Christmas is slowly approaching and bells are jingling all the way once again. With the holidays on our doorstep, we are all excited about spending quality time with our family and maybe going to a vacation with them.
The world is filled with great places to see and, sometimes, our budget is too small for the world. Therefore, before choosing a destination, we must try to see how much we are going to need in order to have a decent holiday.
Another important thing is also the type of vacation that you want to choose. Some families prefer a traditional vacation with a lot of sightseeing and hot cups of coffee in coffee shops, while others prefer more adventurous, out-in-the-woods type of a holiday.
Here is a list of a few spots that might be suitable for you.
1. Ogunquit, ME
This small town of several hundred people living in it is a perfect spot for a family vacation. It is located in the York County, Maine. Ogunquit is generally a summer resort, its name being literally translated as “beautiful place by the sea“.
However, the place gets the whole new feel during the winter and you can have a quiet getaway with your family, enjoying both the snow and the sea.
2. Charleston, SC
If you are looking for a mild temperature, cozy hotels and numerous restaurants offering food from all over the world, you should definitely choose Charleston, SC for your Christmas getaway. It is a city of about 130,000 in population, making it the second largest city in South Carolina.
The town is illuminated with great Christmas decorations, there Christmas spirit is felt all over the town, and you can even take a tour in a one-horse carriage and see all the hidden treasures that this city offers.
3. Santa Barbara, CA
Located on the West coast of the US, this city seems like a perfect place to spend Christmas holiday if you prefer mild weather instead of snow.
Although it does not seem like a Christmassy place at first, Santa Barbara has actually quite a lot to offer to its tourists, including Ice Skating Rank, the famous Santa Barbara Trolley and the Holiday parade that happens a week after thanksgiving.
4. Santa Fe, New Mexico
Although not the homeland of Santa Claus, Santa Fe is actually a place full of winter attractions that bring a lot of tourists every holiday season. The best thing about it is that it has the Mexican Christmas feel all the way.
For example, you might enjoy the Los Posadas, which is a traditional candlelight procession that happens mid-December. Furthermore, you can enjoy the famous Farolito Walk which brings people together for a walk on Christmas Eve.
5. Venice, Italy
If you combine the traditional European architecture and narrow canals filled with water, on which you are transported by canoes, you get Venice. Its renaissance statues and interesting buildings will not be the best place for Santa, but certainly the best place for a family to spend their Christmas holiday.
Although most people associate it with a great place for a honeymoon, Venice actually has unique ways of celebrating Christmas, some of which are unique only to these parts of the world.
6. Malmo, Sweden
Sweden offers a unique Christmas experience due to its extremely cold weather and A LOT of snow. If you are looking for a combination of winter sports, adventure and urban city life, this is the option that you should go with.
Malmo is the 6th largest city in Sweden and apart from numerous attractions; you can also choose some of the very interesting places to stay such as igloos. Sweden being the home of the Vikings offers a lot of history and many interesting art museums.
7. Munich, Germany
Munich can be a great place for a family visit during the winter because it offers activities both for grownups and kids. If you are a fan of Bavarian sausages and top-quality beer, you will enjoy numerous breweries and restaurants made in a traditional Bavarian style.
Furthermore, there are ski resorts with professionals who can train you and your kids and who take care of the safety of your children during your stay.
8. Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico is not usually a synonym for Christmas family vacation, but if you enjoy the sounds of salsa and the seaside with beautiful nature and great service, then you should skip all the ski resorts and winter places and head straight down to Puerto Rico with your family.
You can expect many tropical-themed activities with just a pinch of Christmas to make you remember that you are still on winter holiday vacation.
9. Mont Tremblant, Quebec
Mont Tremblant is a ski resort in Canada, one step away from the harsh winter and the North Pole. If you and your family enjoy skiing and hotels in style of winter cottages at the edge of wood, then Quebec is the place to be during Christmas.
It is about 80 miles away from Montreal, and you can always go there to rest from skiing and enjoy the great attractions that Montreal offers during holidays.
10. North Pole, AL
The home of Santa Claus is just to the West of Canada and it offers you and your kids hours and hours of fun. Activities include meeting the Santa, riding in an open sleigh and enjoying the restaurants decorated by his hidden elves.
To sum up, family Christmas vacations need to be interesting and bring the family together. Whether you are going to do it in the sunny Puerto Rico or in the freezing Malmo, it is completely up to you. The most important factor is to bring the happiness and the spirit of Christmas wherever you go.