Turn Christmas shopping into a fun festive day out

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The Christmas markets are setting up shop, the lights have been switched on in towns across the country and the highly-anticipated John Lewis advert has been released; it's official, Christmas shopping season has arrived.

There are still seven weeks to go until Santa visits and most of those weekends are likely to be taken up with trips to crowded shopping centres to try to work out what to buy everyone from your mum to your nextdoor neighbour.

But Christmas shopping doesn't have to be a major stress, even if you find that you have left things to the last minute. There can still be time to treat yourself as well and you needn't spend every moment of every weekend at the shops.

If you enter Heyland & Whittle's latest exciting competition and are lucky enough to win the fabulous prize on offer, you could get away with leaving all of your Christmas shopping until Saturday December 16th and get it all done in one day before enjoying a brilliant night out. Really? Yes, really.

We've got £485 worth of prizes up for grabs in total, including a luxury Heyland & Whittle hamper and two tickets to see the musical Wicked! at the Apollo Victoria Theatre in London on the evening of Saturday December 16th.

The Heyland & Whittle hamper that the winner will receive is packed full of our soap bars, candles and reed diffusers, and we'll also throw in three of our Christmas gift boxes, featuring our Winter Spice, Myrrh and Frankincense fragrances.

So, that's a large part of your Christmas shopping sorted! And the rest you can complete on your day out in London.

We've got £485 worth of prizes up for grabs

Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park, which opens on Friday November 17th until Monday January 1st, is the perfect place to get into the Christmas spirit and buy unique gifts from the many European market stalls. Treat yourself to a German sausage and a mug of gluhwein too to really embrace the festive mood - and we give you permission to stock up on Belgian chocolate to take home.

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Or you could head to Oxford Street, where the flagship department stores will be bedecked with beautiful Christmas decorations and you'll quickly be able to finish off your shopping in one place. Just remember to take a list with you and have a plan in mind so you don't get distracted by items you don't really need.

Once your shopping is complete, head back to your hotel room and treat yourself to a pamper with your new Heyland & Whittle goodies, which will leave you smelling gorgeous ready for your big night out at the theatre to see the wonderful Wicked! You'll deserve some me-time and a chance to let your hair down after all of that shopping!

You've got until Monday December 4th to enter our competition here