6 Exciting Christmas Getaways for Memorable Family Moments

Written by EJ Ray

October 17, 2023
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Holidays are a time to bring families together. Why not do something different this year and book an exciting Christmas getaway? Here are 6 Christmas getaways for the entire family.

There’s no time of year quite like the holiday season when it comes to bringing families together. There’s something about Christmas that makes creating beautiful memories and catching up with loved ones a breeze.

But even the best traditions need shaking up a little, and adding new adventures to the festive season by taking a last-minute cruise offer or jetting off to a new destination can be a great way to enjoy spending time with your family over the holidays even more.

This Christmas, think about stepping away from the classic traditions and doing something different as a family, creating memorable bonding moments and embarking on an exciting escapade you’ll never forget. Here are 6 exciting seasonal adventures to consider this year for an amazing festive treat.

Chasing Northern Lights in Lapland

The Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, is one of the most remarkable and magical natural phenomena. This stunning light show fills the night sky with dancing colors and electric luminescence and is like nothing else on Earth.

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The Northern Lights. Photo by by WikiImages from Pixabay

Finland, the home of Santa Claus, is one of the best places to view this incredible natural wonder, and is also a pretty spectacular place to visit during the winter months, thanks to its amazing range of seasonal activities such as reindeer sleigh rides, husky trekking, and skiing.

Christmas Markets in Germany

Germany is world-famous for its enchanting and delightful Christmas markets that have inspired copycats worldwide…but there is nothing quite like the real thing!

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Exploring the German Christmas markets is a great vacation! Photo by LianeM via iStock by Getty Images

Take a visit to one of Germany’s impressive Old World cities, such as Munich, Cologne, or Nuremberg, and enjoy the delights of wooden market huts lit with twinkling lights, gorgeous artisan crafts and souvenirs, and plenty of German holiday goodies to feast on, like mulled wine, gingerbread cookies, and sausages.

Skiing in the Swiss Alps

If your family is adventurous and thrives on adrenaline, a skiing trip is a fantastic option for a winter break. Hitting the slopes in the Swiss Alps is something all skiing fans should try at least once, and resorts like Zermatt, St. Moritz, and Verbier offer world-class skiing and snowboarding and exceptional apres-ski! There’s plenty to do for non-skiiers as well with hikes galore, landscapes to die for, and plenty of Swiss chocolate to enjoy!

Man freeride skier running downhill on sunny Alps slope.

Skiing the Swiss Alps makes for a great Christmas getaway. Photo by Jag_cz via iStock by Getty Images

Dog Sledding in Alaska

Dog sledding is a fun winter activity, but in Alaska, it is also a Native tradition, a huge part of the indigenous culture, and something that combines excitement and significance for an experience that is more than just a way to get around.

All over the 49th State, there are places where you can join a local guide and their team of adorable sled dogs to traverse the breathtaking Alaskan wilderness and learn a little about this fascinating and thrilling pastime.

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You can enjoy dogsledding when you visit Fairbanks in the winter. Photo by Teresa Bergen

Christmas in New York City

The Big Apple is one of the great Christmas destinations for anyone who likes glitz, glamor, and seasonal pageantry. From the iconic displays at Saks Fifth Avenue and the Macy’s Parade to the remarkable Rockefeller Center Ice Rink, not to mention the decorations and events all around the city, New York truly comes alive during the holidays.

New York, Usa - January 2, 2008: tourists and skaters in the famous Rockefeller Center during the Christmas holidays.

Christmas in NYC features ice skating in Rockefeller Center. Photo by pedrosala via iStock by Getty Images

Northern Ireland’s Enchanted Winter Garden

For authentic Old World charm, head to Antrim Castle Gardens in Northern Ireland for their Enchanted Winter Garden, a magical experience filled with dazzling light displays, ice sculptures, and exciting costumed storytelling events. It is one of the most enjoyable seasonal experiences for young families and worth the trip.

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With Christmas coming just once a year, it is always worth making the most of by packing it full of fun and excitement. These seasonal adventures will add a dose of pizazz to your holiday plans and ensure a truly memorable family moment for the festive season. We invite you to explore Wander With Wonder for more Christmas travel suggestions.

Holidays are a time to bring families together. Why not do something different this year and book an exciting Christmas getaway? Here are 6 Christmas getaways for the entire family.


6 Exciting Christmas Getaways for Memorable Family Moments

Written by EJ Ray

EJ Ray is a traveler at heart. It is part of her soul and she loves to share her travels through her words. She has traveled the world, seeking great food, wine, and experiences. EJ was born in the Eastern US but has lived across the country and in Europe and Mexico. She also took to the road for a while, exploring from her RV. EJ always seeks the next great sip, bite, and adventure.

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