With less than 90 days to go until the big day, the word ‘Christmas’ is already the most searched term on John Lewis & Partners’ website. 

So to help those looking to begin their festive preparations, John Lewis & Partners Trafford Centre has officially launched its Christmas shop, bursting full of gift and decoration inspiration.

In addition to John Lewis & Partners’ iconic collection of gift ideas and inspiration, the Trafford Centre shop will have three unique pop-up experiences ahead of the festive season.

John Lewis & Partners Trafford Centre is the only shop outside of London to have a 900 square foot Chocolatory KitKat pop up. Customers will have the chance to select gift boxes made up of eight exclusive, new individual ‘Inspired by Best of British’ flavour KitKat bars, all handmade by expert chocolatiers in the shop.

The Trafford Centre’s John Lewis & Partners will also be the only regional shop to sell the limited-edition KitKat gold bar (£25 each) – a luxurious edition of 6 fingers of KitKat wafer biscuit, hand-decorated, covered in dark chocolate and adorned with edible gold leaf, cocoa nibs and dried raspberries – ideal for those looking for that extra special gift for any chocolate lovers this festive season.

An exclusive pop up Quality Street personalisation station launched last week and offers customers in Manchester the unique chance to create bespoke tins of the much-loved sweet. Customers have the option to ‘pick and mix’ and fill a tin with their three favourite sweets, or fill a tin with one single flavour from the 13 varieties.

A personalisation service will also mean Trafford Centre customers can replace the word ‘Quality’ with their name or street (eg. ‘Mary Street’ or ‘Smith Street’).

The Trafford Centre shop will also reveal a new, exclusive to John Lewis & Partners Quality Street sweet named the ‘Crispy Truffle Bite’ – a smooth praline centre mixed with deliciously crispy cereal bites, covered in milk chocolate and wrapped in the John Lewis & Partners’ Christmas colours of black and gold. Delicious!

For those gin and tonic fans, the Trafford Centre shop will also reveal the return of the Festive Fever Tree G&T pop up, on 17th October.  The experience will allow you to choose from a collection of hand-picked, perfectly paired G&T Fever Tree Crackers (£8.00 for one or £32 for a set of four).

The in-shop pop-up will use a digital pairing guide to perfectly match a miniature bottle of craft gin (including Tanqueray, Hendricks and Tarquins) with Fever Tree’s tasty tonics to create a deliciously unique G&T combination. Experts will also be on hand to help customers sample and pick their favourites, before wrapping them up in a customisable cracker gift box ready to be placed under the Christmas tree.

Isabel MacDonald, Head of Branch at John Lewis & Partners Trafford Centre, commented: “Our buying team have seen much greater customer demand for truly personal gifts. We are therefore thrilled to be able to bring three exciting and unique pop-ups to our customers here in Manchester that will help make Christmas more personal, and share the magic of Christmas with their loved ones in a unique way.”

This year, John Lewis & Partners has unveiled its most diverse collection of Christmas decorations yet that are set to stimulate seasonal ideas and fuel Christmas creativity.  From today the store’s Christmas shop will officially open and customers in Manchester will be able to shop from seven collections which embrace traditional, playful and mindful Christmas themes.  As ever, the John Lewis & Partners buying team has scoured the globe for the most beautiful and unusual decorations.

As well as three pop up experiences, the shop will also host a range of seasonal activities throughout November and December, including Santa’s Magic Post Box and Afternoon Tea with Santa.

For a truly wonderful Christmas shopping experience be sure to visit the John Lewis Christmas Shop this festive period.


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