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Take the train… to the Christmas Sales

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Savvy UK shoppers have always known the best time to grab a bargain is in the post-Christmas sales. But this year, stores have started discounting before December 25 and there are Christmas Sales everywhere. Book cheap train tickets on in advance and hit the shops – you could get some great bargains.

There are some fantastic shopping destinations in the UK and, if you book cheap train tickets with, you can save money – giving you more in your wallet to spend in the sales.

Take the train to London… and shop under the capital’s famous Christmas lights

London’s Oxford Circus/Regent Street area is a popular stop for shoppers all year round, but at Christmas it really comes into its own.

Each Christmas, the streets are lined with sparkling lights, and this year’s display ties in with the Yuletide family movie, Arthur Christmas.

Getting there: Catch the train to any London station and take the tube to Oxford Circus (Central, Bakerloo and Victoria lines) or Bond Street (Central and Jubilee lines)

Take the train to Manchester… and spend a day at the Trafford Centre

Manchester’s Trafford Centre is the second largest shopping centre in the UK With an amazing selection of high street and designer stores, as well as cafes, bars, restaurants a cinema and much more, it’s an ideal shopping destination for families and couples alike.

Getting there: Take the train to Manchester Piccadilly, and hop on bus services X50 or 250 from Piccadilly Gardens. Alternatively, take the tram from Piccadilly station to Stretford, and catch a shuttle bus from there.

Take the train to Glasgow… and raid the sales in Scotland’s most stylish city

Glasgow might not attract as many visitors as its prettier neighbour, Edinburgh, but its residents are fiercely proud of its history. Some even say it’s the best city for shopping in the UK, after London.

Head to Buchanan Street, Argyll Street and Sauchiehall Street and see what Glasgow’s Christmas sales have to offer, or pop into city’s popular indoor shopping mall, the St Enoch Centre.

Getting there: Hop on a train to Glasgow Central or Glasgow Queen Street and you’re just a few minutes’ walk away from the main shopping district.

Take the train to Newcastle… and go wild in the MetroCentre

Newcastle’s MetroCentre is still one of the best indoor shopping centres in the north of England.

It houses a range of designer and high street stores, several of which are holding massive pre-Christmas sales, as well as restaurants, cafes and an IMAX cinema. Given its sheer size, the MetroCentre certainly warrants a weekend stay if you’re going to take in all its attractions.

Getting there: The MetroCentre has its own train station on the National Rail network, and is not part of the city’s Metro system. Trains from Newcastle and Sunderland operate frequently.

Take the train to Liverpool… and shop ’til you drop at Liverpool One

Traditionally, Liverpool has been noted for its rich music scene: it’s the home of the Beatles, after all. But thanks to the wealthy WAGs that have become national style icons in recent years, it’s now also known as a great shopping destination.

At Liverpool One – recently voted in the top five of the UK’s most popular retail destinations – you’ll find a huge array of shops, including a large Debenhams outlet, which has been holding some great pre-Christmas sales.

Getting there: Check our journey planner for cheap trains to Liverpool Lime Street, and Liverpool One is just a ten minute walk away.

Which Christmas sales shopping hotspots will you be taking the train to?

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