By: Gina Kramer | From: Family Vacationist

Christmas getaways represent a rare opportunity for families who like to travel. Whether your kids are toddlersteensor all grown up, you can usually count on some time off from school and work for everyone to gather in one place. And one of the great things about Christmas vacations is they don’t have to be spent at home for everyone to have quality family time together. In fact, some of the best Christmas vacations for families are the trips where everyone’s traveling to a new and exciting destination that goes all in on Christmas spirit.

Where to Go for Christmas Vacations

If you’re dreaming of a white Christmas (whether snow or sand), here’s where to go for Christmas in the U.S., Caribbean, Europe, and Central America.

1. San Antonio, Texas

For hundreds of years, the home of the Alamo has adorned its iconic River Walk with Mexican Christmas lanterns believed to help light the way for the Holy Family. Families visiting San Antonio for Christmas vacations between mid-November and mid-January can immerse themselves in this awe-inspiring tradition either by foot or boat with Go Rio Cruises, a kid-friendly tour operator that even lets you stow strollers onboard.

The holiday magic continues at The DoSeum, San Antonio’s kids museum, which hosts an elaborate Winter Wonderland event once a year; and at the San Antonio Botanical Garden, whose enchanting grounds twinkle with more than a million Christmas lights. Celebrations continue underground at the Natural Bridge Caverns, where professional Christmas carolers’ voices echo 180 feet below the surface.