Make Space’s Guide to UK Christmas Shopping

Posted on December 17th, 2016 by

Shopping. Whether it’s your favourite pastime or something you associate only with an annual, last-minute scramble for Christmas presents, it is an unavoidable part of life at this time of year. But if you can find the right places to go (and a comfy pair of shoes!), Christmas shopping can make for a great day out and really get you in the festive spirit! So here’s our guide to the best places for yuletide shopping in the UK.

Oxford Street, London

We’ll admit. It will be busy. It will be tiring. But if a proper shopping spree is what you’re after, it will be worth it. Oxford Street’s shops are open from 9:30am-9:00pm, and famously include Debenhams, House of Fraser, John Lewis, and Selfridges, but if none of these tickle your fancy, then fear not, the 1.2-mile-long street will certainly have something for you. The renowned street is known for its enchanting NSPCC Christmas Lights display, making it a delightful festive day out at this time of year.
Oxford Street

Bath Christmas Markets

Boasting the biggest Christmas market in the UK, plus gorgeous Georgian architecture and cosy cafés, Bath is the perfect destination for your festive shopping. 177 individual wooden stalls line the route around Bath Abbey, offering up all kinds of Christmassy delights… from crafts, to knitwear, even locally brewed ales and gins! For more information, visit


If you’re the kind of person who likes to avoid big brands when you can, then Manchester may well be the independent shopping haven you’ve been dreaming of. In the Northern Quarter, you’ll find the excellent vintage shops of Oldham Street, Tib Street and Thomas Street, as well as plenty of cute coffee shops to shelter from the winter winds when the Christmas shopping fatigue starts to set in. And if you’ve been struggling to find inspiration for a particular friend or relative, you’re guaranteed to find something great in Affleck’s Palace.

Near your Make Space apartment…

For students and young professionals in Sheffield, there’s so many great shopping options to choose from, it can be hard to know where to start. Luckily, our previous blog post about the Top 5 Vintage Shops in Sheffield has all the advice you could need if vintage is your thing! In Sunderland, between The Bridges shopping centre, Park Lane Shopping Village, The Galleries in Washington and Jacky Whites Market, there’s something for everyone, whether your Christmas shopping list is more high street chic, independent and bespoke, or cheap and cheerful.