December camping and festivities in Central California

As December unfolds its charm in Central California, the region becomes a canvas of festive lights and natural beauty, offering a unique blend of holiday celebrations and outdoor adventures. Amidst the diverse landscapes and mild winter temperatures, Central California invites you to experience the joy of the season while immersing yourself in the region’s natural wonders. Riverbend RV Park emerges as the ideal camping destination, providing a serene escape and a comfortable base for exploring both festive events and the great outdoors.

Festive Delights:

IllumiNature at Fresno Chaffee Zoo

Central California sparkles with festive cheer during December, transforming cities and towns into enchanting holiday wonderlands. Fresno comes alive with the mesmerizing IllumiNature at Fresno Chaffee Zoo, an immersive experience on various dates from November 24 through February 10. Witness the zoo adorned in spectacular light displays, creating a magical atmosphere for families and visitors.

Christmas Tree Lane

Continue the festive journey along the iconic Christmas Tree Lane, a breathtaking display of lights that illuminates the streets from December 2 through December 25. Stroll along this festive lane in Fresno and immerse yourself in the spirit of the season

Electric Farm Parade

Join the holiday spirit in Reedley with Christmas in the Park & Electric Farm Parade on December 1, where the town transforms into a festive hub with dazzling lights and a charming electric farm parade, bringing joy to all.

Cultural Extravaganzas:

World Ballet Series: The Nutcracker

For those seeking cultural experiences, Central California has an array of events in December. Witness the World Ballet Series: The Nutcracker on December 1-2, a captivating performance that brings the classic tale to life through enchanting ballet.

An Irish Christmas

Celebrate the season with a touch of Irish charm at “An Irish Christmas” on December 13, a cultural experience that blends music, dance, and festive traditions from the Emerald Isle.

Outdoor Adventures:

Sequoia National Park

Central California’s mild winter temperatures make December an ideal time for outdoor activities.

Explore the extensive network of hiking trails, whether around Sequoia National Park or the unique landscapes of the Pinnacles, where the winter transforms the surroundings into a scenic wonderland.

For wildlife enthusiasts, December offers unique opportunities for spotting migratory birds, seals along the coast, and the occasional whale, adding an extra layer of excitement to outdoor adventures.

Camping Comforts at Riverbend RV Park:

After a day filled with festivities and outdoor exploration, return to the cozy comforts of Riverbend RV Park. The park provides well-equipped amenities, including hot showers, laundry facilities, and full hook-up sites for RVs. Gather around a campfire, share stories with fellow campers, and relish the tranquility that December brings to Central California.

Unique Events:

Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl in Clovis

Add a dash of humor to the season with the Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl in Clovis on December 16. Join the fun as locals and visitors don their ugliest sweaters and hop from pub to pub, spreading holiday cheer in a uniquely entertaining way.

Jingle Bell Run 2023 & Nation Christmas Tree

Whether you’re participating in the Jingle Bell Run 2023 on December 9 for a festive jog or embarking on the 98th Annual Trek to the Nation’s Christmas Tree on December 10, where the General Grant Tree in Kings Canyon National Park becomes the “Nation’s Christmas Tree,” Central California promises an array of unique and memorable experiences.


December in Central California is a magical time that seamlessly blends festive celebrations with the region’s natural beauty. Whether you’re captivated by holiday lights, cultural performances, or outdoor adventures, Central California has something for everyone. Riverbend RV Park stands as a welcoming oasis, providing a comfortable and scenic camping experience amidst the wonders of Central California during this festive season. So, pack your winter gear, embrace the festive spirit, and let December unfold as a memorable chapter in your travel adventures.

Photo credit: Anton Belitskiy