Our top 9 Picks for Christmas shopping destinations in the UK

Get a head start this year with your Christmas shopping list and make the most of the upcoming Black Friday deals. Beat the December price surges with one of our 9 recommendations for the best festive shopping in the UK.

Why not make a weekend getaway of it and sort out your whole gift list in one go whilst making the most of our fantastic Travelodge deals that won’t eat into your Christmas budget!

London, OXFORD ST.

Every year hundreds flock to London to watch the iconic Christmas Lights light up Oxford Street, and for the first time, Lights on Oxford Street are partnering with the NSPCC to raise charity awareness. With a whopping 300 stores to choose from, all with impressive store windows that cost brands millions each year, alongside over 80 Travelodge hotels in London, Oxford Street makes an ideal location for your festive shopping!

Stay nearby: London Covent Garden | London Central Marylebone | London Central Euston


The infamous Manchester Arndale is the UK’s largest city-centre shopping complex! Home to 240 brand names and a massive 1.6million square feet of shopping space, it’s a no-brainer why millions choose to travel to Manchester every year for their Christmas shopping. Our Travelodge Manchester Piccadilly hotel is only a 5-minute walk away from the shopping complex, meaning you can shop to your heart’s content without your arms getting tired on the way back to your room!

Stay nearby: Manchester Central | Manchester Piccadilly


Discover the winter wonderland that is Scotland this year. From the 25th of November to the 3rd of January, Edinburgh Christmas market will be hosting a truly magical Christmas experience with food, gift and beverage stalls on offer including mulled wines, sweet treats galore, candles, gifts, jewellery and quirky clothes. Take a trip to snowy Scotland to fulfil your Christmas shopping needs, make sure to book a slot in their ice skating rink as well, because is Christmas really complete without showing off your moves in a pair of skates?

Stay nearby: Edinburgh Central | Edinburgh Central Rose Street


This winter the charming streets of Bath Abbey Quarter will be lit up with over 150 twinkling chalets hosted by some of the best crafters in the South West. From personalised gifts to festive treats, this cosy market, which is also sustainable and charitable is a great location for those looking for something heartfelt for their loved ones this year. 

Stay nearby: Bath City Centre | Bath Central | Bath Waterside


Home to over 170 stores, bars and restaurants, Liverpool ONE is the best place to go for great deals and discounts all year round. However, many of their winter deals are only available for a limited time. So make sure you visit their website to snatch up all those fab deals whilst you still can.

Stay nearby: Liverpool Central The Strand | Liverpool Central Exchange Street


Bicester Village is the global shopping destination for luxury outlet shopping, offering world-leading brands and exceptional savings. This quaint retail park is offering Christmas shoppers a range of discounted items from multiple brands for you to give your friends and family high brand gifts without breaking the bank. 

Stay nearby: Bicester | Bicester Cherwell Valley M40


With over 60 premium stores and home to one of the largest John Lewis department stores in the country, where better to shop for all those essential stocking fillers. With such a wide variety of gift shops in Bullring and Grand Central itself, be sure to make the most of everything on offer, including brands such as Whittards, Tiger, Love Aroma, Debenhams, Selfridges and House of Fraser providing all your Christmas needs from beauty, clothes to technology and homeware. There’s no doubt you will walk away feeling very satisfied having crossed off all those gifts on your shopping list!

Stay nearby: Birmingham Central Bull Ring | Birmingham Central Moor Street


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From the 12th of November to the 24th of December The Canterbury Christmas Market will be returning to Whitefriars this year, with twinkling huts offering unique handmade gifts for your loved ones and a delicious variety of seasonal food and beverages this is an ideal opportunity to get in the Christmas spirit whilst shopping for unique handmade gifts to show your loved ones how much you care. 

Stay nearby: Canterbury Chaucer Central | Canterbury Dunkirk


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Harrods, known for its food hall and signature green bags, is one of the largest and most famous department stores in the world. Over 15 million visitors descend each year on more than a million square feet of retail space. A trip this Christmas will leave you feeling full of Christmas sparkle!

Stay nearby: London Central Marylebone | London Fulham