Start your Christmas shopping early this year by hitting the best spots across the UK. Armed with your wishlist of perfect gifts and your hard-earned money, you’re sure to find some excellent gifts for your loved ones this festive season. Check out the best Christmas shopping hot spots near you…
1. Oxford Street, London
Famous for its mix of high street and high end shops, Oxford Street is an excellent location for Christmas shopping in London. The area also puts on a great Christmas lights display to really get you in the holiday spirit.
Tip: For all things decadent, head to Selfridges.
2. Trafford Centre, Manchester
Head to Manchester for 100s of great shops under one roof. Located just five miles west of the city centre, the shopping complex has everything you could need for even the pickiest of family members this Christmas. There’s plenty to keep you entertained too with a cinema and lots of restaurants and bars.
Tip: Wear comfy footwear as you have 280 shops to get through…
3. Bath Christmas markets
Set in the picturesque streets surrounding Bath Abbey, the Christmas markets here couldn’t be more festive. Over 170 traditional wooden chalets line the streets of the market between 24 November and 11 December.
Tip: Nearly 90 percent of the stallholders’ products will be handmade so you can ensure unique gifts for your friends and family.
4. Christmas in Edinburgh
If the beautiful architecture doesn’t pull you in, maybe the throng of high street shops, department stores, and independent boutiques will. Don’t miss the festive markets in the city centre – who knows? You might even end up heading home with something tweed!
Tip: Enjoy panoramic views of the capital from the top of the Big Wheel
5. Newcastle festivites
As well as being famous for a great night out, Newcastle is also home to some excellent shopping areas such as Northumberland Street (for all your high street faves) and also Eldon Square for the rest – a safe haven from whatever seasonal weather decides to hit.
Tip: Stop off for a bite to eat on the stunning Grey Street – there’s so much to choose from!
6. The Shambles, York
Shambles (or The Shambles as it is often referred to) is York ‘s oldest street, and Europe’s best preserved Medieval street. This Christmas, it will a fantastic place to take in some shopping, history and culture while buying for your nearest and dearest.
Tip: This street was crowned as Google’s ‘most picturesque street in Britain’ in 2010 so be sure to get a snap of it!
7. The Lanes, Brighton
Along with quirky independent shops and excellent vegan restaurants, Brighton is also home to ‘The Lanes’ which is best known for its tiny winding streets filled with jewellery shops. You’re sure to find a second hand ring or a beautiful necklace for that special someone.
Tip: This area is home to Choccy Woccy Doodah, the sanctuary for all those who love chocolate