Families that visit Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts this month will have a chance to celebrate the holidays early with “Christmas in July” activities, according to a press release.
“It’s one of our most popular themed events,” said Michele Wisher, director of marketing for Leisure Systems Inc., which franchises Jellystone Parks across the country.
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 white elephant gift exchanges, while children’s craft activities range from making Christmas ornaments to painting ceramics for their parents.
Christmas in July events have become so popular at the Jellystone Park in Pittsfield, Ill., that the park has two Christmas themed weekends this month during July 20 – 21 and July 27 – 20.
Meanwhile, the Jellystone Park in Williamsport, Md. has a full week of Christmas- and holiday-themed activities from July 22 – 28. The park will be decked out in holiday lights and carolers from a local high school will sing to campers in the evening. The park is also planning a New Year’s Eve celebration with a DJ dance and a countdown to midnight. The park even has a jumbo screen that shows the ball dropping in New York from the previous New Year’s Eve.
Other Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Parks with a full week of Christmas themed activities include locations in Cherokee, N.C.; East Wareham, Mass.; Lawrence, Kan.; North Java, N.Y.; and Warrens, Wis.
Christmas in July themed weeks and weekends are scheduled at most Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts across the U.S. and Canada.