Christmas Break Hot Spots

Natalie Hornbaker, Staff Writer

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Winter is the perfect time and also is a great excuse to get out of town and explore different places. For some, winter break means hitting the slopes while to others it means finding some sand and sun to spend the day under.

The holiday season is an enormously popular time to travel. In fact, Disney World gets its biggest crowds the six days in between Christmas and New Year’s Day. Traveling during the winter can consist of a weekend getaway close to home as well as a distant, luxurious destination for the long trip you have been looking forward to and planning forever.

Some cities offer beautiful museums, unforgettable restaurants and extravagant hotels while others may offer never before seen landscapes and charm. No matter where you chose to go, whether it be around the world or half an hour from your home, a change in scenery is always beneficial.

Here are some of the most popular places to travel during winter break:

1) Orlando-Walt Disney World

The dream vacation of many families across the world.

2) Anaheim-Disneyland

Ideal wintertime temps in Anaheim, California and a decked-out Disneyland for the holidays make for a great family vacation.

3) Branson, Missouri

This Missouri town is full of family-friendly attractions.

4) Honolulu – Oahu, Hawaii

The island’s biggest wintertime appeal lies in its warm weather: High temps hover in the low 80s.

5) Whistler, British Columbia

The town’s enormous Whistler Blackcomb resort has enough space for families to ski before sipping hot chocolate by the fire.

6) Florida’s Sanibel Island

Collecting shells along the sandy shores, exploring the Sanibel Lighthouse and indulging in fresh seafood are just a few activities that families can enjoy on Florida’s Sanibel Island.

7) Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Winter vacations in this Tennessee town revolve around the Ober Gatlinburg Ski Area. Apart from enjoying winter sports like skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing, families can take in the views from the aerial tramway.

8) Breckenridge, Colorado

Plan your trip for late January to feast your eyes on the creations at the International Snow Sculpture Championships.

9) New York City, New York

From Broadway shows to a bevy of museums, your clan will find no shortage of things to do in the Big Apple.

10) Vail

With 5,000-plus acres of skiable terrain, Vail, Colorado, is considered one of America’s best ski regions– and for good reason.

11) Bahamas

The reprieve of warm weather and the islands’ close proximity to the U.S., and the Bahamas is perfectly suited for winter family fun.

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