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Just like the rest of us, most celebrities look forward to the holiday season all year long — especially winter vacation, that glorious time of year when everyone unplugs and takes a few days or weeks off to spend time with loved ones. Celebrity parents understandably seem to get especially festive this time of year because, well, it’s always special to view the holidays through the eyes of a child.
It’s easy to assume celebrities spend their winter vacation with their kiddos jet-setting off to luxurious locales to hit the slopes or bask on a white sand beach. But you know what? The photos celebrity parents have shared on social media over the 2019 holidays suggest otherwise. Like so many of us, a lot of celebrities choose to spend their winter vacations hanging out at home — basking in family traditions like cookie-baking and decorating the tree. Of course, that’s not to say that all celebrity parents hunker down at home over the winter holidays. Some do actually hop a flight to somewhere exotic, posing in family Christmas PJs beneath the island sun (here’s looking at you, Gabrielle Union and Dwayne Wade!).
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Either way, it’s honestly just fun to see how stars have been spending the few weeks with no backpacks, school pick-ups or the typical hustle and bustle we’ll all be dealing with once school starts back. Here are a few highlights from celebrity parents’ — and their kids’ — winter vacation.
Kelly Ripa & Mark Consuelos
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It’s ski season for the Hart family! “Thank you god,” Kevin Hart captioned this snap of himself with wife Eniko and their three kids on a snow-covered slope.
We go to Lake Arrowhead every year. It’s always been a family tradition. And, with 5 young kiddos it’s pretty amazing to be able to take a short 2 hour road trip and instantly be in the beautiful mountains and snow. It was amazing this year to see Beau really understand the family trip and enjoy making memories in the snow with his siblings and friends, and staying at one of our fave places @lakearrowheadresortandspa . He had the best time getting pulled around in his @llbean sleigh. Little Papa Claus! #californiawinter #familyroadtrip #traditions🎄
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“We go to Lake Arrowhead every year. It’s always been a family tradition,” Tori Spelling shared on Instagram along with a photo of 2-year-old Beau (her youngest of five kids with husband Dean McDermott) in a sled. “It was amazing this year to see Beau really understand the family trip and enjoy making memories in the snow with his siblings and friends, and staying at one of our fave places @lakearrowheadresortandspa.”
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Fergie sure knows how to make a kid’s holiday dreams come true. She took son Axl Jack Duhamel to Disneyland for a magical winter vacation.
Started off the new year at the happiest place on earth. Thanks to everyone at @Disneyland. Top to bottom a fantastic experience. Every little detail. Walt would be proud. Your mouse is in good hands. Special shout out to Nancy the silhouette artist that has been at Disney for more than 35 years. #Disneyland #2020
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It looks like Jimmy Fallon followed in Fergie’s footsteps with a family trip to Disneyland! “Started off the new year at the happiest place on earth. Thanks to everyone at @Disneyland,” he wrote along with this sweet family pic of wife Nancy Juvonen and kids Francis Cole and Winnie Rose. “Walt would be proud.”
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John Legend may have narrowly missed out on becoming The Voice victor this season, but he and Chrissy Teigen’s kids, Miles and Luna, are clearly still in Daddy’s corner. They even visited him on The Voice set after the winter finale to show their support — and later, the family headed somewhere warm to celebrate the holiday season.
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Last night's luau at the @andazmaui was 🔥🔥🔥🔥 So grateful for this time together to catch up, bond, and create new traditions and memories with the family. #WadeWorldTour2019 #HawaiianStyle PS. @kaaviajames is not with the 💩
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Gabrielle Union and Dwayne Wade ventured to Maui for the holidays with their blended family. So, Mele Kalikimaka it is!
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Do you want to build a snowman? Mariah Carey and twins Monroe and Moroccan traveled somewhere cold enough for actual snow this winter vacay — and it looks like they lived up their time in the winter wonderland.
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Jessica Simpson and her brood sure know how to go all out for the holidays. She, husband Eric Johnson, and their three kids Maxwell, Ace and Birdie dressed to the nines for a holiday photo in front of a seriously impressive Christmas tree. Next: she, Eric, and the kids headed to Aspen to hit the slopes.
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Lopez has a lot to grateful for this holiday season — not only was she home snuggled up with her little “coconuts,” twins Emme and Max, but the trio was also celebrating Lopez’s multiple award nominations for her role in Hustlers.
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Mario Lopez, wife Courtney and kids Dominic and Gia got dressed up during their winter vacation to attend a bat mitzvah. It looks as though they may have gotten a sitter for their youngest, Santino Rafael (aka “Sonny”), who was born in July.
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Newlyweds Hilary Duff and Matthew Koma attempted a family photo in front of the tree on Christmas Eve with their little ones, Luca and Banks. The end result may not be perfect, but it is pretty darn adorable.
Neil Patrick Harris
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Neil Patrick Harris and husband David Burtka took kids Gideon and Harper to Orlando on break. And judging by the Disney attire and accessories on display in their photos, we can only assume a trip to Disney World was part of the vacation.
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Law & Order: SVU star Mariska Hargitay and husband Peter Hermann enjoyed a one-of-a-kind night out with their oldest child, August: going to see Harry Connick Jr.’s “A Celebration of Cole Porter” review on Broadway.
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Reese Witherspoon has openly admitted she bawled when daughter Ava left for college, so you know this Southern mama was happy to have her back home for winter break. Witherspoon embraced the time, spending a “girls night out” with her college kid (who is reportedly attending UC Berkeley).
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Kate Hudson and boyfriend Danny Fujikawa made good use of the winter break by putting together an adorably quirky holiday photoshoot with their daughter Rani Rose and Hudson’s sons Ryder (with Chris Robinson) and Bingham (with Matt Bellamy). We don’t even know them personally, and we kind of wish we got this Christmas card in the mail.
Ciara spent winter break living that “mommy life” — which, for her, included taking kids Future and Sienna to see an NFL game. They were undoubtedly cheering on Ciara’s husband Russell Wilson, who plays for the Seattle Seahawks. And, hooray, the Hawks won!
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Tia Mowry-Hardrict and baby girl Cairo totally twinned out in matching tie-dye sweatshirts and Ugg boots while braving the cold.
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Tia’s twin, Tamera Mowry-Housley, took the opportunity during winter break to send out holiday cards. Here, she and husband Adam Housley pose in front of their vineyard with kids Aden and Ariah.
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Winter may be cold in other parts of the world, but it’s still sunny in Southern California. So, Busy Philipps and daughter Cricket did what anyone in their shoes would do… soak it up!
Eva Longoria Bastón
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Eva Longoria Bastón and her husband José “Pepe” Bastón took son Santiago Enrique to visit Santa over the winter vacation. Their reward? Santiago made the “good list.”
Hey Everybody you good? Instagram Socks,underwear,toiletries, money and prayers! These are some beautiful folks. We are all a family when we get right down to it. #UnionRescueMission #givingisbetterthangetting
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Can we talk for a minute about how much we adore Angela Bassett and her giving heart? She and husband Courtney B. Vance, along with twins Slater and Bronwyn, devoted time over winter break in service to others at the Union Rescue Mission.
Now that she finally has some downtime, Pink is using it to finish a blanket she’s apparently been crocheting for two years. Daughter Willow is using the time to test the almost-finished blanket out.
Kim Kardashian & Kanye West
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Christmas isn’t the only holiday celebrated by the Kardashian-Wests over winter break! The family all came together to celebrate the 4th birthday of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s son Saint with an epic dinosaur-themed bash.
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