6 places to sleigh your Christmas shopping

Whether you’re a seasoned shopper or save the lot ‘til Christmas Eve, everyone can use a helping hand this time of year. So, forget endless searches for the perfect present, we’ve found 6 of the UK’s most wonderful Christmas shopping destinations, and all sorts of festive fun to have while you’re there too. Yay!

London

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    Have a shop ’n’ bop in Soho

    When: Thursday 9th November
    Where: Carnaby Street, Soho

    If you want a fun-filled mix of Christmas shopping and partying, look no further than Soho’s spectacular Carnaby Street. At the free Carnaby Christmas Carnival event, you can wander through over 14 beautifully lit streets and claim a twinkling 20% off some of your favourite shops, restaurants and bars. With DJs and carnival-themed street entertainment to boot, Carnaby Street will certainly put the merry into your Christmas!

    Image credit: Photo © Roger Green cc-by-sa/2.0

Birmingham

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    Go here, there and everywhere in Birmingham

    Where: Various locations in Birmingham City Centre

    Style seekers, take your pick from a whole range of shopping centres in Brum. From navigating all things high street in the Bullring and Grand Central, through to the high end spends in the Great Western Arcade and the Mailbox, the second city is a Christmas shopper’s paradise (and that’s not forgetting the Frankfurt Market, too!). If you have the kids in tow, make sure you visit Selfridges, where throughout December, you can meet and get a selfie with Santa himself!

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Manchester

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    Walk into a Mancunian winter wonderland

    Where: Trafford Centre, Arndale Centre and Northern Quarter

    For a shopping experience guaranteed to get you into the Christmas spirit, head to Manchester’s Trafford Centre. Awash in only the most gorgeous decorations, you’ll find over 400 Christmas trees, a huge chandelier and reindeer suspended from the ceiling. Perfect for adding a festive touch to your Insta feed! Whether you’re shopping for your mum, bestie or secret Santa, reserve a whole day for exploring the Trafford Centre and you won’t leave empty handed.

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Chester

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    Share the Christmas cheer at Cheshire Oaks

    Where: Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet

    There’s more to Cheshire Oaks than its delightful designer discounts, and the shopping outlet truly lights up for the most wonderful time of the year. Did you know, it’s has a dazzling walk in Christmas tree that’s as tall as seven buses? Plus, you can unwind in an Aprés-themed Christmas Corner, home to a German bar, carousel and festive swing grill.

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Stratford-upon-Avon

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    Feel the magic in Stratford-upon-Avon

    Where: Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon

    If you can totally relate to Buddy The Elf’s pre-Christmas excitement, you’ll be ecstatic with a visit to Stratford-upon-Avon’s Christmas-themed shop! At the appropriately named Nutcracker, you can meander around three rooms packed full of anything and everything Crimbo related. Combined with the town’s festive markets, enchanting carol singers and unique shops, the Bard’s birthplace is particularly magical at this time of year.

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Brighton

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    Pick up something quirky in Brighton

    Where: North Laine and The Lanes

    Is your best mate an indie kid? Boho babe? Vintage vixen? Then, there’s only one place to get their super alt presents. Brighton’s weird and wonderful North Laine! After, head to the cobbled passageways of the Lanes, where you’ll find beautiful antiques, jewellery and, the one thing everyone needs this time of year… vintage Christmas jumpers!

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Now we’ve unwrapped the best destinations, we want to know, where will you do your Christmas shopping? Let us know with a tweet to @nationalexpress.