Harrogate Christmas & Gift opened to a great start on its first day on Sunday with visitors demonstrating that Covid wasnâ€™t going to get the better of them this year by voting with their feet.
Organisers said retailers and buyers flocked through the doors of the Harrogate Convention Centre; and with additional safety precautions in place, there was an air of confidence as they perused the products on display.
Harrogate Christmas & Gift is the only Christmas trade show in Europe this January, and as many festive suppliers state that all Christmas 2022 orders must be placed by the end of this month in order to fulfil in time â€“ the show is proving a not-to-be-missed event for serious Christmas buyers.
Simon Anslow, show organiser, said: â€œWe are absolutely delighted with visitor turnout for the first day, which was on a par with the first day of the show in 2020. There is a real buzz in the halls of the Convention Centre as people enjoy getting back to face-to-face business once again. This is the only European trade show held in time to purchase products for next Christmas, and consequently exhibitors have been taking quality orders. It is very apparent that everyone participating is glad to experience a semblance of normality and â€˜business as usualâ€™ once again.â€
Harrogate Christmas & Gift is open today (Tuesday 18 January) from 9am to 6pm and on Wednesday from 9am to 4pm.