In the run up to Christmas we’re all trying to keep a track of those outgoing pennies, hoping to stretch them as far as we can. So unless you’ve got a few to spare, taking a short break purely to get your Christmas shopping done could well be the first sacrifice. But…it doesn’t have to be.
Below I’ve highlighted some great offers in key cities throughout the UK, allowing you to save more on your hotel and spend more on your gifts! This way you can enjoy a last minute getaway before the festive madness kicks in, whilst fulfilling those all-important lists to Santa.
Thousands flock to Sheffield’s Meadowhall Shopping Centre each year to get their loved ones something special for Christmas, so why not join them? This great deal offers you 2 nights in the 3* Carlton Park Hotel in Rotherham, dinner on one night of your stay PLUS a £20 voucher for you to spend on whatever you wish at Meadowhall…and all for just £74.50pp! So, spend the day making the most of all your favourite high-street shops, then head back in relax in the lovely on-site spa.
Another break perfect for the shopaholics amongst you includes a 2 night stay at the wonderful 4* Hallmark Hotel, Derby. Not only do you get a £20 voucher to spend at the nearby intu Shopping Centre (formerly Westfield), you’ll also be treated to afternoon tea on arrival and breakfast on each morning of your stay. From just £99pp you can enjoy your Christmas gift-hunting in what has been rated ‘the top shopping destination in East Midlands’.
It’s one of the UK’s most popular short break destinations all year round, but in the lead up to Christmas York turns into a genuine winter wonderland. With live music echoing around the cobbled streets, shops decked out with reams of decorations, and of course the delicious smells of hog roasts and roasted chestnuts, there a few places better than this historic haven. Shopping wise you’re spoilt for choice, with everything from high street names at the contemporary Vangarde Centre to boutique hideaways tucked away in the famous Shambles. Stay from as little as £30pp and enjoy everything York has to offer.
London at Christmas = expensive, right? Well, you’re wrong! In fact, you can take in the capital from as little as £69pp for 2 nights, and we’ll even thrown in a free gift or attraction just to make it a little extra special. Stroll down Oxford Street, wander around the plentiful markets or take a sneak peek inside the iconic Liberty of London store…a real treat if you want to buy something unique. Whatever kind of gift you’re after, you’re guaranteed to find it in London!
Anyone who’s visited Manchester before will know what a great shopping destination it is. As well as the usual main street of big names stores, there are also a handful of huge plazas to keep you occupied, too. Enjoy a spot of retail therapy in this bustling city, from the mighty Arndale Centre to the intu Manchester (formerly Westfield), and even the slightly more eclectic Afflecks. Hotels in Manchester start reasonably cheap at around £17pp, and with great rail links now available on the Virgin mainline you can be shopping til you drop in no time.
Hopefully you can now see your Christmas Shopping chore as the perfect excuse for a little getaway! Let us know where you’re getting your shopping done this year by commenting below!