UPDATED HOLIDAYS 2023: Are you bursting at the seams, ready to surprise your family with an amazing vacation? Then you need to check out our BEST ideas for surprise vacation reveals. From scavenger hunts and puzzles to mazes and balloons, we've got an idea for every vacation. Before you start browsing our best vacation surprise ideas, check out this video. As you can see, when you give the gift of a vacation for the holidays, it's the perfect fit for everyone! Seeing the reactions of your loved ones makes the vacation worth it before you've even left for the airport. 'Tis the season to be jolly, fa-la-la-la... It tends to also be the season to be stressed, especially as the clock gets closer and closer to Christmas morning. Skip the stress this year by giving the gift of a vacation and letting Get Away Today help with the planning. On top of great prices, we have some amazing ideas for surprise vacation reveals - ideas that don't take much planning and can even save you from hours of wrapping. If you're already sitting back with your hot cocoa, it's likely you've had your Christmas vacation gift planned for a bit and are just deciding on the reveal now. Luckily, we've rounded up our best ideas for surprise vacation reveals. Take a look at the different ideas and choose whichever you think works best for your vacation destination and family.
Make A “Pop” with These Surprise Vacation Ideas
There's something exciting about including balloons in your reveal, whether it's enough to fill a room or just one giant one. You can tailor these ideas to fit any destination, like Disneyland, Hawaii or beyond. We've linked our three favorites below, with templates and instructions included. Just print, blow up the balloon(s) and have your camera ready!
Solve the Puzzle Surprise Vacation Reveals
Do you have family members who enjoy puzzles and piecing things together? Then it makes sense to have their surprise vacation reveal include a puzzle! You can even make these ideas a little harder with a scavenger hunt to find the pieces. Or, keep it simple and just print, cut and wrap. Either way, your family is going to be hooting and hollering when they realize they're heading on a vacation!
Sweet Surprise Vacation Ideas
Did you ever make candy posters in school to ask someone to a dance, or to wish someone a happy birthday? Or have you customized a treat for someone? We love the idea of using tasty treats to help tell your family you're heading on vacation! See what we came up with:
Harry Potter Surprise Vacation Reveals
These vacation reveal ideas are perfect if you're heading to Universal Studios Hollywood or Universal Orlando to see the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Every witch, wizard, squib and even muggle in your family will enjoy these magical reveals.
- Hogwarts Letter and Train Ticket Vacation Reveal
- Marauder's Map Vacation Surprise
- Fantastic Beasts Vacation Reveal
- Harry Potter Owl Post Vacation CountdownE
- Flying Charm Vacation Countdown
- Dumbledore Vacation Countdown
Build Memories with LEGO Vacation Ideas
Do you have master LEGO builders in your family that you're surprising with a trip to LEGOLAND? Check out our vacation surprise printable and a few countdown ideas to help you plan your surprise reveal below.
Disney Ideas for Surprise Vacation Reveals
Disneyland, Disney World and Disney Cruises have become some of the most popular destinations for families. With all the Disney magic you can experience at each destination, it's not surprising. Which is why we have quite a few ideas to help you surprise your family of Jedis, princesses, princes and little mice.
- Disney Christmas Surprise
- Night Before Christmas Disneyland Vacation Surprise
- Disneyland Ticket Vacation Surprise
- Buried Treasure Disney Vacation Reveal
- Disney Railroad Ticket Vacation Surprise
- Star Wars Death Star Vacation Surprise
- Princess Vacation Surprise Idea
- Beauty and the Beast Printable Disney Vacation Surprise Reveal
- Mickey Mirror Disneyland Vacation Surprise
- Star Wars Disneyland Vacation Surprise Scratch Off Printable
- Lightsaber Vacation Surprise Announcement
- Surprise Letter from Mickey Mouse
- Even More Star Wars Vacation Surprise
- Look Who’s Going to Disney Reveal
Top “Sea-sonal” Cruise Vacation Reveal Ideas
Have you ever considered giving the gift of a cruise to your family? It's a wonderful way to have multiple vacation experiences all in one trip! Whether you choose a Disney cruise, or a cruise with any of our other partners (including Carnival, Princess and Royal Caribbean), you're sure to find the perfect cruise itinerary. See some of our favorite cruise vacation reveals below.
We hope our ideas for surprise vacation reveals have helped ease any last-minute stress of the holidays. If they have you even more excited to share the vacation secret, we know you can hold out for just a little longer! No matter when the reveal is, these surprises are more than worth the wait. Just make sure to have your camera ready! If you've just realized how great giving the gift of a vacation is, don't worry, there's still time to plan. Visit our gift giving guide here and then book online or call our travel experts at 855-GET-AWAY. We can't wait to help you plan your best gift ever!