November/December Activities and Events

November and December are all about the holiday spirit and that’s exactly where our preserves have focused their events over the next two months. They’ll also observe Veterans Day, as well as throw a few other events. For a detailed list of all preserve events, checkout the 2014 Theme Weekend directory.

On-Site Events

Saluting our Troops

Veterans Day events are planned at the following preserves:

  • November 7-9:
    Lake Minden (CA)
    Palm Springs (CA)
    Scotrun (PA)

  • November 8:
    Medina Lake (TX)

  • November 9:
    Wilderness Lakes (CA)

  • November 15:
    Colorado River (TX)
    Verde Valley (AZ)

Talking Turkey

Turkey potlucks and dinners are scheduled for:

  • Nov 8: Carolina Landing (SC)
  • Nov 15: Hidden Cove (AL), Lake Texoma (TX)
  • Nov 21: Turtle Beach (CA)
  • Nov 22: Pacific City (OR)
  • Nov 28: Seaside (OR)
  • Nov 29: Rondout Valley (NY)

On Thanksgiving Day, November 27, scheduled potlucks include:

  • Chesapeake Bay (VA)
  • Lake Whitney (TX)
  • Medina Lake (TX)
  • Rancho Oso (CA)
  • Thunderbird (WA)

Feasting and fun is scheduled at these preserves:

Thanksgiving Weekend at La Conner (WA) will feature a turkey dinner with traditional fixings, plus music and games. All this fun is set to happen November 21-23.

It's a Holiday Kickoff Weekend at Las Vegas (NV) November 27-28. Events include a Thanksgiving dinner and holiday decorating fun.

The Thanksgiving festivities planned at Orlando (FL) the weekend of November 27-29 include the opportunity to work off all those calories you consume at their traditional Thanksgiving feast. Enjoy the food and then dance the night away on Saturday.

A gourd carving contest? Yep, that's right and it's just one of the events scheduled for Pio Pico's (CA) Turkey Days fun scheduled for November 27-29. There will also be Thanksgiving crafts and dinner.

It's the best of both holidays as Timothy Lake North and South (PA) do a combo event during their Tom the Turkey & Little Saint Nick Weekend. A turkey and ham potluck dinner, plus a tree decorating and lighting event as well as pictures with Santa, a festive hayride and a site decorating contest are in store the weekend of November 28-30.

A Ho-ho-ho lot of Fun!

Carolina Landing (SC) will host Christmas Dinner on December 6. Bring a dish to share and share the holiday spirit too!

Chehalis (WA) hosts an afternoon of tree trimming, holiday music and good cheer complete with a Dessert Potluck. Come and get in the spirit on December 6.

Colorado River (TX) celebrates the holidays and members alike at their party set for December 20.

Cookies, hot apple cider, a favorite Christmas movie – all this should get you in the holiday mood when you participate in La Conner's (WA) events scheduled for the weekend of December 19-21.

Decorating fun is on tap at Lake Texoma (TX) November 29. Come help light up the preserve and welcome the holiday season. Then, celebrate the preserve's Second Annual Community Christmas Party on December 20 that includes a golf cart parade.

Share your own Christmas stories at Lake Whitney's (TX) Christmas Stories event on December 20.

Enjoy Winter Fest Weekend at Las Vegas (NV) scheduled for December 20-21. There will be a Potluck Social, desserts and plenty of holiday spirit.

It may not be twelve days but Medina Lake (TX) packs holiday fun in to four days in December as they celebrate the season. On December 6, they'll deck the halls and then make merry on December 13 at their Christmas Party. On the 20th, they'll carol and tell stories and make plans to feast on the December 25 at the Potluck Dinner.

Do have an ugly holiday sweater? Or perhaps a special touch when it comes to decorating a golf cart? Come enjoy the holiday weekends planned at Orlando (FL) and find out. The Ugly Sweater Party is set for December 13 and the Parade of Lights is set for December 20. Other events include Christmas Dinner (12/6), Christmas with Santa (12/21), a Christmas Eve concert (12/24), and a Christmas Night Celebration (12/25.)

Pacific City (OR) will offer two holiday decorating opportunities – on November 1, it's time to put away the Halloween decorations and get ready for Thanksgiving and on December 6, it's goodbye to Tom Turkey and hello to boughs of holly and whatnot! Snacks and beverages will be served at both events.

Christmas Eve in Palm Springs (CA) includes Site and Rig Decorating Contest awards, carol sing-alongs, treats and of course, a visit from Santa himself!

Pio Pico (CA) celebrates the holiday all December long with events scheduled December 5-6, December 19-20 and December 25. Decorate your rig for the contest, carol around the preserve, enjoy holiday movies and of course, the grand finale, Christmas Day Potluck Dinner

Show off your eye for design and enter Rancho Oso's (CA) Rig Lighting Contest, scheduled for December 20.

Seaside (OR) rolls all the holidays into one at their Holiday Party, scheduled for December 20. They will celebrate Christmas, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day and Hanukkah at this event.

More Ho-ho-ho

There's nothing more interesting than a White Elephant Gift Exchange to see what one man's treasure may turn out to be! Come enjoy the fun at Thunderbird's (WA) Holiday Potluck and White Elephant Gift Exchange, scheduled for December 21. Turtle Beach (CA) asks that you bring your appetite to their December 18 Christmas Potluck Dinner.

Verde Valley (AZ) rolls their member appreciation event into a big package of fun by combining it with their Christmas Party. Live music included! Don't miss the fun on December 20.

The celebrating starts with Thanksgiving and ends with the New Year at Wilderness Lakes (CA). The party kicks off with Thanksgiving Weekend (November 27-30) followed by Christmas Tree Decorating (December 6); Photos with Santa (December 13); Christmas Eve Candlelight Service (December 24); member-generated Christmas Day Potluck Dinner (December25); and Family Movie Night(December 26.) On the first day of the New Year, start 2015 off right by attending the preserve's annual Rose Bowl Parade Bus Trip.

Not ready for the holidays?

Consider these events instead:

See if you'll have the biggest catch at Peace River's (FL) Fishing Derby scheduled for the weekend of November 15-16. There will also be a November birthday celebration and Member Appreciation events.

Bring your best chili recipe and enter into Palm Springs' (CA) Third Annual Palm Springs Chili Cook-Off on December 6.

Pio Pico (CA) will host a Pie Baking Contest on December 13 – any and all flavors are welcome to enter and there will be prizes awarded!

Happy 2015!

Ring in the New Year at your choice of one of the preserves below who are hosting New Year's Eve festivities to welcome 2015!
  • Chesapeake Bay (VA)
  • La Conner (WA)
  • Lake Minden (CA)
  • Lake Texoma (TX)
  • Medina Lake (TX)
  • Palm Springs (CA)
  • Pio Pico (CA)
  • Seaside (OR)
  • Scotrun (PA)