Christmas shopping in Wales

T’is the season to be jolly! So don’t let the thought of all that Christmas shopping get you down. Make your Christmas shopping trips fun, take a friend or loved one and head off on a festive Christmas city break.

Wales offers stylish Christmas shopping from the vibrant city of Cardiff with big brand shops to the boutique town of Llandeilo with independent retailers. Come and get all your presents on a Christmas shopping trip in Wales.


Shoppers browsing the stalls at Cardiff Christmas Market

Cardiff Christmas Market, South Wales by Craft Folk
Base yourself in Cardiff and you will be at the heart of great city centre shopping. In the modern St David’s shopping arcade you will find prestigious brands like John Lewis, Apple, Jo Malone and Cath Kidston amongst many others. Cardiff also boasts great independent shops too, housed in the Victorian and Edwardian arcades you’ll find a range of shops, cafes and delis perfect if you’re looking for something a little different.


Swansea Christmas Market, West Wales by Delta Whiskey
In Swansea you will find a host of great festive shopping options. From high street brands to independent retailers and shops, you are sure to pick up the perfect presents for family and friends here. From mid November you can also visit the annual Christmas market, over 40 wooden chalets will line Oxford Street selling a range of speciality food, handmade Welsh gifts and arts.


Two children buying ice cream at Heavenly Chocolate store

Heavenly Chocolates, Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire by discover carmarthenshire
This boutique town Llandelio in Carmarthenshire is great for Christmas shoppers looking for unusual and distinctive gifts. This small town boasts some fabulous independent women’s fashion shops, a cluster of antique shops, decorative home and interior shops as well as Heavenly, a glorious Welsh chocolate and ice cream shop. Look out for their Christmas pudding flavour ice cream!

Hay on Wye

A couple Christmas shopping in Hay on Wye

A couple Christmas shopping in Hay on Wye
The streets of this small market town are lined with an array of independent shops. If you’re looking to beat the crowds, Hay on Wye is the perfect Christmas shopping trip. Stroll around the many independent shops and you are sure to find that perfect gift. If you’ve got a book lover to buy for take advantage of the many bookshops here, as Hay on Wye is affectionately known as the ‘town of books’.


Conwy Castle in snow

Conwy Castle, North Wales by Ashley Perkins
The spirit of Christmas is captured in the beautifully decorated walled town of Conwy. Many of the shops are family run, go to Yesterday’s Toy Shop for a vintage inspired children’s gift. Or stock up on some speciality Welsh wines, beers, whiskies and fruit liqueurs at Vinomondo for the festive holidays.

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