Christmas for many is the season of walking along high streets and browsing through shops to find the perfect gift. 

High street retailers used to line the streets of Ipswich but changes over the years have seen many disappear. 

Here are five shops you miss seeing on Ipswich high street during the festive season.

1. Woolworths

Ipswich Star: Woolworths could be found on Carr StreetWoolworths could be found on Carr Street (Image: Sarah Lucy Brown)Closed: 2008

Previously located on Carr Street, Woolworths took the top spot of most missed by our readers. 

In 1985 signs proclaimed "Woolworths is Christmas" and the retail chain sold a wide range of Christmas decorations and presents for all to enjoy. 

2. Debenhams

Ipswich Star: Debenhams closed in Ipswich on May 4Debenhams closed in Ipswich on May 4 (Image: Newsquest)Closed: 2021

The Debenhams in Ipswich was the first in the area to be shut after moving to Westgate Street in 1842. 

At Christmas, the store sold a range of festive-themed gifts as well as Christmas jumpers and fashion for New Year's Eve parties. 

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3. BHS

Ipswich Star: BHS was in Ipswich's Butter MarketBHS was in Ipswich's Butter Market (Image: Sarah Lucy Brown)Closed: 2016

British Home Stores, commonly known as BHS, was a British department store selling clothing and household items. 

During the festive season the shop windows would display Christmas goodies you could buy.

4. Wilko

Ipswich Star: Wilko closed in October of this yearWilko closed in October of this year (Image: Newsquest)Closed: 2023

This year will be the first Christmas without Wilko after the store in Upper Brook Street closed in October

The chain sold a large range of Christmas decorations including trees and lights, as well as Nutcracker statues and festive tea light holders.

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5. Toys R Us

Ipswich Star: Toys R Us could be found at the Copdock roundaboutToys R Us could be found at the Copdock roundabout (Image: Lucy Taylor)Closed: 2018

Although it wasn't found on the high streets of Ipswich, Toys R Us was hard to miss for those driving into the town. 

The store was a dream for children at Christmas, stocking all the must haves from Barbie to Lego.