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Cultus Lake

December 14: Annual Christmas party and potluck luncheon. Festivities begin at 1 p.m. You bring the goodies and we will supply the ham. Please call the preserve to let them know you'll be attending - stay for the day or the weekend! Throughout December, activities will be member-generated. Family Centre hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily


Pacific City

November 2: Come decorate the Family Lodge for the Thanksgiving holiday.

November 23: Thanksgiving potluck dinner. Turkey, gravy, cranberry sauce, rolls and beverages $5 per person. You bring the complimenting sides to serve your party, plus 8. If the first letter of your last name begins with A-M bring salads, potatoes, stuffing or dessert; if it begins with N-Z bring vegetables, fruit, cheese platter or any hot side dish. Contact (503) 965-6200 to make a reservation and sign up your dish.

December 7: Come decorate the Family Lodge for Christmas. Holiday music, snacks and beverages provided.

Whalers Rest

Throughout November and December: Super Candy Bar Bingo on Saturdays at 1 p.m.

November 28: Thanksgiving Potluck: We supply the turkey, ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy and attendees supply the side dishes and desserts for only $3 per person. Dinner is served at 3 p.m.

November 30: Turkey Bingo in the North Clubhouse at 6 p.m. Prizes for winners!

December 21: Celebrate Christmas with our holiday-themed party at 2 p.m. in the South Clubhouse.

December 31: Ring in the New Year and enjoy a night of family fun and prizes at our Casino Bash. Fun starts at 7 p.m. in the South Clubhouse.



December 7: We're trimming the tree - come give us a hand at our Tree Trimming and Dessert Potluck party at 1 p.m. in the Adult Lodge. Throughout the winter season, our Adult Lodge is open for all ages (Family hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Adults-only hours are 6-8 p.m.) Join your fellow campers for an evening around the fireplace, a Saturday matinée or catch the games on Sunday with free popcorn.

November 27
Murder Mystery Dinner Train
Experience this event at the Chehalis-Centralia Railroad & Museum, located just 20 minutes from the preserve. For information call (360) 748-9593.

December 7
64th Annual Santa Parade
Held in downtown Chehalis, just 20 minutes form the preserve. For information call (360) 748-8885.

Mount Vernon

November 16
Skagit Wine Festival
Held at the Best Western, just 15 miles from the preserve, event features Washington wines, local cheeses and chocolate sampling. For information call (360) 428-8547.


Lake Minden

November 1-3: Crafters Holiday: Join us for a weekend of crafting. We'll have tables set up for Jewelry Making (various projects), Beaded Ornaments, Scrapbooking, Holiday Tags and a variety of Holiday Craft Projects. Sign up early for specific projects. Don't forget the Friday Night Potluck Social, Brown Bag and Saturday Candy Bar Bingo and Ice Cream Social.

November 8-10: A Salute to Veterans: Join us for a Veterans Day Pie Social. Veterans are encouraged to bring photos for our Salute to Veterans Board and memories to share with other veterans and members. Join us as we make holiday cards to send to our men and woman in Veterans Hospital. Don't forget the Friday Night Potluck Social, Brown Bag Bingo and Saturday Candy Bar Bingo and Ice Cream Social.

November 15-17: It's All About Family: Bring your favorite photos and memories and we'll do some scrapbooking with journal entries. We'll also make a variety of mini scrapbooks that are great for holiday gifts. Bring the family for the Friday Night Potluck Social. Saturday morning we'll play family board games and do family crafts. Later bring the whole family to Candy Bar Bingo and stay for the Ice Cream Social.

November 22-24: Lake Minden Thanksgiving: This is Lake Minden's most popular social. Join us Saturday for a traditional Thanksgiving meal of turkey and dressing at our Annual Thanksgiving Potluck. Enjoy a scrumptious meal while you catch up with old friends and make new ones. Then take a relaxing walk around the lake. Join us for Karaoke or make Christmas cards and mini tree ornaments.

November 29-December 1: Crafters Holiday: Join us for a weekend of crafting. We'll have tables set up for Jewelry Making (various projects), Beaded Ornaments, Scrapbooking, Cards and Holiday Tags. Sign up early for specific projects. Don't forget the Friday Night Potluck Social, Brown Bag Bingo and Saturday Candy Bar Bingo and Ice Cream Social.

December 6-8: Deck the Halls: This week we'll be making a variety of holiday ornaments in the children's and adult craft sessions. We'll also be decorating a hat, sock and mitten/glove tree during the month of December. Bring your donations to the Adult Lodge and help us share the holiday spirit with the less fortunate. Don't forget the Friday Night Potluck Social, Brown Bag Bingo and Saturday Candy Bar Bingo and Ice Cream Social.

December 13-15: Tis the Season: Join us for our Friday night Potluck Social followed by Christmas Brown Bag Bingo. Get in the spirit with holiday caroling around the Christmas tree. We'll keep warm with hot chocolate and popcorn. It's not too late to bead a pair of Christmas earrings in a Holiday Bead Class. Saturday join us for Candy Bar Bingo and the Ice Cream Social.

December 20-21: Christmas Dinner Social: Join us for our Annual Christmas Potluck Dinner Social on the 21st. Not quite finished with your Christmas shopping? Take a Beading Class and make a bracelet or pair of earrings. You can also craft a Christmas ornament. Don't forget the Friday Night Potluck Social, Brown Bag Bingo and Saturday Candy Bar Bingo and Ice Cream Social.

December 27-29: Happy New Year: Friday Night join us for a potluck dinner and Brown Bag Bingo as we say goodbye to 2013. On Saturday we will have Bingo and the last Ice Cream Social of the year.

December 31: New Year's Eve: Join us for a Finger Food Potluck Social followed by a variety of card and board games, plus Brown Big Bingo and Karaoke as we ring in the New Year.

November 14
Christmas Stroll
This is a great annual community event featuring the Mayor and Santa lighting the Christmas tree at the water tower on Plumas Street, just 20 miles from the preserve. There will be free entertainment, food and craft vendors, pictures with Santa and more. There will also be an expanded kid zone. Event hours are 2 to 9 p.m. For information call (530) 755-1620.

Lake of the Springs

November 28: Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner - we supply the turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, plus coffee and iced tea. Cost is $6.75 per person, ages three and up. Members are asked to bring a dish for their family, plus eight (vegetables, salads, rolls or desserts). Sign up at the Trading Post or get advance tickets. For more information call (530) 692-1042 or (530) 692-3215. We will have one seating at 2 p.m.

December 14: Tree Trimming event - join us for tree trimming with good friends, hot chocolate and holiday music.

December 31: New Year's Eve Dinner and Dance: Join us for dinner and stay for the dance featuring The James Slack Band. For more information, or to sign up, call (530) 692-3215 or (530) 692-1612.

Palm Springs

November 21: What's better than spending Thanksgiving in Palm Springs? Spending Thanksgiving with your family of friends right here on the preserve. Thanksgiving morning watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade in the Family Lodge. Bring a cup of coffee and a friend and enjoy the parade.

December 7: Do you have an award-winning chili recipe? Cook up your favorite recipe and enter the Thousand Trails Palm Springs Chili Cook-Off.

December 24: Merry Christmas! Join the Recreation Staff for caroling, drinking hot chocolate and savoring Christmas cookies. After the caroling, we will have our Christmas Decorating Contest awards ceremony. Decorate your rig, site or both. Santa and his elves will be watching.

December 31: Celebrate the New Year with good friends, good food and good music. Can't stay up until midnight PST, no problem - we will do a countdown at 9 p.m. (EST) and another countdown at midnight (PST). Seating is limited. Tickets go on sale December 15.

November 22-24
McCormick's Classic Car Show and Auction
Hundreds of classic, sports, antique and special interest autos are sold across the auction block during the three days. Come to browse or to buy. Event is held at the Spa Resort Casino in Palm Springs, just 10 miles from the preserve. Event hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. For information call (760) 320-3290.

December 7-8
Indio International Tamale Festival
This festival features savory tamales from hundreds of vendors from across the Southwest. Get there early for the best selection, including tamales that incorporate sweet dates and others that make use of savory salmon, along with traditional tastes. Event runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Fantasy Springs Casino, just five miles from the preserve. For information call (760) 391-4175.

Pio Pico

November 1: Casino Night.

November 2: "Bark in the Park" Doggie Social and Dance.

November 9: "Veterans Tribute" Veterans Friends and Movie Night.

November 16: "Everything Chocolate."

November 21: Thanksgiving Dinner.

November 23: "Pow Wow" Sycuans Tribe is hosting a Pow Wow.

December 6: "Christmas in the Park" Casino Night.

December 7: "Christmas in the Park" Raffle/Benefit and Movie Night.

December 14: "Christmas in the Park" Recipe/Cookie exchange, Decorate your RV and Christmas Karaoke.

December 20: "Christmas in the Park" Caroling, Cider/Cookie Social with Santa, RV Viewing.

December 21: "Christmas in the Park" Judging announcement and Movie Night.

December 28: "Bringing in the New Year" New Year's Resolution wall.

December 31: "Bringing in the New Year" New Year's Party! Live band.

November 24
2013 Mother Goose Parade
One of California's largest public parades, "Mother Goose" originated in 1947 as a gift to the children of East County from local businessmen. Upwards of 400,000 spectators line Magnolia, Main and Second Streets for this annual kick-off to the holidays. Event is just 17 miles from the preserve.

December 8
Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade
Held at the Gaslamp Hilton Park, this is San Diego's furriest festive parade. Event runs from 1 to 5 p.m. and is just 25 miles from the preserve.


November 29
Placerville Festival of Lights
The old-fashioned festivities will close Historic Main Street and begin around 5:30 p.m. at various locations up and down Main Street with music, entertainment, visits with Santa, stagecoach rides (4 to 6 p.m.) and the tree lighting at 6 p.m. at the Courthouse. Held in downtown Placerville, just 12 miles from the preserve.

December 14-15
Christmas in Coloma
The annual old-fashioned Christmas Celebration features period crafts, music, strolling musicians, historic trade demonstrations, 19th-century children's games, wreath making, and vendors featuring hand made crafts and foods for sale. A visit from Santa Claus is a colorful highlight of the day. Snow pile, if weather permits. The park's historic buildings will also be open for visitors' enjoyment. Held at Marshall Gold Discovery State Park, just 1 mile from the preserve. Events hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Rancho Oso

Throughout the Season: Guided trail rides are available daily for ages eight and over and fun hand-led rides for ages seven and under. Please call ahead for reservations. Don't forget to visit our ranch animals at the stables. Saturday and Sunday activities are subject to change. Breakfast at Stone Lodge will be served 8:30 to 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Our Saturdays will be filled with fun including wagon rides, Candy Bar Bingo, Ice Cream Socials, scavenger hunts, wine tasting and BBQ Dinners! The Country Store will be open for DVDs, snacks, drinks, etc. Please note the heated pool will close December 1 and will reopen in March.

November 28: Thanksgiving Dinner: Traditional Thanksgiving dinner provided, including turkey, stuffing, gravy, potatoes, cranberry sauce, salad, vegetables, rolls and beverage. Dessert potluck: please bring enough dessert to share with your party, plus four. Please RSVP to (805) 683-5686 or by November 14 with your email address, telephone number, and number of adults and youths in your party. Adult price is $15, plus tax, children 12 and under are $7, plus tax. Also, breakfast will be served Friday, November 29 and Saturday, November 30 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the Stone Lodge. We will serve a BBQ Chicken Dinner on Saturdays, through November 23, at 5:30 p.m. at the Stone Lodge. Please sign up and pay at the Country Store by 3 p.m. on Saturday.

December 31: New Year's Eve Party at the Stone Lodge: Dance to DJ Dominic and ring in 2014 with snacks and goodies provided by Rancho Oso. Party runs from 8 p.m. to midnight.

December 7
Los Olivos Olde-Fashioned Christmas Celebration
Celebrate in Los Olivos, just 23 miles from the preserve, as the streets are adorned with luminaries and the smell of popcorn and roasted walnuts drifts through the air! Local merchants will welcome guests during this romantic return to small town holiday celebration. Experience musical performances and a tree lighting ceremony by the "Little Angel." Event runs from 4:30 to 7 p.m. For more information visit

December 11
Parade of Lights
Held at Stearns Wharf in Santa Barbara, bring your camera for a photo op with Santa and friends. Santa arrives at 3 p.m. escorted by Harbor Patrol and his elves. Santa's Village has become a cherished holiday activity for children of all ages and is open from 3 to 5 p.m. Located on the City Pier in the Harbor (below Brophy's), Santa's Village will feature 12 tons of snow from the North Pole, holiday carolers and special treats from Santa Barbara Maritime Museum. Santa Barbara Boat Parade runs from 5:30 to 7:15 p.m. For information call (805) 897-1962.

Wilderness Lakes

November 9: Casino Night. Come play Blackjack for FREE. Play with Wilderness money and get rich. Tickets given and drawing for prizes at the end of the evening. Must be 21 to play.

November 10: Happy Veterans Day. FREE cake for all Veterans at the Ice Cream Social.

November 16: Movie Night with FREE popcorn.

November 23: Coyote Country DJ plays any type of music you could imagine. Just bring the whole family and enjoy quality time together. Clap your hands and stomp your feet or just listen.

November 29: Movie Night with FREE popcorn.

November 30: The clowns, Twinkles and Sunny Sunshine will be here to do face painting and make balloon figures. Dominic's Karaoke for the whole family. Who knows you might be discovered for American Idol.

December 7: Casino Night. Come play Blackjack for FREE. Play with Wilderness money and get rich. Tickets given and drawing for prizes at the end of the evening. Must be 21 to play.

December 8: Kathy Blanchette's Gospel Concert.

December 14: Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will visit us during kids craft. Get your picture with Santa and then make your own picture frame to put place it in. Movie Night with FREE popcorn.

December 21: Dominic's Karaoke for the whole family. Who knows you might be discovered for American Idol.

December 28: Ron Ebell plays any type of music you could imagine. Just bring the whole family out to enjoy quality time together. You can dance, clap your hands, stomp your feet or just listen.

December 31: Recreation Office will be open from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.


Bay Landing

November 16: Member Appreciation Day included Chili Cook-Off and Weenie Roast Lunch.

November 23: Thanksgiving Day Potluck.

December 7: Potato Bake.

December 21: Member Appreciation Day - Christmas Potluck.

Holiday Potluck Dinners for Thanksgiving and Christmas - we supply the meat, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy. We ask that you bring a covered dish to serve six people. Please call the preserve for details - a sign-up sheet will be in the Adult Center and Clubhouse.

Lake Conroe

November 2: Chili Cook-Off Weekend: Come test your skills against our last year's winner. Our cook-off is a great time to get to know your neighbors and taste some of the best chili in Texas.

November 9: Veterans Day Weekend: Veterans Day celebration - come join us for a Veterans Day parade and Golf Cart Games.

November 16: Throwback Weekend: Come join us for a trip back in time to the 1980s when our park was first opened. You can meet Buddy Bear and have a free hot dog or hamburger.

November 23: Thanksgiving Weekend: Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful, and we are very thankful for all members and staff that make Lake Conroe so special. So this weekend will be a weekend of giving thanks.

November 30: Trim the Tree Weekend: So Christmas is almost here and what can I say except it is a magical time of year. We will be decorating our park and trimming the tree at the activity center. Come join us for a very magical time.

December 7: Cookie & Dessert Weekend: Do you have a special recipe you want to show off? If so, join us for a great dessert bake-off.

December 14: Snowman Weekend: It is going to be a weekend to remember as we celebrate a snowy white time.

December 21: Christmas Weekend: What a magical time of year, Santa will be visiting and our second annual caroling on hayrides, come join us for a hayride through our park singing traditional Christmas songs. Afterwards we will be enjoying some hot chocolate in front of the tree.

December 28: New Year's Eve Weekend: Come join us in ending a fantastic year and ringing in a great New Year. We will enjoying the works of The Under Over Brotha's Band on New Year's Eve.

Lake Whitney

November 1-2: Birthday/Anniversary cake and ice cream at 1 p.m., Candy Bingo at 2 p.m., Decorating for Thanksgiving at 4 p.m. - everyone is invited to help decorate the Family Center for Thanksgiving! Sign up or call if you will be with us for Thanksgiving Lunch-please let us know what dish you will be sharing.

November 11: Veterans Day: We will be having a flag ceremony with a new flag presented by Boy/Girl Scouts that will be visiting our park.

November 27: At 10 a.m., we will start preparing for Thanksgiving Feast. Everyone is invited to help make our TT Family Thanksgiving a memorable time.

November 28: Thanksgiving Day! Traditional Thanksgiving feast begins at 12 p.m. with all of our TT family. Afterwards gather at the Family Center and watch the Cowboys play Oakland! Game starts at 3:30 p.m. Bring your favorite football watching snacks to share!

November 30: Come join the fun decorating for Christmas at 3 p.m.! Sign up or call to let us know if you will be joining us for Christmas lunch! Please lets us know what dish you will be sharing.

December 21: Get your picture with Santa Claus at 4 p.m.

December 23: Employee Christmas Party at 6 p.m.

December 24: We begin preparing for Christmas Lunch.

Medina Lake

November 29
Ford Holiday River Parade and Lighting Ceremony
For over 30 years, this spectacular one hour parade along the San Antonio River Walk has featured illuminated floats with celebrities, bands and lavishly costumed participants. The parade goes on rain or shine. For tickets call (210) 227-4262.

December 6-7
Capital Christmas & Shoppers Jubilee
From 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, stroll down Main Street and enjoy the open house at the shops. On Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m., enjoy the Holiday parade down Main Street. Then from 1 to 4 p.m. there will be Cowboys on Main, Western displays in front of the Courthouse and strolling entertainers. Head down to the banks of the Medina River at the City Park at 4 p.m. and enjoy the amazing display of Christmas lights and holiday vignettes. At dark, the Bandera County Christian Fellowship presents a Living Nativity. Then gather round the campfire and chuck wagon for hot chocolate, coffee and cookies. Don't forget your lawn chairs.




November 16-17
Osceola Fall Art Festival
Held in historic downtown Kissimmee, event features artists from throughout the US showcasing paintings, sculptures, jewelry, photography and more. For more information visit

Three Flags

November 2: Ice Cream Social.

November 3-9: Thursday Donut Social and Saturday Ice Cream Social and Craft Show.

November 10-16: Tuesday and Friday Bingo, Wednesday Birthday Cake, Thursday Donut Social and Saturday Ice Cream Social and Craft Show.

November 17-23: Tuesday and Friday Bingo, Thursday Donut Social, and Ice Cream Social and Craft Show, Saturday Night entertainment by Bill and Jennifer Smith.

November 24-30: Tuesday and Friday Bingo. Thursday is our Thanksgiving Dinner - we provide the turkey, gravy, and potatoes and you bring the sides or dessert. Saturday is our Ice Cream Social and Craft Show.

December 1-7: Monday night football, Tuesday and Friday Bingo, Wednesday Potluck, Thursday Donut Social and Saturday Ice Cream Social and Craft Show.

December 8-14: Monday night football, Tuesday and Friday Bingo, Wednesday Potluck, Thursday entertainment by Dave and Lorraine Bird, and Saturday Ice Cream Social and Craft show.

December 15-21: Monday night football, Tuesday and Friday Bingo, Wednesday Potluck, Thursday Donut Social and Saturday Ice Cream Social and Craft Show.

December 22-30: Monday night football, Tuesday Christmas Carolling around the park, Wednesday is our Christmas Dinner - we provide the ham and you bring the sides or dessert. Friday Bingo and Saturday Ice Cream Social and Craft Show.


Carolina Landing

November 2: Annual Thanksgiving celebration and canned food drive.

December 7: Christmas Celebration and toy drive (tentative).



Rondout Valley

November 23: Thanksgiving Dinner with our friends at Rondout Valley. Turkey provided by the staff at Rondout, Guests bring your favorite Thanksgiving potluck item to complete the feast. More information to follow.



November 28-December 1: Thanksgiving: Enjoy a four-day weekend to celebrate the holiday! Shop the Black Friday sales at The Crossings and take advantage of the 20% off special items in the Trading Post. It's the time to purchase that item you've been wanting.

December 26-January 5: Perfect time to use the holiday break to enjoy skiing and other winter sports of the Poconos. For the shoppers, watch for those after Christmas great deals at The Crossings. Ring in the New Year at one of the local nighteries.

November 8-10
7th Annual Classic R&B Weekend
Many music lovers worldwide consider this the best classic R&B music weekend. Returning to the Poconos, this weekend offers a musically filled time in a resort setting. Events include VIP concerts, musical workshops, meet and greets, dance parties, comedy shows and line dancing lessons. A great weekend full of activities. Held at the Fernwood Hotel an Convention Center, just 35 minutes from the preserve. For information call (886) 210-8009.

December 8
25th Annual Tree Lighting Celebration
The Stroudsmoor Country Inn invites guests from the community and across the nation as they celebrate the lighting of Stroudsmoor Mountain. Events include an art show, holiday craft boutique, and elaborate gingerbread village, carriage rides, petting zoo, live Nativity and fabulous fireworks. All free to enjoy. For information call (800) 955-8663.

Timothy Lake North & South

November 29-December 1: Tom the Turkey & Little Saint Nick Weekend Join us for a joint holiday weekend of family fun! Our traditional dinner of Turkey and Ham Potluck will be served. Bring your kids down Friday evening for our tree decorating and lighting. Santa will be visiting Saturday morning for pictures and parents can bring a gift not to exceed $15 for Santa to give to your child. Want to get a little more festive? We will have our site decorating contest and festive hayride around the resort. DJ Mike will be spinning some of your favorite holiday songs and, of course, anything else you would like to hear.

December 31: Timothy Lake's Rock n New Year's Eve Party: What better way than to enjoy ringing in the New Year with great friends and within walking distance of your RV! Our New Year's Eve Party for all ages with DJ Mike includes party favors, main course, appetizers and, if weather permits, our Tubing Hill will be open.