Looking for a getaway destination for Christmas week? According to HomeAway.com, the largest online vacation rental listing site, Americans are flocking 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:
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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.
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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 more than 1,200 HomeAway listings in the area.
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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.
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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.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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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 currently lists 1,360 properties in this small resort town, from cozy cabins to mountain chalets that can accommodate extended family.
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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.
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Los Angeles, CA
Never mind that there's little chance of a white Christmas in LA. Los Angeles offers plenty of reasons to visit during the holidays. You can watch Christmas boat parades, celebrate the holidays at Disneyland, catch the Nutcracker ballet, and even go outdoor ice skating.
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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.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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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.