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Jingle bells, go to hell, you jingle every day. I don’t like, to go ride, in a one horse open sleigh.

Christmas starts to loom ahead and you get that dreaded feeling that soon you’ll be surrounded by twinkly lights, giant candy canes and carol singers. There are people who love this jolly time of year and everything that comes with it. There are also those who’d rather be anywhere else than stuck in a five course turkey dinner with party poppers and Christmas crackers.

Now there’s no need to turn into the Grinch as you can simply escape the merriness and jet off somewhere warm. Plenty of travel agents and websites offer great deals for a sunny Christmas getaway and we’re also giving away £1,500 in Thomson Holiday gift cards in our Great Escape prize draw. All you need to decide is where exactly you want to go. Here are some of the best Christmas holiday destinations to get you started. Ho ho ho!

Canary Islands

The perfect holiday closer to home. Not everyone is up for a long flight so this small group of islands enjoying nice temperatures all year round is a great option. You’ll only spend about 4 hours on a plane to get there and in December you’ll bask in 16°C on average, up to a maximum of 19°C. More importantly the sea will be a balmy 21°C, ensuring you’ll have opportunities galore to snap some beach pictures for your friends at home. Tenerife is a good choice for a family holiday but Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura are just as sunny and cater well for all ages.

Caribbean Cruise

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Looking for proper heat and white sandy beaches as far as the eye can see? You could do worse than embarking on a Caribbean Cruise. Sure, they can be a bit pricey – usually upwards of £1,000 per person – but you do get a lot in return. Usually flights are included in your 7 night cruise, as well as other transport when the ship docks. The great thing about cruises is that you get full board, so no need to budget a lot of extra money for food and drinks. Thomson offers a wide variety of packages with stops in Jamaica, Barbados and other jewels of the Caribbean. It’s the perfect way for couples to treat themselves to some pampering over Christmas.

Dubai

For those who want a buzzing urban atmosphere on top of the hard-core sunshine. Dubai has beaches for some well-overdue tanning and lazing about but more importantly, it’s a vibrant city offering travellers great nightlife and shopping.  Book yourself a morning desert safari to explore nature around the city before it gets too hot. You’ll also find some stunning archaeological sites which are worth a visit, such as Jumeirah, but if modern architecture is more your thing head to the most luxurious hotel in the world, Burj Al Arab, built on an artificial island and has a Skyview bar that will take your breath away – both the view and the prices.

Mauritius

A small paradise that doesn’t give you a crippling jetlag. (It’s just 4 hours ahead of the UK.) You can find this island off the southeast coast of Africa, next to Madagascar, with a winter temperature of 22°C. The western and northern part of the island are warmest so book your accommodation here, then hire a car to visit the centre and other strips of the coast. Mauritian people are very welcoming, so don’t be afraid to dive into the local culture and cuisine. If you need a break from hiking through the beautiful wilderness, try one of the many spas dotted around the island or go deep sea fishing.

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