The halls are fully decked in Nashville, where Jellystone Park™ Campground is located just down the road from the Opryland Hotel. For the first time, the park is host to Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland, a world-renowned holiday light show set to your favorite holiday songs. Featuring hundreds of thousands of energy-efficient LED lights synchronized and dancing to classic tunes like the “Hallelujah Chorus”, this is one of the biggest light shows in the country! When the drive is done, visit Santa’s Village and warm up with cider or cocoa, toast a s’more, get your picture taken with Santa Claus, and visit the gift shop and Kids’ Craft Corner. The fully-computerized, custom-designed drive-thru holiday light tour is open 6-10 p.m. through January 2. Admission is $25 per carload, or reserve a Sugar Creek Carriage ride and enjoy the show in the open air (blankets are provided.) Guests will also receive a free local discount card valid for all of 2011.
A new addition to the Jellystone Park ™ family, Gloucester Point near Chesapeake Bay in Hayes, Virginia is making a marquee debut with its Christmas Holiday Light Show, held 6-10 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through January 2. With more than a quarter mile of twinkling lights synchronized to holiday music you’ll enjoy through your radio, it’s sure to become a family tradition. Even better, proceeds benefit the Gloucester Mathews Humane Society and the Abingdon Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department. You can also donate canned goods for the local Humane Society and area food banks. It’s a perfect way to enjoy the spirit of the season while making an impact on local lives.
For folks who live in the Midwest or for those just passing through, check out Santa’s Magical Kingdom, the Midwest’s most spectacular holiday light display filled with animated scenes, dazzling special effects, and millions of shimmering lights. Found at the Jellystone Park Campground next to Six Flags in Eureka, MO , this is a holiday experience that will truly bring your family joy, laughter and warm memories that will last for years to come. Drive through Elfland, Toyland, Candyland, the Tunnel of Dancing Lights and so much more. Wrap up your excursion with Mrs. Claus’s secret recipe chocolate chip cookies and cocoa at Kringle’s General Store, and don’t forget to stop by Santa’s Workshop for a visit with the Big Guy himself. To really get into the spirit, try the Train & Wagon rides, open-air tours (blankets provided) that leave every half hour from 5:30-10 p.m.
Open every night from Nov. 19 – Jan. 2, this driving tour lights the night from 5:30-10:30 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, and 5:30-11:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday. The cost is $18 per family vehicle, or $30 for commercial vehicles such as limousines and small buses. Visit www.santasmagicalkingdom.com or call 636-938-5925 for group rates and more information.
Stop by the Wisconsin Christmas Carnival of Lights, held each year at the Jellystone Park™ Campground in Caledonia, WI. Known as the “premiere drive through light display” of Milwaukee, this lighted magical adventure features a mile-long trail of wonders. You’ll see Santa’s elves hard at work in his workshop; Rudolph leading the pack on his annual Christmas Eve journey; and a 15-foot high gingerbread house covered in sparkling candy. After your cruise, stop in Santa’s Coffee Shop, where you can warm up with a homemade latte, mocha, hot cocoa, or cinnamon apple cider. While you’re there, you can pick up those last few gifts on the holiday list and even have the kids’ photo made with Santa, who stops by every Wednesday and Saturday evening. The Wisconsin Carnival of Lights is open every Sunday-Thursday from 5-9 p.m. and until 10 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays up through New Year’s (closed Christmas Day.) The fun begins just south of Oak Creek, WI located 1/2 mile south of the Milwaukee County line in Caledonia, WI right off HWY 38. For more information, visit www.wichristmascarnival.com or call 262.835.2565.
Dear Jellystone Visitors,
Happy holidays from the Big City! Boo Boo™ and I left Jellystone Park™ to spend the most wonderful time of the year metropolitan-style, with friends Snagglepuss™, Quick Draw McGraw™ and the gang! Luckily, I outwitted Ranger Smith™ with my department store Santa disguise. Our adventure led me to Judy, a girl who wants to spend more time with her workaholic dad. Who knew my love of pic-a-nic baskets would reunite them at a big city Christmas picnic in the park? Join the merrymaking, but get here before the basket is empty! The Flintstones™, Huckleberry Hound™, Augie Doggie™ and more also join us, making this a Christmas caper full of animated favorites for the whole hungry family.
Yours Truly, Yogi Bear™