If want to go on a family adventure during the holidays this year, there is something exciting out there for everyone.
Whether you want to see the snow or the sun, ski or surf, there are plenty of destinations that will make it a trip worth remembering.
Want to explore the mountains?
Want to travel California’s coastline?
It’s waiting for you.
Want to experience Disney’s magical kingdom?
Your kids probably already know the way.
For those who are tired of staying at home during the holidays, it’s time to spread your wings.
Here are five family adventures you will never forget.
Keystone Resort, Keystone, Colorado
You can get lost in the traffic during the holidays…or, you can travel the great expanses of Colorado’s mountains and stop by Keystone Resort.
Keystone Resort is a popular ski resort in the area which offers night skiing for the family. Boasting over 3,100 acres, 20 lifts and two gondolas, it has become a mainstay for many skiers and and snowboarders around the area.
Whether you want to ski, snow tube, snowbike, ice skate or go on a sleigh ride, Keystone has it all. Couple that with comfortable lodging and plenty of shops in the village and you have yourself a family adventure.
Keystone also offers vacation packages, which can be found here.
100 Dercum Square, Keystone, Colo. 80435, 970-496-4000
Dana Point, California
Dana Point does it right on Thanksgiving.
Located off the coast in Orange County, the city has a variety of things to do during Turkey Day, whether you want to go for a run, head out on the water or explore marine exhibits.
The annual Dana Point Turkey Trot has become a huge event throughout the years, drawing over 16,000 participants. Participants can partake in a 5K run or a 10K run and the “Gobble Wobble” keeps the kids active and involved.
Don’t forget to stop by Dana Point Harbor for fishing, sailing or whale-watching.
And, of course, there’s the Ocean Institute, full of interactive activities for the family.
Situated in a spectacular setting, Dana Point has become a go-to destination for families during the holidays throughout the years.
Walt Disney World
Walt Disney World is an annual location for family fun, but even more fun can be had during the holidays.
For one, “Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party” runs from Nov. 8 to Dec. 20. Featuring Mickey and Santa, this event is sure to spread joy throughout the family. From a magical gathering to lit-up castles to fireworks to a grand parade, this party has just about everything the family could want. As holiday music fills the air, it won’t be long before the kids believe in magic, as they are treated to the sights and sounds of Christmas and Disney’s kingdom.
The party features meet-and-greet opportunities with Disney characters, as well as complimentary cookies and hot cocoa.
Lake Buena Vista, Fla. 32830, 407-939-5277
New York City
You simply have to experience Christmas in New York City at least once in your lifetime.
Whether you witness the lighting of the giant tree at Rockefeller Center—complete with a ceremony and music—or the Broadway-style show “Radio City Christmas Spectacular,” there is plenty to do in the Big Apple.
Of course, there are the classics like “The Nutcracker” and “Peter and the Wolf,” featured at the David H. Koch Theater and the Guggenheim, respectively.
There are Christmas lights everywhere, and you will naturally come upon glorious events on your own.
To get into the big events, you will have to buy your tickets ahead of time. But for those who like to go where the wind takes them, you are bound to stumble on a fun family event by simply walking the streets of New York City.
Can’t stand rain, snow or the color gray?
Then go to Hawaii!
If you want to experience Christmas a little differently this year, Hawaii would be a good place to travel. You will get the usual Christmas parades and tree lighting, but Hawaii also offers great surfing, volcano exploration and native rituals you won’t see anywhere else.
While others are bundled up in huge jackets and fighting over hot cocoa, you and your family will be hanging out on the beach amid palm trees and blue waters.
Enjoy Christmas this year, without the usual hustle and bustle.
Then make a New Year’s resolution to never leave.