The best winter holiday destinations

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With the cold snap making its unwelcome appearance, more and more of us are looking for excuses to get away and enjoy the sun. The braver of us are even daring to go to cooler climates to take on the alpine sun for skiing holidays. Christmas is just around the corner, and so if you’re looking to fly south or indeed anywhere else this season, here are a few destinations that are amazing in the winter.

New York, USA

We’ve all seen the Home Alone movies – there are fewer prettier sights than the Big Apple when it’s covered in snow at Christmas. Take a stroll around Central Park, or even skate, and make sure you hit all the tourist traps from Times Square to the Empire State Building. The New York designer scene is like no other, making for a great Christmas shopping experience, or if you want to try something a little more decadent, head south to Atlantic City to try your hand at the slots. New Jersey is one of the newest states to legalise online gambling, so you can visit sites like JackpotCity to get into the spirit on your way there.

Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

For a chance to escape the chilly winter temperatures, you’ll feel a million miles away in Egypt’s Sharm El Sheikh. This exotic destination reaches temperatures of up to 32°C in December, perfect for taking a well-deserved walk on the beach. Take a trip through history as you walk around the pyramids, the famed Sphinx and the Nile – not before you take a ride on a camel though, which is an experience unlike any other. Many Western celebrations such as Christmas are honoured in Sharm El Sheikh, so you’ll feel right at home.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Promising culture, history and a few cheeky vices, a winter break to Amsterdam is the perfect way to see the year out with a bang. The city offers an abundance of museums including the famed Anne Frankhuis, and there’s nothing to warm your cockles better than a trip to one of the capital’s iconic coffee shops. If you’re really lucky, in certain years the canals freeze over, providing the perfect skating opportunity!

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Another exotic destination promising scorching all round temperatures, Dubai is the perfect getaway for sun worshippers. As one of the most decadent destinations in the world, visitors can stay in one of its luxury hotels or head up to the top of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building.

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