Family Travel Question:

Q | Any ideas for a pre-Christmas holiday vacation in the U.S. with snow and shopping for a family with teens?

Any ideas for a Christmas vacation spot in the U.S with snow, shopping, and other fun things to do for a family with older teens. -Judy, Florida

A | Minneapolis Christmas vacation with snow and shopping

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As the holidays approach and families are looking to make use of that precious winter vacation, many choose to head to warm weather destinations such as Hawaii. However, all the most famous Christmas carols speak of “dashing through the snow,” “walking in a winter wonderland,” and of course, “dreaming of a white Christmas.” So instead of running from the winter chill, why not embrace it and head to Minneapolis, a destination that is sure to guarantee you a white Christmas?

Character Meet and Greet at the Mall of America (Beth Blair)If your family is looking for shopping and snow, look know further than MinneapolisThe Mall of America, a seemingly never ending line of shops, indoor waterpark, theme park, and movie theater, is one of the country’s top shopping destinations.  Those looking to stroll in the winter weather should check out NE Central Avenue, an artsy neighborhood filled with markets, galleries, and boutiques. Nicollet Mall in downtown is another great shopping spot with 11 blocks of pedestrian friendly retail enjoy.

If you are looking for something fun to do to really set the holiday mood, consider taking a holiday lights tour.  Tours depart from the Mall of America take families to see the best lights on historic sites, city sidewalks, and grand residences.  If your family is looking to have a Christmas dinner they won’t soon forget, consider dining at Windows, on the 50th floor of the Marquette Hotel. The view of a frozen city stretches on and on, a beautiful reminder that your family really is in a winter wonderland.

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