14 Dec Best Holiday Vacation Destinations for the Family
Best Holiday Vacation Destinations for the Family
The most wonderful time of the year is finally here! It’s a great time to enjoy holiday cheer and make memories with your family and those you love the most. A special way to spend quality time with your family is with a seasonal getaway.
Enjoy this magical season with a family holiday getaway in one of the country’s top destinations. We have week-long vacation deals at these seasonal hot spots where you can enjoy four- and five-star resort accommodations for less with access to the area’s best holiday activities and attractions.
Branson is a fantastic destination for a week-long family holiday getaway. The Ozark Mountains covered in snow will instantly put you right in the Christmas spirit and make for a great place to enjoy skiing, snowboarding, and other winter activities.
The town of Branson is also known for its stunning light displays, so be sure to drive around with some hot chocolate in tow. Another spot that can’t be missed is the Christmas Tree Trail, with more than 700 colorful and unique trees that are decked out with lights and decorations.
Possibly the most special aspect of Branson during the holiday season is Silver Dollar City. They host an unbelievable Christmas festival with more than 6.5 billion lights, Broadway-esque musical productions, amusement rides, shopping, and dozens of holiday treats. It is one of the top holiday events in the country and well worth the trip this season!
One of the top holiday vacation destinations just happens to be the most magical place on earth! You and your family will absolutely love spending part of the holiday season at the Disney parks participating in their many events and festivals.
This year, you can visit the Magic Kingdom to partake in Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party to enjoy fireworks, parades, live entertainment, and all your favorite characters. Hollywood Studios hosts a Frozen Sing-Along Celebration and a Santa Claus Motorcade.
And while you’ll enjoy the warmth and sunshine in Orlando, you can find nightly magical snowfall at Disney Springs! Shop along the streets and take in the twinkling lights while feeling like you’re in a winter wonderland.
Believe it or not, December is one of the most popular times to visit the beautiful island of Oahu. People like trading in the cold snow for sunshine, swaying palm trees, and blissful beaches. Honolulu also hosts many fun and family-friendly activities to brighten your holiday season.
Staying in Honolulu gives you easy access to Chinatown and its many festive window displays and town decor. You’ll also want to visit the Honolulu Hale for the Honolulu City Lights event happening all month long. This event features tree-lighting ceremonies, electric light parades, photos with Santa, live music, and more.
Another activity to check out in Oahu besides relaxing on the white sand beaches and engaging in water sports is the Waikiki Trolley Holiday Lights tour. Hop on this open-are vehicle and check out the many stunning light displays in the area while listening to Christmas stories and singing Christmas carols.
Las Vegas is a bright and flashy city on a regular day, but this City of Sin takes its light displays to the next level during the holiday season. While you may think of Vegas as a gambling hot spot, it can be a great destination for a family vacation, especially during the holidays.
One of the most fun, family-friendly activities is to go ice skating on the roof of The Cosmopolitan where you can overlook the city from above, snack on holiday treats, and warm up by the open-air fire pits. Another popular holiday activity is walking through the Bellagio Conservatory Christmas Display which will be open through the New Year. The display features massive Christmas trees, gingerbread houses, giant toys, and more.
If you’re looking to be entertained, Las Vegas has dozens of shows and live music experiences that have been updated to suit the season. Discover the world-famous Christmas ballet, The Nutcracker, in a fully immersive experience with projected visuals and all your favorite music from the show. There’s also a Tournament of Kings with a seasonal twist, where the medieval jousting arena is made to look like a winter wonderland.
A country Christmas is an unforgettable way to spend the season. Visit Music City for some country, rock and roll, and lots of holiday fun. One of the most famous things to do this time of year in Nashville is enjoying Christmas festivities at Gaylord Opryland with millions of lights, carriage rides, gingerbread decorating, ice tubing, and much more.
You’ll also definitely want to check out the Holiday LIGHTS at Cheekwood, open seven nights a week through January 8, 2023. Walk along the 55-acre grounds of Cheekwood and take in the millions of twinkling lights while enjoying s’mores and holiday beverages. See Christmas lights put on a show if you choose to visit the Drive-Thru Dancing Lights of Christmas! This unique show synchronizes with an FM radio channel.
Another incredibly popular event is Enchant at First Horizon Park. The event runs through the end of the month. Visitors can find ice skating, photos with Santa, boutique shopping, elves play place, live entertainment, and a holiday lights maze.