Christmas vacation ideas for 2021 include a wide range of options, from the beaches of Kauai to the streets of Quebec. No matter who you’re traveling with this holiday season, these destinations have something for all kinds of group travel.
Check out the top ideas for Christmas vacations in 2021:
- Visit winter wonderland in Quebec
- Find holiday cheer at Disney World
- Celebrate island style in Kauai
- Take a train ride through the Peruvian Andes
- Hit the slopes in Utah
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Christmas Vacation Ideas 2021
1. Visit winter wonderland in Quebec
Old Québec City transforms into a fairytale winter wonderland at Christmas time. True to its French roots, you’ll get some serious European Christmas village vibes without having to leave the continent.
Do your holiday shopping whilst roaming around the city’s cobblestone streets underneath dazzling displays of Christmas lights.
If you stick around for New Year’s Eve, make sure to join the massive outdoor party at Grand Allée with DJs, fireworks, light shows, and a giant Ferris wheel.
As always, be mindful of current local and government COVID-19 guidelines, as these events may change last-minute.
2. Find holiday cheer at Disney World
Two of the most magical things on Earth: Disney World and Christmas time. This is one of our favorte Christmas vacation ideas for 2021 for three reasons.
- You get to spend Christmas in sunny Florida.
- There’s loads to do in Orlando on your off days from Disney World.
- Disney World, Magic Kingdom and Epcot go all out at Christmas time with decorations and shows.
Christmas time in the park starts early so you can take your Christmas Vacation 2021 starting November 8 and it runs through early January.
3. Celebrate island-style in Kauai
If you’re still looking for a Christmas vacation idea for 2021 that involves more sandy beaches than snowy mountains, there’s no better spot for a tropical holiday than Hawaii. To avoid the crowds during busy travel season, avoid Maui or Oahu and instead head to Kauai. Check out the small town of Poipu Beach with plenty of options for accommodations for any kind of family, whether you have young kids, are vacationing with grandparents, or it’s just you and your spouse.
There’s so much to do right in the little area of Poipu beach. Nearby, visit Kōke`e and Waimea Canyon State Parks which have plenty of hiking trails for all levels. At the white sand, clear water beaches you’ll have plenty of opportunity to snorkel and see local wildlife like turtles and monk seals.
4. Take a train ride through the Peruvian Andes
For those looking to leave the continent during their holiday time off, head to Peru. There are direct flights to Lima from many cities across the U.S. including New York, Miami, and Los Angeles.
For those looking to splurge during Christmas 2021 in Peru, check out the Belmond’s Andean Explorer train. Enjoy a 2-night total luxury journey from quaint Arequipa, the the floating islands of Lake Titicaca, and end in Cusco, the gateway to Machu Picchu. While on board, enjoy outstanding cuisine, cocktails in the swanky lounge car, and nightly live music. Tours along the way are full of interesting information and fun activities.
If you can’t afford the Belmond, the Peru Rail train ride from Cusco to Machu Picchu is a way shorter, less expensive opportunity to see the beauty of the Andes from the rails.
5. Hit the slopes in Utah
Want to have a truly white Christmas? Rent a cabin with your family or friends in Salt Lake City, Utah and enjoy the ski trip of a lifetime. Popular resorts like Deer Valley, Alta, and Powder Mountain are less than an hour’s drive from the Utah capital. Powder Mountain, true to its name, is home to some of the best snow and the largest skiable terrain in North America. Enjoy daytimes on the slopes and light a fire in the evenings to stay warm while you enjoy the holidays together.
To fuel up for the slopes, Salt Lake City is home to amazing restaurants like Pretty Bird, Red Rock Brewing, and White Horse Spirits & Kitchen.
If you’re ready to start planning your 2021 Christmas vacation, head over to Troupe to let your friends and family vote on their favorite destinations, accommodations, and share all the fun activities they want to do during the holidays.