Selfridges: First shop in the world to unveil its Christmas range four months before the festive season

A shopper walks past an actor dressed as Santa at the launch of the Selfridges Christmas shop at the flagship store on Oxford Street.

Selfridges have become the first in the world to unveil its Christmas shop for those eagerly craving some festive winter cheer.

It comes four months ahead of the big day - and the shelves are already stocked with tinsel, glitter and baubles.

The shop will hit peak stock in September, when shoppers will be able to choose from nearly 4,000 items ranging from a £1.95 souvenir pencil to a selection of ornate neon signs selling for around £8,500.

Santa places a David Bowie bauble on a Christmas tree at the launch of the Christmas shop. Credit: PA

Selfridges said the ongoing commercial success of the shop’s summer launch translated into year-on-year record sales, driven by both domestic early Christmas shoppers and souvenir-hunting tourists.

Selfridges Christmas and home buyer Eleanor Gregory said: "We have so many customers visiting from all over the world, eager to snap up festive decorations and souvenirs on their London summer holidays which they can’t buy at home.

This year it will expand to Christmas gifts for pets, the option to create a personalised family Christmas jumper and more than 50 types of tinsel ranging in price from £3 to £15 for the "ultimate tinsel garland."

A shopper walks past Santa at the launch of the Selfridges Christmas shop at the flagship store on Oxford Street. Credit: PA

The Selfridges Christmas buyer added: "Our summer Christmas shop launch simply addresses the growing demand for convenience Christmas shopping outside the traditional Christmas season.

"They include a large number of domestic customers who love to Christmas shop very early in the year to get it wrapped and taken off their to-do list.

"They also tell us that they like to be able to take their pick of the very best selection available whilst the range we offer is at its most comprehensive."