The Best Christmas Shopping Destinations in the UK

Young with shopping bags and christmas treeWith very little time until Christmas, it’s time to start preparing for the festive period. It won’t be long before we’re all running around frantically trying to do those last bits and bobs.

And while a big part of the next month or so will be spent having fun, eating and drinking too much and spending time with the family, first we all have to tick off that pesky Christmas list.

Whether it’s the mother-in-law, the teenage nephew or the difficult to buy for loved one, by picking the right destination for your Christmas shopping trip you can make the process a whole lot easier.

With that in mind, here are some of the best Christmas shopping destinations in the UK so you can spend less time on the high street and more time actually enjoying the festive period!


Not only does Manchester boast a massive Christmas market – which is perfect for picking up some handmade gifts and quirky presents – it also boasts fantastic shopping elsewhere, making it the ideal destination for pre-Christmas indulgence.

Try Spinningfields for the latest fashion, St Ann’s Square for stocking fillers and Cornerhouse (a city-centre cinema) for plenty of arty gifts and a well-deserved drink after a hard day’s shopping.

Check out our Manchester hotels if you fancy seeing what else this fantastic city has to offer in the run-up to Christmas.


Fast becoming one of the best shopping destinations in the UK, Bristol has all the biggest high street names and plenty of independent retailers, which are ideal for ticking off people on your present list this Christmas.

If you’re looking for a killer Christmas party outfit then Harvey Nichols is the perfect place to start and it’s also the ideal shop to pick up fragrances and beauty products for your loved ones.

Then for the bookworms in your life, try Arnolfini bookstore and for foodie treats the Source Food Market provides the best locally sourced produce for your Christmas lunch (and a post-shopping snack or two!)

There is so much to explore in Bristol including some fantastic restaurants and a burgeoning nightlife, that staying in one of our Bristol hotels and making a weekend of it is a fantastic way to make the most of your pre-Christmas shopping time.


If there’s one city that oozes Christmas at this time of the year it’s Edinburgh. And what better place to visit for your weekend shopping trip than the Scottish capital?

Its charming architecture and old fashioned cobbled streets will get you in the festive mood as soon as you arrive but there are plenty of excellent shopping options too.

Try Multree’s Walk for all the top designers and presents for those who like the finer things in life, while the German market has Christmas treats and shops like Walker Slater offer traditional Scottish goods.

If you fancy visiting this beautiful city then our Edinburgh hotels are the ideal place from which to explore and finish this year’s Christmas shopping for good!

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