Best Holiday Getaways With Young Children

Santa’s Workshop, North Pole, NY

The holiday spirits come alive at the North Pole in Lake Placid, NY! Looking for some family yuletide and a magical weekend getaway with your loved ones? Visit the one and only Santa’s Workshop! You will explore a storybook village designated for children ranging from 2 to 10 years old. This will be a once in a lifetime adventure for the entire family!

Visit Santa and Mrs. Claus in their very own home! You’ll be welcomed by Frosty The Snowman, Rowdy The Reindeer and many of the other friends of Santa Claus. Enjoy Christmas stories told by their very own Santa’s helpers. Participate in caroling and magic shows. There are so many special events, including breakfast or dinner with Santa. Or spend a day with the entire Clauses, and of course be sure to visit the Village of Lights. 

Discover how the theme park transforms into a Christmas Wonderland. Stroll around with your family and listen to Christmas carols, while sipping scrumptious hot cocoa. Surprise your little ones with a letter from Santa. Each letter is personalized with your child’s name on Santa’s stationary and mailed to your home.

The Reindeer Farm, Bowling Green, Kentucky

Are you looking to meet a REAL reindeer?? Visit the magic at The Reindeer Farm in Bowling Green, KY. Located on a small, private, family owned farm. Your family will be sure to experience all the festivities of the holidays. Plan your visit and tour the property with a day pass. Enjoy Christmas movies in the Holiday Barn. Write a wish list to Santa and Mrs. Claus. Kids can play at the indoor playground. Visit the petting zoo and participate in the fun adventures outdoors. Listen to Christmas music all day long!

Food trucks are available on the property. And be sure to grab some FREE hot chocolate during your visit! Your family will learn all about Santa’s magical reindeer at The Reindeer Farm. Take plenty of pictures, as you’ll want to capture these once in a lifetime events. Did you know you can even rent your very own reindeer? Plan your next event and surprise your guests! Experience an entire day at The Reindeer Farm for only $15 per person! Ages 2 and under are admitted free. Check out the updated schedule of events on their website. Witness live ice sculpting, Grinch Day, and much more!!

Santa Adventure Land, Denton, Texas

Opening on November 26th, Santa Adventure Land will be an adventure for all! This interactive adventure will take approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes from start to finish. Come enjoy games and activities for the entire family. Build your own toy with a REAL elf! Meer Santa’s very own reindeer. Learn how to be an ELF at the ELF UNIVERSITY. Only those who believe in Santa will be admitted (wink, wink). Explore the Grinch’s Maze. Explore some of Santa’s and the Elves favorite Christmas games. Decorate a Christmas treat in Mrs. Clause’s kitchen. There’s even a Snow Room!

Send the family in for a snowball fight or two (while still staying on the “nice list”). Snowman gems are needed to be found. Did through the snow beads to see what hidden gems are there! Enjoy watching classic Christmas movies with the entire family in their very own movie theater. You will even get some yummy popcorn! And lastly, stroll through the gumdrop forest. Don’t be surprised if you come across a singing snowman and even a talking reindeer!

Polar Express, Whippany, New Jersey

You haven’t truly experienced the magic of Christmas until you’ve hopped on the Polar Express Train Ride! Come in your favorite holiday pajamas and experience the magic right from your very own seat! There are several locations throughout the U.S. to board the Polar Express Train Ride. Check locations in your area today! Once onboard, relax and listen to The Polar Express motion picture soundtrack. The classic story will be retold on this one-hour magical trip.

Dancing chefs will entertain, then passengers will read along to the classic children’s book, by famous author Chris Van Allsburg. The Polar Express will be loved by all ages. You’ll be greeted personally by Santa and his helpers. Each guest will be given a memorable silver sleigh bell. Passengers of The Polar Express will join the characters in singing along, caroling onboard. The Polar Express ceramic mug will be given to all First Class passengers for a keepsake. This festive holiday commuter carries over 100 passengers!

Wonderland of Adventure Island, United Kingdom

Experience UK’s number 1 theme park that offers free entry for children! The entire family will meet Father Christmas at Adventure Island. All children accompanied by an adult, will receive a free toy, a free round of gold, a voucher to explore the Sealife Adventure Zooaquarium and free video games to play at the Funtopia Arcade. Bring your family for some arts and crafts adventure, while listening to Christmas music. Father Christmas will be in the quaint, magical village of Christmasville. Santa’s elves will be working hard to keep up with all of the toys asked for Christmas! Explore their private Elf cottages. And receive a special Christmas ticket to select something fun from the Christmas Toy Store.

Christmasville will be full of holiday adventures for the entire family! Purchase a wonderful snowflake ornament or memory stocking with your very own photo on it. Celebrate the holidays in this fun-filled atmosphere! Rides and entertainment are for chindren all ages. Wonderland of Adventure Island guests receive a wristband to any rides you’re tall enough to go on. Parents or guardians 14 years or older, will have free admission to any ride, while accompanying a child under 47.2 inches. Start your festive celebrations at Wonderland Adventure Island and BELIEVE in the magic. 

Festival of Lights, St. Augustine, Florida

If you’re looking for a warm holiday experience, take a trip down to beautiful St. Augustine, Florida. Hop on the island and explore the Nights of Lights throughout the spectacular city. Historis St. Augustine offers a wide-variety of events, fine dining, and romantic horse & carriage rides throughout the city!

Hop on a sing-a-long Christmas trolley, with Santa as your driver! National Geographic magazine has listed Nights of Lights as one of the top 10 light displays in the world! Rooftops glowing with holiday magic, featuring a magical atmosphere any direction you look. St. Augustine is the Nation’s Oldest City and puts on a spectacular show for the entire family! Take advantage of the free park and ride shuttle, with locations throughout the city. The Festival of Lights begins on November 19th and runs through the end of January.

The spectacular Bridge of Lions glows along the water with white lights galore. Experience the beautiful sparkle of the lights reflecting off the water. Stroll through the parks and visit lighted Christmas trees. Take a scenic night cruise to experience the spectacular beauty of the lights throughout the city. It is free admission to walk and visit the Festival of Lights. Stroll along the city and be sure to capture the magic. Don’t be surprised if you see Santa on his scooter riding down the streets of St. Augustine. This free event will display magic you’ve dreamed of. Every piece of the city is shown through festive lights, including the numerous historic buildings, hotels, bars and restaurants. Dazzling with more than 3 million lights, The Festival of Lights in St. Augustine, Florida won’t dissapoint you!.

Santa Claus Village, Rovaniemi Lapland, Finland

Meet Santa Claus and cross the Arctic Circle, visiting the Santa Claus Village. Located in Lapland, Finland you will witness the magic throughout Rovaniemi. The Arctic Circle runs through Santa Claus Village! How cool, right??? Explore some history, jump over the “Arctic Circle” line and receive a certificate for your success! Meet a talking snowman and Santa’s reindeer! Take a sleigh ride to Mount Porovaara Reindeer Farm in Rovaniemi. Enjoy sledding adventures and reindeer safaris. Hunt for the magnificent Northern Lights.

Stay at the Santa Claus Reindeer Resort and explore activities for the entire family at Santa Claus Village. You can even get your very own Reindeer drivers license! Visit Elf’s Farmyard in Santa Claus Village. Take walks with reindeer and alpacas. Hike through the forest after visiting and feeding the reindeer, alpacas, llamas, goats, sheep, rabbits and birds! Checkout the Lapland Hut, warming up with a campfire and barbeque. Snacks and drinks are provided at the Elf’s store. Take a guided tour with one of Santa’s elves! Experience the magical Northern Lights in Santa’s Forest. Pure bliss and peacefulness, surrounded by waterways and forest.