December Family Vacations

Christmas and New Year's are all about memorable experiences. It just happens to be in December. The wind chill can be a pain. Getting your car stuck can be worse, and maybe you're just plain tired of hanging up those Christmas lights - so here's the ten best family vacations in December that can refresh one of the coldest months of the year.

december family beach vacationsPuerto Rico

For those wanting to escape the impending winter cold, head to Puerto Rico where the family can go on a zip line tour, learn how to surf, and enjoy the beach.

Orlando, Florida

The beautiful state of Florida remarkably stays somewhat winter free with Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Goofy, and of course Donald Duck by your side as you venture into Disney World . Orlando means luxury - vacation luxury, that is. No one celebrates Christmas and New Year's better than Disney.

New York City, New York

Listen to this: you've got cheap flights, many vacation rentals (some with great December deals), and the best shopping bargains anywhere. Also December's one of the prime shopping months of humanity. Plus you've got t he Radio City Christmas Spectacular and New Year's Eve Celebration in Times Square .

Honolulu, Hawaii

There are beaches, bikinis, hula dancers, and mai tais. Nothing says serenity and maybe some party action on New Year's, Hawaiian style - and you for sure can expect some water skiing in this beautiful little city.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

This is a party town with parades galore, and the best part is your family gets to marvel at the natural rare beauty that is this wonderful city, ripe with beautiful birds with colors you never thought a bird could have. Could possibly make a turtle dove envious, right? What a perfect location for best family vacations in December.

phoenix family mountain december vacationPhoenix, Arizona

Just imagine a rental vacation here in Phoenix where you can tee off at one of the numerous golf courses while your buddy is falling off the roof after hanging up the Christmas lights. In addition, your family can really get that new frontier adventure with the Camelback Mountain and then hang out in one of the dozen day spas littered all over the city.

Frankenmuth, Michigan

This little town in Midwest Michigan basically has the largest family Christmas store in all the world. It's called Bronner's , and it'll make you drop your jaw. There's so much beauty there when it comes to Christmas. Find your perfect vacation rental with that Bavarian touch.

Cairns, Queensland, Australia

It's like the Miami Beach of Australia. Surrounded by all the "g'day mates" and cute koalas and kangaroos, putting a Christmas or New Year's shrimp on the barbie never sounded so good. There area is perfect for some family time on the beach with maybe a bit of snorkeling or scuba diving.

Las Vegas, Nevada

Although Las Vegas is known for gambling, there are a lot of family activities that are fun as well. Family activities include Adventuredome , America's largest indoor theme park, and the Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat . If you're kids are into investigating, check out CSI: The Experience where you get to solve your own crime scene using clues and investigative work.

Brunswick, Georgia

Small-town life and a little southern hospitality seem to go hand in hand in this sweet corner of country life with a taste of big-city living. In addition, you got the Christmas Tree Lighting , the Brunswick Christmas Parade , and Santa Claus in Mary Ross Park making this one of the best family vacations in December!

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