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Christmas Vacation Ideas

The long Christmas vacation school break is peak time for travel, and planning ahead is essential for popular spots

Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year Holidays on Disney Cruise Line
What happens on a Disney cruise during the holiday season in 2014? Here's what you need to know about Verry Merrytime Cruises with Disney Cruise Line.

Christmas on the Potomac with ICE! at Gaylord National Resort
Visiting Gaylord National Resort for ICE! in 2014? Here's what you need to know about Christmas on the Potomac.

Christmas at Hawks Cay Resort
Looking for a Christmas getaway in the Florida Keys? Here's what you need to know about Christmas at Hawks Cay Resort.

Holiday Events by Region
Whether spending Christmas vacation at home or away, families will find plenty of festivities.

New York City Holiday Season
As you'd expect, this city knows how to celebrate the holiday season. New York City is a great place for a family Christmas vacation.

Orlando Events
It's the world's top family destination year-round, and Christmas means even more fun. The added dazzle of holiday lights plus many special events make all of the theme parks merrier.

Great Places to See Santa
Any family Christmas vacation probably includes seeing Santa somewhere, and some places are more special than others. How about The North Pole (NY), or Orlando, or Chocolate Town USA, Bethlehem CT, or Santa Claus Indiana? Check out some fine places to see the jolly guy in red.

Ideas in Europe
What better time to experience the Old World traditions that charm North Americans so much? Christmas in Europe will be a time of special celebrations, decorations, and seasonal warmth. Read about German Christmas markets, London at Christmas, Italy, and France... (and enjoy low-season airfares, too.)

Polar Express Train Rides
The Polar Express is a classic children's book (and movie) about a child's train ride to see Santa at the North Pole. At many tourist railroads in the US, families can ride a real-life train that re-creates the storybook experience.

Christmas Train Rides
Many scenic railroads run Christmas trains. "The Polar Express" train rides -- which recreate the classic children's story -- are the best known, but many other tourist railway companies run Christmas trains such as a "Santa Special" or "North Pole Express."

Kwanzaa Celebrations
Kwanzaa -- a name that comes from a Swahili phrase for "first fruits of the harvest"-- is an African-American celebration of culture and family that takes place from December 26th to January 1st. Many cities have public Kwanzaa events that welcome families.

Track Santa on Christmas Eve
Wherever you are on your family vacation, track Santa's flight online at the NORAD website.

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