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Celebrate Christmas in July with Indiana State Parks
Start Date: 7/12/2018
Event Description:
If you’re missing red and green holiday decorations, Christmas music and Santa Claus, don’t wait until December to celebrate.

Visit one of the five state properties that are hosting “Christmas in July” events.

All five properties will host a Christmas-decorating competition in their campgrounds. See specific property program listings at stateparks.IN.gov/2392.htm for more details.

Properties hosting Christmas in July are:

On July 20-22:

Salamonie Lake will host festivities on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Breakfast will be served from 8 to 10:30 a.m. From 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., a party at the pond will feature water games, a youth archery shoot, and a cornhole tournament. A parade honoring Smokey Bear’s birthday begins at 6:45 p.m. and live music runs from 8 to 11 p.m. Judging of Christmas-themed campsites begins at 8:30 p.m., and winners will be announced at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday.

Shakamak State Park invites everyone to visit with Santa and see Christmas decorations. Activities run from 6 to 10 p.m. each day. Christmas movies, food and games will also be available.

On July 27-29:

Mississinewa Lake will host festivities on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Breakfast will be served from 8 to 10:30 a.m. From 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., a party at the pond will feature water games, a youth archery shoot, and a cornhole tournament. A parade honoring Smokey Bear’s birthday begins at 6:45 p.m. Judging of Christmas-themed campsites begins at 8:30 p.m., and winners will be announced at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday.

Spring Mill State Park will host programming throughout Saturday. Visitors can join a bicycle parade at 4 p.m. Decorations will be provided. Santa will hand out presents after the parade. At 8:45 p.m., participants can watch a Christmas movie at the amphitheater. Movie-goers are encouraged to bring a chair or blanket and a snack. Campsite decorations will be judged and awarded after dark. The winners will be posted on the camp gate on Sunday morning.

Whitewater Memorial State Park will host Christmas-themed events throughout the weekend. A Christmas Eve night hike will run from 8:30 to 9:15 p.m on Friday. Hikers should meet at the Poplar Grove Shelter. On Saturday, visitors can help decorate for the birds from 10 to 10:30 a.m. A snowflake scavenger hunt will run from 2 to 3 p.m., and participants can turn in their finds for a prize at the camp store. Santa will visit the campground from 7 to 7:45 p.m., and judging of Christmas-themed campsites begins at 8:30 p.m. The top three sites will be awarded free camping.

Campsite reservations can be made at camp.IN.gov or by calling 866-622-6746.

Property entrance fees are $7 per in-state vehicle and $9 per out-of-state vehicle.

To see the more events offered by DNR interpretive naturalists across the state visit calendar.dnr.IN.gov.

To view all DNR news releases, please see dnr.IN.gov.

     
Contact Information:
Name: Ginger Murphy
Phone: 317-232-4143
Email: gmurphy@dnr.IN.gov
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