Looking for a getaway destination for Christmas week? According to Home Away, any Americans flock to marquee family destinations for the holidays. Whether you prefer the city or the mountains, the sun or the snow, you're bound to find inspiration on this list.
Wherever you are for Christmas, don't forget to create Santa magic for your child. There's still time to snag a home away from home in these top 10 Christmas vacation spots:
The world's number one family destination is, not surprisingly, also a mega-popular Christmas destination. With elaborate holiday celebrations at Disney World, Universal Orlando, and other theme parks, Orlando offers plenty of non-stop fun during the extended school break. Vacation home renters are spoiled for choice, with over 600 HomeAway listings in downtown Orlando and over 10,000 listings in the greater Disney/Orlando area.
Big Bear, CA
Another of California's popular ski destinations, Big Bear draws families with its lovely village with its cobbled streets, coffee shops, restaurants, and oodles of small-town charm. Those hunting for the perfect holiday hideaway have plenty of choice, thanks to the many HomeAway listings in the area.
New York, NY
The spectacular Christmas holiday season in New York City is renowned. From the must-see Radio City Music Spectacular to the stunning decorations at Rockefeller Plaza and along Fifth Avenue, Gotham proves it's a truly fantastic place to be for the holidays.
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Along with some of the best early-season skiing in the country, Lake Tahoe offers a real-life winter wonderland setting complete with twinkling white lights, holiday carolers, and Santa sightings With thousands of listings on the south shore, there's still availability for the week of Christmas.
This gateway to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park draws families all year long, and it's the number two destination for vacation rental inquiries this Christmas. Though Gatlinburg has only 4,000 year-round residents, HomeAway lists over 1,000 properties in this small resort town, from cozy cabins to mountain chalets that can accommodate extended family.
San Diego, CA
The famously ideal San Diego weather lives up to its reputation in December, with average high temperatures in the high 60s and low 70s. Vacation rental options run the gamut from houses and condos to yachts and even three chateaux. Expect to pay a premium for a waterfront or beach location, of course.
Los Angeles, CA
Park City, UT
It's unsurprising that Utah's most famous mountain town draws skier and snowboarders for the holidays, a time when booking a vacation rental rather than a hotel can land you more space for your money. You'll find plenty of Christmasy atmosphere in postcard-perfect Park City, which hosts a series of popular holiday musical events, strolling elves, and holiday carols on Main Street.
New Orleans, LA
The Big Easy may be scorching hot in the summer, but temperatures are ideal during the holiday season. Whether you track down the city's best light displays or attend a traditional Creole "reveillon dinner," your family is sure to have a memorable Christmas getaway.
Miami Beach, FL
Talk about eye candy. One of the world's most famous stretches of sand, Miami Beach's iconic pastels and Art Deco architecture put the destination on the map in the 1930s. Choose from among more than 2,000 listings on HomeAway.