Christmas shopping can be stressful. From the crowds of people to shops running out of stock, sometimes we can question if Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year…
However, Christmas shopping often gets us in the spirit, and it wouldn’t be the same without it. Stopping midway for a coffee, struggling to walk with the number of bags, wasting money on funny presents just because we know it will make our loved ones laugh…It’s all part of the fun.
Therefore, why not make a day of it somewhere different this year? We have rounded up the best places to do Christmas shopping in East Anglia. So, whether you fancy a short trip to Cambridge or battling the crowds in Norwich, here are our top picks to shop til’ you drop.
Christmas shopping in Norwich is unique because you have major flagship stores such as John Lewis and Marks & Spencer’s in between an array of small independents. Head to the Norwich Lanes, the Cathedral Quarter and Magdalen street for boutiques full of vintage, art and fashion goods. With two shopping malls and retail parks in walking distance of the city centre, you will also find all your high-street favourites. The city will be holding nine Christmas markets this year too, which will be perfect for finding unique gifts as well as getting you in the spirit.
This historic market town is beautiful over the Christmas period and is the perfect place to get some inspiration. With an eclectic mix of high-street stores and independents you won’t find anywhere else, these medieval streets will surprise you. Stop in one of the many café’s for lunch while shopping, and wander around the award-winning market which attracts thousands of shoppers each week.
If you like a designer bargain, head to Braintree Village. The shopping centre has over 75 stores including Reiss, French Connection and Polo Ralph Lauren with offers of up to 60 per cent off. Only an hour away from Cambridge and with free parking, it’s a no-brainer for getting some great discounts and savings. You can also enjoy lunch at Bill’s, Wildwood or Pizza Express there, or if you fancy getting crafty, they are also holding wreath making workshops on the 16th December, book online here.
Sometimes the best places can be right on your doorstep and Cambridge is no exception. It’s home to everything you need, from flagship stores to smaller independents, boutiques, market stalls and two shopping malls within walking distance of each other. Just outside of the city centre but still within walking distance too is the city’s bohemian area, Mill Road, which if you’re looking for something a bit different, is the place to go.
Head north to Peterborough for some high-street shopping at Queensgate Shopping centre. Located in the heart of the city centre, this shopping mall is home to over 100 shops from John Lewis to Topshop and Primark. If you want to find more unique gifts, head just outside the mall for smaller independent shops, or to the Christmas Market which is open now until the 28th December. As it’s first ever Christmas Market, it will hold over 100 stalls offering handmade gifts, scrumptious food and drink.
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