Photo by Becky Davenport

Photo by Becky Davenport / Missouri TravelingMom

While the days leading up to the holidays are busy with shopping, gift wrapping and parties, taking time out to travel to snowy destinations, Christmas markets or festive attractions can enhance this special season.

It’s a great time to spend time together as a family, take photos and even find unique gifts for families and friends.

The following posts from several TravelingMoms offer diverse ways to savor the holidays with kids.

Las Vegas

Las Vegas may be known for its shows, casinos and parties, but it’s also a family-friendly destination that loves to celebrate the holidays with G-rated festivities.

Jean Phillipe Patisserie Las Vegas

Photo Courtesy of Stefanie Van Aken / Las Vegas TravelingMom

 

 

 

 

Check out these popular kid-friendly holiday spots around town.

 

Disneyland Resort

Although magical year-round, the Disneyland Resort simply sparkles during the holidays.

Photo credit: Disneyland Resorts

Photo credit: Disneyland Resort

New shows and jolly holiday decorations along with expanded hours in both parks make the resort an even happier place on Earth.

New York

You don’t have to travel to Europe to visit cozy holiday markets. Of New York’s three well-established holiday markets,

Columbus Circle Holiday Market credit: UrbanSpace

Columbus Circle Holiday Market
credit: UrbanSpace

Union Square has the largest, featuring more than 150 shops, including a “Little Brooklyn” section that highlights local artisans.

It’s even possible to enjoy New York’s holiday markets without spending a penny (unless you want to, of course!).

Oahu, Hawaii

A visit to Oahu’s Polynesian Cultural Center is always a delight, but the historic attraction simply dazzles during the holidays. Christmas Lagoon: The Light Within promises a festival of musical performances, beautiful holiday lights, and hands-on arts and crafts for nine days in December.

BigBear

Photo credit: Big Bear Mountain Resorts

Mountain Resorts

Mountain resorts get decked out for the holidays and keep the spirit going for weeks after Christmas. While ski and snowboard deals can be found during these popular travel periods, the best discounts are offered before and after the holidays.

New Mexico

With its European ambiance, Santa Fe is a fun destination year-round. It’s especially festive during the holidays, when the farolitos – candles placed in paper bags – light up the night

traditional farolitos in Santa Fe, New Mexico  Photo credit: Dianne Stromberg

Traditional farolitos in Santa Fe, New Mexico
Photo credit: Dianne Stromberg

along walkways and rooftops, giving the city an even more spiritual quality than usual.

Here’s what Santa Fe looks like during the holidays.

Missouri

Holidays lights, parades and Christmas carolers are among the free festivities to enjoy in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.