Family Vacation Ideas for the Holiday Season

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Are you looking for family vacation ideas for a trip this holiday season? There are plenty of family-friendly vacation options if you want to get away over the holidays. Here are some great family vacation ideas for the holiday season.


While you may have visited Amsterdam for very different reasons in your younger years, consider revisiting the Dutch capital with your family in December. The legend of Santa Claus (or Sinterklaas) permeates the Christmas decorations. Take your family out on the outdoor skating rinks. New Year’s Eve is celebrated with champagne and fireworks – what could be better than that?


If you’re going to go North, you might as well go all the way. Finland offers amazing winter-time activities, including being pulled by reindeer in a sleigh and Northern Lights viewing. The cross-country skiing is unparalleled.


Munich has more than two dozen Christmas markets and a hundred foot tall Christmas tree in the Marienplatz (central city square). The city is also famous for its mulled wine and gingerbread. Munich is an enchanting city in which to celebrate the holidays. A trip here will be a magical family vacation.


Provence is like a fairy tale in the winter, and will make for a memorable family vacation if you have children old enough to remember it, but young enough to be taken with its magic. The cobblestone streets are filled with markets selling fresh local foods. Music from medieval churches spills out in the winter air, and Christmas Eve dinner is a traditional grand souper (Great Supper).


If you want to get away somewhere warm for the holidays, Bali is lovely this time of year. With its accepting culture and mix of religions, any holiday or tradition that you want to celebrate will be welcomed. The best family vacations always involve a little beach time. Plus, the food in Bali is to-die-for, especially if turkey and ham aren’t your thing.

New York, New York

Any list of family vacation ideas would be incomplete without the Big Apple. New York is magical at Christmastime. Take the kids skating in Central Park, check out the Christmas tree at 30 Rockfeller Place, and don’t miss all the window displays along 5th Avenue. And of course there are loads of sweet treats to try in New York’s famous bakeries. For a traditional Christmas dinner or buffet, make a reservation at a Manhattan hotel’s restaurant.

I hope that this list has given you some great family vacation ideas for the holidays! I would love to hear yours as well. Happy trails to you and your family.