Christmas Shopping Liverpool 2020 Guide – YaMaket
We all love a bargain here in Liverpool and thankfully we’ve got plenty of shops to make the most of our shopping habits. Even before the Liverpool ONE shopping centre opened in 2008, Liverpool’s Lord Street and Bold Street were massively popular shopping destinations with dozens of high-street stores and independent shops providing Scousers and daytrippers alike with plenty of options for their Christmas shopping.
Although some may take the opportunity to get their Christmas shopping done online instead this year, we understand that for many visiting the shops in the lead up to Christmas is a tradition that simply can’t be replaced. With that in mind, we’ve pulled together the ultimate guide to getting your Christmas shopping in Liverpool, so that you can plan out your trip beforehand and make the most of what will likely be a very busy Christmas shopping season in Liverpool!
The latest lockdown in 2020 has made it difficult for shoppers in Liverpool to get their Christmas shopping done in person, many Christmas Market Events in Liverpool have been cancelled and shops have been closed, but there’s still hope these will be back open for business when restrictions lift at the start of December. You’ll find everything here from opening times, the best high-street stores and the very best independent shops that could really do with your business at this time of year.
Late Night Christmas Shopping Destinations in Liverpool
There are over 170 stores and services in Liverpool ONE, making it the fifth-largest retail centre in the UK. In previous years, the entire shopping centre has been open for late night shopping in the lead up to Christmas, opening as late as 9pm, however, this year Liverpool ONE opening times have been inadvertently affected by the coronavirus.
In addition to the national lockdown, allowing only essential shops to remain open, it’s likely that many shops’ opening times in Liverpool ONE could be irregular in the lead up to Christmas, so it’s best to check each retailer’s website on the day you plan to visit, to make sure that you’ll be able to get in.
You’ll find some of the biggest fashion and retail names along Paradise Street, as well as a handful of places to seek refreshment, should you find yourself lagging. Between JD Sports, Schuh, Foot Asylum and Drome there’s a massive range of webs to choose from, so you’re guaranteed to find something for even the most fashion-conscious sneaker lovers.
New Look is always a sure-fire winner too, offering affordable high-street prices, but if you’re looking to spend a little bit more on your Christmas shopping then there’s the perenially popular North Face Shop, Levi’s and Urban Outfitters too. Swarovski’s retail outlet is packed full of perfect gifts for her, whilst every fella would be happy with a watch from Rolex – it’s up to you whether you want to shell out the cash though!
South John Street
If you’re heading out for your Christmas Shopping in the rain, then you might want to make the most of the covered two-storey walkways down South John Street. Running parallel to Paradise Street, there are dozens of big brand shops here that could help you cross off every name on your Christmas shopping list.
For kids, you’ve got the Lego Store and the Disney Store, and for big kids, you can take a trip upstairs to the Apple Store – just don’t expect to leave with there much of your shopping budget! If you’ve got a teenage girl to buy for then Victoria’s Secret’s girls’ range is still on-trend, whilst you can also find Pandora a few doors down from there. You’ll find plenty of clothes for lads at the Adidas Store, and something for everyone at Hollister or Superdry.
Take your Christmas shopping to the next level at Liverpool ONE’s Peter’s Lane – home to some of the biggest designer and lifestyle brands. Treat the special women in your life with some scented products from Jo Malone or The White Company. If you’re prepared to really push the boat out, then pop into Kate Spade or Micheal Kors.
For even more high-end fashion, you’ll find plenty of chic designer wear at Reiss and Hugo Boss. If you’re still not found something to give your fashion-loving friends or family, then duck out of the covered walkway and head right onto Manesty’s Lane to find Harvey Nichols, Fred Perry and Dr Martens.
St. John’s Shopping Centre
Opened to the public in 1971, St John’s might be showing its age a little, but it’s still one of the best places in the city to grab a bargain. There are over 100 retailers in Liverpool’s largest covered shopping centre with plenty of food outlets to grab a bite to eat whilst you’re there.
If you haven’t picked up any wrapping paper or Christmas cards yet then both Clinton and The Card Factory should have you covered, but St John’s real attractions are its unique fashion stores. Many of these are independent businesses who cater to the locals, they understand Liverpool’s fashion sense and only sell the freshest looks. You’ll also find more popular high-street chains such as Matalan and JD Sports, if you’re looking for a cheeky bargain.
First opened in 2006, the Metquarter quickly carved out a name for itself as the home of unique fashion designers and boutiques in Liverpool. Whilst some of those retailers have since moved over to Liverpool ONE, there are still plenty of shops to visit here for the discerning shopper.
The Metquarter counts Hugo Boss, Cricket and Kurt Geiger among its big-name brands, but you’ll also find independent businesses such as Mococo, Smudge Boutique and the Art Quarter. If you’re dead on your feet after a long day of shopping, you can also grab a pick me up at 200 Degrees or Antonio’s. Get your shopping done early enough and you might even be able to catch a showing at the ultra-luxurious Everyman Cinema.
Once the retail centre of Liverpool, Bold Street’s identity changed irrevocably after Liverpool ONE was opened. It has since become a thriving marketplace of independent business and restaurants, and whilst there is a frequent turnover of businesses, there are a handful of mainstays that have been successfully serving Liverpool for decades now.
Whilst the designers and high-street retailers might be found elsewhere, Bold Street has its own special selection of shops, perfect for finding those one-of-a-kind Christmas presents. Forbidden Planet has the perfect stocking fillers for any proper geek, whilst Dig Vinyl, Resurrection, Lost Art and Pop Boutique sell some truly unique items that you won’t find anywhere else!
You’ll find the bread and butter of high-street retail up Lord Street and whilst these shops will likely be the busiest in the city, you’ll be able to find something for everyone here. Whether you’re nipping into M&S to grab a Christmas jumper for Dad, or Primark for some matching PJs for the whole family – you’ll not want for options when walking through here.
There are a few hidden gems here that you may easily walk past too, such as Cotswolds Outdoor, which sells a decent range of gear for outdoor types and the newly arrived Scouse Bird Shop which should be open by the end of lockdown. You’ll also find high-street mainstays such as Boots and TK Maxx – perfect for grabbing a few cheap stocking fillers.
Whilst never short on tourists, the historic Albert Dock is chronically overlooked by Christmas shoppers, despite there being some real gems here. Indulge a sweet tooth or two by visiting Roly’s Fudge or Quay Confectionary. Although you can probably swerve the tourist trap gift shops, there are some great gifts to be found at The Nest, with some Liverpool-themed bric-a-brac perfect for any diehard Scouser.
Liverpool Pictures is another great spot, especially if you’re looking for some classy local photography or artwork that looks good in a frame. Finally, independent brand Lost Soles made a name for itself with celebrity endorsements from Tony Bellew and Callum Smith, to name a few, you can shop all their limited edition merch here.
Best independent shops for Christmas gifts in Liverpool
One of the best things about doing your Christmas shopping in Liverpool is having access to some amazing independent retailers that simply can’t be found anywhere else in the country. Some of these businesses have only a few years under their belt, whereas others have been around for decades. Although you may be able to grab a deal online, often the best way to support these local independents is by seeking them out yourself and seeing what they’ve got in stock.
The friendly faces at Root Houseplants will probably be quick to say that a houseplant is for life and not just for Christmas, but it won’t stop us from recommending their bright and airy little shop in the Bluecoat. After building a healthy following on Instagram, Root has come on leaps and bounds in the last year and have even opened a second shop over in West Kirkby. You’ll find a huge variety of houseplants in both shops and the friendly team are always on hand to recommend a plant based on the person you’re buying for.
News From Nowhere
You’d be hard-pressed to find another business in Liverpool that better encapsulates the spirit of the city that News From Nowhere. This not-for-profit worker’s co-operative is a radical and community bookshop where you’re likely to find much more interesting Christmas gifts than anything Waterstones has to offer. You can order any book you can think of here, but the real joy in browsing the shop in person and finding that perfect gift for the person in mind.
Rennie’s Arts & Crafts
This family-run business has been serving Liverpool for over 35 years. Although Rennies started out just selling oils and oil paintings, it has evolved over the years to stock an exhaustive range of arts and crafts goods. The staff here are really knowledgable and friendly, so if you’ve decided to craft your own Christmas cards or get a favourite family photo framed, they’ll be happy to set you on the right path.
Founded in 1971, Probe Records found itself at the centre of the burgeoning New Wave and Post-Punk movements in the 70s and 80s. Despite the major role played in supporting up and coming local acts in those glory days, Probe has always remained a great record shop first and foremost. You’ll find a dizzying array of vinyl from a wide span of generations and artists – it’s an ideal place to find the perfect Christmas gift for any music lover.
Dot Art Gallery
Located in a grand space on Queen Avenue, Dot Art Gallery is an independent art lover’s paradise. In addition to hosting a rolling display of exhibitions and super accessible creative courses, Dot Art sells original works from some of the best local artists. Peruse the store yourself to find the ultimate Liverpool-themed gift for your arty loved one, you never know, you may end up with a future classic!
How can I make Christmas shopping easier?
Christmas shopping in Liverpool has undoubtedly got a lot trickier in 2020. With so many shops deemed non-essential and closed for a large chunk of the all-important Christmas shopping season, it can be difficult to find the perfect gift for your friends and loved ones, as well as support the local businesses that need your help more than ever.
YaMaket is an online market selling only the best wares from Liverpool-based crafters and grafters. In addition to offering exclusive deals from the likes of Root Houseplants and Beers of Anfield Road, we’re proud to donate a percentage of all profits to local Merseyside Charities so that your money goes to the best possible places. Get yourself over to our online market place right now to see what all the fuss is about.
What shops are open in Liverpool this Christmas?
Currently, only essential shops are open in Liverpool for Christmas shopping, that means just banks, supermarkets and the like, which isn’t ideal! Hopefully, all the shops mentioned in this article will be able to reopen on 3rd December 2020 when the restrictions are scheduled to be lifted.
What is the main shopping street in Liverpool?
The main shopping streets in Liverpool are Bold Street, Lord Street, Paradise Street and South John Street. But you’ll also find some unique shops and boutiques at St. John’s Shopping Centre and the Metquarter.
What time do the shops shut in Liverpool?
The shops usually shut around 6pm in Liverpool, however this can vary quite a bit from shop to shop, so it’s best to check in advance with your chosen shops to avoid disappointment.
What is there to do in Liverpool at Christmas?
There are usually loads of things to do in Liverpool in Christmas, however this year the St. George’s Hall Christmas Market is cancelled, along with pantomimes and plenty of Santa’s Grottos. Things are a little different this year, however, there are still some Liverpool Christmas Market Events in 2020 that you can visit.
What is the best time to go Christmas shopping in Liverpool?
The best time to go Christmas shopping in Liverpool is early in the week (Monday to Wednesday), either early in the morning (8am-11am) or early in the afternoon (2pm-4pm). You’ll find yourself swamped if you go shopping around lunchtime or, worse still, in the evenings.
Is St. John’s market open?
St. John’s market is usually open 9am to 5pm (Monday to Friday and Sunday) and 9am to 5:30pm on Saturdays. During December it’s open from 11am to 5pm on Sundays. Bear in mind that the markets are closed for the entirety of the national lockdown until 2nd December.
Does Liverpool have a Selfridges?
There is no Selfridges store in Liverpool, however, there is a Miss Selfridge on Church Street.
How many shops does Liverpool ONE have?
Liverpool ONE has 170 retail shops and services.
What shops are there at Liverpool ONE?
There is a massive array of shops at Liverpool ONE, the best way to see them all at a glance is to check out Liverpool ONE’s directory of shops.
What shops are open in Liverpool ONE?
Only essential shops are open at the moment in Liverpool ONE, however, this may change when restrictions potentially lift on 2nd December. The shops currently open are Barclays, Holland & Barrett, Home Bargains, Optical Express, Superdrug, Tesco, Yorkshire Building Society.
At the moment, we really don’t know when shops will reopen and how busy they’re going to be if they do. YaMaket offers a convenient way of getting your Christmas shopping done whilst supporting local Liverpool businesses and charities. Check out our marketplace to see what we’ve got on sale!