Staying home for Christmas can be a lot of fun but imagine jetting off to a faraway destination and enjoying a little skiing, sunbathing, time out in nature, or whatever else your entire family craves! The options are plentiful, but you will need to do a little researching in the beginning to ensure that everyone will love the destination that you choose.

The Best Vacation Destinations to Visit at Christmas that the Entire Family Will Love

Rome, Italy

If you and your family truly embrace the real meaning of Christmas, then a trip to Rome, Italy may be in order. While you can do all the usual, “when in Rome” items, you will also have the opportunity to attend the Christmas mass at St. Peter’s Basilica. Tickets to the mass are free but they are snatched up quickly. Don’t worry, if you miss out on them, you can always watch it on the big screen within the square. A few other Christmassy must-do items include wandering around the Christmas Market on the Spanish Steps or the Piazza Navona Christmas Market, doing a little ice skating over by Castel Sant’Angelo, and seeing some phenomenal nativity scenes throughout the city.

Aspen, Colorado

The skiing in Aspen is wonderful and you can spend the days out on the slopes before relaxing in front of a roaring fire. There are plenty of places to do a little shopping and the cuisine couldn’t be better. It is recommended that you spend at least one day off the slopes, so you have plenty of energy to go out on the town to experience the fabulous nightlife! Just make sure one adult is okay with staying with the kids!

Charleston, South Carolina

Not everyone wants to freeze, or be surrounded by snow, during the holidays, which is why Charleston, South Carolina could be the perfect destination for you and your family! You can all participate in the walking tours of the historic district, each one has a Christmas theme, and then attend the Holiday Festival of Lights later in the evening. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from in this city, but for a truly unique experience, you will want to board the Carolina Queen for their holiday dinner cruise.

North Pole, Alaska

There is no better place to get into the Christmas spirit than North Pole, Alaska! This town celebrates Christmas all year long, but the true holidays are stepped up a notch. Your entire family can wander down Mistletoe Lane before finding yourself in the middle of Kris Kringle Drive. Make sure you take the time to stop in to see Santa, although the true highlight of your trip will be the works of art that the ice sculptors are creating.

These are only a few of the best vacation destinations to visit at Christmas with family, but they will get you started when it comes to planning your trip. While these are all fabulous, you may find that there is another destination that fits the needs of your family even more. Let us know what it is, so we can share how wonderful your Christmas vacation truly was!

And if snow is on your mind this Christmas be sure to read our post about the best destinations for a classic snowy Christmas.