Christmas Holiday Ideas for 2012

While many people see Christmas as a time to be home for holidays, the season is also a great time of year to get away and enjoy a family vacation. There are a number of different choices and locations that you can visit that are fun for the whole family and that will make your holiday even more memorable. While traveling during the holidays can be a challenge, there are some destinations that take the hassle and worry out of the trip so that you can create happy memories that last a lifetime.

December is a great time to plan a family vacation because many places have special winter rates. Many beach resorts in California cut their rates nearly in half during this time of year, and you can stay at a luxury hotel with all the amenities that you could probably never afford otherwise. A quick search online can yield package deals for the winter months; for example, some Southern California hotels offer a combination of a hotel stay along with tickets to some extremely popular nearby theme parks, such as Sea World and Disneyland. You can save even more money by combining the two and giving your kids a trip to an entertainment destination that they’ve always dreamed of (and add the fun of surprising them with the trip on Christmas day!)

If you’re looking to get out of the country for Christmas, then heading to the Caribbean is another great vacation destination. The weather is mild, and if you live in a state where bitterly cold winters are common, this will be a welcome change for the holidays. Rates are much cheaper at this time of year, especially when it comes to air fare, and many travel companies online offer a number of bundled deals for hotels, plane tickets, and even car rentals. Why stay home and brave the freezing cold ice and snow when you can lounge on a pristine beach on Christmas day instead? Some top locations in this area are Barbados, Tobago, and Jamaica.

Before you plan your getaway, however, you should do a bit of research and see what family-friendly events are available. If you and your family love the water, then taking a Christmas cruise on a full-service cruise ship is another holiday option. No matter what Christmas holiday getaway you choose, it will be  holiday that you and your family will never forget.

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