Best Christmas Vacations for Families

A building surrounded by Christmas trees with Christmas lights, and a fireworks display in the background

When it comes to planning the best Christmas vacations for families, there are a plethora of options. Deciding where to go is almost too difficult, especially when you’re staring at a Smörgåsbord of destinations from cities, idyllic towns, or somewhere secluded. We’ve put together a list of some of the best places to spend festive vacations. Christmas and New Year’s Eve this year is sure to give you the perfect family getaway.

Discover the best places to travel for festive vacations: Christmas getaways

With a wide variety of places to go for Christmas, you can create your own bespoke vacations. Christmas adventures for you and the family await, whether you want to enjoy a snow-covered winter wonderland and some winter sports, or go against the grain and enjoy a sunny Christmas, relaxing by the sea for the holidays on a tropical island with a cocktail in hand.

Finger Lakes Vacation: Seneca Falls, NY

The inspiration for the town of Bedford Falls in the classic Christmas movie, It’s a Wonderful Life, Seneca Falls is a must for movie fans and Christmas enthusiasts, this charming town is set in the Finger Lakes. Not only is this a quiet and picturesque place to spend a Christmas vacation, but Seneca Falls also hosts an annual It’s a Wonderful Life festival in December. With horse-drawn carriage rides, Christmas tree lighting, light displays, and festive concerts, it’s perfect for a family to really indulge in Christmas fun. With a wide range of unique rentals in finger lakes, you can really enjoy a winter vacation exploring one of upstate New York’s most beautiful spots.

The finger lakes in winter
Photo from Life in the Finger Lakes

Jackson Hole, Wyoming: Christmas in a winter wonderland

With incredible Christmas vacation rentals like this unique villa, you’ll never want to leave! Add the fact that Jackson Hole boasts an average of 400 inches of snow each year, and you’re looking at spending Christmas in a bonafide winter wonderland. For the skiers and snowboarders in your group, the slopes are open throughout Christmas, and with snow-based activities like snowmobiling, sledding, tubing, dog sledding, and sleigh rides there’s plenty for everyone to do. The town center is always festive, with lights decorating the square. Jackson Hole is, without doubt, one of the best places to vacation during Christmas, so you’ll need to book quickly, as this is unsurprisingly a really popular spot for winter travelers.

A stunning villa in the shadow of a mountain lit up at night

Branson, MO: Vacation in the Ozarks

Branson is a town that takes Christmas to a whole new level. The perfect location for Christmas vacations for families, throughout the festive season, there are shows of live music and dancing, as well as parades, and light shows and tours where you can drive through the town admiring all the different displays around the town. When staying in this Ozark town, you can’t miss the opportunity to go and experience the Silver Dollar City theme park. With millions of lights and a series of events, this unique attraction will leave your kids in wide-eyed wonderment in this little piece of Christmas heaven!

A building, trees, and lampposts covered in multi-colored Christmas lights in Silver Dollar City amusement park
Photo from Branson Convention and Visitors Bureau

Christmas in Canada

If you fancy going further afield for Christmas this year, why not consider a trip north of the border? With snowy winters, stunning natural beauty, and not forgetting some of the best ski slopes in the world, Christmas in Canada is sure to give everyone in the family a memorable winter vacation!

Whistler vacation: Christmas in British Columbia

Whistler is the obvious place to go if you’re looking for the perfect skiing vacation at Christmas. Rent yourself a cozy cabin, the perfect place to relax with the family while the fire crackles and enjoy Christmas food, drinks, and games. In Whistler itself, there is plenty to do and see over Christmas. Once you’ve enjoyed your day on the slopes, there is a daily, family-friendly aprés, and each week throughout Christmas and New Year, there is a Fire & Ice show, during which skiers and snowboarders perform stunts and tricks through a blazing ring of fire accompanied by fire spinners, a DJ, and even a fireworks display to bring the event to a dramatic conclusion.

New Years celebrations in Whistler Village
Photo from Mike Crane Photography

Mont Tremblant village and ski resort

With an altitude of 875 meters, and 102 different trails to choose from, Mont Tremblant has earnt it’s almost legendary reputation among skiers. The Mont Tremblant National Park is also just a stunning place to visit if you’re not a keen skier or snowboarder. During Christmas, the Mont Tremblant ski resort is nothing short of idyllic. This Laurentian Mountain town is worthy of a Christmas card. During the Christmas period, this pedestrian-only town has bonfires to add to the winter wonderland aesthetic, and events to celebrate the festive period include a treasure hunt, lumberjack demonstrations, traditional storytelling, and traditional songs and dances from Quebec.

A view over the snow-covered roofs in Mont Tremblant, a great spot for Christmas vacations for families, with the clock tower visible, and ski slopes in the background
Photo from The Star

Tropical destinations for Christmas

For those of you who already live in the colder parts of the country, you’d be forgiven for wanting to treat yourself to a warmer getaway over Christmas. Why should Christmas day on the beach with a barbecue and sunshine be reserved for our friends in Australia? Keep reading for some of the best places to spend Christmas and New Year’s Eve in the sun!

Start planning your island Christmas today!

Oahu, Hawaii Christmas vacation

Head to Oahu, HI, this Christmas, and you won’t miss out on any of the Christmas spirit in the snowy parts of the globe. Instead of snowmen, get ready for sand statues, and instead of a Norway spruce, palm trees covered in Christmas lights will keep you in the festive spirit! With numerous, gorgeous family-friendly rentals available on the island, you can pick your favorite spot and look forward to Christmas day sunning yourself on a sandy beach. If you’re worried that you might miss the snow, Oahu not only has man-made snow, but there is even ice skating available. Where else could you go ice skating in shorts and a t-shirt?

Sunset over a beach in Hawaii

Christmas in the Caribbean! Vacations the whole family will love!

A model of Santa in a hammock on the beach for a Caribbean Christmas

Anguilla: villas, beaches, and relaxation

If you’re looking for a quiet spot for Christmas vacations for families away from all the furor of the holidays, then you can’t get much better than a vacation in Anguilla. This quiet Caribbean island is one of the least crowded during the holidays, making it perfect for a relaxing getaway. As well as boasting some of the best beaches in the world, you can look forward to a touch of luxury while staying in a stunning villa with a pool. With a number of restaurants and bars to try out during your vacation, you can indulge yourself this Christmas with some great food and some relaxing days by the sea.

A luxury villa with a pool in Sile Bay, Anguilla, perfect for an island Christmas

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