Christmas is getting ever closer with only 56 days left until the big day. If you haven’t started purchasing gifts yet, now is the perfect time to take a Christmas Shopping Break! With plenty of cities to choose from across the UK, you won’t struggle to find your shopping haven. We’ve picked out the best that the UK has to offer to help you on your way, and also a few of Europe’s top festive shopping destinations.
Whether you’re looking for festive stocking fillers or gifts to wow your loved ones, Manchester has something to offer every shopper. The Trafford Centre offers shopping, food and entertainment all under one roof, from high street favourites to designer labels. Experience the magic of Christmas on 30th October at the Christmas lights switch on and really get into that festive spirit! If you’re looking to shop leading fashion brands, head to New Cathedral Street, or for the perfect mix of luxury and high street brands, the Manchester Arndale Shopping Centre is the destination for you.
Renowned for being one of the best shopping streets in London, Oxford Street doesn’t disappoint when it comes to Christmas. You’ll be spoilt for choice in this shopping heaven, choose from high street shops, department stores and exclusive boutiques. The Oxford Christmas Market is also a must visit! Running from 11th-21st December, the German-style Christmas market is located on the historic Broad Street and is home to crafts, food and jewellery stalls. Visit Camden for unique Christmas gifts or Mayfair for exclusive boutiques. You won’t struggle to find Christmas spirit in London!
Christmas shopping in Birmingham is unbeatable, with such a variety of shopping centres and vibrant shopping streets, it won’t be difficult to find those perfect festive gifts. When it comes to shopping centres, choose from the world-famous Bullring to the elegant Great Western Arcade, the indulgent Mailbox to the unique Square, all filled with quality brands to suit every budget. If you’re looking for something a bit more unique, a visit to the Jewellery Quarter is a must! Choose from hundreds of talented craftsmen and even commission your own personal piece to give to that special someone.
As Christmas gets closer, it’s time for extended opening hours and in Edinburgh the perfect gift is not far from reach. The festive markets, ideally located in the city centre, are a highlight of the Edinburgh Christmas period. The Scottish Market in St Andrew Square offers the best of Scottish food and drink and traditional crafts, or visit the European Market in the Mound Precinct to find unique gifts and festive goods. Multrees Walk is the best shopping destination for you if you’re looking to treat someone to a designer boutique gift.
If you’re looking for a Christmas Shopping Break a little further afield, a trip to Lille is a must! The city sparkles and is transformed into a winter wonderland, ideal for Christmas shopping. The Christmas Market is being held from 19th November to 30th December, so there is plenty of opportunity to take in the festive atmosphere. With over 80 chalets offering gift ideas, nativity figurines, decorations and festive food, you’ll find that perfect little something, whether it’s a gift for a loved one or a little treat for yourself.
The city of Paris is transformed into a stunning gala of lights during the festive period, most popular are those decorating the Champs Elysées. Not to be beaten, the shopping areas compete to produce an elaborate display of festivity. The French department stores offer upmarket traditional goods, from clothing to perfume and cosmetics, treat someone special to a little bit of luxury this Christmas. The city is home to a number of traditional Christmas markets offering a variety of art and craft products, local specialities and special culinary delights.