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My Favorite Christmas Vacations

Years ago we asked our boys, presents or a vacation for Christmas? They always say vacation. I would rather spend the money on memories rather then junk that they forget about. They don't forget the year we went to Mexico & went on the scary water slide, or the time we sang Christmas carols with 1000 other people on a cruise ship.

My Four Favorite Christmas Vacations: Disney, a Cruise, Mexico, and Hawaii

The holiday season is a magical time to take a break from the routine and create unforgettable memories. Over the years, I've had the pleasure of spending Christmas in various locations. Here are my four favorite Christmas vacations: Disney, a cruise, Mexico, and Hawaii. Each destination offers a unique blend of festive cheer, relaxation, and adventure. Want a free Christmas vacation quote? CLICK HERE.

Disney: A Fairytale Christmas

The Magic of Disney at Christmas

There's something incredibly enchanting about Disney during the Christmas season. The parks are transformed into a winter wonderland, with twinkling lights, festive decorations, and holiday music filling the air. Visiting Disney at Christmas feels like stepping into a fairytale, where every corner is filled with joy and wonder.


  • Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party: This special event at Magic Kingdom is a must. With a holiday parade, fireworks, and delicious seasonal treats, it’s a festive extravaganza.

  • Candlelight Processional: Held at Epcot, this moving retelling of the Christmas story features a celebrity narrator, a full orchestra, and a choir.

  • Decorations and Lights: From Cinderella Castle's dazzling lights to the elaborate decorations throughout the parks, Disney spares no effort in creating a magical atmosphere.


  • Book Early: Christmas is a popular time at Disney, so make sure to book accommodations and tickets well in advance.

  • Plan Your Days: With so much to see and do, planning your days can help ensure you don't miss out on any must-see events or attractions.

A Christmas Cruise: Holiday on the High Seas

The Allure of a Christmas Cruise

Imagine celebrating Christmas aboard a luxurious cruise ship, surrounded by the open sea. A Christmas cruise combines the excitement of travel with the joy of the holiday season, offering a unique and memorable experience.


  • Festive Decorations: Cruise ships are beautifully decorated for the holidays, with Christmas trees, lights, and garlands creating a festive ambiance.

  • Special Events: Enjoy Christmas-themed activities such as caroling, gingerbread house decorating, and visits from Santa Claus.

  • Exotic Destinations: Depending on the cruise itinerary, you could be celebrating Christmas in the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, or other exotic locations.


  • Choose the Right Cruise Line: Different cruise lines offer various holiday experiences. Talk to your travel agent about what cruise line will fit your holiday vacation.

  • Pack Accordingly: While ships are festive, consider the weather at your destinations to pack appropriately for both the cruise and shore excursions.

Mexico: A Warm Christmas Getaway

The Charm of Christmas in Mexico

Mexico offers a warm and vibrant Christmas experience. With its rich cultural traditions, beautiful beaches, and delicious cuisine, Mexico is an ideal destination for those looking to escape the cold and celebrate Christmas in a sunny paradise.


  • Traditional Posadas: These festive processions reenact Mary and Joseph's search for shelter and are a cornerstone of Mexican Christmas celebrations.

  • Beach Time: Enjoy sunbathing, swimming, and water sports on Mexico’s stunning beaches, a delightful contrast to winter weather.

  • Mexican Cuisine: Indulge in holiday favorites like tamales, bacalao (salted cod), and ponche (a warm fruit punch).


  • Learn Some Spanish: While many people in tourist areas speak English, learning some basic Spanish phrases can enhance your experience.

  • Explore Local Culture: Beyond the beaches, immerse yourself in the local culture by visiting markets, attending festivals, and exploring historical sites.

Hawaii: A Tropical Christmas Paradise

The Magic of Christmas in Hawaii

Hawaii offers a unique blend of traditional holiday spirit and tropical paradise. Celebrating Christmas in Hawaii means enjoying festive events and activities while basking in the island's natural beauty.


  • Hawaiian Christmas Traditions: Experience unique local traditions such as the Makahiki season, a Hawaiian celebration of the New Year, and the lighting of the Christmas tree in Honolulu.

  • Beach Celebrations: Spend Christmas Day on the beach, enjoying the sun, sand, and surf.

  • Island Activities: From snorkeling and surfing to hiking and luaus, there’s no shortage of adventures to be had.


  • Book Accommodations Early: Hawaii is a popular destination during the holidays, so book your accommodations well in advance.

  • Blend Relaxation with Adventure: Balance your days with both relaxation on the beach and exploration of the islands’ natural wonders and cultural sites.

Each of these Christmas vacation destinations offers a unique and unforgettable holiday experience. Whether you’re drawn to the magical charm of Disney, the luxurious adventure of a cruise, the warm and vibrant culture of Mexico, or the tropical paradise of Hawaii, there’s a perfect Christmas getaway waiting for you. Embrace the festive spirit, create lasting memories, and enjoy the holiday season in these enchanting locales. Stop spending money on stuff, enjoy the time we have with our families.

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