have contests for best decorated campsites and games like gift wrapping and gift sack races.


Bloomington, IN – week of July 21 – Join Santa himself and his elves for snowball fights, train rides with Ole St. Nick, and the beloved favorite, Shaving Cream Ice Skating!  Meet us for tree decorating, Christmas crafts, and a delightful store sale for all those good little boys and girls!

Fremont, IN – July 25-27 – Santa Claus is coming to Jellystone Park™ to check on all of our campers, and he’s bringing the Christmas spirit with him! We’ll go ice skating, have a snowball fight, and build toys during craft time. You’ll also enjoy bingo, tie-dye, wagon rides, games at the athletic field and much more.

Knightstown, IN – July 25-27 – Santa Claus is coming to Jellystone Park™. Decorate your site to win vouchers for camping. Cabins are not to be decorated. Try your hand at “ice skating”, snowball fights, and making your own ornament for our Christmas tree. Please provide a SMALL wrapped gift for your child ($10 value or less).

Pierceton, IN – July 18-20 – ‘Tis the Season to be Jolly Weekend – The Christmas celebration begins.   Decorate your lots and golf carts for our annual Christmas Light Parade.  Cash prizes for best- decorated lots.   Santa and Yogi Bear will visit the children.   Bring a $5.00 wrapped gift marked boy or girl for a gift exchange and an unwrapped gift for Toys for Tots.  Participate in a gift-wrapping contest, snowball fights, ice skating, Christmas arts and crafts.   Hop on the Yogi Express Wagon Ride.    Live gospel concert with “ONE ACCORD ” on Sunday.

Plymouth, IN – July 11-13 – Christmas in July/New Year’s Eve Bash – Ho ho ho! It’s the merriest weekend of the season. Santa Claus is coming to Jellystone Park™! He will join the Christmas Parade down Yogi Bear™Blvd., and then give sleigh rides. Celebrate with Christmas crafts and music. Kids can bring a gift to exchange at the Christmas party. Decorate your golf cart and win the prize for “Most Festive.” Don’t forget the Christmas decorations for the sitedecorating contest. Then count down the night at our New Year’s Eve DJ Dance.

Portage, IN – July 25-27 – This is the 11th Anniversary of the Pyro’s annual “Holiday Toy Drive”. Bring a new unwrapped toy for our Holiday Toy drive. Enjoy great food fest Saturday (Nominal fees will apply.) Sitedecorating contest, trim the tree with Yogi Bear™ and Mrs. Claus, Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, treats for the kids. Take part in the Christmas Raffles. Motorcycle Christmas parade on Saturday with Santa and Mrs. Claus, golf carts and bicycles welcome on the parade route through the park. There will be plenty of activities for the whole family. Enjoy “5 Guys named Moe Band” on Saturday night.

Spencer, IN – July 12-13 – Since the park is closed during the winter, we are celebrating Christmas in July. Come help us decorate the park Christmas tree. Go Christmas caroling on the hey, hey, hey ride. Sample some Christmas cookies and bring a $5 gift (adult and kids unisex) for the gift exchange with Santa! Create your own holiday ornament to hang on the family tree.


Lawrence, KS – July 14-20 – Christmas in July


Robert, LA – July 25-27 – Decorate your golf carts & bicycles and grab your throws for Santa’s Christmas in July “Hey”ride parade. Best decoration contests, and if you are good, Santa just might have a gift for you! (Parents bring gift(s) for Santa’s sack with child’s name, age, and site or cabin#.)


Madison, ME – July 11-13 – Christmas only comes once a year, except at Jellystone Park™! Yogi Bear™ and BooBoo™ love Christmas and will be at the Christmas Party on Saturday night along with Santa Claus! Santa will be giving out presents (parent provided). Great photo op! Prizes for best Christmas decorated sites.


Hagerstown, MD – Week of July 21 – Winter Wonderland Week – Let it Snow. Let it snow. Let it snow. We’ll ice skate, play hockey, and have snow ball fights. Santa will stop by to see the “good” boys & girls. Bring your holiday decorations and decorate your site. Prizes awarded for the best decorations. Help Cindy Bear™ decorate her tree. You can make Christmas ornaments and ceramics. Celebrate 2014 1/2 New Year’s Eve with live music.


Frankenmuth, MI – July 12-14 – Holly Jolly Holidays – Breakfast with Santa Saturday morning, snowball fight, reindeer races and a New Year’s Eve Mini Golf Party.

Indian River, MI – July 11-13 – All your favorite Christmas activities: make an ornament, decorate Yogi Bear’s Christmas tree, decorate a Christmas cookie, or make a graham cracker house.  Santa Claus will visit on Saturday evening and pass out gifts (parents please bring a small gift for your children for Santa to give to them).  We’ll have a decorated sites contest for a chance to win free camping, and we’ll cap off Saturday evening with a quiet walk through the campground to view all the decorated sites.

South Haven, MI – July 25-27 – Since Yogi Bear™ hibernates during the winter, we are celebrating Christmas early.  Come celebrate with Christmas crafts, Christmas decorations and can’t forget some Christmas music! We will even sing go caroling on the “Hey, Hey, Hey Ride.”


Austin, MN – July 11-13 – Santa Claus is coming this weekend! Bring gifts for your kids (or purchase them at the Ranger Station) to put under our Christmas tree at the Winter Wonderland Party. Yogi Bear and Santa may hand out presents to your good little boys and girls. Get a picture with Santa, try a special snow slip ‘n slide, and enjoy Christmas themed games all weekend long. The most festive campsite wins the “Best Christmas Site Delight” award, so don’t forget the decorations. Friday night enjoy karaoke; Saturday night features a Glow Stick Christmas Carol Sleigh Hayride.


Pelahatchie, MS – July 25-27 – Decorate your site for Christmas! Santa will be here. Make Christmas crafts in the Activities Center.


Branson, MO – July 26-28 – Merry Christmas! We will have a best-decorated site contest! Bring a shirt for some Red and Green DYE-FUN! Come enjoy some ROOT BEER FLOATS ($)! Join us for a Glow Light Hike

Eureka, MO – Holidaze Weeks 1 & 2, July 14-17 and July 21-24 – If you love all holidays, this is the week for you! We’re celebrating Halloween, Christmas, St. Patrick’s Day, and Valentine’s Day all in one week! You’re welcome to wear a costume for Halloween on Monday, and don’t miss out on Wacky Wednesday with inflatables and a movie night!

New Hampshire

Ashland, NH – July 18-20 – Yogi Bear’s Yuletide Christmas – Sled Riding, Snowball Fights, Ice Skate in 80 degree weather. Christmas Eve Party Friday night with DJ Brian Johnston! Join Santa on Saturday for our annual party! Bring a gift ($5 value) & get a gift. New Year’s Eve Party on Saturday Night!

New Jersey

Elmer, NJ – July 18-20 – Merrrrry Christmas Jellystone Park™!‘Tis the season to be jolly and Yogi Bear™and Boo Boo™ certainly know how to do that. We’ll be having a Christmas Parade, Christmas party with Santa, tree-trimming event, site decorating contest, and much, much more.

New York

Cooperstown, NY – July 18-20 – Santa Claus is coming to Jellystone Park™! Please provide a SMALL wrapped gift labeled girl, boy or either ($5 value or less) for Santa to deliver. Try your hand at marshmallow snowman building, sledding, snowball fights and much more. Expect a visit from Cindy Bear™! Decorate your site to win free camping. Bonfire by the Lake.

Gardiner, NY – July 25-27 – Everyone’s favorite! Yogi Bear™ says to deck the sites with boughs of holly, lights and decorations. Get ready for site judging. Caroling on the hayride and a dance on Saturday night.

Mexico, NY – July 25-27 – Bring your Christmas decorations for our annual site decorating contest. We’ll be caroling, crafts and cookie decorating. Santa will join Yogi Bear™ and Boo Boo™ at the Christmas Party Saturday night. Please bring a small wrapped gift (approximately $5.00) for your child(ren) to receive from Santa or purchase one from the Jellystone Park™ Gift Shop. Make your reservations early for this weekend.

North Hudson, NY – July 25-27 – Santa comes to visit his summer place. Lots of holiday merriment. FREE CAMPING CERTIFICATE for the best-decorated campsite. Lite stick wagon ride, special Christmas craft, Santa will hand out gifts to the kids (parents please bring a wrapped inexpensive gift with your child’s name on it.) Turkey Dinner ($) Saturday night. DJ Dance. (Check out our after Christmas Store Sale.)

North Java, NY – July 21-27 – Come celebrate Christmas with Yogi Bear™ and friends! Make your Christmas wish lists for Santa and listen for the sleigh bells as Santa delivers gifts throughout the park! We will have Christmas themed activities throughout the weekend such as ice skating, snow ball fights and a snow man building contest. Don’t forget to bring your Christmas decorations for our site decorating contest! Reserve your spot on Santa’s List at the front desk upon arrival. ($)

Woodridge, NY – July 13-20 – Christmas in July Week

North Carolina

Cherokee, NC – July 14-20 – Jellystone Park™ is Santa’s favorite place to vacation in July! Show your Christmas spirit by decorating your campsite or cabin for our Decorating Contest. Winner receives a free night stay for a site/cabin toward their next stay.

Tabor City, NC – July 18-20 – Christmas tree chalk drawings, Christmas-themed games, site decorating contest, sleigh ride with the bears, and much more.


Akron/Canton, OH – July 18-20 – Christmas in July

Columbus North/Mt. Gilead, OH – July 25-27 – Christmas is just too good to only celebrate in December. Join us for our July Christmas celebration with a visit from jolly ole Saint Nick.

Shreve/Big Prairie, OH – July 25-27 – Decorate and Celebrate with Us!  Watch out for Santa – rig decorating contest.


Harrisville, PA – July 18-20 – Merry Christmas! We will have Christmas Caroling, a best-decorated site contest! Come have brownies and punch with SANTA! There will be a Christmas craft, Sand Art activity ($) for the kids!

Mill Run, PA – July 11-13 – Site decorating contest. Children’s tree decorating with a visit from Santa Claus, the Snowman and Rudolph. Children’s cookie decorating. Christmas movies. Picnic Basket – Wagon Ride. Moonlight Wagon Ride to see the lights. Magician. Purchase Christmas gifts at the store and receive free gift wrapping and special delivery of gifts to your site with Santa on the Christmas train. New Year’s Eve 2014-1/2 Celebration.

Milton, PA – July 11-13 – Get an early start on making Christmas crafts. Santa arrives on Saturday! Best decorated site contest with prizes! Cookie bake-off with prizes! Please note: bicycle helmets are required for under age 12.

Quarryville, PA – Week of July 21 – Bring your Christmas spirit because we are celebrating Christmas early this year at Jellystone Park™. Holiday cheer abounds with Christmas crafts, Christmas carol trivia and Christmas games! Make sure you get a picture with Santa Claus and Yogi Bear™ for the perfect family Christmas card. There will be crafts ($) every morning, hayrides, s’more socials and a dance party at the pool on Wed/Sat. Bring your Christmas gear because we will be having a site decorating contest with a prize of $100 gift card for the best decorated site. Ho Ho Ho! Prime Season rates apply.

South Carolina

Swansea, SC – July 18-20 – Friday Family Fun Movie, Pics with Yogi Bear™ and Santa Claus, Hey Rides, Golf Cart & Bike Parade, Kids’ Crafts, Site Decorating Contest.

South Dakota

Sioux Falls, SD – July 12-14 – “Deck the Campers with Boughs of Holly!” Join Santa when he vacations at Jellystone Park™. Christmas crafts – Christmas carols – Snowball fight. When you buy a gift from the gift shop you get free gift-wrap and your gift delivered by Santa! Deck the sites with Christmas decorations for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate for best decorated site.


Memphis, TN (Horn Lake, MS) – July 11-13 – Come join Yogi Bear for the holidays. Decorate sugar cookies, build a gingerbread house ($), make ornaments and decorate the tree. Don’t forget your decorations. Yogi Bear will award some prizes to the best-decorated camp sites.

Nashville, TN – July 21-27 – Christmas in July Week – “Deck the Campers with Boughs of Holly!” Join Santa when he vacations at Jellystone Park™. Christmas crafts – Christmas carols – Snowball fight. When you buy a gift from the gift shop you get free gift-wrap and your gift delivered by Santa! Deck the sites with Christmas decorations for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate for best decorated site.


Burleson, TX – July 14-20 – July Jingle Bells – Bust out those decorations for the most festive time of the year. Help Yogi Bear™ decorate the North Texas Jellystone Park™ Christmas tree. Join the Polar “Hey, Hey, Hey” Ride and “Fire and Ice” truck rides and fill the air with carols. Participate in our “snowball fight.” Make your own ornaments to take home for Christmas in December. Get ready for a Holly, Jolly time at North Texas Jellystone Park™.

Canyon Lake, TX  – July 11-13 – Join us for our Christmas Celebration in the middle of the summer! We’ll have a site decorating contest, holiday themed crafts, Christmas activities, and visits from Santa. Only half a year to Christmas!

Texas Wine Country/Fredericksburg, TX – July 18-20 – Winter Wonderland Weekend – Santa will stop by to see the “good” boys & girls. Join us for caroling thru the park. Bring your holiday decorations and decorate your site. Prizes for the best decorations! Help Yogi Bear™decorate our tree. You can make Christmas ornaments for your tree!

Tyler, TX – July 14-19 – Since Yogi Bear™ hibernates through the winter he is celebrating Christmas in July.  Come help Yogi Bear™ decorate the park Christmas tree.  Go Christmas caroling on the Holiday “Hey, Hey, Hey” ride.  Bring a $5 gift labeled boy or girl for our gift exchange with Yogi Bear™ and Santa!  Paint your very own Yogi Bear™, Boo Boo™, Cindy Bear™ or Ranger Smith™ Christmas ornament to hang on your family tree.  All those and lots more to do this week!

Wichita Falls, TX July 24-26 – Ho-Ho-Ho! Everyone here at Jellystone Park™ is getting into the Christmas spirit! Even Yogi Bear™! Bring the kids out this weekend for a spectacular Christmas celebration. Sign up for the Secret Santa gift exchange, attend the Christmas party and be sure to catch the Tree Lighting Ceremony. Get in line for the Yogi Express- and enjoy some hot cocoa along the ride! Bring your best Christmas spirit because there will be a site decorating contest- for cabins/cottages and RV Sites!


Gloucester Point,VA – July 25-27 – Christmas-themed games, “snowball” fights, Winter Wonderland Party, marshmallow snowmen, and meet Santa Claus & Cindy Bear™.

Luray,VA – July 7-13 – Christmas in July Week – Come join Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ as we have our site decorating contest with prizes for the best holiday decorated sites. Join us in our holiday themed crafts, tree decorating, snowball fights, and a hey ride with caroling. Santa will be here all week and will pass out presents you bring or buy on Saturday (please keep gifts under $20.00.) Saturday night we’ll ring in the New Year with a DJ Dance Party.

Natural Bridge,VA – July 25-27 – Christmas in July Beach Party – It may be the middle of the summer, but we’re ready to celebrate Christmas. Just picture tropical hot chocolate, candy canes and leis, palm trees covered in tinsel, and gifts. They all make up a wonderful Christmas in July spent together with family and friends. Yogi Bear™is having a Christmas in July Book Swap this weekend. Bring a new or gently used book to swap with other campers.


Bagley, WI – July 18-20 – ‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the cave, Boo Boo™ was sleeping and Yogi Bear™ was trying to behave, for he knew Santa would know if he’s been good or bad, because a Christmas with no pic-a-nic basket is really quite sad. Ho, ho, ho. Merry Christmas!!! Prize awarded to the best decorated Christmas site or cabin! Tree decorating, caroling through Jellystone Park™ Saturday night, gift giving (bring a wrapped gift or buy one in the store and we’ll wrap it for FREE) and pictures with Santa! (Be sure to write the name and site # of the person who will receive the gift).

Caledonia, WI – July 18-20 – “All aboard! The Yogi Bear™ Express is swinging by Jellystone Park™.” Help us trim the tree, play “conductor says,” join us for a Christmas Caroling HEY! Ride and even a pajama party!

Fort Atkinson, WI – July 25-27 – Christmas in July – Gilbert Brown Foundation Fundraiser 
Ho-Ho-Ho!  Everyone here at Jellystone Park™ is getting into the Christmas spirit! Even Yogi™!  Santa will be here on Saturday evening to meet all the kids and may even have a sweet treat for them!  We will also be trying to cool down in the hot weather with some snowball games, water wars, and pool games.  Bring your best Christmas spirit because there will be a site and golf cart decorating contest for everyone to participate in!  As an added bonus, Gilbert Brown’s Foundation will make their annual appearance Saturday, bringing the opportunity to get signed Packer goods and FUN!

Fremont, WI – July 25-27 – It’s time to celebrate Christmas with Santa, singing carols, hayrides, decorate your site for amazing prizes and much more.

Sturgeon Bay, WI – July 11-13 – Ho! Ho! Ho! Join us for our campsite decorating contest and an opportunity to see Santa and Yogi Bear™ together! DJ Dance on Saturday night.

Warrens, WI – Christmas in July Week

Wisconsin Dells, WI – July 18-24 – Christmas Week – Santa Claus and Yogi Bear™ have teamed up to bring holiday happiness to Jellystone Park™! Show us your Christmas spirit and deck your campsite for a chance to win a Shop’ N Camp Package ($199 Value). Trim the resort Christmas tree, make ornaments, and decorate festive cookies. Make sure to bring a canned good to donate to help our local food pantry then all aboard the Frosty Express to sing Christmas carols on the SL-Hey ride and light display with Santa Claus! (7/19 & 7/23) Get into the holiday season on a glow stick Christmas caroling parade with the bears (7/18 & 7/22). Make it a decem-bear to remem-bear at the Jingle Bell Rock Dance (7/19) and Silver Bells Pool Party (7/20). Adults can make merry during the spiced eggnog and cookie social (7/18 & 7/22). Joyful scavenger hunts, Santa story time, and send a letter to the North Pole all await you for the best time of the year!