Christmas Camping? What a Great Idea!

Christmas camping

Christmas camping? It may sound like a novel idea, but if you’re a seasoned camper and well prepared, where better to spend the festive season than in your favourite environment? Let’s take a look at some brilliant Christmas camping ideas and recommendations to really get you into the festive outdoor spirit…

Cosy Christmas Camping

 Let’s face it, for most of us, the idea of Christmas is at home, indoors, with the fire going. But Christmas camping doesn’t need to sacrifice this image.

Did you know that there are tents available with wood burning stoves? Of course we wouldn’t suggest buying one just for your Christmas camping adventures, but there are glamping equipment hire companies available who would be able to help. Alternatively, why not look at a glamping pod or hut, if the thought of a Christmas under canvas doesn’t appeal?

After all, you need some sort of fireplace, otherwise how will Father Christmas get down that chimney to deliver your presents?!

A Campfire Christmas Dinner

If you like a traditional Christmas dinner, don’t be put off by having to cook it on a campfire. Cooking your Christmas dinner outdoors is different, but it’s a lot of fun and all part of the adventure.

The key to a successful campfire Christmas dinner is advanced preparation. We’ve seen really successful dinners cooked as one pot dinners, and even in homemade foil packets! And you don’t need to sacrifice your traditional turkey or roast dinner, either; you just need to be a little bit inventive.

Take a look at recipes on the BBC Good Food website, which can easily be adapted for various Christmas and Boxing Day meals, or have a look at this traditional Danish Christmas campfire dinner.

Stunning Winter Scenes

There are plenty of camping and glamping sites offering winter lodges and pods, open year round, including over the festive period. You can even choose a setting to suit your interests: perfect if you want to cosy up surrounded by stunning scenery, or feel all festive in the deepest, darkest forest.

Alternatively, if you have a tradition of a Christmas Day walk, choose an area known for its walks, get your hiking boots on and walk off that Christmas campfire dinner!

Feel Festive in the Forest

Worried that Christmas camping won’t feel very festive? There’s no reason why you can’t make your campsite feel like a home away from home, just as you would when camping in the summer.

For example, if you’re staying in a pod, take some light weight rugs so that you can make it cosier underfoot, and plenty of warm blankets and throws to cuddle up with. If you’re staying under canvas, remember to take lanterns and fairy lights to make it suitably hygge.

If you have the room, why not venture into the woods before the big day, collect some large twigs and branches and adorn them with baubles, dried oranges and pine cones for a Scandi feel to your camping festivities?

So remember to pack the hot chocolate and marshmallows for the kiddywinks, and the mulled wine for the grown-ups, and get out and about this Christmas. There’s nothing like the gift of the great outdoors to really jingle our bells!