Where do you travel at Christmas time? What holiday adventures do you seek?


Where do you like to travel during Christmas time?  It’s never too early to start planning for your next trip, or even next years trip.

Here is a list of places I’ve visited during the holidays, articles that I’ve found on Christmas RV destinations that have destinations I would like to see, and recommendations from fellow RV’ers on forums and groups.

Be forewarned, all of the places that I have been during the holidays are on the west coast or in the Western US.  For recommendations across the US, please see the links to the other articles listed below.

There is sure to be something here for everyone’s tastes.


Columbia, CA – You will find plenty of G rated family fun at the historic town of Colombia State Park, CA.  Colombia State Park is located in the foothills of the Sierra’s in the central valley. Fun and festive volunteers (a slight exaggeration as most of the volunteers are stoic as they act out their gold rush roles) dress in period costumes with demonstrations, stagecoach rides, tours and blacksmiths shops specializing in goods from the nineteenth century.

Columbia has several Christmas events listed on their holiday event calendar,  including candy cane making, equestrian parade, Miners’ Christmas, feasts and more.

You can even take in a theatrical production at Fallen House Theatre put on by Sierra Repetory Theatre.  Don’t miss this years rendition of  IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS. 

Don’t miss the town of Murphy’s known as the Queen of the Sierras is also nearby, with plenty of world class wine tastings, shops and fine dining. This is a destination of its own for a future blog.  But if Columbia is too historic for you, Murphy’s is just the right amount of history combined with 21st century. The hotels and bed and breakfasts are cozy, warm and historic.

There are hotels and cottages that can be rented in Columbia State Park.

Calveras Big Trees State Park is nearby has camping for RV’s up to 30′.

I’ve not stayed here, but here is the link to a highly rated local RV park 49er RV Ranch.

Petaluma, CA/ San Francisco North- If you like to spend holidays in big cities like San Francisco but also want to a camp experience in your RV, I recommend the Peluma KOA RV Park.  December 16th, Santa is coming to town to the KOA RV park and they are hosting a Christmas pot luck.  There is plenty to do at the RV park.  Nearby, only 3 miles away, in historic Petaluma you’ll find boutique and vintage shopping, and many restaurants.  You can also explore the central coast, only 40 minutes away, or experience San Francisco during the holidays, only an hour away.


Virgina City, Nevada – Step back in time in Virginia City, Nevada.  Christmas on the Comstock is a fun family event. Virginia City is an old mining town that goes all in for the holidays. Virginia City boasts shops, bars and saloons, leaving you with a feel of the Wild Wild West.

Here is a list of Virginia City Christmas events.

For families, don’t miss riding on the V & T Candy Cane Express Trains or the Polar Express.

For a place to camp in your RV visit Virginia City RV Park & Market.


Reno, Nevada – For some adult entertainment, it’s not too late to put on your Santa suits and join in the festivities with 10,000 other Santa’s and revelers at the Annual Santa Pub Crawl supporting local schools.  There are several RV parks nearby and hotels are reasonable if your reserve your room early.  Suggest taking an hired car back and forth from the festivities.  I can vouch that this is a fun event.  Even if you just visit one or two stops and stay inside the warm hotels it is fun to watch all of the revelers decked out in their Santa, Elf and Reindeer suits.

Sacramento, CA– I would be remiss if I didn’t mention all of the fun things to do in Sacramento, CA during the holidays.  Sacramento also have a historic Old Sacramento, were you will find a Macy’s Theatre of Lights production.  Old Sacramento also takes you back to the days of the gold rush with a cobble stone roads, wooden plank walkways, and a steam train complete with world class Train Museum.

Sacramento has seven museums located downtown.  Also worth a visit is the  Capital of California, where my husband once proposed 15 years ago. The Capital is also a museum and offers tours daily.

You can also watch an exciting Sacramento Kings Basketball game live or a concert at the state of the art Golden One Center.

For theater and live productions, take in a spectacular performance of The Nutcracker performed by the Sacramento Ballet at the Community Center.  Broadway shows are usually performed at other times of the year.


Cal Expo has a Global Winter Wonderland light display that is beautiful to view on dark wintry night.  You can find discounted tickets on groupon.

We also have lots of neighborhood throughout Sacramento that decorate with millions of lights that Sparkle and shine during Christmas time. Here is a list The Sacramento Bee put together on a list of holiday light displays in and near Sacramento.

If your traveling in an RV you can stay at SacWest, which is a former KOA which is only a few miles from historic Old Sacramento. \


Lodi, CA – For an RV camp experience RV’ers can also check out Yogi Bear Camp resorts. I’ve seen this RV park recommended in a few FB groups.  They have lots of holiday events listed on their website for the family and there is great fishing on the delta.  December 2nd there is a nearby boat parade in Stockton.  There is also phenomenal wine tasting and shopping in historic downtown Lodi. If you like wine tasting, their is lots of amazing wine tasting outside of Napa Valley, including Lodi, CA.

Here is the link for the Yogi Bear Camp resort in Lodi CA.

I usually spend my Christmas at home with my family and friends, but we do take weekend trips during the month of December. This year we are going to Disneyland with my family on my husbands side.

There are plenty of great bloggers that can tell you all about Disnleyland, so I will leave it to these experts. My favorite blog that I follow regularly is Disneyland Daily.

My family loves Monterey, CA during the holidays.  Monterey, CA never disappoints any time of the year, and the California coast is often warmer than the central valley during the winter months.

Here are the links to places to stay and things to do in Monterey,  CA which gives me a blog idea of “Things to do in and near Monterey during the holidays!” Watch for it.

These are all things to do in California, and a small list at that.  Here are several links to Christmas events for RV’ers across the US.

Here are the recommendations from The RV Forum Community.

vmax1- Best place is Chula Vista resort, San Diego, they go all out on Xmas decorations, RV`s are also decorated like you`ve never seen, plus they have a boat parade next door, fantastic!!

Ken & Shiela- James Island, SC if you enjoy the light display! Never been there at Christmas, but we did stay at the RV Park there and have heard the the Lights are beautiful. See http://www.charlestonlowcountry.com/specialpages/festivaloflights.html

The James Island County RV park is nice.  I guess I should say that I will be at Catalina State Park just north of Tucson in the Oro Valley. But no light show.

Kim Bertram – We are going to be in Bella Terra on the Gulf Coast and will enjoy the Bellingrath Gardens Christmas light show in Mobile! It is absolutely fun and amazing!

This list will grow, but if you are looking for some ideas this list should get you started.

I plan to share an updated version of this blog each year as I am sure my list of ideas and experiences will continue to grow.

Have you been to any of these events or places during the holidays? Please give me your opinion or feedback.


15 thoughts on “Where do you travel at Christmas time? What holiday adventures do you seek?

  1. i normally spend Christmas day with the family, but I try and get away somewhere cold in December. As i live in the UK, Europe is really accessible, I recommend Norway!

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  2. Hi there, great impressive list of seasonal places to visit during the Christmas holidays. I live in Ireland and we have a few Xmas themed parks that are popular with Irish families during Xmas time. Hopefully I will get to America some day and will explore these places you have listed.

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