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Christmas shopping breaks in Guernsey

Christmas Shopping Breaks – Flight and Hotel Deals

The following taster hotels offer great value with B&B, flight and hotel included for 2020. Many other regional airports available:

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Imperial Hotel
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Every 3rd night FREE in Dec!
Gatwick from £195

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Saints Bay
AA 3 star rating

Every 4th night FREE in Dec!
Gatwick from £195

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Every 3rd night FREE in Dec!
Gatwick from £219

Christmas shopping in St Peter Port

St Peter Port’s quaint cobbled streets sparkling with Christmas lights mean it’s almost Christmas time in Guernsey and VAT free prices and low duty mean it’s a great place to stock up on Christmas gifts. 

St Peter Port is reputedly one of the prettiest harbour towns in Europe. The winding cobbled streets slope upwards from the harbour where, at Christmas time a large modern tree lights up the water and surrounding area. Strings of twinkling lights hang high above the narrow streets where high street favourites, boutique shops and Creasy’s department store display festive windows inviting you in to purchase Christmas gifts. Towards Mansell and Mill Street in the Old Quarter, shops full of antiques and crafts can be found whilst Market Square in the pedestrianised part of town, is a great place for fresh produce, especially on Fridays when Fresh Fridays Produce Market takes place.

Festive Markets in St Peter Port

Christmas begins in St Peter Port with the arrival of Father Christmas by lifeboat who then parades through the town centre to switch on the Christmas lights accompanied by carol singing. Heralding the opening of the Christmas Craft Market which runs each Saturday in the lead up to Christmas, this is where you’ll find many unique homemade gifts including cushions appliquéd with the Guernsey lily motif, hand painted plates, soaps, jewellery, Christmas hampers and decorations.

Festive events in St Sampson

Father Christmas also makes an appearance on The Bridge in St Sampson in order to switch on the Christmas lights.

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Christmas market stall in St Peter Port

Traditional Christmas Gifts 

In St Peter Port, The National Trust of Guernsey’s Victorian Shop and Parlour, 26 Cornet Street, will be brimming with traditional festive goodies including sugar mice, wooden games, heritage seeds and knitted toys. Open Thursday to Saturday from 10am until 4pm, there’s also late night shopping until 8pm on Thursday evenings.

Alternatively, visit their Folk and Costume Museum in Saumarez Park where you can also stop for festive refreshments in the café. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10.30am until 4.30pm during the Christmas period.

Late night shopping

Shops in Guernsey usually shut at 5.30pm but in St Peter Port will stay open on Thursday evenings until 9pm and in St Sampson shops will open on Tuesday evenings until 9pm.

Free Christmas Shopping trip to Herm

During weekends in December, Travel Trident operate a FREE Christmas boat trip to Herm for those departing and returning on the same day. Browse the gift shops in Herm, take a walk around the tiny island and escape the Christmas crowds or enjoy lunch in The Mermaid Tavern. Tickets cannot be booked in advance but can be purchased on the day from the Travel Trident kiosk in St Peter Port.