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 Saturday, December 17, 2016

It's Super Shopping Saturday, the last big commercial splurge before Christmas. It's the day everyone heads to their nearest retail hotspot to clog the streets and grab armloads of gifts. But with more and more people doing more and more of their Christmas shopping online, London's suburban retailers have had to raise their game. Here's a must-read list of must-do Christmas activities you need to visit today.

STANMORE WINTERVILLE
Your choice of mulled red liquid or a tumbler of eggnog from one of the buxom ladies in the Santa hats.
FINCHLEY CHRISTMAS FOREST
Several dozen fir trees, two days away from shedding all their needles, have been plumped up and are ready for sale.
EDMONTON ICE PALACE
All your favourite Frozen characters are brought to life with full size cut-outs around an artificial tinfoil glacier.
ROMFORD SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS
Come watch everyone's favourite John Lewis advert on the TV screen in the pawnbrokers' window.
HILLINGDON ICE RINK
As soon as the car park freezes over, bring your skates and gl├╝hwein to this annual ice treat (pre-booking recommended).
ILLUMINATED CRICKLEWOOD
All the streetlamps on the High Road are being kept lit this winter, allowing you to do your Christmas shopping in comfort.
CROUCH END PATTY STOP
Everyone loves a burger, so these have cranberry sauce in, and that allows us to charge two quid extra.
WALTHAMSTOW WONDERLAND
Join the stallholders in their Yuletide tents selling a range of red and green pan scourers for all your gift needs.
SOUTHALL HYGGE PAGEANT
We've written the word 'hygge' on some mugs and soft cushions, and unbelievably these will probably sell.
WILLESDEN MUSEUM OF MARZIPAN
Come together round our virtual fireplace to enjoy a slab of almond paste with a craft gin cocktail.
BETHNAL GREEN CRAFT FAIR
Hand-blown metal and chipped glassware can be sourced from the workshops in the arches under the railway.
DAGENHAM FESTIVE SHED
Rudolph and friends appear in inflatable form, welcoming your children to Santa's laser and tinsel hideaway.
TWICKENHAM DESIGNERFEST
Grab your last minute presents from the grinning elves with the knock-off and the surprisingly thin giftwrap.
BRIXTON FRAGRANCE VILLAGE
A chance to buy aftershave and perfume you can't normally buy except on every other day of the year, in gift boxes.
PENGE GERMAN MARKET
Some chancer with a grill in a van is selling spruced-up hotdogs beside a blackboard chalked up with umlauts.
SIDCUP PARK GROTTO
Follow the twinkly light trail across the recreation ground to the hut where an old man will surprise your children.
CHEAM HANDICRAFT POP-UP
Will you choose the bobble hat workshop, the mince pie masterclass or two hours of watching our expert roll candles?
MITCHAM MYSTERY TRAIL
Use our bespoke app to guide you through the stripy tents by the ring road on a unique urban shopping experience.
PURLEY BAVARIAN CHALETS
By wrapping shop-bought gingerbread in crinkly plastic with a big red ribbon, a considerable mark-up can be charged.
NEW ADDINGTON BIG SWITCH ON
One of last year's X Factor contestants has been invited to flick the switch on the fairy lights in the bookies' window.


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