ADVERTORIAL: 10 reasons to shop local in Plymouth this Christmas

‘Tis the season to shop safely, so to get you in the Christmas spirit and ready to tick off all of the presents on your Christmas list, here’s our countdown of the top ten reasons to shop in Plymouth this Christmas.

‘Yule’ be sorry if you go anywhere else…

1. Get in the festive spirit

Plymouth has everything you need to enjoy a wonderful Christmas this year. From shops to get the perfect gifts for all the family, to bars and restaurants for enjoying some festive grub and, of course, the all-important Christmas lights to add that sparkle!

2. See the Christmas lights

If ever there was a year that needed some Christmas sparkle, 2020 is definitely it! And Plymouth doesn’t disappoint with Christmas lights twinkling throughout the city centre and waterfront.

Take a stroll to enjoy the lights and start to feel some of the magic of that elusive 2020 Christmas spirit.

3. Support local

If you’re looking to buy individual gifts from local businesses this year, Plymouth is the place to shop. The Shop4Plymouth website lists lots of local businesses, and with many still offering local delivery options, you can still shop locally online if you can’t get into store.

4. Festive family fun

Christmas is a time for family, and there are some great options for Covid-safe family fun across the city.

From the Polar Bear Trail across the waterfront to a programme of festive entertainment in the city centre, there’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained on your shopping trip in Plymouth.

See Visit Plymouth’s website for more details.

5. Gift inspiration

Check out gift inspiration and ideas to help you find gifts from local shops for even the trickiest of recipients across Visit Plymouth and Shop4Plymouth channels.

There are gift guides for everyone on Visit Plymouth’s website to give you inspiration for your shopping.

Though Christmas looks a little different this year, there’s still lots to enjoy safely

6. Christmas food

Yorkshire pudding wraps, mince pies and all of the best festive foods are on offer in Plymouth.

From festive afternoon teas in the Treasury, to enjoying a tasty treat from the festive food stalls on the piazza, there’s plenty of Christmas food on offer to tempt your taste buds whilst you do that all-important Christmas shopping.

7. Extended opening hours

This year, it’s easier than ever to shop on the high street with many shops extending their opening hours throughout the week, so you can avoid busy peak times. Don’t forget late night shopping on Thursdays too!

Plymouth Market is also open on Sundays in the run-up to Christmas, giving you more opportunity to support local independent retailers.

8. Parking

There are lots of deals on parking in the run-up to Christmas, making it more affordable for you. If you’re just popping in to click and collect, then Plymouth City Council is offering one-hour free parking at Plymouth Guildhall, Plymouth Market and the Marks and Spencer car park during December.

For late night shopping Thursdays, parking at Western Approach car park will be available for just £1 after 3pm. And if you’re making the most of extended opening hours, then you can park at Drake Circus and The Barcode car parks for just £2 (on any day of the week) if you arrive after 5pm and leave before the car park closes.

9. What’s in ‘The Box’?

Not only is Plymouth’s new museum and art gallery home to a fantastic shop, filled with brilliant gift ideas for family members of all ages, it also has some extra special Christmas activities for you to take part in.

You can enjoy a very special breakfast with Santa at The Box Kitchen and Bar, take part in a Christmas workshop to make your own decorations inspired by The Box’s collections, or experience the museum after-hours at one of the special festive Family Lates sessions.

10. Panto’s back, oh yes it is!

Theatre Royal Plymouth has reopened with a fantastic Christmas season, so turn your shopping trip into a family day out and end it with a festive show.

It’s bringing some much-needed theatrical Christmas sparkle back to Plymouth as the only theatre in the country offering not one, but three, socially distanced festive shows: Robison Crusoe, The Gingerbread Man and The Thing That Came From Over There.

Hands, face, space

Remember to follow the latest Covid-19 guidance for your area when shopping in Plymouth and follow the ‘Hands, Face, Space’ rules to keep you and those around you safe.

  • Hands: Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds and make sure you do this before leaving home and as soon as you arrive back. Use hand sanitiser while you are out and about.

  • Cover face: Check you have your face covering with you before leaving home. Wear it when on public transport, in shops and before you are seated in a restaurant. Make sure it covers your nose.

  • Make space: Stay two metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or one metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings).

To find out more about the businesses open across Plymouth this festive season, visit www.shop4plymouth.co.uk or www.visitplymouth.co.uk.

Funded by the Reopening High Street Safely Fund, part funded by the European Regional Development Fund and HM Government.

Plymouth Live