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24 December 2019 04:33

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Sign up to FREE daily email alerts from mirror - Money Deals Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email Christmas Day is almost here, and it's time to rush to the shops to pick up any last minute presents or festive food essentials before the holidays begin. Department stores like Harrods, John Lewis and Debenhams offer plenty of glorious gifts, stunning decorations and delicious luxury treats that will help you celebrate Christmas in style. But while most of Britain's big stores will be open over the festive break, the majority will also be operating reduced hours. So if you're heading to the shops make sure you check opening times before rushing off. If you need a stylish gift for a fabulous person on your gift list, you can't go wrong with the designer clothing, luxury gifts and fashion accessories at Harrods.

Or if you're entertaining at Christmas, there's plenty of delicious dishes, indulgent centrepieces and eye-catching party platters available at M&S. For those of you planning to do some last-minute shopping here are the Christmas opening hours for department stores in the UK. (Image: Daily Post Wales) Opening days and hours throughout the festive season vary from store to store. Customers should check the M&S online store locator for exact details of their local M&S. December 23rd: Most stores will be open from 6 or 7am, with some opening at 5am.

December 24th: The majority of stores will be open from 6 or 7am, with some opening at 5am. Many stores will close early (5pm or 6pm). December 25th: All stores will be closed. (Image: PA) Opening hours vary over the Christmas break depending on where the store is, so you'll need to full details of your nearest store online before making a trip. December 23 - All stores will operate usual hours. December 24 - All shops are open on Christmas Eve. Last year on December 24th, the majority of John Lewis stores were open between 9am and 5pm. December 25 - All stores are shut on Christmas Day except the Heathrow Terminal 5 shop. (Image: Daily Record) Below are opening times for the iconic Harvey Nichols department store in Knightsbridge. Opening hours for all other stores can be found online. Use their store finder tool to find out more details of your local store. (Image: PA Archive/Press Association Images) Selfridges opening hours will vary from store to store, but below are the times for its London branch. For opening hours of other stores, visit their website and click on your location. Monday 23rd Dec - 9am-10pm Tuesday 24th Dec - 9am-5:30pm Wednesday 25th Dec - CLOSED Nothing beats shopping at Harrods during the festive period, and the famous Knightsbridge store is set to open on Christmas Eve. See below for more details. 10am-9pm December 24: 10am-5pm (Image: Liberty) One of London's best-known department stores, Liberty London offers a full range of designer clothing, stylish homewares and sumptuous beauty products. If you're planning to pop in and do some Christmas shopping, here's what you need to know. Monday 23rd December: operating normal opening hours. Tuesday 24th December: 10am-5pm Wednesday 25th December: CLOSED (Image: Getty Images) Debenhams' trading times will vary nationwide on Christmas Eve. For specific times, enter your post code into their store locator tool. (Image: WalesOnline) On December 24th, House of Fraser opening times will vary on location and shopping centre but many are open 9am - 7pm. The department store currently have a huge sale on right now and there's up to 50% off all ranges. December 23: normal opening hours. normal opening hours. December 24: most stores are open between 9am and 7pm. most stores are open between 9am and 7pm. December 25: CLOSED For supermarket opening times, see our guide for all the major UK chains. Saturday was not so super for retailers last weekend, as numbers visiting high streets and shopping centres fell by nearly 8% compared with the previous year. With some retailers accepting online orders as late as Christmas Eve, shoppers now have many more choices about the way they shop and often hang on for last-minute bargains. More than a third (36%) of Brits have left gift-buying until the last few days before Christmas, according to Argos. It said 10% more men than women leave gift-buying until very late, with the most popular gift bought in its stores on Christmas Eve last year being an electric toothbrush. John Lewis expected novelty socks and gadgets such as airpods and smart speakers to be its most popular last-minute items. Monday was expected to be the busiest day for food retailers with Waitrose expecting to sell 214,000kg of sprouts in the final days before Christmas and 250% more quails eggs than usual. The lower turnout recorded by shopper monitoring firm Springboard on Saturday –traditionally one of the busiest shopping days of the year – came despite a flurry of discounts from retailers in an effort to tempt bargain hunters after a difficult trading year. Industry experts said the plethora of promotions on offer since November, and particularly over the Black Friday discount period at the end of November, meant many had spent their money early or were underwhelmed by further price cuts. Late last week Topshop and Miss Selfridge increased their discounts to up to 60%, from 40% and 50% respectively earlier in the week, while Jigsaw, Peacocks and House of Fraser increased their price cuts to 50%, matching Debenhams, Hobbs and Oasis, which had deepened their discounts. Marks & Spencer also added knitwear to its price-cutting pile, offering 40% off its key seasonal category, as well as a half-price on beauty gifts offer. The difficult trading is expected to bring further distress for retailers in early 2020 after numerous administrations and store closures this year. The number of retailers in financial distress in the final quarter of the year has risen 1.4% on the same period last year to 27,000, according to data from the corporate recovery firm Begbies Traynor. Fashion chains are among the worst affected, with the number in distress increasing by 21% in the past three years to 3,355. Online retailers are not immune to the slowdown, with the number in trouble up by 65% in the past three years, to more than 9,000.