Christmas Shopping Breaks

Fancy a Christmas shopping break? A change to the normal shopping fare, to help you tackle your every increasing present list?

If you’re thinking about the festive season, but instead of turkey or beef, you’re deciding between New York or Rome, here’s some information on Christmas shopping breaks! Never before have there been so many breaks to choose from, as cities around the world go crazy over Christmas.

No surprise that New York is right there at the top. The city that never sleeps comes into its own league at Christmas time. Not only is there amazing shopping in world famous Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s but also fabulous designer stores and vintage, retro boutiques. And that’s not to mention toy shop of all toy shops, FAO Schwarz! And of course, the window shopping is worth going for too – the festive displays both inside the shops and outside take most visitors back to feeling like little kids again.

Staying in America, how about Minneapolis, home to the world’s largest shopping mall, crammed with 400 shops, it even has a roller coaster and entertainment when you want a break from all those shops.

Edinburgh has the perfect backdrop for Christmas – the mystical castle in the cold brings a proper festive feel. The shopping is outstanding in this Scottish city, with a great mix of designer, high street and one-off boutiques, not to mention fine dining and trendy bars.

Hundreds of Christmas markets could get a mention here, but just Zurich is highlighted as it plays host to Europe’s largest indoor Christmas market, which you’ll find in the city’s main railway station. A mile long, covered in over 20,000 twinkling lights and a tree decorated in over 5,000 crystals, it’s one of the most Christmassy places on Earth.

Tepid temperatures and festive lights, Madrid offers its visitors a shopper’s paradise. Big designer brands, high street and one-off individual outlets, there’s something for everyone here, not to mention the cosmopolitan feel this city oozes.

As well as world class hotels, all year round sunshine, Dubai offers unbelievable shopping – especially if you’re after gold or diamonds! As well as shopping you can enjoy ice-skating and skiing to help get you into the Christmassy spirit. And even if you’re shopped out, be sure to go to Dubai Mall, where, along with more shops than you can imagine, there are 33,000 fish swimming behind the world’s largest acrylic panel.