Winter is definitely the time of the year when Canadians most dream about vacations. And of course, nothing says vacations to Canadian families quite like departing the cold and snow for a week – the warmer the destination, the better of course! To help you plan that perfect trip, we’ve polled our team of Travel Experts to ask them to recommend their favourite ideas for Canadian families looking to get away this winter.
Go To Disney World
This is a perennial favourite for good reason. There is no place on earth that aims to enchant and entertain families in the same way that Disney World does. From the dazzling sights in the Magic Kingdom to the splendor of Epcot Center, it is a place that will surely put a smile on the entire family’s faces. Recent additions to the expansive resort include sections highlighting popular Disney movies including Finding Dory, Star Wars, and Avatar.
As if Disney World was not wonderful enough all year round, they seem to kick it up a notch in December in terms of holiday-themed decorations and programming. One of the most spectacular highlights is Cinderella’s Castle after it has been lit up by hundreds of thousands of frosty lights. Gazing upon it, you can’t help but feel like you’ve been whisked away to some enchanted frozen wonderland!
Once you soaked in the light show, there is plenty of more holiday magic to explore. Children (young and old alike) who wish to get themselves onto Santa’s list can meet up with him in person in Santa’s Chalet. And then there is the new Christmas Tree Trail, where you can walk through and look upon some of the most beautiful Christmas trees in the world.
Another tried and true option that our customers love is to do an all inclusive. You can’t deny the convenience here. And it’s even sweeter in winter as an escape from the frosty temperatures and seemingly endless snow.
Booking an all inclusive vacation is the stress-free alternative to a build-your-own vacation. With one click or one phone call, you’ll have your flights, transfers, and accommodations booked. Sticking within a budget comes easily with all inclusives since your food, activities and drinks are included in the price. You can even customize your vacation by adding on excursions, including visits to historical sites, tropical rainforests, mountains, etc! The sky’s the limit!
Hint: Check out our list of Best Value All Inclusive Resorts For Families if you’re looking for a place to start your vacation planning.
Honestly, when isn’t it a good time to cruise? Cruise your way through a winter vacation in your choice of tropical destination – don’t settle for just one when you can visit multiple countries all at once! If you’re thinking your kids won’t be occupied on a cruise, think again. Activities and entertainment is endless and both you and the kids aren’t likely to find yourself bored.
Cruises these days, especially larger ships, are practically floating resorts with pools, activities, restaurants and shows. Of course, days in port can be filled with exploring a new destination, trying exciting excursions, or just lounging on the beach! Any cruise can fit your family’s needs, but here’s an overview of which cruise lines are great at catering to kids. Themed cruises, including the Royal Caribbean’s Dreamworks cruise featuring characters like Shrek and Kung Fu Panda, also present a great option for families!
Yes, Las Vegas! What you may have thought was a destination only for bachelor(ette) parties and elopements is actually a very family-friendly city, as confirmed by travel magazines and our savvy customers.
Over the years, Vegas has put a lot of effort into creating the types of experiences that cater very much to families. Think of M&M’s world, the Adventuredome, or the Wildlife Habitat in the Flamingo — where your children can marvel at the super cute Chilean flamingoes to their hearts galore. Even just walking along the strip, the entire family will be dazzled by all of the free daily attractions such as the Mirage’s volcano or the Bellagio’s luminous fountain show. And while the lower temperatures in the winter makes it too chilly to sit by the pool, you will be rewarded with all manners of activities that can only be done during the winter. We highly recommend The Ice Rink at the Cosmopolitan and the Winter Parq at The LINQ.
Explore The Beauty Of Hawaii
Hawaii is a fantastic place for families. It offers some of the most beautiful sceneries in the world in addition to fantastic trails for you to hike them. Even in the winter months, rain and cloud cover are very intermittent so you should get plenty of chances to soak up the sun.
One of the key perks of going here in this time of the year is that you get the chance to see its legendary waves, which can go 20 feet or even higher! And of course, you can’t go to Hawaii in the winter without taking the opportunity to see the majestic humpback whales as they make their migration. January through March is the peak time for whale watching, but you can also catch them in the shoulder months of December and April.