Vacation For Christmas Break

This is the first time that I get to be with my family at Christmas. It’s just always something that I’m striving for and it always works out after awhile. So, I’m going to do whatever I can to catch up with my family. One of the things that we’re doing for Christmas is a vacation with my mother and brother in law.

During the Christmas break, I will be away with my family on a short vacation. Due to internet blackout, I may not be able to respond to enquiries or emails during the duration of vacation, which is from December 18th (Thursday) until January 4th (Tuesday). I will resume my work activities afterwards.

Christmas break is always a great opportunity to load up on your favorite TV shows, catch up with the family, or spend the time writing software — lots of that.

I have written a brief guide on information about the best times to travel certain holiday breaks. Note that these are general statements, not specific to each airline. Some airlines have more extreme correlations between these factors and will produce different results. It’s important not to rely solely on this info when planning your next vacation, but to also consider cost, timing, and your reservation goals.

Vacation For Christmas Break

raveling during the holidays is an exciting, sometimes daunting event. Packing up the kids’ suitcases, playing Tetris to get everything to fit in the car—oh, and don’t forget about that oil change. You’ve probably gotten used to the journey to a family member’s home every holiday season, but what’s stopping you from planning that ultimate Christmas getaway you’ve been dreaming of?

Planning makes perfect when it comes to a family Christmas vacation. Things like destination, cost, and kid-friendly entertainment are discussions to keep in mind. If you can get past the research and reservations, you’ll soon be on your way to creating those unforgettable family memories.

If you’re looking to spend the holiday away from home, there are numerous destinations worldwide that provide all the holiday feels you’ve been yearning for. To help with your search, we’ve curated a list of the 25 best Christmas vacations and getaways for families that are sure to have you walking in a winter wonderland—be it a snowy morning on the mountains or a sunny, sand-filled day at the beach.

Best Christmas Vacations for Families

1. Yosemite National Park, California

Spending the holidays with your family in Yosemite Park will not disappoint. There’s so much to explore in this national park during winter—from sleigh riding through Curry’s village to ice skating at Yosemite’s outdoor rinks to skiing and snowboarding, and more! The park is open year-round with no reservations to enter, but be sure to check the weather before embarking on this winter getaway. No need to worry about cooking on Christmas Day, as the Wawona HotelYosemite Valley Lodge, and The Ahwahnee all offer exciting dinner menus to celebrate the season.

  • Where to stay:Yosemite Valley Lodge
  • Price: $240.53 and up per night
  • Amenities: skiing, sleigh rides, ornament making, gingerbread house decorating

2. Disney World in Orlando, Florida

Disney World Family Christmas Trips

Let’s be honest—is there ever not a good time of year to visit Disney World? Get in the holiday spirit at Disney’s Magic Kingdom park during their very merry winter celebrations. Their newest event, Disney Very Merriest After Hours, includes a themed parade, fireworks, and more! Don’t forget to treat your tastebuds to Disney’s flavors of the season, and be sure to take in all the holiday-themed decorations throughout the park.

  • Where to stay:Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Price: $731 and up per night
  • Amenities: Christmas parade, fireworks, theme park rides, dance party

3. Legoland in Winter Haven, Florida

A giant Lego Christmas tree? That’s right– you’re sure to see this kid’s toy masterpiece and more should you and your family visit Legoland during the holiday season. With jolly-themed food and drinks and Lego characters dressed up in their very merry best, the entire family is sure to enjoy this warm winter getaway. And don’t forget about Legoland’s rides and attractions!

  • Where to stay:Legoland Hotel
  • Price: $334 per night and up
  • Amenities: theme park, shopping, dining

4. Park City, Utah

park city utah family Christmas Trips

What’s a winter holiday without a family skiing trip? Even if you and the kiddos have never worn a pair of skis, you’ll still enjoy the snow and incredible views at Utah’s Park City ski resort. To truly get into the holiday spirit, hop on the Polar Express train for a 90-minute ride filled with hot cocoa, live entertainment, and even a special gift from Santa. Slow things down with a free holiday showing of It’s A Wonderful Life (and don’t forget to bring tissues for all you nostalgic folks out there).

  • Where to stay:Park City Peaks Hotel 
  • Price: $393 and up per night
  • Amenities: skiing, tree lighting ceremony, Christmas dinner specials

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5. Los Angeles, California

You won’t find snow-covered trees or cold winter nights in L.A., which might be a good thing for some families. You will find plenty of Christmas and general holiday festivities even when it’s 70 degrees and sunny in December. One of the most notorious L.A. winter events, the Hollywood Christmas Parade, perfectly embodies the spirit of the season and should not be missed. The kiddos are sure to love the animal-themed light-up tradition that is the L.A. Zoo lights, but be sure to purchase your tickets in advance to void the lines.

  • Where to stay:Hotel Indigo Los Angeles 
  • Price: $175 and up per night
  • Amenities: L.A. Zoo, Hollywood Christmas parade, outdoor ice skating

6. Steamboat Springs, Colorado

steamboat springs family Christmas Trips

If you’re a family that enjoys skiing but is looking for some extra activities to really get in the holiday spirit, Steamboat Springs offers just that. Should you choose to cook your holiday meal in Steamboat, make sure to special order your meat from Steamboat Meat & Seafood Co. or Natural Grocers. If you’d prefer not to bother with dishes, enjoy a meal in the comfort of your lodge with a Steamboat private chef. If you’re looking to dine out, however, you should definitely make reservations in advance. Alongside the fantastic dining options in Steamboat, you’ll find hot springsfireworks shows, and even snowshoe trails! Best of all, the downtown area is perfect for a family photo shoot. 

7. El Paso, Texas

You’d be surprised to discover the many holiday traditions practiced in El Paso, TX. Support local vendors at the Christmas fair that has been kicking off the winter season for 40 years strong. Dive into the rich El Paso culture by attending a public posada, a traditional ritual party held every night for nine days leading up to Christmas Eve. If you stick around until New Years, be sure to catch the Sun Bowl Game– one of the oldest college football bowl games in the country!

  • Where to stay:The Stanton House
  • Price: $187 and up per night
  • Amenities: Christmas fair, traditional celebrations, Sun Bowl Game, ice skating

8. Jackson Hole, Wyoming

jackson hole family Christmas Trips

Pack up the family’s ski gear and head to Jackson Hole Resort, where the most important event is definitely Santa’s “drop-in”. What’s that? Oh, it’s only Santa Claus shredding down the mountain Jackson Hole style to hang out on the slopes with the little ones. If you don’t plan on spending too much time on the slopes, no worries– you can catch Santa at the historic town square tree lighting ceremony. For a unique way to spend your winter family getaway, hop on a sleigh and head for a ride through Teton’s scenic landscapes.

  • Where to stay:Elk Country Inn
  • Price: $170 and up per night
  • Amenities: skiing, sleigh rides, arts and crafts, fireworks

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9. Frankfurt, Germany

Teach your family the rich history of Europe by traveling to Frankfurt, Germany. No description can bring justice to just how magnificent the 600+-year-old Christmas market is—and it sits only minutes away from the Frankfurt airport. Take a stroll through the market and notice the wonderful smell baked apples, gingerbread and mulled wine—and be sure not to let your nose distract you from the beautiful architecture. If you’re looking for a Christmas Day service, check out one of several medieval churches in the city. (Before you book, be sure to check out the latest COVID-19 travel restrictions).

10. Grand Canyon, Arizona

Most families might not think of spending the holidays in Arizona—which can be a good thing if you’re looking to avoid crowded areas! Enjoy the winter sunrises, low floating clouds, and cooler temps at the Grand Canyon this Christmas. The El Tovar provides a fabulous Christmas Day meal, complete with a view of the canyon in all its snow-dusted glory. If you’re an outdoorsy family, take a 7-mile trek down to South Kaibab for an overnight stay at Phantom Ranch. This is sure to be the ultimate adventurer’s Christmas! (Before you book, be sure to check out the latest COVID-19 travel restrictions).

  • Where to stay: The El Tovar
  • Price: $278 and up per night
  • Amenities: hiking, dining, train rides (Polar Express)

11. Highlands, North Carolina

Slow things down in the mountain town of Highlands, North Carolina. Santa stops by every year to light up the Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park with millions of twinkling lights, where there’s plenty of hot chocolate and cookies for the entire family. On the sunnier days, head out for a hike to one of several waterfalls scattered throughout the Highlands hills. You won’t want to miss the small-town parade full of floats, bands, and camels–yes, camels are in the parade!

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