Here are a few seasonal reminders that our National Parks are open year-round for free family fun. (Excerpted from their monthly newsletter). You can subscribe to receive updates here.

Fun and Friendly Frights in Your National Parks
Ghost stories around the campfire, lantern-lit hikes, creepy crawlers, cemetery tours, hayrides, bats and more! Once you’ve decided on this year’s costume, head on out to one or several of your more than 400 national parks for some Halloween fun! You may hear phantom gunfire at Antietam National Battlefield or phantom coughing in Mammoth Cave National Park (which used to be a tuberculosis hospital during the 1800s) or you may spot a UFO in Great Sand Dunes National Park. Be ready for anything and always have your camera, as you never know what frights and delights await you in your national parks!

For a full listing of Halloween fun happening in your parks nationwide, click here.

National Christmas Tree Lighting Lottery Opens October 31!
The National Park Foundation and National Park Service are excited to present the 91st annual National Christmas Tree Lighting on Friday, December 6 in President’s Park in Washington, DC. You can participate in this time-honored tradition by entering a ticket lottery at from Thursday, October 31–Monday, November 4. And if you can’t make it to DC, you can still enjoy the star-studded ceremony by watching live or on-demand at The ceremony is also broadcast on PBS channels across the country during the month of December.

Visit the for the latest National Christmas Tree Lighting news, updates and broadcast information. Get ready to celebrate the holiday season with your national parks!