It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

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As the festive lights begin to twinkle all around Dundee, the countdown to Christmas is well under way in our city of discovery. And there’s plenty to discover this festive season, from Oor Wullie winking above us to some magical shopping experiences right here, in Overgate Shopping Centre.

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Jings, have you seen the lights?

As a city, we are proud of our heritage and what better way to celebrate our story than through our Christmas lights! In an inspired collaboration with DC Thomson, Dundee’s very own wee scamp, Oor Wullie is now lighting up the city centre, getting up to mischief all around us while we do our Christmas shopping. Keep an eye out for other iconic Dundee stories featured in the city’s festive lights as well as our sparkling decorations throughout Overgate.

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Pick up everything you need, right here in Overgate

For anyone from Dundee, or a regular visitor, you know that Overgate is at the heart of the shopping district and the perfect place to pick up any Christmas presents, whether you know exactly what you’re looking for, or need some inspiration. From trusty Christmas staples like The Perfume Shop, Paperchase and Stormfront to Smiggle and the magical Toy Town catering for those special gifts for children, a stroll along our promenade of retailers will give you all the gift inspiration you need.

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Don’t miss our fashionable new arrivals

We are excited to have welcomed fashion retailer DV8 to open their first UK mainland store right here in Overgate. Across two floors, DV8 offers a vast range of popular brands including Lyle & Scott, Carhartt and Dr Martens. Mainly aimed at a younger market with a student vibe, DV8 is the ultimate place to pick up a cool, stylish Christmas gift.

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A grand day out for all the family

The brilliant, fun part of a day out in Dundee this festive season is that the shopping is just one aspect of the day – there is literally something for all the family, young and old, to enjoy during a visit. Just outside Overgate, City Square is not to be missed between hitting the shops.  There’s a treasure trove of activities to explore including light up Wishing Fountains, light projections on the City Chambers building if you’re visiting after dark and a free activity tent where a ‘Letter to Santa’ station will be set up. Also, if you’re a fan of a selfie, don’t miss the 3D Dundee Christmas card designed by Dundee’s Beano Studios. A perfect festive photo opp! Finally, for anyone looking to spread some Christmas cheer, there’s Social Bite’s Tree of Kindness – a place where the public can donate gifts to those in need this Christmas.

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Visit an attraction before (or after!) Christmas shopping

Dundee has plenty of incredible sights, galleries and museums for visitors to enjoy while Christmas shopping, all within walking distance of Overgate. Why not start the Christmas party season in style by taking the Night Fever: Designing Club Culture exhibition at the V&A Dundee. It’s running right through the festive season, so there’s still time to catch this which is, for many, pure nostalgia. For anyone looking for a unique live music experience, there’s a musical version of A Christmas Carol running throughout December at the Dundee Rep. This would sweeten the sourest humbug!

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Mix in some time to relax

We know it can sometimes seem a bit of a daunting thought taking on the shops at Christmas – especially when you have a shopping list as long as Santa’s arm! The great thing about a visit to Overgate is that there’s plenty of opportunity to rest your feet and take some time to decompress. Enjoy a glass of wine and some delicious Italian cooking at Frankie & Benny’s after a day of shopping, or warm up with a cinnamon latte in Starbucks after visiting Slessor Gardens’ outdoor ice rink and ferris wheel.

To see our entire list of retailers in Overgate this festive season, go to