One thing that seems to be a good idea this year is a creche has been made available for parents who wants to do some shopping but don't want the kids around.
Courtesy of Cardiff City Council - there is a free, yes free creche available from the 16th December until the 23rd December.
Opening hours are 10:30am - 1:00pm and 2:00pm - 4:30pm
What to pay: Free
Well it's that time of year again, all the department stores now have late night shopping from 1st December, some even as far back as the 13th November! The hours vary from store to store so best get in touch with the store in quetion. However as a guidline stores are now open to 8pm, some as late as 9pm.
Christmas Eve tends to be a late night shopping heaven for some last minute shopping.
Although the sales don't officially start until the 27th December, you will find some stores starting their sales as early as the 20th December to get in the guaranteed sales and clear the stock. Plenty of bargains to be had.
What to buy: You can pick up anything you want (within reason) - as I said, the closer you get to Christmas, the more bargains and discounted special offers are available.
What to pay: How many kids do you have ? !
Actually this is not a tip on a particular shop. We bought a lot of things in Cardiff, as most shops were on sale.
What to buy: I bought some books by Ruth Rendell at a stall in the Cardiff Market, low prices and a wide variety of books; Very nice clothes at a shop in the Arcades Shopping, and several gifts for my family.
What to pay: If you walk around the city you'll come across many shops that offer a wide range of marked down goods.
Cardiff's main shopping area is Queen Street. It's a pedestrianised street with lots of typical UK high street stores.
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