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25 Nov

Affordable Family Friendly Christmas Vacation Rentals

Christmas BeachesFitting a big Christmas vacation into a teeny tiny budget isn’t easy – you’re not the only one hunting for deals. Good news: there are ways to hang on to that hard-earned dough. Spacious vacation rentals offer up an affordable alternative to hotels, and kid-friendly cities are easy enough to enjoy on a shoestring. You just have to know where to look. Here’s a guide to finding affordable family rentals for Christmas.

Kid Favorites

Disney World, Orlando, FL
Don’t drag the kiddos through long, grueling lines at Disney World during Spring Break or summer. The rides still a go in December (with temperature highs in the 70s), while the crowds aren’t quite as claustrophobic. Plus, there’s no shortage of holiday cheer, from “Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party” to the “Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights.” Book a fully-loaded pool home in nearby Kissimmee for under $100 a night, and enjoy bonus attractions like the Great Meadows Petting Farm and the Kissimmee Air Museum.

San Diego, California
San Diego
is a smart idea this time of year because the typical throng of beachgoers gets replaced by fun Christmas events, like the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights. To boot, must-sees like the San Diego Zoo, Legoland, and Pirate Ship Adventures are open year-round.

Branson, Missouri
Christmas Vacation RentalWith loads of loveable, squeaky clean amusements – from the Branson Family Fun Factory to Dolly Parton’s Dixie’s Stampede and Dinner Show – Branson, Missouri is a family magnet. December’s an excellent time for a visit, too, as every inch of town is spruced up for Christmas, and deals on accommodations are easy to find.

Trade Snow for Sun

Drive-to Beach Choices
Skip crowd-packed Florida Keys and Miami for a mellower, cheaper time at beaches like Destin and Madeira Beach. Even better bets are Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, two Gulf Coast favorites oft forgotten by sun seekers headed to Florida.

Exotic Options
If you really want to get away with the family, choose a Caribbean destination with a quieter reputation than the Bahamas or the Virgin Islands – like Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Guadeloupe. Meanwhile, although Hawaii is a big draw this time of year, you can save a bundle basing your stay in Honolulu versus Kauai.

Fresh Air
Ski season really ramps up in December, so slope-side deals are few and far between. There are still budget ski rental options in places like Loon Mountain, New Hampshire, but you don’t have to get sporty to spend quality time with Mother Nature this winter.

Arizona weather is comfy enough for outdoor sightseeing, for one. Consider Tucson, featuring family-friendly attractions (the Mini Time Machine Museum is a favorite), stunning desert scenery (check out the Tohono Chul Park), and to top it all off, affordable family rentals for Christmas.

About The Author:  Laura Hoot has been writing professionally since 2004, and currently manages content, from vacation ideas to destination guides, for HomeAway Inc. She’s written for USA Today’s travel site, , Cheaop Air,,,, The Budget Fashionista,, and many more sites.

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