Everyone has their own idea of what a winter holiday should be. For some it means escape, travelling to a destination that promises warm weather, endless sunshine and cloudless blue skies. For others it means embracing the cold - a time for layers and hot chocolate after a day out on the slopes.

Whatever you're looking for in a winter holiday, you've come to the right place. Below you will find lots of tips and recommendations for all kinds of winter breaks, from Alpine adventures and festive-themed trips to the best places to go for winter sun holidays or snow-based activities.

Explore guides to the best ski resorts and winter city breaks both in Europe and further afield. Discover the secret to guaranteed winter sun, whether island hopping in Thailand, surfing in Morocco or seeking out off the beaten path destinations in Mexico. We've also got tips for unmissable Christmas markets in Berlin and Bruges, Manchester and Vienna, as well as recommendations on what you should be eating and drinking when you get there. So, whether you're dreaming of snowy mountain tops or paddling in the shallows, have a scroll down the page and find out about them all.

For more information on the best winter holiday destinations for families, head to our family section. Or, if you know you'll be away over the festive period, browse our Christmas-themed articles..

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