Christmas shopping breaks in Southampton

Southampton is the perfect destination for your Christmas shopping and the perfect place to base yourself whilst enjoying Southampton and it’s surrounding areas. Whether you want to shop until your drop at one of Southampton’s shopping centres, enjoy the famous Christmas market in Winchester, explore the picturesque villages in The New Forest, or hop on the Red Funnel to the Isle of Wight, staying at a hotel in and around Southampton makes all this possible for your Christmas shopping break!

With two large shopping centres, High Street shops, independent boutiques, and festive markets, there’s plenty to fill your stockings and keep you jolly this yuletide in Southampton! The centre of the city is home to Westquay Shopping Centre, with over 100 stores spread over three floors you’ll find clothing stores for all ages, shops for accessories, games and gifts. You’ll also discover The Marlands Shopping Centre, which offers a great range of shops from independent boutiques and well-known shops including the Disney Store!

During the festive season Southampton’s Christmas Festival brings the city to life! The market includes over 40 independent stallholders offering a range of hand-made, authentic traditional hand-made gifts. New for 2017 is Southampton’s first ever real ice rink, so you can have a little fun whizzing around on Westquay’s Esplanade. What’s more there are loads of festive events taking place, such as ‘Music on the Street’ on Oxford Street to keep you entertained after all that shopping.

Winchester is just a short drive, bus or train ride from Southampton and is beautiful at this time of year! With an array of High Street shops and boutiques, and of course it’s wonderful Christmas market where you’ll find chalets filled with high quality exhibitors, hand-picked for their interesting, unique and exclusive products. There’s also an ice rink here too, so even more of an opportunity to get your skates on!

On the edge of Southampton you’ll find the stunning New Forest National Park. Home to quaint little villages offering a unique experience for your Christmas shop, Lymington and Lydhurst are both great locations to find some unique gifts. If you want a break from the shopping and want to enjoy what the New Forest attractions have to offer you could be exploring a Victorian Christmas as Palace House in Beaulieu, or making your way around the Christmas market at Exbury Gardens.

After a busy day exploring, whether you’re in Southampton, Winchester or The New Forest, you’ll find ample of places to grab a bite to eat, get a warming drink (or two), and enjoy some live music and entertainment.

With so much to do you’ll definitely need more than a day, so book yourselves into one of our ideally situated hotels and enjoy your Christmas break in Southampton stress free!