Holiday Getaways: Places to Stay With Holiday Magic This Season

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Are you looking for a way to escape and do a little holiday season travel? Maybe a weekend adventure or even the entire holiday break from school? We have suggestions for both! You can find holiday bliss in the mountains of North Carolina or head a little further away.

Try a vacation cabin rental for Christmas this year, enjoy twinkling lights and all the Christmas trees. Snag a cup of hot cocoa, stroll through Christmas lights, or a holiday market. There’s still time left to plan a holiday getaway, and celebrate the best time of the year! We’ve done the research and included some favorites Christmas vacation ideas to help you get into the holiday spirit with your favorite people.

Looking for more things to fill your holidays? Here’s our Holiday Guide to Greenville, SC to get you started.

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Holiday and Christmas getaways

Stay on a Christmas Tree Farm!

It doesn’t get much more festive than vacationing on a Christmas Tree Farm! Check out these cabins on Christmas Tree Farms in North Carolina that are available for your holiday getaway!

Christmas Tree Farm Cabin, Maggie Valley

If you are looking for a peaceful kind of holiday escape, look at this cabin in the middle of a Christmas Tree farm in Waynesville, NC!!! With mountain views, Christmas Trees all around, and the gorgeous interior of the cabin we can’t think of a more beautiful spot to spend your holiday escape.

View of the front of a cabin with a Christmas tree in the foreground. Photo Credit: AirBnb
Christmas Tree Cabins, Photo Credit: VRBO

Christmas Tree Cabin

  • 1 bed, 1 bath
  • Sleeps 4 guests
  • Handcrafted cabin in the middle of a Christmas Tree farm
  • View of trees, 80-year-old red barn and mountains
  • 30 minutes to Asheville
  • Near Smoky Mountain National Park, Cataloochee skiing and elk watching

Songbird Cabin on Cornett Deal Christmas Tree Farm

Secluded, with amazing views, this Songbird Cabin would be an amazing place to relax and escape the hustle and bustle of the season.

Songbird Cabin on Cornett Deal Christmas Tree Farm, Photo Credit: VRBO

Songbird Cabin

  • 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Short Drive to Boone, NC and Blowing Rock, NC
  • Hiking trails on property

Christmas Town USA: McAdenville, NC

Learn all about why you should have this quaint town on your holiday bucket list, with our review of Christmas Town USA. 

Bellmont Cottage

Stay close to the magic of Christmas Town USA in this rental – just minutes away from McAdenville, NC, better known as Christmas Town USA! 

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Belmont Cottage, Photo Credit: VRBO

Immerse your family in the Christmas Spirit at this rental just a few minutes away from the picture of holiday cheer McAdenville, North Carolina. 

Bellmont Cottage

  • Short drive to McAdenville
  • 2 bed, 2 bath
  • Sleeps 5
  • Recently renovated with new mattresses, furnishings, and appliances
  • Also near Charlotte and US National Whitewater Center

North Carolina Arboretum’s Winter Lights

Row of arched lights with snowflakes hanging from the top
NC Arboretum Winter Lights Display

Log Cabin in Asheville, NC

The North Carolina Arboretum’s Winter Lights drive-thru show would be the icing on the cake during a holiday stay at this Asheville, North Carolina rental cabin.

Asheville Log Cabin VRBO
Asheville, NC Log Cabin, Photo Credit: VRBO

Conveniently located in Asheville, the arboretum is just 2.7 miles away from this log cabin with a cozy wood-burning fireplace and jacuzzi!

Log Cabin

  • 3 bed, 2 bath
  • Sleeps 8 guests
  • Less than 3 miles from the NC Arboretum
  • Jacuzzi
  • Wood-burning fireplace

Christmas Tree Cabin in Asheville, NC

We love that the owners named this cabin “Christmas Tree Cabin” and we love the views even more. This cabin is surrounded by mountain views and lots and lots of “Christmas” trees! Families will also love the game room with ping-pong and air hockey.

Christmas Tree cabin
Christmas Tree Cabin, Photo Credit: VRBO

Christmas Tree Cabin

  • 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Game room
  • Amazing Views

Dollywood Holiday Magic

Take It Easy Cabin Rental Near Dollywood

If celebrating the holidays with a national treasure is more your style – this rental near Dollywood has everything you need to relax after spending the day at the park, including a hot tub!

A large porch swing and a hot tub on a covered porch of a wooden cabin. Photo Credit: AirBnb
Take It Easy, Photo Credit: VRBO

Take It Easy

  • 1 bed, 1 bath
  • Sleep 4 guests
  • Hot tub
  • Covered, screened deck with swing
  • Located between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, TN.

Curious about what Dollywood offers guests in the way of holiday magic? You can read all about what the popular park whips up for guests with Kristina’s review of Dollywood at Christmas.

Christmas Time in Dunwoody, GA

We were recently invited to experience Christmas time in the Atlanta suburb of Dunwoody and it’s become a favorite destination. You can enjoy shopping, dining, parks, and more here! 

Cozy Cottage Home near Dunwoody

Coupled with a cozy cottage to relax and enjoy, Dunwoody makes an excellent vacation stay!

Charming Cottage, Photo Credit: VRBO

Charming Cottage

  • 2 bed, 2 bath
  • Sleeps 4
  • Located within walking distance of Perimeter Mall
  • Allows children of all ages and 1 dog with a fee

Holiday Magic at Disney

There’s only one other mythical being more magical during the holidays than Saint Nick, and that’s Mickey Mouse! 

Wyndham Bonnet Creek VRBO rentals

If you have your sights set on spending the holidays within the Magic Kingdom, there are amazing Disney area rentals that get you there for less, like this VRBO rental on Disney property!

Bonnet Creek VRBO
Bonnet Creek, Photo Credit: VRBO

You can have an entire condo that sleeps eight guests to yourselves, within the Magic Kingdom property, and spend less per night than a WDW resort room. 

Wyndham Bonnet Creek

  • 2 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Located on Disney Property at Wyndham Bonnet Creek Resort
  • Private balcony
  • On-site restaurant
  • Full kitchen
  • Transportation to and from Disney parks

A Legoland Christmas

You can spend Christmas at Legoland in Winterhaven, Florida like my family and I did recently. 

A collage of two photos; one with a child next to a large LEGO Santa, the other of a LEGO countdown to Christmas.

At about an hour from Orlando, you should stay local to the park if your focus is on the LEGO experience.

This rental house near Legoland is convenient for fun and it also offers guests the use of a lake and Kayaks! 

A sectional in a modern living space. Photo Credit: AirBnb
Lakefront Tranquility, Photo Credit: VRBO

Lakefront Tranquility

  • 2 bed, 2 bath
  • Sleeps 4 guests
  • Lakefront with dock
  • Kayaks available
  • Near Legoland

If you’ve been searching for “family Christmas getaways near me” we hope this article gave you some family-friendly, festive ideas.

Looking for more vacation ideas where you can cozy up with some hot chocolate and enjoy a winter-wonderland? Here are 6 winter vacation rentals with features like hot tubs, fireplaces, game rooms, and fabulous views.

Does your family have holiday travel plans this year?

parks with swings
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