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Booming gift fair brings post-christmas cheer for exhibitors at Harrogate Convention Centre

Harrogate Convention Centre


ONE of Harrogate Conventions Centre’s longest-running trade shows enjoyed record-breaking sales and footfall in January following an expansion last year.

Harrogate Christmas & Gift Fair
Harrogate Christmas & Gift Fair

Harrogate Christmas & Gift Fair has been a regular event on the Convention Centre’s calendar for almost 70 years and was expanded in 2017 into the venue’s Hall Q. Many of the 50 exhibitors in the 3,300sqm hall reported big successes over the four days of the most recent show, which ran from January 14 to 17.

James Cornelius, of long-standing exhibitor Playwrite Group, said: “We had one of our best years ever at Harrogate Christmas & Gift. Orders were up nearly 50 per cent on last year and we have a large number of high quality enquiries to follow up on. We are very much looking forward to next year.”

Throughout other areas of the show, exhibitors reported record levels of business.

Simon Lightbown, of Sincere Floral, said: “We’ve been coming to the show for 17 years and we’ve actually had our best ever year for orders taken and new customers gained. It’s been really great.”

 Meanwhile one of the show’s biggest exhibitors, Festive Productions, also reported a best-ever performance. Sales director James Marshall said: “This year has been a record show for us in terms of, footfall, physical orders and quotations.

 “The Harrogate Christmas & Gift Fair is probably the most important show of the year for us. Our customers prefer Harrogate.”

Continuing the growing trend of recent years, the Christmas & Gift Fair has continued to diversify into the growing Halloween market and gift-led ranges including aromatherapy products, candles, jewellery and personalised novelties.

Michael Nicholas of Luxa London said: “We come to Harrogate Christmas & Gift because all of the big buyers and suppliers attend – it’s a one-stop-shop and you will find everyone here.”

Bookings for the 2019 Christmas & Gift Fair, which runs from January 13 to 16, open on March 1. For more information head to

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