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5 Top Christmas Shopping Destinations In The UK To Visit

Matt Crisp October 18, 2023

The festive season may not have quite arrived just yet, but it’s never too early to start planning Christmas shopping trips! Beat the rush and book a coach hire with friends and family or social groups to make a date with one of these first class Christmas shopping destinations in the UK. 

Oxford Street, London

The festive season really kicks off when the starry Christmas lights of the world-famous Oxford Street in London are switched on, this year on Thursday November 3. This year’s lighting will be sustainability focused, with energy-saving LED lights and reduced operating hours. 

You will find the luxury department store Selfridges, which offers a stunning array of gift choices and inspiration. The much-loved John Lewis department store is also close by, plus some 300 other stores offering all the festive shopping opportunities that you could wish for. 

Manchester, Arndale Centre

The Manchester Arndale Centre is one of the largest indoor city centre shopping malls in the UK. It offers a huge range of shops and food and drink outlets all within convenient walking distance. You will find big brand names alongside smaller and more specialist retailers under one roof, so you can enjoy a relaxed and stylish shopping experience.

Liverpool, Liverpool One

Liverpool One is the ultimate waterfront shopping destination that offers everything from high street to high end retailers. There’s also a fantastic range of top bars and restaurants to really make it an enjoyable day out. 

If you want to take in some entertainment after your shopping, there’s a plethora of choice, from indoor golf, Odeon cinemas, go karting, and gaming arcades. 

Birmingham, Bull Ring

Birmingham Bullring and Grand Central Station offer over 60 stores including famous names such as John Lewis, TK Maxx, KIKO, Boots, Levis, and Zara. From technology to fashion and wellness, you’ll find everything you need to stock up on the perfect presents for friends and family. 

Edinburgh, Christmas Market

The Scottish capital city is a beautiful place to visit at any time of year, but it is particularly wonderful at Christmas time. Visit the magical Christmas Markets that are up and running from the 23 November to the 3 January. You will discover colourfully decorated stalls selling all manner of seasonal delights such as jewellery, clothes, gifts, and of course mulled wine.

There’s also a fairground and a skating rink to really put the icing on this perfect festive cake. Just a stone’s throw away is the delightful historic Royal Mile, which never fails to offer a wonderful Christmas atmosphere. 

You will find traditional Scottish fare such as tartan textiles and vintage whisky, as well as all manner of gift shopping opportunities and excellent places to eat and drink. There’s also seasonal favourites such as the Nutcracker Christmas Shop and Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe for the most dedicated fans of this time of year.