50 Best Christmas Websites of 2020
Posted: 10th November 2020
If you are looking for the best Christmas websites you’ve come to the right place. As a nation, the UK loves Christmas. The country spends a staggering £50 billion each year on Christmas shopping, and although we may not be hitting the high street in 2020, there are plenty of places to get your festive fill. Not only has the rise of Black Friday driven shoppers online in recent years, but global events in 2020 will mean that our festive plans will be a little different this year.
For retailers, this has meant improving their online offering in a bid to compete for a share of Christmas consumers who may be inclined to spend a little more this year as a tonic to turbulent times. Although it may not feel as festive to sit in front of your laptop to shop for presents, you can add a little sparkle to your Christmas shopping trip by grabbing a tipple and feeling smug that this year you won’t have to dodge flying televisions as you quietly shop for a fitbit for Mum in Argos.
Whether you’re doing your shopping or tracking Santa on Christmas Eve, here are the 50 Christmas websites that you should check out for 2020…
Things to do at Christmas
50. International Elf Service
The International Elf Service specialise in sending beautiful personalised letters from the North Pole, which come wrapped in brown paper and candy cane coloured string. The website offers the option to create unique letters with individual fonts and you can even add a little gift.
49. Email Santa
Not only can you use Email Santa to let the big man know what you would like for Christmas, but there is also a Naughty and Nice list – which might just be the saving grace of the first few days of the holidays, and could ensure a peaceful run up to Christmas.
48. North Pole
Using the North Pole website, you can send your letter to Santa and even receive a letter in return. There are also lots of interactive online activities to get you into the festive spirit.
47. Elf Yourself
Elf Yourself is a great app for fans of filters. Use the Elf Yourself app to create fun videos of yourself and friends as dancing elves and share with friends on social media or email. If you’re conscious about your carbon footprint, an Elf Yourself email makes a fantastic alternative to a Christmas Card.
46. Norad Tracks Santa
For 364 days a year, NORAD is the North American Aerospace Defence Command, but on Christmas Eve, the government department tracks Santa around the world, as he makes a stop across all 24 time zones.
45. Bicton Gardens
Not only are Bicton Gardens home to some of the rarest species of plant in the UK, at Christmas time it plays host to a giant snow globe, complete with falling fake snow. If you get in early enough, you might be able to get a family picture taken, ready to make some personalised Christmas cards.
44. Pennywell Farm
Pennywell Farm is a firm family favourite all year but in December, you can visit a more festive Pennywell, complete with an Elves’ Sweetshop and a chance to meet some of Pennywell’s furry friends including the Pennywell miniature piglets and the pygmy goat kids.
43. The Office Christmas Party
Although 2020 might be a fallow year for office Christmas parties, it doesn’t mean you can’t look forward to 2021. The Office Christmas Party website has a handy Christmas party venue guide by city, taking the hassle out of booking your colleagues in for lunch and booze.
42. Santa Tracker
Google’s Santa Tracker has been tracking Santa’s journey from the North Pole since 2004. The website has evolved somewhat in the last sixteen years, and alongside tracking Santa, you can play games all the way through December. If you have always fancied yourself as a barber, the Santa Selfie game allows you to cut and dye Santa’s pristine white beard before taking a selfie.
41. It's a Shape Christmas
For art lovers, the It’s a Shape Christmas calendar is a great way to count down to Christmas. You don’t have to wait for it to arrive in the post or worry that your brother has already eaten the chocolate behind door 19. It’s A Shape Christmas has created a digital calendar with beautiful illustrations behind each door to brighten up even the darkest of December days.
40. Lapland UK
You might not be able to visit Lapland in the literal sense this year, but a trip to Lapland might be just what you need for 2021. On the Lapland UK website, you will find everything you need to plan your trip for next year, including accommodation and extras such as a Northern Lights Adventure.
Not only do Zazzle offer personalised Christmas cards, but they also do a range of photo mugs which make excellent Secret Santa presents. We all know someone in the office who could do with a mug of their mug so they stop stealing yours…
Papier offers a range of cards, gifts and stationery. If you’re not sending cards this year, why not treat yourself (or a loved one) to some personalised stationery, and make a pact to write to each other in the New Year.
37. Cards for Charity
Much to your great aunt’s chagrin, fewer people send Christmas cards nowadays. However, you could do something nice for Mildred and also for humanity, and send something from Cards For Charity. With every card you buy, a donation is made to a charitable cause.
If you’re not sure what to do with the 36,955 photos currently cluttering your phone, you could create some beautiful photobooks on Rosemood to surprise the people you love. Your Mum will weep as she flicks through glossy pictures from Majorca 2008, and you will just be happy that you finally have enough phone storage for that app that helps you to meditate.
35. Not on the High Street
Even as High Street shops are taking up more online space, Not On The High Street remains a quirky alternative to a box of smellies from Boots.
34. The White Company
Have ever wondered where the most sophisticated people do their Christmas shopping? The White Company is definitely not toddler friendly, but if you’re stuck for ideas for Mum this Christmas, a scented candle from The White Company is a sure winner.
Thortful know how to create cards which will make the recipient light up with joy. Each card can be personalised to suit your needs, and there is also the option to add flowers to your order if you wish.
32. The Gift Experience
The gift experience has a number of personalised items as well as advent calendars to help create a memorable Christmas.
Christmas Food & Recipes
31. Dr. Oetker
Dr Oetker has everything you need to create festive treats. For baking beginners, there are blocks of ready made icing in every shade. For the more experienced baker, Dr Oetker have a range of decorations to help you create the perfect Christmas bakes.
Delish does what it says on the tin, or perhaps more appropriately, in its title. Here you’ll find a catalogue of delicious recipes from cooks around the world, and if you’d rather not read the recipe, most come with a handy video guide.
29. Red Online
For everything from elegant recipe inspiration to festive fashion advice, Red Online has everything you need for a stylish Christmas.
27. Tesco Real Food
Tesco’s recipe website is useful all year around: with their Special Diets section, you can search for recipes which suit even the fussiest of eaters. For Christmas 2020, they have introduced a Festive Menu Helper to assist with meal planning over the holiday period. You can search for ideas by course or by occasion, ensuring that you have all the food you need to have a great celebration.
25. Waitrose and Partners
Waitrose are now offering home food delivery, and their Christmas range is superb. Previously, the Waitrose Essentials range has been mercilessly mocked for being so upmarket (are artichoke hearts essential?) However at Christmas time, we crave a little luxury, and it is probably essential to have a bit of brie in the house.
24. It's All About Christmas
For those who favour an immaculately presented grey living room, the thought of gaudy Christmas lights can send shivers down the spine. Thankfully, It’s All About Christmas specialises in neutral themed Christmas decorations. We’re not sure about the science, but a taupe coloured table runner might be the neutrality you need when the annual Dinner Table Argument breaks out…
Whether you need wrapping paper or a last minute gift, Paperchase has got everything you need. From quirky notebooks to funny cards, no Christmas is complete without a trip to Paperchase.
21. Living etc
Living etc offers sleek home design advice all year around, but their Christmas tips will allow you to make your home both beautiful and festive this season. From great ideas for entrance halls, to clever tips for decorating your mantlepiece, it’s worth taking a look at Living etc.
20. Oliver Bonas
From pastel coloured teapots to floaty dresses, Oliver Bonas is the perfect place to shop if you’re looking to buy something special for a member of the instagram generation. If you’re planning to entertain this Christmas, their range of glassware will liven up any party.
19. John Lewis and Partners
If you haven’t found yourself sobbing on the sofa to the John Lewis Christmas advert by the beginning of December then you’re probably not doing Christmas properly. Their website might not make you cry, but their gift guide will help you to find the best last minute presents for the people who are impossible to buy for.
18. UK Christmas World
If your idea of the best Christmas ever is to transform the garden into Blackpool illuminations, then you will want to bookmark UK Christmas World. From icicle drop lighting to metres of multicoloured bulbs, you’ll find everything you need a UK Christmas World.
17. Christmastime UK
For those who love Christmas, the most exciting part is retrieving the decorations from the attic and decorating the house. Some years, the thrill is dampened by tired baubles and sad looking reindeer, but a click on Christmastime UK will lift the spirits. Their website sells everything from place settings to life sized Santa statues for the garden – even if we’re in lockdown, you won’t feel alone.
Wayfair specialises in cheap, stylish furniture for the design conscious individual. If you’re looking for a new sofa bed to accommodate visiting in-laws, or some festive ornaments for the hallway, Wayfair will have everything you need.
Christmas Arts & Crafts
14. The Works
It is impossible to ignore The Works shop front when walking past on the high street. Bargain prices coupled with unexpected items makes The Works a great place to shop. Their website is no different, you’ll be able to load your basket with everything from a Harry Potter mug set to David Jason’s autobiography.
13. Good Housekeeping
The eponymous magazine has long been the final word in lifestyle, and discerning home cooks have followed Good Housekeeping advice for decades. Although their legacy may be nearly a century old, the website is firmly in the 21st Century. Visit the Good Housekeeping website for smart gift guides, recipes and tips to make Christmas 2020 the best it can be.
12. The 36th Avenue
Blogger Desirée Campbell set up The 36th Avenue to inspire her readers to create everything from beautiful wardrobes to loaf cakes. On her DIY Christmas page, you can find instructions and recipes to create gorgeous presents and delicious food at home.
11. Baker Ross
When it comes to finding a website that sells everything you need to cover your craft table, Baker Ross has got your back. They also offer craft hampers to send to the crafty egg in your life – young or old!
10. Activity Village
Activity Village have a host of activities to keep everyone occupied over the holidays. Some of the activities can be done online, and there is also a wealth of printable activities such as word searches and worksheets to ensure that nobody is bored during the holidays.
9. I Heart Crafty Things
I Heart Crafty Things not only sells all the things you might want to buy for your craft obsessed friends, but they also have a range of fun Christmas activities such as Christmas ornament decorating kits to keep the kids occupied whilst you get on with peeling the spuds.
Christmas Toy Shops
Park’s Christmas savings scheme offers customers the chance to spread the cost of Christmas over several months. In the run up to Christmas, you can order vouchers for your favourite retailers, and ensure that you have the shopping organised. There is also a handy FAQ section on the website for any questions you might have.
7. Disney Store
There isn’t a child in the world who can resist the Disney store, and their website will enthuse even the biggest kid in the family. Not only can you buy your favourite Disney merch and costumes, but you can also visit their events and activities page to download the Disney Holiday Booklet, which contains DIY lanterns from your favourite Disney films, inspired by their Christmas advert.
If you’re looking to gift something a little different this Christmas, you might want to take a look at Firebox. They have a number of quirky gifts and a range of personalised items. Special mention should be given to the Firebox personalised socks, which can be customised with pictures of your pet’s face.
The London toy stalwart has been a dominant brand in children’s toys since the Georgian era. Even today, many a family expedition to London is incomplete without a trip to the Regent Street flagship. The website offers customers the chance to book their trip to see Santa, and also shop for products from the store to be delivered or collected from a local outlet.
Toymaster have been a high street staple for many years, offering Christmas gifts which will appease even the biggest child in the family (Dad!). Although the Toymaster website doesn’t offer the option to shop online, it signposts customers to the nearest store and offers fun and free resources for children, such as printable colouring sheets and online games, hopefully giving you a bit of peace and quiet whilst you wrap the presents.
2. The Entertainer
The Entertainer is the UK’s largest independent toy retailer, and their online store reflects the wealth of options they have available. For instant Christmas shopping ideas, head to their Christmas Shop page, where you can find savings on thousands of toys.
1. Benjamin Pollock's Toy shop
Benjamin Pollock’s Toyshop has been a family favourite for over 100 years. Although they specialise in vintage toys and games, the shop has a great digital presence. Offering a simple user friendly interface and links to the blog and podcast, Benjamin Pollock’s manages to create a christmassy alternative which is much warmer than shopping on the high street in December.