Halloween has been and gone, bonfire night went by in a flash… so it’s basically Christmas now, right?

One store on Broad Street seems to think so. 

That’s because ‘The Christmas Shop’ is now officially open. 

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The store has been open on Broad Street for about two weeks now, actually, and is already proving a hit with residents. 

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In the name of investigative journalism, I went into the store to see what was inside. 

You’ll feel christmassy right away

As you walk in, you are swamped by a sea of red items, which isn’t exactly surprising. 

The store has lots of Christmas stockings, wrapping paper, bags, etc., all adorned in the traditional colour of the festive season. 

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And the store has all the Christmas classics (albeit they are covers) playing whilst you browse, which is certainly not to be sniffed at. 

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There are some cool props on offer

On one shelf of the store is filled with very cool props that are sure to make a home look very festive. 

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It features boxes that look like big books with St Nick on the cover, and there is a box with a fake lock that says ‘do not open until December 25’ on it. 

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There’s a good selection for kids

One great item I spotted was a book-like box that does in fact open (unlike some of the others). 

Inside is a letter and a response from Santa, two envelopes and a sticker sheet. 

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There’s also a letter-writing kit for youngsters available. 

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You’ve heard of elf on a shelf…

But what about Santa on a shelf? Penguin on a shelf?

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At the back of the store on the top shelf of the island there are a number of cute ornaments. 

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There’s a range to choose from, including sparkly Christmas trees, jolly-looking santas and a cosy penguin. 

It’s chilly out there

If you’re looking for something to keep your head warm this winter period, there’s a great selection at The Christmas Shop. 

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There are loads of Santa hats to choose from which come in all shapes, colours and sizes. 

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Our favourite headwear was the novelty Christmas turkey hat, however -- just £2.99!

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I could only find one Christmas jumper -- for a toddler -- in the store, sadly.

The usual suspects

Like any half-decent Christmas store, there’s everything you’d expect inside as well. 

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From crackers, to tinsel, wrapping paper, stickers, cards, baubles and more. 

The Christmas Store is open from 9am to 6pm. 

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