where it all began
The Home Of Year Round Christmas Shops!
The home of year-round Christmas shopping in England; this is where it all began. The Christmas Shop has been embracing Christmas all year every year in the beautiful Cotswold town of Lechlade since 1985.
Over the last 35+ years, the shop has tweaked its location (just up the street) and name (now the Cotswold Christmas Shop) but its signature Father Christmas statue still welcomes customers to the store each day.
a destination Christmas shop
The Evolution of a National Treasure
This is most definitely a destination Christmas shop, with faithful customers returning year on year to add to their collections.
The traditional wooden German decorations for which the store originally became known are still on sale today. Now they sit alongside a whole array of other festive decorations and extra touches to tempt the visitors, new and old.
Former owner Judy Hurt retired in January of this year after 17 years running the shop. But hard core fans need not fear as she can still be spotted helping out around the store on occasion!
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Now local resident trio Gillian, Mandy & Sarah are leading the charge.
And it looks like this little piece of British Christmas history is in safe hands.
As well as a little freshen up in the store, the long term friends are eager to ensure that they celebrate and foster the role the store plays in the local community going forwards.
The addition of the word ‘Cotswold’ to the name is an example of this, ‘celebrating the store’s roots and location’, explains Gillian. And the shop’s new website is being created by a local web development team too (watch this space!).
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Store life is very much a family affair, with Mandy’s son and husband leading the charge on the redecoration earlier this year and Gillian’s Mum knitting the gorgeous Christmas pudding ornaments which are on sale (and may have slipped into a Jolly Festive basket as well 😉).
We can’t wait to see what other festive treats will be appearing on the shelves in due course.
PERFECT FOR: Celebrating a piece of history in the home of the UK Year-Round Christmas shop!
FIND IT HERE: High St, Lechlade GL7 3AE
DATE OF VISIT: 23 June 2021
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