I know it's easy to order all your festive gifts, decor and even your tree online, but there's something about crisp air, cheesy Christmas music and, if you are lucky, the chance of a cheeky mulled drink which really brings this season alive if you'd only venture outdoors.
There are so many options to make festive shopping easier and more enjoyable and if you are clever you can combine the excitement of admiring displays, actually seeing and handling potential purchases with the convenience of home delivery at many stored.
Even stallholders at pop-up Christmas markets will often have websites you can order from but there's something rather special about bundling bagfuls of lovingly chosen gifts home to stash away until the big day.
So where are the best places to go shopping during the festive season? And how can you avoid long traffic queues and crowded stores? How can you make Christmas chores festively fun?
Late Night Shopping
- Coach travel often works out cheaper than buying fuel for your private vehicle, especially when you factor in parking.
- Avoids driving round and round searching for that last elusive parking space.
- You can indulge in a mulled wine or two without worrying about driving under the influence.