2019 Christmas Activities (Open to the Public)


2019 Christmas Light Display
November 23, 2019 - January 6, 2020
Come visit us from November 23, 2019 – January 6, 2019 and enjoy our festive Christmas light display around the park. Pop in the office and grab a hot coffee or hot chocolate and a warm cookie on select days. Be sure to share any photos with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram by using the following hashtags: #cottonwoodsrvparkchristmas #christmasatcottonwoods #cottonwoodslightdisplay #cottonwoodsmolights.


Ugly Sweater & Pajama Cookie Exchange – Free! Come Exchange Cookies with everyone!
Pajamas & Ugly Sweaters welcome! Bring two dozen of your best cookies and exchange with delicious Christmas goodies with someone else! Cookies, fudge, and Christmas candy are all welcome at this fun cookie exchange. While you are here, enjoy our hot chocolate bar, festive atmosphere, and giveaways!
December 14, 2019 from 2 pm - 5 pm


Christmas Activities
Christmas Activities
Christmas Activities
Christmas Activities

2020 Social Events


Saturday, April 25

Camp Cookout - Campfire Dinner & Potluck

6:00PM - Come Join us at the Community Firepit for a Campground wide cook out! We’ll have Hamburgers and Hotdogs and other goodies with our special grilling sauces that we carry in our gift shop. Have you been wondering what they taste like? Join us for this event and check them all out! We love so many of them that we can’t pick just one! As always, this meal is included with your stay to say thank you for choosing to stay with us!


Sunday, May 10

Mother’s Day Breakfast

8:00AM - Join us again this year for our most popular event of the year – a celebration of our mother’s – our annual Mother’s Day Breakfast! We’ll have Scrambled Eggs, Sausage, Biscuits and Gravy, Pastries, Fruit, Juices, and More! As always, this meal is included with your stay to say thank you for choosing to stay with us! Everyone is welcome to join us for some hot breakfast this morning!


Saturday, May 30

Tropical Luau Theme Potluck & Tie Dye (BYO Shirt or Purchase One of Ours for $5 per shirt)

Tie Dye At 3 PM, Potluck at 6 PM – Summer is almost here and camping is in full swing. Join us by the pavilion for some tie dye fun! All supplies and dyes provided. You are welcome to bring your own item to dye or we will have T-shirts available for $5 each. Then at 6 PM, we’ll continue the fun with a tropical themed Potluck under the pavilion! Think tropical and bring your favorite dish to share! It’s going to be a blast! And as always, this meal is included with your stay to say thank you for choosing to stay with us!


Saturday, June 13

Taste of Missouri Campground Cookout & Potluck and Ice Cream Social

6:00PM - One of our favorite things to do when visiting somewhere new is eat like the locals do. Here’s your chance! Join us under the pavilion for this Taste of Missouri Potluck. We’ll have local favorites like Missouri BBQ, Toasted Ravioli, Pizza with Provel Cheese, Gooey Butter Cake, and more. Bring your favorite Missouri dish or share your favorite local dish from where you are from and get to know each other!

Then for dessert, try some delicious locally made Ice Cream created by students right here in Columbia at the University of Missouri. Our favorite is the Tiger Stripe. You should definitely give it a try, it won’t disappoint. As always, this meal is included with your stay to say thank you for choosing to stay with us!


Saturday, June 20

Father’s Day Breakfast

8:00 AM - Join us again this year for a celebration of our father’s – our annual Father’s Day Breakfast! We’ll have Scrambled Eggs, Sausage, Biscuits and Gravy, Pastries, Fruit, Juices, and More! As always, this meal is included with your stay to say thank you for choosing to stay with us! Everyone is welcome to join us for some hot breakfast this morning!


Saturday, July 11

Christmas in July Weekend with Elf Spaghetti Supper – Site Decorating Contest, Cookie Decorating and Live Music

Friday:
5 PM - Decorate Your Sites! Enjoy Campground Décor – Warm Cookies at Check In
7 PM - Christmas In July Silly Minute to Win It Games with Prizes (For All Ages!) and Christmas Goodies Bar (Candy, Cookies, Bread)
Saturday:
2 PM – Cookie Decorating
7 PM – Elf Spaghetti Supper Potluck
8 PM – White Elephant Gift Exchange

The Fun Begins at 5 PM Friday Night and Continues through Saturday. We’re excited to host our first annual Christmas in July weekend this weekend! Decorate Your Site to win prizes and free camping this weekend. Don’t forget to cast your vote at the front desk for best decorated camp site. Site Judging with take place Saturday night at 8 PM.

Join us in the Meeting Room at 7 PM Friday Night for Minute to Win It Christmas in July Games with Prizes.

Then on Saturday, enjoy all the decorations and Cookie Decorating in the Meeting Room at 2 PM. Be sure to wear your favorite Ugly Sweater or Silly Christmas outfit to have a chance to win prizes or free camping!

Then at 7 PM Saturday evening, let’s celebrate the spirit of the season with an Elf Spaghetti Supper! Spaghetti, Garlic Bread, and drinks provided.

Anyone interested in a white elephant gift exchange, please bring one wrapped or gift bagged item to exchange and sign up with the Front desk upon check in. Gift Exchange will take place under the pavilion after the Spaghetti Supper!


Saturday, July 25

– Tie Dye Weekend & Pizza (BYO Shirt or Purchase One of Ours for $5 Per Shirt)

5 PM - Join us by the pavilion for some tie dye fun and pizza! All supplies and dyes provided. You are welcome to bring your own item to dye or we will have T-shirts available for $5 each.


Saturday, August 15

Ice Cream Social

3 PM - It’s hot in this August heat and there’s not a better way to cool off then with an ice cream cone! Come join us under the pavilion and grab yourself a cool treat. We’ll have locally made ice cream available for our guests this weekend, so come pick your favorite flavor or try a new one.

We hope you’ll try the Tiger Stripe, it’s our favorite! As always, this meal is included with your stay to say thank you for choosing to stay with us!


Saturday, August 29

Fiesta Taco Party & Potluck

7 PM - It might not be Taco Tuesday, but it’s always Taco Time! Join us under the pavilion today for a Taco Bar Potluck. We’ll provide everything you need for delicious beef tacos and their toppings and drinks. Please feel free to bring any sides or desserts you might like to share and enjoy the evening with your neighbors and Cottonwoods staff!


September 21 thru November 2

First Annual Pumpkin Glow Evenings Begins

Come See All of our Hand Carved Glowing Pumpkins and Halloween Décor! Grab A Selfie with our Halloween Décor. Take your Photo with Mr. Bones and enter for a chance to win free camping or other great prizes! Free and Open to the Public. Try your skills at our Halloween Scavenger Hunt – Complete the Hunt and Win some Delicious Halloween Candy!

For Those staying at our campground with Little Ones, Grab Your Magic Pumpkin Seeds and plant a magic pumpkin in our magic pumpkin patch and see the happy pumpkin that grew overnight in the patch for you and your little ones to decorate the next morning! Free for park guests. $5.00 per pumpkin for out of park guests.


Saturday, November 21

Friendsgiving Potluck

1 PM - We are grateful for so many things this year and every year. We want to show our guests how grateful we are for your presence and your continued support of our small business. We hope you will join us today for a Friendsgiving dinner and potluck. We’ll provide Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, and Rolls. Bring your favorite side dish or dessert to share and get to know your neighbor!


Friday, November 27 - January 6

Christmas Light Display

If you are staying with us or are in the area, we hope you will take a drive through our park and enjoy our Christmas lights display along with our 18 foot tall Frosty. Grab our Scavenger Hunt List from the office and see if you can find all the Christmas items and win a small gift. Come see us on select Friday evenings and we’ll even have warm cookies and hot cocoa for you. Please keep posted for special cookie dates. While you are here, drop your letter to Santa in our special box and receive a letter back from Santa in the mail. Be sure to include your return address on your envelope!


December 12, 2020

Cookie & Candy Exchange – Open to the Public

Join us today for an Old-Fashioned Christmas Cookie and Candy Exchange! Bring 2 to 4 dozen (or more if you desire and you just love to bake!) of your favorite cookies and candy to share. We will have tables setup for everyone to share their cookies and candies. Vote on your favorite cookie and candy and enter your goodies as well. Winners will win a prize! We’ll even give a prize to the best Ugly Christmas Sweater we see (but please know that we don’t require a Christmas sweater, we just want to see your beautiful face and taste your wonderful creations!)


Halloween Events


October 8th - 11th, 2020

Monster Mash Vintage Trailer Rally & Open House

Please join us at our 3rd Annual Vintage Trailer Rally Open House on October 17th through 20th with Tin Can Tourists and Sisters on the Fly.

Bring your vintage trailer and yourself and join us in celebrating Halloween with a Monster Mash!

We fill up quickly for this event, so please be sure to give us a call at (573) 474 – 2747 and make your reservations early!

Decorate your site and yourself and win prizes for best costume and best decorated site!

Each year this event features a smash up of fun events including Paint & Sip Classes, Cocktail Hours, Potlucks, Movies on the Lawn, Goodie Bag Give Outs, Site Decoration Prizes, Vintage Trailer Open Houses open to the public and more. For the most up-to-date schedule, we will post updated events schedules as the date gets a bit closer. Check our Facebook and Twitter pages for updates!

Public Open House will be Saturday, October 19th from Noon to 4 PM. Stop in and see the vintage trailers and all of their wonderful Halloween decorations! Free and open to the public during this time. We hope to see you there! Cameras are welcome. Friendly pets welcome as well, please clean up after your pet while visiting.


2020 University of Missouri Football Schedule


September 5 • CENTRAL ARKANSAS
September 12 • VANDERBILT
September 26 • EASTERN MICHIGAN
October 17 • GEORGIA
October 24 • KENTUCKY - 2020 Homecoming
November 21 • LOUISIANA
November 28 • ARKANSAS


Columbia, Missouri and Surrounding Area Events


True/False Film Festival
March 5 - 8, 2020

“True/False offers a heightened four-day weekend of creative placemaking in which filmmakers, artists, musicians and others remake the mid-sized college town of Columbia, Missouri (our hometown) into a one-of-a-kind utopia. The transformative, rambunctious, ecstatic experience of T/F creates a cathartic journey that forces participants to do nothing less than to re-imagine reality.

Creative placemaking means the festival develops the talents and focuses the energy of the region. We seek out the most creative, energetic people and then give them the tools to transform the downtown core of Columbia, both indoors and out. When the festival remakes ordinary spaces into magical, temporary spots, it inspires attendees and townies. T/F showcases downtown Columbia and its potential.”


NRA Bianchi Cup
May 2020 - Dates: TBD at Green Valley Rifle & Pistol Club, Hallsville, MO

The Bianchi Cup has been the gold standard in action shooting competition since 1979. Over 40 years of Bianchi Cup history can be found at the Green Valley Rifle and Pistol Club in the back woods of Hallsville, Missouri.

If you want to be a part of history and compete with some of the best shooters in the world, come join us the week before Memorial Day weekend, where the world’s foremost competitors will vie for the one of the most lucrative awards schedules in all of the shooting sports.


Pedaler’s Jamboree
May 23 & 24, 2020

“Pedaler's Jamboree is a music festival created for bicycle riders and non-riders alike! Get a ticket for a weekend bicycle ride full of adventure or a non-rider ticket for the Kemper Park festivities available in Boonville in May!  There are great things in the works for this year's ride!

Bicyclists start at Flat Branch Park from 7:30 am to 10 am in Columbia, MO. Flat Branch Park is located at 101 South 4th St, Columbia, MO. This is the beginning of the MKT trail which connects to the Katy Trail State Park.”


Art in the Park
June, 2020 - Dates TBD

“It isn’t just about paintings. When the Columbia Art League sets out to create an art festival every year in June, the palette ranges from sculpture to clothing to fabrics to ceramics and, yes, paintings in every medium and genre. To occupy visitors between exhibits and sales kiosks, the grounds abound with roaming entertainers such as jugglers and stilt-walkers. Kids won’t be bored for a second with magicians and face painters available to amaze and delight them and lemonade, ice cream and other savory snacks to nosh on. The site, Stephens Lake Park, offers a lakefront boardwalk perfect for enjoying a leisurely stroll, and there are woodland trails to get a close look at nature’s own artwork.”


Show Me State Games
July 11 - 14 (Senior Games Weekend) & July 17 - 19, 2020

“For athletes and their fans, the Show-Me State Games are the ideal proving grounds. In June, lacrosse, swimming, pickleball, soccer and volleyball are on offer. In July, the Games feature competitors in a wide variety of sports—archery, disc golf, power lifting, softball, synchronized swimming, volleyball and wrestling to name a few. Entrants want to walk away victorious, but everyone has the time of their lives, win or lose. The Games are hosted by the University of Missouri and grew out of the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Health. Columbia plays host to more than 30,000 athletes competing in the Games, including contestants from nearly all of the state’s 114 counties. That means the competition is extremely challenging but the fun quotient is even higher.”


Fire in the Sky
July 4, 2020

Columbia’s 69th Annual Fourth of July celebration, July 4, 2020 - 6:30 pm activities and entertainment, 9:15 pm fireworks. Admission is FREE!


43rd Annual Heritage Festival & Craft Show
September 2020 - Dates: TBD
Historic Nifong Park, 3700 Ponderosa St. (Hwy 63 S & AC/Grindstone Parkway exit west)
Columbia, Missouri FREE!  For weather-related cancellations, please call their hotline at 573-874-7663.

Visitors will be taken back to the traditions of the past. Listen, learn, and see history as it comes alive. See artisans and tradesmen dressed in 19th century attire demonstrating their trades and selling their wares. A large contemporary handmade craft area will also be featured.

Hertitage Festival features tons of fun and informative activities for all ages:

  • Traditional tradesmen & artisans demonstrating “lost arts”
  • Live entertainment on three stages a variety of genres including Celtic, Blues, Cajun, Folk, Western, Bluegrass, traditional storytellers and magicians.
  • Cowboys with their chuckwagons
  • Mountain Man Camp
  • Fun for Young’uns Area (stilts, paper pumpkins, milk the “cow,” rope making, candle dipping, candy in the haystack, hayrides, and much more!)
  • Handmade craft show including over 70 vendors
  • Saturday evening ghost stories from 8-9:30 pm
  • Tours of Walters-Boone County Museum, Maplewood House and Village at Boone Junction
  • Great food, including local food trucks and festival favorites like funnel cakes and turkey legs!


Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival
October 2-4, 2020

As the early autumn air fills with the scents of fall, the Roots N Blues N BBQ adds its own savory notes of barbecue and bluesy music. Every September, masters of the twin arts of blues music and barbecuing descend on Columbia to tantalize taste buds and well-tuned ears with sweet music and food. The laid-back atmosphere is contagious at Stephens Lake Park for this September event; even the songbirds along the nature trails seem to trill along with the music, and it must be hard for the raccoons to stay hidden with the tantalizing scent of barbecue drifting on the breeze. Just as there are many barbecue recipes available, the music menu is always shifting, as well. It’s not unusual to hear gospel, rhythm & blues, country & western, swing and maybe even a touch of Dixieland for a southern tang. As night falls and both the air and the music get cool, the festival heats up with music fans flocking to the bandstand, hands raised, feet tapping and more than a few couples clearing out space to dance and dip.


Mizzou Homecoming
October 24, 2020

By the third week in October, football season is well under way, and the time has rolled around again for the University of Missouri Homecoming. Interestingly, it’s also known as the original homecoming—in 1911, the then athletic director put out the call for graduates to “come home” and support their alma mater in the annual rivalry game against Kansas University. Tradition doesn’t go much deeper than that. In this case, tradition also involves a pulse-pounding parade through Columbia and around campus, three big talent nights and the distribution of beautiful Homecoming Mums. And of course there’s the football game itself, a riot of color, cheering, marching band music and tailgating that together turn Missouri’s historic Faurot Field into the Midwest’s epicenter of football for the duration of this fantastic festival weekend.


Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival


Taking place on October 2-4, 2020, the nationally recognized Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival features over 30 artists representing the genres of roots, blues, gospel, country, folk and soul. American Blues Scene Magazine called it ‘One of the most prominent festivals in the country!’ Along with live music, fans enjoy delicious BBQ from local and national vendors as well as a 10K and Half Marathon on the Saturday morning of the festival. This is festival is a fun, true and unique celebration of music, food and culture.

Please follow this link to buy tickets and see the lineup.


Cottonwoods RV Park

5170 N. Oakland Gravel Rd
Columbia, MO 65202

Latitude: 39.00736 Longitude: -92.30191

(573) 474-2747

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