Camp Christmas Is Going Virtual This Year
The over-the-top holiday extravaganza will move online in 2020.
More than 70,000 people visited Camp Christmas inside The Hangar at Stanley last holiday season, for an immersive stroll through the history of Christmas, with Santa Bar, Beach Bar, a spectacular light show, and more than 1000 Santas. We planned to bring the hit holiday experience back to Stanley this winter, but Covid-19 has made that impossible this year.
We need holiday cheer now more than ever, though, so Camp Christmas creator Lonnie Hanzon, of Hanzon Studios, is creating a virtual version of Camp Christmas. People who sign up before October 9 will have first dibs on access to the new virtual world.
The digital experience of Camp Christmas will take place on a web-based app where campers can explore an expansive fictional land, featuring fantastical places such as Sweetsville, Fairy Forest, and Treehouse Village. Each location will feature multimedia content about the stories, history, and traditions surrounding the season as well as in-home activities to complete. Campers can earn badges and track their progress as they complete activities in the app. Daily broadcasts counting down to Christmas will take place in the app starting in December.
The starter package, called “Base Camp,” includes access to the web app, special events, and a few materials mailed to homes to get participants started. Campers can also purchase more robust packages starting at $30, which unlock additional areas of the virtual map with more activities and bonus content, as well as materials to complete the activities.
“Christmas and the joy that comes with it is needed now more than ever,” said creator Lonnie Hanzon. “Following the success of the in-person Camp Christmas last year, I am excited to offer some of that same magic in a way that is totally safe and, hopefully, allows us all to escape from reality for a little while.”
Virtual Camp Christmas packages go on sale to the public November 1 and the experience begins November 12. For pre-sale access, including the best prices, sign up today for the Camp Newsletter at camp-christmas.com.