6 Christmas vacation ideas for families

These places are perfect for your next holiday getaway

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Travel experts say you should plan nine to 12 months in advance for the best family vacations — especially during the holidays.

“Expect baggage delays so try to pack a carry on or send bags ahead of time (and) definitely send any presents ahead of time,” said Laura Epstein SmartFlyer travel advisor to TODAY.

Along with baggage delays, Christmas travels results in peak rates for tickets, fuller flights and a lot of changes from time of booking until departure.

For the ultimate holiday vacation, here are a few places in and out of the U.S. that are perfect for the entire family.

Orlando, Florida

Having a Disney Christmas doesn’t have to be expensive. Right now, there are holiday deals and family packages available at Walt Disney World as they start to celebrate their 50th anniversary. Universal also has a variety of vacation packages that include free extra nights and access to the park.

Asheville, North Carolina

From Christmas tree farms, to winter hike locations, holiday carriage rides and more, Asheville is a dream destination for Christmas lovers. Enjoy the Christmas Wonderland Lights, the Forest City Hometown Holiday Lights and more. RomanticAshevillie.com is your guide for all things Christmas in the mountains.

Aspen, Colorado

“Those needing snow to get in the Christmas spirit should head here and celebrate their 12 days of Christmas,” said Jen Campbell Boles founder of Explore More Family Travel to TODAY.

Aspen is one of the most visited destinations for the winter skiing, tubbing and hot chocolate drinking. Aspen has an entire website dedicated to those searching for the perfect holiday vacation package; see more at aspendestinations.com.

London, England

From endless shopping and ice rinks to holiday performances in the theaters and the streets, London embraces the holiday season. While celebrating the holidays, you may find yourself in the background of a film shoot — London is home to tons of movie production during the holiday season.

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

“Visitors to San Miguel de Allende should go to experience the Christmas culture of Mexico in a colonial town that has both colorful celebrations, but also respects the religious aspects of the holiday,” Boles said

Escaping to a warmer climate for the holiday can help make packing a little easier as you wont have to rely on heavy coats and winter gear. San Miguel offers amazing Mexican feasts, lights and encapsulates the true spirit of Christmas.

Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland

Instead of searching the North Pole for Santa, why not go straight to his house in Finland? While giving Santa your wish list, you can also enjoy many excursions including husky sledding, reindeer rides and more.

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