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Christmas Vacation Ideas for Families

My family LOVES Christmas! (Full confession, our tree went up shamelessly on November 2nd. Later than usual.) We’ve also celebrated Christmas in many different places and many different ways. Tropical islands and snow-covered mountains, Christmas markets and luaus. We’ve loved it all! We love combining old traditions with new adventures. In my family’s opinion, the only wrong way to celebrate Christmas is to not. So no matter your preferences or budget, there’s always something you can do to make the season bright!

This year my family will be spending Christmas at a theme park. The all-out decorations, atmosphere, shows, and music create a Christmas experience like no other. Plus our children love it! And it’s not as crazy or expensive as you might think. Here are a few tips on how we made it work for our family.

Tip 1: Consider going pre-Christmas. Crowds may be heaviest on Christmas eve and Christmas day (prices too!) but if you go a week or two before, you can get just as much atmosphere for a cheaper price and (because there’ll be fewer people to contend with) you get more bang for your buck (and a lot less stress)!

Tip 2: Consider staying off-site. While a lot of theme parks have their own hotels these days, you pay a pretty penny for them. If your budget is tight, look for a cheap hotel or rental home in the area. While it might not offer the same convenience as park resorts, it could be the difference between your family being able to afford to go and having to stay home. Keep in mind, you’ll probably spend minimal non-sleeping time away from the park anyway.

Tip 3: Consider getting annual passes. If you live close(ish) to your theme park of choice, are going for an extended period of time (say, five days to a week), or think you might want to go back for summer vacation next year, an annual pass is likely to pay for itself. Most theme parks don’t charge that much (comparatively) for annual passes and it makes it possible to go back anytime for a whole year! Annual passes make for a great Christmas present too.

If theme parks aren’t your things, here’s a host of other great family-friendly Christmas vacation ideas from our friends at Beaches (All-Inclusive Family Resorts in the Caribbean). Beach getaway anyone?

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Disclaimer: I have teamed up with Beaches in support of this campaign. We received compensation for participation in this campaign. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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