It’s all about the holidays as our preserves prepare for the season. Check the TrailBlazer web site for specific dates and details for our December events. There are also plenty of local events to help you celebrate the season wherever you are! Here’s just a holiday sampler:

If you’re heading to South Carolina and planning a stay at The Oaks at South Point, two local events to consider are the Blue Heron Nature Trail Walks, which run through December, and a variety of events held at James Island County Park, which run through January 1. These include roasting marshmallows or taking a stroll down luminescent enchanted walking trails.

If you’re heading to Washington’s Birch Bay and are in the mood for a quick dip, consider the 28th Annual Birch Bay Polar Bear Plunge. Started in 1982 by local residents on a dare, this annual ritual draws hundreds of participants and onlookers each year. Participants come from as far away as Germany, Tokyo, Chicago, and British Columbia to plunge in to the bay’s chilly water. For information call (360) 371-5004.