The holiday season is the perfect time to take a family vacation. Aside from breaking from long-held traditions in the household which can be stressful — such as escaping from that exhausting extended family Christmas meal — it allows you to form new and special memories of a very special Christmas surrounded by the ones you love: your family. Whether you’re looking to recreate the holiday magic of a picture postcard with snow-topped trees and icy vistas, or you’re looking for a more fun getaway with family-friendly shows, markets and glistening city lights, we’ve got something for everybody in this list of great family Christmas getaways. Who knows, maybe a family vacation will become your next family tradition.
Holiday Sparkle in the Big City
Whether you’re staying in the UK or heading farther abroad, the big city lights bring with them a host of magical Christmas memories. From breath-taking Christmas decorations and shopping trips, through markets and musicals, cities keep you connected on Christmas with a multitude of fun activities and new culinary traditions (think a Chinese buffet for your Christmas meal). A great way to explore a new city and its surrounds is with a car. The Intelligent Leasing Blog has covered how to plan the perfect road trip before, check it out for advice and tips.
Very Merry Time Cruises on a Disney Cruise Line
Very Merry Time Disney cruises are available in a host of cruise routes, offering great all-inclusive family vacations which transport you, literally, to another part of the world with the comfort of a well-organised family-oriented Christmas. Departing from US destinations through the Caribbean and South America, ships are kitted out with Christmas trees, decorations and entertainment, forming magical memories for young ones and winter sun for parents.
Snowy Swiss Alps
Whether you’re looking to soak in charming Swiss villages or looking to ski off-piste, the Swiss Alps provide a perfect family getaway with picture postcard views of icy landscapes and impressive mountains. The stunning scenery is an ideal backdrop for your next Christmas memories, with chalets and country hotels offering a warming welcome from the cold outside, and local towns and cities featuring traditional Christmas markets. Villages like Andermatt are the perfect setting for your snow-capped holiday, with ski schools suiting all ages and spas for those wanting to warm their toes inside.
Vienna’s Christmas Markets
Speaking of Christmas markets, Vienna provides one of the largest and most traditional markets out there, with a history dating back to the Middle Ages. Today, the markets are a spectacular must-see for a short family getaway or extended city trip. Vienna alone has 20 official markets with lots more surrounding neighbourhood markets to explore. Because the Christmas market is so central to Austrian culture, it is worth seeing, strolling and soaking in with a traditional glass of gluhwein (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic). What’s more, Rathaus near Vienna’s famed Christkindl Market offers family-friendly entertainment which is perfect for keeping the little ones happy.
All Aboard the Polar Express!
All Aboard the Polar Express! offers a memorable ride via steam train through the famous Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. Each carriage is decorated with gorgeous Christmas foliage and ornaments, and the heated carriage keeps families snug and cosy. The views from the window of breathtaking mountains and snow coverage make for an ideal Christmas getaway, while staff are sure to keep up the Christmas spirit with sing-a-long carols, stories and helpings of cocoa.
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