Whilst many of us wait for Mariah Carey to defrost in order to confirm that the festive season has truly arrived, one tiny shop starts Christmas a little too early. Well, we say start, Christmas never starts or finishes at The Little Christmas Shop, it just keeps on going all year round…
Located within the World Heritage Site of Ironbridge, Shropshire, which is just a two-hour drive from Manchester, you’ll find an absolute emporium for those who love the festive season or just want to get ahead on the Christmas shopping. The festive shop and cafe opened three years ago and is the first of its kind in the UK where it is open all year round, but interestingly, the only day it is not open is December 25.
The shop really understood the assignment when they say “deck the halls” as from the outside it screams Christmas. With an emerald green façade, dazzlingly lit Christmas trees in the windows and a giant nutcracker greeting you at the door, you’ll know you’ve find the right place.
The Ironbridge spot is brimming with decorations suitable for Christmas trees, mantelpieces and all across your home. As you peruse at your leisure around the shop, you’ll hear yuletide tunes such as ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’, ‘Jingle Bells’ and ‘White Christmas’ that are bound to give you all the festive feels.
From baubles to candles, gingerbread to glass tree ornaments, snow globes to advent calendars, you can find all the festive items you desire in this quaint shop. The wooden ornaments and trees are not to be missed as these are part of a sustainable wood collection and made locally in Ironbridge.
But it’s not all Christmas gifts galore, as the shop has joined forces with Mrs Claus, who runs a kitchen serving fabulous festive food all year round including a festive afternoon tea featuring Christmas cake and turkey, brie and cranberry sandwiches on the tiers. Mrs Claus bakes delicious cakes, serves freshly ground coffee as well as offering a festive menu everyday including the likes of Christmassy paninis and sausage rolls.
And what’s Christmas without some sweet festive treats? You’ll find mince pies, Christmas puddings and fruit cakes, all of which are baked from scratch, meaning you needn’t have to wait until late in the year to feast on them and for a limited time only.
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Find The Little Christmas Shop & Mrs Claus Kitchen at 33 High Street, Ironbridge, Shropshire, TF8 7AG.