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Looking for some sunshine this winter break? Find out the best warm places to visit in December in the USA  for families for a warm Christmas.

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Are you tired of freezing your booty off while staying home for the Christmas holiday?

Perhaps you’re not looking forward to spending it shoveling excessive amounts of dumped snow or locking up your brakes, while sliding on black ice.

Sounds like you’re suffering from the wintertime blues and we totally get you. How about heading somewhere warm for Christmas this year instead?

Here are some of the top places to visit in the US that have warm weather and with amazing ways to relax this Christmas season. The Best Warm Places to Visit in December in the USA featured by top US travel blogger, Marcie in Mommyland

Best Warm Places to Visit in December in the USA for a Warm Christmas Vacation

Maui

How about a magical beach getaway this Christmas season? The white sandy beaches and the greenish-blue waters of Maui will be the most relaxing and tropical Christmas ever.

The Best Warm Places to Visit in December in the USA featured by top US travel blogger, Marcie in Mommyland: Photo of a helicopter ride from Maui to Molokai #helicopter #hawaii #maui #molokai
Maui is a fantastic winter getaway. Photo credit: Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Blake Bronstad

Back at home you don’t get sunsets like these, around the holidays. How about snorkeling with sea creatures, sunbathing along the beach, or hiking some epic trails in Maui?

If you’re afraid that Maui won’t celebrate Christmas with decorations and lighting, you would be wrong. There are even holiday shops at Wailea for last minute gift ideas.

If you have plenty to splurge, plan your pampering and stay at The Royal Hawaiian or the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort. Both offer a relaxing Christmas on the beach this year.    

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Honolulu

Another gorgeous beach spot to crash on this holiday season would be Honolulu. Christmas morning you might walk along the beach and catch Santa surfing some mean waves if you head to Honolulu.

The Best Warm Places to Visit in December in the USA featured by top US travel blogger, Marcie in Mommyland: Honolulu City Lights is a must-see holiday event on Oahu
Honolulu City Lights on Oahu. Photo credit: Honolulu City Lights

It might be 75 degrees out during Christmas in Honolulu, but they find ways to make it snow inside Ala Moana Mall.

There are even parades and Christmas lights that adorn the streets. Make sure you have the kids visit Santa at Ward Village, for the best Santa on the island. 

We’ve done Christmas in Honolulu and it’s pretty fun to hang out at Waikiki with all the festivities.

And if you are there for New Year’s, be sure to head to Ala Moana Center for their Fukubukuro shopping event. It’s not to be missed!

San Diego, California

San Diego has perfect weather no matter what season you visit.

Although it might not be a good time to go swimming, the weather around Christmas in San Diego is around 65 degrees, perfect for laying out on the beach.

The Best Warm Places to Visit in December in the USA featured by top US travel blogger, Marcie in Mommyland: Christmas decorations at Balboa Park in San Diego
Christmas decorations at Balboa Park in San Diego.

Your family will enjoy Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo and December Nights at Balboa Park.

At the Hotel Del Coronado you can plan on ice skating for a magical winter activity.   

If you have younger kids, add a stop at LEGOLAND California. They offer festive shows and decor. Plus, you can marvel at their 30-foot LEGO® Christmas tree trimmed with awesome LEGO ornaments!

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Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas, around Christmas time, glows with Christmas lights and fun festivities for the whole family. Austin throws the Trail of Lights, the best Christmas lights in all of Texas.

The Best Warm Places to Visit in December in the USA featured by top US travel blogger, Marcie in Mommyland: Austin, Texas at Christmas
Austin, Texas at Christmastime.

There are over 2 million lights with over 40 displays and a chance for you to grab a hot cocoa and meet Santa.

Around Christmas time, Austin Texas has temperatures in the mid to lower 60’s for a pleasant experience. 

Phoenix, Arizona

How about stopping in and seeing lit-up Christmas cactus this holiday season? Or maybe you can improve your golf game this Christmas in Phoenix Arizona?

The Best Warm Places to Visit in December in the USA featured by top US travel blogger, Marcie in Mommyland: The Saguaro in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The Saguaro in Scottsdale, Arizona.

My husband and I spent our first Christmas together in Phoenix and it was lovely!

While Phoenix might be a desert setting, they still know how to make the holiday bright. You can even catch Santa, Christmas lights, and snowfall every night at Rawhide Wild Horse Pass

They even have ice skating at the Wigwam at Litchfield Park. 

And Phoenix is just a short drive away from Scottsdale, another amazing place to spend the holidays.

Miami, Florida

The Best Warm Places to Visit in December in the USA featured by top US travel blogger, Marcie in Mommyland: Miami Beach at Christmas
Miami Beach at Christmas.

Don’t you worry, Santa will be sure to find you if you plan a stay along the beach on Christmas Eve. Plan your visit to the beach city of Miami, Florida. and hang out on its white sandy beaches.

Believe it or not, Miami actually has the biggest ski clubs (actual snow) in the country. The city even knows how to “deck the halls” in amazing holiday lights and entertainment.

Plan your stay at luxurious Mandarin Oriental Miami or at Miami Beach Edition, these may just be perfect for your whole family.  

Savannah, Georgia

The historic district of Savannah is full of beauty, history, and classical architecture. The Spanish Moss found on every square adds to its mystery. There’s even many notable haunted places you can tour as well.

The Best Warm Places to Visit in December in the USA featured by top US travel blogger, Marcie in Mommyland: Park City Fountain at Forsyth Park in Savannah, Georgia.
Park City Fountain at Forsyth Park in Savannah, Georgia.

Imagine going for a leisurely stroll Christmas morning through Forsythe Park or Bonaventure Cemetery, making a beautiful start to your day.

While it might not be a hot destination, temperatures around Christmas time hang right around a comfortable 60 degrees.

If you’re seeking a romantic getaway, consider the Gastonian, an inn dating back to the late 1800’s. The Kimpton Brice is another neat option, once being a warehouse that was converted into a luxury hotel. 

Walt Disney World

Last winter, my family headed to Walt Disney World the week before Christmas and it was a blast!

I admit, it was rainier and chillier than I originally expected, but that wasn’t a typical winter for them.

The Best Warm Places to Visit in December in the USA featured by top US travel blogger, Marcie in Mommyland: Mickey and Minnie Mouse dress up in holiday sweaters during the Holiday Season at Disney's Animal Kingdom Park. #mickey #minnie #wdw #waltdisneyworld
Mickey and Minnie Mouse were all decked out in their holiday sweaters at Adventurer’s Outpost. Photo credit: Disney’s PhotoPass

We stayed at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge: Kidani Village and it was decked out with a giant Christmas tree and gorgeous ornaments!

Actually a bunch of the Disney Hotels had major holiday displays and we made a point to visit Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa just to see their Christmas trees.

Each of the Disney Parks has tons of hoilday decor plus the characters dress up in their festive wear!

And they hold special Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party events all season long with tons of treats, rare character meet and greets, parades, shows, and more!

Grand Isle, Louisiana 

Traveling to Louisiana for Christmas might not even be on your radar, but stop and consider it for money.

The Best Warm Places to Visit in December in the USA featured by top US travel blogger, Marcie in Mommyland: Family on the beach in Grand Isle, Louisiana.
Family on the beach in Grand Isle, Louisiana. Photo credit: Town of Grand Isle

If you’re wanting to visit Louisiana this holiday season, make plans to head to Grand Isle, the only beachfront in Louisiana.

It’s a popular tourist spot, known for great fishing and a migratory bird spot.It has amazing seafood and stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico.

At Saint John Valley Catholics, you can catch a fantastic lights parade. You’re sure to have a grand time this Christmas, while visiting Grand Isle, Louisiana.   

Orange Beach, Alabama

How about giving up the white snow for beautiful warm white sand?

It’s also another warm place to visit around Christmas. Orange Beach is located along the gulf of Mexico.

The Best Warm Places to Visit in December in the USA featured by top US travel blogger, Marcie in Mommyland: Orange Beach, Alabama cityscape.
Orange Beach cityscape.

There are several Christmas parades, breakfast with Santa, and amazing little shops to explore in Orange Beach.

Make sure you don’t miss the lighted-boat parade along the beach and ice skating at the Wharf.  

Key West, Florida

What do you think about heading to the southernmost spot in the United States this Christmas?

The Best Warm Places to Visit in December in the USA featured by top US travel blogger, Marcie in Mommyland: Dry Tortugas National Park in Key West, Florida
Dry Tortugas National Park in Key West, Florida

Not only is Key West Florida a great place to visit in the summer, but beautiful around Christmas as well.

The atmosphere is electric and festive for the season in Christmas decorations and exciting events. Watch colored lights dazzle and dance off the water in the Lighted Boat Parade.

Temperatures remain around the mid 70’s during Christmas for a nice change in the weather.

These are just a handful of the best warm places to visit in December in the USA that you need to consider this Christmas.

Do you feel as if any warm places on this list might be calling your name? If you’ve been some place warm around Christmas before, tell us about your experience in a comment below!


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Marcie writes the family travel blog Marcie in Mommyland. When she's not traveling the world, she's home in Seattle with her husband and two little boys.

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