Further growth for Harrogate Christmas & Gift 2024 22 January 2024
The UK's favourite trade show for the festive trade sector experiences significant increase in both exhibitor and visitor numbers for the 2024 show, attracting buyers from across Europe.
Let it snow 16 January 2024
The north Yorkshire town of Harrogate saw its first fluttering of snow today, but it certainly didn’t put visitors off attending Harrogate Christmas & Gift fair. Fortunately, this hasn't settled and roads remain clear and warmer weather looks set for tomorrow. On the third day of the event, buyers continued to fill the eight halls of the convention centre and according to exhibitors, were busy placing orders for the trending ranges on display.
Plethora of new products to see 15 January 2024
After a bustling day one of the show on Sunday, Harrogate Christmas & Gift welcomed visitors through its doors again today, and in no time the halls were packed with buyers placing orders.
It's Christmas 14 January 2024
Day one of Harrogate Christmas & Gift and the halls have been packed with visitors arriving to see the latest innovations presented at the 2024 show.
Look forward to a 'sold out' show! 10 January 2024
With just four days until the show, Harrogate Christmas & Gift organisers are delighted to announce that the event is fully booked. Until a few weeks ago, there were still a few small exhibitor spaces left, but these have now all be snapped up, so visitors can look forward to eight halls of the Harrogate Convention Centre packed to bursting with exciting new products! Read below for another snapshot of some of the great things instore for you - and don't forget, if you require further information, everything you need is on the website
Happy New Year 03 January 2024
Another year, another set of resolutions; but whatever your dreams and aspirations for 2024, the Harrogate Christmas and Gift team wishes you good health, wealth and lots of happiness for the year ahead.
We wish you a merry Christmas 20 December 2023
As 2023 comes to a close, the Harrogate Christmas & Gift team wishes you all a very merry Christmas and we look forward to welcoming you to the show in the new year - your very first (and hopefully most successful from a buyers' perspective!) from 14th to 17th January 2024.
Best of the grottos 13 December 2023
Families around the UK are filling their weekends with exciting trips to see Santa and there is certainly a plethora of venues to choose from. According to Netmums the top three favourites for 2023 are Lapland UK in Berkshire which offers a magical four-hour immersive Christmas experience and a personalised invitation and passport to Father Christmas' artic homeland: Santa's Sleepover at Alton Towers, Staffordshire where children can jump onto specially selected rides, dive into the waterpark, explore the Garden Lantern Trail and meet Santa: and Christmas at Paultons Park, Hampshire where little ones can see Peppa Pig world decorated for Christmas and meet George and Peppa in their Christmas outfits with special festive theatre shows and magical illuminations.
Flocking to cities 06 December 2023
Last weekend was a highpoint for many cities around the world as people flocked to see Christmas lights and browse the festive markets which have become a tradition for many decades bringing a much needed lift to local businesses. However, so popular have some of the events become, that councils are having to take drastic steps to ensure the safety of attendees. In fact England's oldest Christmas market was scrapped this year following a 'massive success' which left city leaders worrying about public safety.
Bigger than ever 29 November 2023
Harrogate Christmas & Gift is the UK's only trade show dedicated specifically to festive products from trees and garlands, decorations and cards, to home décor and gifts for all occasions. If you are a retailer or buyer seeking exciting new products for Christmas 2024 - this is your opportunity to get your purchases wrapped up in one convenient event.
Planning ahead 22 November 2023
With Harrogate Christmas & Gift fast approaching, retailers and buyers wishing to attend the show can find all required information on the website at www.harrogatefair.com
As those of you have attended before know, Harrogate becomes a hive of bustling activity for the duration of the event from 14th to 17th January 2024, so planning ahead is essential to ensure a stress-free stay. There are lots of great hotels and guest houses in Harrogate, but with thousands of people descending on the town, these do book up quickly.
Countdown to Christmas 15 November 2023
In many households there is a family debate about when Christmas decorations should take pride of place, but according to tradition, Christmas trees and decorations should go upon the first day of the advent which is the fourth Sunday before Christmas. This year, that falls on Sunday 3rd December 2023 - however, many families will coincide their decorations with the opening of the first window on their advent calendar on 1st December.
Marketing at its best 08 November 2023
In recent years, the best Christmas advert seems to be the addition to tradition with consumer excitement rising as each of the high street giants releases their festive creation for the year. For 2023, M&S, TK Maxx, Asda, Waitrose, Argos and Very are among those already hitting the screens; with John Lewis dangling the carrot a little longer and promising the imminent release of its glossy production. This retailer has given a teaser which suggests that nostalgia will be at the fore as a youngster and his gran are seen shopping in a vintage-style market.
Festive facts 01 November 2023
With the clocks now turned back and the nights drawing in, families across the UK will be turning their thoughts to Christmas and hopefully start shopping in earnest for the festive season.
The UK's Biggest Christmas & Gift trade fair 23 October 2023
Harrogate Christmas & Gift has reportedly been one of the UK's favourite trade shows for decades - which is hardly surprising given the festive ambience and stunning location in the North Yorkshire town of Harrogate.
It's never too early to plan for Christmas 20 July 2023
With six months to go until one of the first and most popular trade shows of the year, Harrogate Christmas & Gift is building momentum with many exhibitors already booked for the event, including some exciting new names.
Don't miss the priority booking deadline 27 March 2023
Harrogate Christmas & Gift - which takes place from Sunday 14th to Wednesday 17th January 2024 at the Harrogate Convention Centre - advises that the priority booking deadline is just one month away. Exhibitors who attended this year have until Friday 28th April 2023 to secure their preferred stand before space goes onto general sale.
Last chance to visit 17 January 2023
Day three of Harrogate Christmas & Gift and what a great show it's been so far. Retailers and buyers have been spoilt for choice with an array of exciting new products. This year we have more than 20 new exhibitors and this has certainly added another new dimension to the show. Every year, we can't help be surprised by the creativity and innovation that the Christmas and gift industry has to offer and its exciting to know that we will see these eye-catching designs in the shops next Christmas.
Shopper's delight 16 January 2023
Day two of the show was once again greeted with enthusiasm by the visitors attending today. Among these were buyers from garden centres from around the country, department stores, independent gift retailers, visitor attraction shops and event organisers to name just a few. They were certainly spoiled for choice when seeking new and exciting products to brighten their shelves in the run up to Christmas 2023. With seven halls of the Convention centre packed to the brim.
Warm welcome to Harrogate 15 January 2023
Anyone unfamiliar with the Christmas industry would be forgiven for thinking that they'd gone 'back to the future' as they entered the halls of Harrogate Convention Centre today. Here the festive season is far from over with seven halls packed with exciting new products, festive smells and twinkling lights.
At the ready! 12 January 2023
With just three days until Harrogate Christmas & Gift opens its doors to the trade, visitors to the UK's favourite festive trade show are preparing to head to the beautiful North Yorkshire town of Harrogate ready to see the best of what the industry has to offer. Fortunately, rail strikes are now over, so those travelling to the show by train can do so easily (trains from London Kings Cross take around three hours). Journey by car is very straight forward via the M1 or A1 - and Leeds Bradford airport is just 13 miles away for those choosing to fly.
Cracking off to a great 2023 04 January 2023
Wishing you all a very Happy New Year and hope you enjoyed the Christmas festivities with family and friends. The Harrogate Christmas & Gift team are now busy helping exhibitors to set up some extraordinary stands in Harrogate - yes, they really do have to set up for the show this early! Some exhibitors have stands as much as 500 square metres - and in the case of Premier Decorations a staggering 1600 square meters - and literally thousands of products to put on display, it's hardly surprising that the entire process is extremely time-consuming.
Merry Christmas 21 December 2022
With just days until you open the final window on your advent calendar, the Harrogate Christmas & Gift team wishes you all a happy and healthy Christmas 2022. We hope that you enjoy some down time to relax with family and friends ready to arrive at the show in January with fully recharged batteries.
What makes a great grotto? 14 December 2022
Lights, decorations, Santa (of course!) and a gift for the kids. In 2022 these are the very basic requirements for a great grotto and anyone whose job it is to set the stage knows that competition is rife. According to Hello magazine there are 14 stand out Christmas grottos in the UK this year 5 in first place Story Time With Father Christmas at the Royal Albert Hall.
Market must 08 December 2022
The UK is a follower of fashion with traditions adopted from around the world including American trends such as Halloween and baby showers. Undoubtedly one of the greatest of these has to be the Christmas market. Whilst these have been going since medieval times in Germany and parts of France, Christmas markets are a relatively new phenomenon in the UK with the majority less than 20 years old. However, they are now very much part of the festive celebrations with good-natured rivalry between cities and towns as to which has produced the best atmosphere this year.
Advent begins 30 November 2022
December has arrived and we are now surrounded by an array of festivities from local Christmas celebrations with official turning on of lights, fireworks and funfairs - to Christmas concerts and school nativities. Lots of annual traditions are also coming into play with children eagerly waiting to open advent calendars - and numerous naughty elves coming out to cause mischief.
Novel Christmas 23 November 2022
Earlier in the year, Sunday Times best-selling author Phillipa Ashley got in touch with Harrogate Christmas & Gift organisers for help with research for her new novel 'A Christmas Holiday' which has just been released. The fictional story is about a Christmas buyer who attends the show to find beautiful decorations for her customers. Phillipa says: "Harrogate Christmas & Gift is mentioned in the book, but please forgive the fact that the plot and characters had to come before real life!" The book, which is described as an uplifting, festive read, is available in most supermarkets, WH Smiths and on Amazon.
Light up for Christmas 16 November 2022
Christmas is truly now on the minds of the nation as festive lights across the land are switched on to brighten up the darker nights. Not least, the famous London illuminations in Oxford Street, Covent Garden and Carnaby Street. Garden Centres are welcoming eager children with hopeful lists for Santa, whilst parents peruse spectacular displays of trees, lights, wreaths and ornaments - whilst grabbing a stocking filler or two on the way.
Gearing up for Christmas 09 November 2022
With Halloween and bonfire night behind us - Christmas is now the focus of society with the majority of major supermarkets competing for the most imaginative TV advert of the year. There is focus on the cost of living crisis and how Christmas can still be a special celebration without breaking the bank.
A Christmas of creativity and nostalgia 02 November 2022
According to Good Housekeeping magazine, the loss of the Queen and the cost-of-living crisis will make Christmas 2022 truly different to previous years. It predicts a real desire for nostalgia and the good old days and believes that consumers will be seeking unique, personalised gifts brought from local shops and makers, with sustainability high on the agenda.
Harrogate reports resounding success 24 January 2022
After two years and a lot of uncertainty in the months running up to the show due to the Covid pandemic, Harrogate Christmas & Gift finally took place this week - and what an absolute resounding success it was for everyone involved.
Show confidence 17 January 2022
Harrogate Christmas & Gift opened to a great start on its first day on Sunday with visitors demonstrating that Covid wasn’t going to get the better of them this year by voting with their feet. 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 fabulous products on display.
Welcome to Harrogate! 15 January 2022
After two years since the last Harrogate Christmas & Gift Fair, the excitement is high in the halls of the Harrogate Convention Centre today as exhibitors put the final touches to their stands in readiness for visitors arriving at the show tomorrow.
Are you ready? 12 January 2022
The doors of Harrogate Christmas & Gift open this coming Sunday (16th January) and exhibitors are already busy creating gorgeous displays of the very latest in festive gifts and decorations. A full exhibitor list is available online but see below for a taste of what some companies have to offer!
Gifts for every occasion 06 January 2022
With just ten days until the UK's favourite festive and gift event, exhibitors are gearing up to present an array of fabulous products at Harrogate Christmas & Gift. Whether you are seeking the latest in Christmas trees and lights, baubles and decorations; or something completely different in the gift arena to tempt your customers all year round – this is the show for you, with everything from candles and fragrance products, to home and garden ware, and gifts for almost every occasion.
The show goes on . . . 05 January 2022
With Christmas 2021 behind us, the UK's festive and gift industry can start planning for 2022 celebrations with the first port of call, Harrogate Christmas & Gift which takes place from 16th to 19th January 2022 at the Harrogate Convention Centre.
Season's Greetings 23 December 2021
The big day is almost upon us and before we don our Christmas hats and put our feet up with a glass of sherry and a mince pie, the Harrogate Christmas & Gift team would like to wish exhibitors and visitors a very happy and healthy festive break and we look forward to seeing you all at the show on 16th January 2022.
Dress to Impress 15 December 2021
The Jones' are getting more competitive each year so it's great to fill your shelves with an array of the latest 'must-have' goodies to ensure your customers can keep up with them! A visit to Harrogate Christmas & Gift will certainly help you to achieve that - exhibitors will have everything from the latest innovations in lights, trees and decorations, to fabulous gifts and home decor ranges. In fact you are pretty much guaranteed to find everything you could possibly require on the festive front - and for most other celebrations throughout the year too.
Christmas confidence 09 December 2021
With Christmas last year practically cancelled for all, consumers are making up for lost time and splashing out on festivities for 2021 according to the British Retail Consortium trade body which reports that total sales this November were 5% higher than November 2020. It also advised that total retail sales grew 4.1% in November 2021 compared to the same month in 2019. In addition, separate Barclaycard data shows that total consumer spending was 16% higher last month than in November 2019.
Ensuring your safety 02 December 2021
With new government measures announced regarding the Omicron Coronavirus variant, the organisers of Harrogate Christmas & Gift reassure show participants that all necessary measures will be taken to ensure the absolute safety of everyone attending the show.
The lights are on 24 November 2021
Cities across the UK have begun the countdown to Christmas with festive lights and displays bringing our high streets alive, brightening the long dark days of December – and hopefully encouraging consumers to arrive in their hoards to enjoy the shopping experience that everyone missed so much last year.
DIY Christmas 17 November 2021
According to a recent article in Good Housekeeping magazine, experts are predicting a trend for DIY decorations this year, stating that as a nation of crafters, Christmas will be the perfect time to proudly hang artistic offerings around the house for all to see and enjoy. For those not into getting out paint and glue, it is suggested that homes will be ditching the glitz and glamour for subtle, stripped back country styles using natural materials, with trendy pieces made from wood, feathers, pine cones and dried fruit. Apparently, sustainability will also be high on agendas with re-usable and recycled products such as re-usable crackers and advent calendars popular choices for families.
Christmas is Coming 09 November 2021
With just over two months until Harrogate Christmas & Gift, the festive industry is gearing up for its most important trade event of the year from 16th to 19th January 2022 at the Harrogate Convention Centre.
First diary date for 2022 06 August 2021
Harrogate Christmas & Gift looks forward to being one of the very first trade shows of 2022 - taking place from 16th - 19th January at the Harrogate Convention Centre - providing retailers and suppliers of festive and gift-related products the opportunity to get next year's business off to a bumper start.
Priority booking now open 30 March 2021
The Harrogate Christmas & Gift team looks forward to returning to 'normal business' and has just opened priority booking for its 2022 show, which takes place at the Harrogate Convention Centre from 16th> to 19th January 2022.
Harrogate Christmas & Gift 2021 - which had been postponed from its original date in January to May - has now been cancelled for this year. The next event will now be in 2022 from Sunday 16th January to Wednesday 19th January 2022 at the Harrogate Convention Centre.
Harrogate Christmas & Gift Moves to May Show 08 February 2021
Harrogate Christmas & Gift, the UK's leading trade show for the festive goods and gifts industry, has moved its date from January to May in response to the pandemic and is now open Stand bookings. The event takes place at the Harrogate Convention Centre from Sunday 9th to Tuesday 11th May 2021. The show is usually in January catering to the requirements of the Christmas decorations industry but is widely attended by buyers from numerous sectors including garden centres, independent and multiple gift stores, tourist and visitor attractions shops, and cathedral and heritage centres to name just a few. These are generally seeking not only decorations for Christmas, but gifts and impulse purchases to tempt customers the entire year-round.
Harrogate Christmas & Gift moves to early May 14 January 2021
"We are delighted to confirm that we have now secured new dates for the show from Sunday 9th May to Tuesday 11thMay 2021 at the Harrogate Convention Centre and will keep everything crossed that the Covid situation is under control and we are able to continue with plans by this time."
Show must go on... 16 October 2020
Harrogate Christmas & Gift Fair moves to February. The UK's favourite trade show for the festive and gifts sector has announced a new date for 2021.
Positive vibes for Christmas 07 February 2020
Booking forms for Harrogate Christmas & Gift 2021 - which will once again be at the Harrogate Convention Centre from 10th to 13th January - will be available in March.
Getting personal 14 January 2020
Walking through the halls of the Harrogate Convention Centre on the third day of Harrogate Christmas & Gift (Tuesday), new product trends at this year’s show are quickly evident. Of course, Christmas decorations from trees and tinsel, to lights and baubles are hugely prominent; but there also appears to be an advent of personalised products with everything from chocolate bars to jigsaw puzzles and watches. It seems that if you have a name – there is a product out there to put it on!
Discover what's trending 13 January 2020
Day two of Harrogate Christmas & Gift and business remains brisk in the halls of the Harrogate Convention Centre. With so many fabulous new products to choose from at the show, retailers and buyers attending have their work cut out selecting items to tempt their customers next year. However, help is at hand as many exhibitors are presenting colour coordinated collections including merchandising solutions to create eye-catching displays and optimise sales opportunities.
Seven decades and still thriving 12 January 2020
Harrogate Christmas & Gift opened its doors today bringing festive and gift suppliers and buyers together for the 70th consecutive year. In 1949, the show presented a very different picture, and although the industry and retail platform has evolved dramatically over the decades, if the thriving halls of the first day of the event are anything to go by, Christmas is still very much big business.
Show opens today 11 January 2020
The culmination of many months of hard work and preparation come to fruition today as the doors of the Harrogate Convention Centre open on the industry's ultimate event – Harrogate Christmas & Gift.
Just days to go 09 January 2020
With just a few days until Harrogate Christmas & Gift, the halls of the Harrogate Convention Centre are filling nicely as exhibitors arrive en masse with a whole host of very exciting new products to really get into the swing of Christmas in 2020. Visitors to the show are certainly in for a treat with over 25 new companies attending for the first time and eight halls bursting at the seams everything imaginable for not only Christmas, but Halloween and other celebratory occasions, home and garden ware and gifts galore!
Hit the ground running in 2020 06 January 2020
Happy New Year to one and all - we hope you had a fabulous Christmas and well-deserved break with family and friends. The 12th day of Christmas is Sunday 5th January, so hopefully you have cleared away the tinsel and vacuumed pine needles from your floors - and are optimistically looking forward to a prosperous and thriving new decade!
Join us for celebrations 22 December 2019
Harrogate Christmas & Gift has been thriving for 70 years! And to celebrate its anniversary the organising team invites all exhibitors and visitors to join them in the Royal Hall of the Harrogate Convention Centre on Monday 13th January 2020 from 6.00pm to 8.30pm for drinks and canapes (straight after the show).
Dressed to impress 13 December 2019
The Jones' are getting more competitive each year and helping your customers keep up with them at Christmas is no easy task. However, a visit to Harrogate Christmas & Gift from 12th to 15th January 2020 will certainly solve many of your retail tribulations with exhibitors presenting the very latest in new 'must-have' decorations, Christmas lights, gifts and much more. In fact, you are pretty much guaranteed to find everything you could possibly require on the festive front - and for most other celebrations throughout the year too.
The main event 03 December 2019
With the Black Friday weekend behind us and Christmas just three weeks away, retailers can now set their minds firmly on the main event. If rumours are correct, grottos around the country are pretty much booked up with people desperately trying to find available slots for their children to meet Santa before the big day. Let's hope that these family outings prove fruitful for one and all - and that outlets have planned and stocked up well ahead with lots of goodies to tempt everyone who comes seeking some festive experiences.
Are you keeping up with traditions? 23 November 2019
The way we celebrate Christmas continues to evolve each year with new fashions and trends emerging. This is a great opportunity for retailers to jump on board and ensure they have the offerings that customers will be searching the high street for.
Marking the run up to Christmas 09 November 2019
Each Christmas there seems to be an influx of products that weren't quite as prolific the year before - for example, Christmas Eve boxes which became on-trend last year. This year, the Advent Calendar seems to have made a big come back with everything from kid's calendars filled with little toys; beauty calendars with make-up products; alcoholic calendars with miniature tipples; and of course, trusty chocolates filling the supermarket shelves.
What's hot for Halloween 30 October 2019
Whilst much of the UK (and actually the world) is bracing itself for a night of pumpkins, spooks and lots of Halloween sweets and treats - retailers can give themselves a big pat on the back for making this ever-growing annual "celebration" more flamboyant than ever before.
70 years young and still going strong 18 October 2019
It's that time of year again, the heating (for the less hardy) has been switched on; it's dark earlier and earlier in the evening; and irresistible bright coloured tubs of chocolates are loaded onto supermarket shelves - yes, it is less than 70 days until CHRISTMAS!
Confidence in Christmas 2019 05 February 2019
Christmas is a time for good will and optimism, and this was certainly reiterated at Harrogate Christmas & Gift 2019 which experienced an increase in visitor numbers for the seventh year running. Whatever world politics has in store for us, retailers and buyers attending the show made it clear that they are planning for a bumper 2019 festive season with many exhibitors reporting a record number of orders taken.
Doors close on another successful show 16 January 2019
Harrogate Christmas & Gift enjoyed another bustling show this year, with over 5,000 visitors flocking to the Harrogate Convention Centre to see the very best products that the industry has to offer.
Still time to visit 15 January 2019
With just a day until Harrogate Christmas & Gift closes its doors for another year, visitors attending the show have expressed delight at the quality and diversity of products on display and have left happy in the knowledge that they have Christmas 2019 well on the way to being wrapped up.
Increase in visitors 14 January 2019
The highest number of visitors arrived at Harrogate Christmas & Gift for more than a decade on Sunday 13th January (the first day of the show), with more than a 10 percent increase in footfall from the same day last year. Simon Anslow, show organiser, comments: "Since 2011, Harrogate Christmas & Gift has averaged an increase in visitor numbers year-on-year of around 10 percent. 2019 has been no exception and demonstrates the growing popularity and importance of this trade show to retailers in the festive goods and gifts sectors."
Cracking good Christmas 13 January 2019
Harrogate Christmas & Gift 2019 got off to a bumper start today with buyers flocking to the show to see the latest new festive products the industry has to offer. From the moment you enter through the doors of the Harrogate Convention Centre, all the senses are bombarded. Smells from candles, diffusers, pine needles and scented pine cones waft through the halls; whilst tinsel, baubles and lights glitter and shimmer; and a distant melody of festive music can be heard under the hum of enthusiastic chatter.
Prepare to be impressed 12 January 2019
The doors to Harrogate Christmas & Gift open today (Sunday) and as always, visitors are in for a fantastic few days of festive fun. This year we have over 120 exhibitors filling seven halls of the Harrogate Convention Centre - and over 30 of these are brand new companies showing products for the first time.
Hark the herald - Harrogate is here! 09 January 2019
Just when you thought that the fun was over – Harrogate Christmas & Gift opens its doors this weekend promising plenty of extra-festive cheer, plus the opportunity to fill those order books with fantastic gifts to keep customers happy for the coming year. The show offers over 35 new exhibitors (and still has last minute bookings coming in!). Many of these are in Hall Q so be sure to head in that direction – and together with all of your favourite festive and gift brands - there are plenty of new gems waiting to be discovered.
New year and resolutions 03 January 2019
We hope that everyone had an enjoyable festive break and is ready to hit the ground running for a prosperous 2019. If you missed a trick with the Christmas 'must haves' in 2018 whether it be Christmas Eve Boxes and Naughty Elves - just when you had stocked up on unicorns; or rainbow trees when your bauble collection was getting nicely colour co-ordinated – then don’t miss Harrogate Christmas & Gift in less than two weeks' time where exhibitors will be giving you a heads up on what consumers will be hitting the shops for next year.
Still time to get 2019 off to a bumper start 29 December 2018
The show is fast growing as one of the most important UK trade shows for this sector – attended by garden centre, department store and tourist attraction buyers; multiple and independent retailers – in fact buyers from almost every sector looking for inspirational seasonal and year-round gift ranges.
Sneak preview 28 December 2018
Whilst putting up your feet and enjoying a little bit of Christmas cheer - here's a sneak preview of some of the fantastic products you are promised at Harrogate Christmas & Gift this year. From 13th to 16th January 2019 there are just over two weeks until the doors open on the first day of the show - and we can guarantee that Santa has come up trumps for buyers attending this year. Don't forget to register (and ensure your colleagues have too) at www.harrogatefair.com
Planning for action 19 December 2018
This year, Harrogate Christmas & Gift is delighted to present over 30 new exhibitors at the show - and the majority of these will be located in Hall Q. This is a not-to-be-missed destination - and with seven halls of the Harrogate Convention Centre packed with exciting new products, be sure to allow plenty of time to fit everything in.
Christmas countdown 12 December 2018
Just two weeks to go until we can hang up our hats and relax with family and friends for some festive fun – and those of you working in the Christmas industry undoubtedly deserve a much-needed break. These are the busiest shopping weeks of the year and retailers running Santa’s grottos and special Christmas activities are flat out entertaining excited children and making their Christmas wishes come true. Harrogate Christmas & Gift has over 30 new exhibitors to the show this year, so if you are thinking of searching for some new Santa Grotto ideas for 2019 – this is the place to be.
It's never too early for Christmas 04 December 2018
According to The Guardian, people complaining that Christmas has come too early is an age-old tradition: as early as 1901, the Philadelphia Inquirer bemoaned the early buying of Christmas presents. However, apart from a few bar humbugs, the consensus from those that it interviewed thought that tinsel and twinkling lights straight after Halloween gives us a much-needed boost in the dark winter nights and something to look forward to until we can all come out of hibernation in the spring.
Are you switched on? 21 November 2018
With the majority of the UK's Christmas light displays now in full illumination - like London’s Convent Garden with an iconic 55-foot British grown handpicked Christmas tree decorated with over 30,000 lights - consumers are now in full-blown festive shopping mode.
The magic of Christmas & Gift 08 November 2018
For most retailers in almost every sector in the UK, Christmas is the key commercial season of the year and successful sales during November and December will oil the wheels and keep them turning for the following 12 months. It is hardly surprising therefore that one of the first ‘must-attend’ events of 2019 will be Harrogate Christmas & Gift - the number one trade show for Christmas retailers and everyone involved in any type of giftware from independent retailers and department stores, garden centres to tourist attraction outlets and florists.
Gain more than an extra hour in bed 29 October 2018
The clocks went back this weekend, and despite the sunny weather sweeping across the UK in recent weeks, summer is now truly over. This means only one thing … Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat (along with a few others of us!) – and the shops will hopefully be heaving with consumers seeking the latest gifts and decorations to celebrate the festive season.
Christmas & Gift is coming 17 October 2018
If shops on the High street are a good indication, then Christmas is well and truly on its way; and that means it is just three months until the UK’s most important trade show for the festive sector – Harrogate Christmas & Gift from 13th to 16th January 2019.
Get your 2019 sales rocketing 16 April 2018
After another bumper event in 2018, Harrogate Christmas & Gift is now open for booking for its 2019 show which takes place at the Harrogate Convention Centre from 13th to 16th January 2019.
Another successful show 25 January 2018
Harrogate Christmas & Gift 2018 continued momentum achieved over the last six years, with a great vibe throughout the halls of the Harrogate Convention Centre; and the majority of exhibitors and visitors spoken too having experienced another fantastic show.
See you in 2019! 17 January 2018
Harrogate Christmas & Gift closed its doors on another hugely successful show yesterday and the majority of exhibitors left with packed order books; and visitors with the anticipation of some great new products ranges planned for the coming year. The Harrogate Christmas & Gift team would like to thank everyone for attending and making this the landmark event for the festive industry and looks forward to welcoming you all back next year - Sunday 13th to Wednesday 16th January 2019.
Decked the halls with plenty of footfall 16 January 2018
Day three of the show and visitor numbers maintained momentum from previous years with retailers and buyers flowing through the halls of the Harrogate Convention Centre. Hall Q, which houses the majority of new exhibitors at the show and also the main catering area, has been particularly busy and has some extremely interesting new product ranges.
All go for day two 15 January 2018
Almost 200 Exhibitors and visitors at Harrogate Christmas & Gift attended a hugely enjoyable social evening at the Old Swan last night with live entertainment and dancing until late. However, everyone was back into work mode at 9am this morning with the halls once again bustling with a fresh flow of visitors which included regional and national media.
First day of Christmas 14 January 2018
Visitors arriving at Harrogate Christmas & Gift today were greeted with impressive decorations with sparkling lights and eye-catching window displays adorning the entire Harrogate Convention Centre. The halls are awash with colour and have been a hive of activity today as buyers perused the dazzling stands packed with everything from cushions and soft furnishings, ornaments and glassware, novelty gifts and toys to flowers, garlands and trees. The glorious smells of cinnamon, citrus and nutmeg emanate throughout the halls thanks to a number of different companies exhibiting spicy wreaths and pine cones and a variety of aromatherapy products throughout the show.
Your tickets are waiting! 11 January 2018
Want to laugh until your sides split and eat until you're full to bursting? Then don’t miss The Big Night Out on Sunday night after the show (14th January) with hilarious comedians Dave Spikey and Patrick Monahan and a fabulous four course dinner. For visitors and exhibitors at Harrogate Christmas & Gift it is still officially the festive season so a great excuse for one last Christmas indulgence.
Don't forget to pre-register 09 January 2018
With over 40 brand new exhibitors at Harrogate Christmas & Gift this year, even regular visitors can look forward to seeing exciting new product ranges which are guaranteed to tempt their customers throughout 2018. Among the trees and tinsel, don't miss some fabulous gift ranges from candles and aromatherapy products, floral displays, food and drink ranges, leather and glass products and even cuddly hot water bottles! A full exhibitor list and product search can be found on the website at www.harrogatefair.com - and if you haven't already, or have new colleagues attending for the first time, don't forget to pre-register online to save time when you arrive at the show.
Let's get this party started 03 January 2018
Happy New Year to one and all, and for those attending Harrogate Christmas and Gift in two weeks' time - the party season is about to happen all over again! Not only will you be spoilt for choice with amazing new festive and gift ranges but the chance to experience an awesome evening of great food, comedy entertainment and dancing until late. Tickets for The Big Night Out with top comedians Dave Spikey and Patrick Monahan are selling fast - don't miss this fantastic event. Full information is on the website at www.harrogatefair.com.
Check out what's new 28 December 2017
Harrogate Christmas and Gift exhibitors are now gearing up for the industry's favourite trade show and with over 40 companies brand new to the show, visitors will be spoilt for choice with exciting new festive and gift ranges. Don't forget to head for Hall Q of the Harrogate Convention Centre, which not only houses 46 exhibitors (including most of the new companies) but also offers lots of seating and hot food too.
Holiday cheer 20 December 2017
Just three days until the big day - and no doubt an incredibly busy few shopping days for retailers and the chance to get those last-minute panic purchases in the bag. It is also just three weeks until the UK's favourite festive trade show - Harrogate Christmas & Gift, so don't forget to register online before you switch off your computer for the holidays.
Check out what's hot for Christmas 14 December 2017
With just over a week until Christmas, retailers are bracing themselves for the last-minute rush and will no doubt be taking note of current buying trends. There is once again a notable fondness for Christmas themed jumpers with both adults and children adorning everything from Christmas puddings to reindeer on their fronts – but the big question is: what will be the hot products next year?
Tap into Trees 07 December 2017
This week has seen real Christmas trees flying off the shelves – with prices varying hugely depending on the size and variety – and some outlets charging as much as £80 for a prime specimen. It's hardly surprising that many consumers will be thinking of investing in good quality artificial trees next year, so be sure to check out the latest innovations in Christmas trees at the show. Lots of exhibitors will be offering products which are hard to tell the difference between artificial and real – and there are even products to make them smell real too!
Countdown to Christmas 29 November 2017
Many of you are poised for the first day of advent this Friday 1st December, ready to open the doors of your festive calendars (maybe with a sneaky chocolate!); but some towns across the UK are taking advent to a whole new level.
C&G - The BIG night out! 22 November 2017
Harrogate Christmas & Gift has announced a fabulous new event this year - an evening of entertainment with top comedian Dave Spikey, co-star of That Peter Kay Thing and Phoenix Nights; plus, one of the original team captains on hit series 8-out-of-10 Cats. Dave will also be accompanied by hilarious Irish, Iranian, Geordie comedian Patrick Monahan who won Show Me the Funny in 2011 and performs regularly at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
A host of exciting new products 09 November 2017
Harrogate Christmas & Gift welcomes a host of brand new exhibitors to the show this year and promises retailers and buyers a larger and more diverse range of products than ever before. Exhibiting for the first time includes Heyland and Whittle with gorgeous hand-made soaps, candles and room diffusers; and Charles Taylor Trading with traditional hand-crafted garden furniture and Giftscribes Gifts which is the sole UK wholesale distributor of the Rudolph and Me Inc. products with one of the largest selection of personalisable Christmas tree decorations in the UK and currently over 250 designs to choose from.
Get your weekend off to a spooky start 26 October 2017
Little witches and ghouls will be crawling out of the woodwork this weekend as children around the world get ready to visit their neighbours and friends for a trick or a treat. Halloween is without doubt becoming a major occasion here in the UK and many exhibitors at Harrogate Christmas & Gift will be presenting products to join in with the celebrations.
Join the 'Q' 20 October 2017
Harrogate Christmas & Gift 2018 is bigger than ever extending to seven halls of the Harrogate Convention Centre with the most extensive array of products for Christmas, home and garden and gifts for almost every occasion.
Countdown to your favourite trade show 11 October 2017
It's literally three months until Harrogate Christmas & Gift 2018 and the organisers report a flurry of exhibitor bookings from new companies guaranteed to inject some extra excitement into the show. There will be numerous new product ranges for buyers to choose from, including Allsorted with a range of gift books and stationery; Gwynedd Confectioners - the largest independent chocolate manufacturer in Wales; and The Elf Store with its hugely popular Elf on the Shelf collection.
All you want for Christmas - and much more 08 September 2017
With summer now firmly behind us, the industry is gearing up for the most important business event of next year - Harrogate Christmas & Gift, which takes place from 14th to 17th January 2018.
Further growth for Harrogate 20 January 2017
Harrogate Christmas & Gift 2017 exceeded all expectations once again with an increase in visitor numbers for the sixth year running. The show, which also had an rise in exhibitors having to open two new halls to cater for demand this year; welcomed almost 5,000 buyers through its doors - five per cent more than in 2016.
Last day and still lots to see 10 January 2017
There was a great turnout for the Harrogate Christmas & Gift team’s networking event after the show on Monday evening with compliments from exhibitors and visitors about the delicious canapés and stunning Royal Hall location.
Celebrations all round 09 January 2017
Numerous garden centre buyers attending Harrogate Christmas & Gift were celebrating yesterday following the announcement of the winners of the Greatest Christmas Awards on Sunday night. Organised by Garden Trade News, the event took place at the Majestic Hotel and entertainment was enjoyed by all.
New exhibitors and an action packed show 08 January 2017
Visitors to Harrogate Christmas & Gift yesterday have been delighted by the quality and quantity of exhibitors the show has to offer this year. With over 100 companies participating and two new halls – Hall Q and the Kings Suite – there are some great new, never seen before ranges.
Open for business 07 January 2017
Harrogate Christmas & Gift extends a warm welcome to all exhibitors and visitors attending the 2017 show. The doors open today (Sunday 8th January) at 9.00am and if pre-registrations are anything to go by, you can expect another very busy show this year. With two new additional halls of the Harrogate International Centre (Hall Q and The Kings Suite) and a significant increase in exhibitors, retailers and buyers can expect an action packed four days with a whole host of exciting new products to tempt their customers.
Join us for Christmas fun 05 January 2017
Festive celebrations aren’t over for visitors to Harrogate Christmas & Gift this coming Sunday 8th to Wednesday 11th January, as whilst the show offers amazing new purchase opportunities – there is a chance to let your hair down and have some fun too. On Sunday evening, Garden Trade News is hosting its Greatest Christmas Awards at the Majestic Hotel.
Just a few days to go! 03 January 2017
Hall Q is definitely ‘the destination’ at Harrogate Christmas & Gift next week as it houses the majority of new exhibitors and is also the main catering facility for the event. Several favourite brands have also relocated to this hall including Playwrite Group, Hometown World and Ackerman International, so be sure to visit them in their new location.
Happy New Year! 29 December 2016
Parties and celebrations will fill homes across the world this Saturday as families welcome in the New Year. Hopefully, retailers have had a busy Christmas and will be successful in clearing remaining stock in the January sales, making room for exciting new ranges for 2017.
Time to reflect 18 December 2016
With just a week to go until the big day, excitement is high in households across the country as children eagerly await Santa’s arrival.
Whatever floats your boat 11 December 2016
Christmas is fast approaching and festivities are very much in full swing with office Christmas parties (and more than a few sore heads); supermarkets echoing with everything from ‘Santa Baby’ to ‘Rockin around the Christmas tree;’ and cards piling through the letter box like no tomorrow!
Countdown to Christmas 04 December 2016
There are just 20 shopping days until the big day and retailers across the country are bracing themselves for the busiest few weeks of the year.
Christmas Kisses 27 November 2016
Harrogate Christmas & Gift welcomes a host of brand new exhibitors to the show this year and promises retailers and buyers a larger and more diverse range of products than ever before.
A host of exciting new products 13 November 2016
Harrogate Christmas & Gift welcomes a host of brand new exhibitors to the show this year and promises retailers and buyers a larger and more diverse range of products than ever before.
Bring some cheer to the dark nights 06 November 2016
Now that the clocks have gone back and the UK is plunged into darkness by 5pm, it’s hardly surprising that the focus is now firmly on Christmas as people try to bring a bit of optimism into cold winter nights.
Turn back time 27 October 2016
This weekend has two notable events - the clocks go back one hour on Sunday night, so you get an extra hour in bed - and it's the UK's favourite spooky event, Halloween.
Lighting the night 19 October 2016
With long nights drawing in, yet mild weather remaining, it's hardly surprising that families across the UK are enjoying their gardens long into the autumn and consequently the demand for decorative outdoor lighting has never been greater.
Countdown to the UK's favourite festive show 07 October 2016
The UK's favourite trade show for everyone involved in the festive and gift market - from garden centres, department stores, independent retailers right through to UK visitor attractions and hospitality venues - is fast approaching, with just three months until Harrogate Christmas & Gift.
Additional halls opened to accommodate new exhibitors 05 September 2016
Harrogate Christmas & Gift welcomes a host of new exhibitors for the 2017 show and having completely sold out its original hall allocation of A,B,C,D,H & M at the Harrogate International Centre in Harrogate, has now opened a further two exhibition halls KINGS SUITE AND HALL Q.
Further growth for Harrogate Christmas & Gift 19 January 2016
The doors of Harrogate Christmas & Gift 2016 closed on Wednesday 13th January 2016 with another hugely successful show for all involved. Visitor numbers were up by eight percent this year with exhibitors and visitors reporting brisk business.
There's still time to attend! 12 January 2016
There was a great turn out for the Harrogate Christmas & Gift networking reception which took place in the Royal Hall of the Harrogate International Centre straight after the show on Monday. For many attending the show, this was the first time they had experienced the stunning venue which underwent a multi-million pound renovation in 2008; and together with flowing refreshments added to the ambience of the occasion.
Increased attendance for the fifth year 11 January 2016
The second day of Harrogate Christmas & Gift has proved fruitful for exhibitors and visitors alike with brisk business reported by companies participating. The number of buyers attending has once again increased compared to the first two days of the 2015 show and with two more days to go, looks likely to reap another good increase in attendance.
Fabulous first day 10 January 2016
With online registrations higher than ever this year, it was hardly surprising that queues of visitors were eagerly awaiting the doors of Harrogate Christmas & Gift to open at 9am yesterday (Sunday) morning.
Look forward to seeing you on Sunday 08 January 2016
The doors to Harrogate Christmas & Gift open tomorrow and this year promises to be a bigger and better show than ever before. Now a firm favourite with retailers and buyers in the Christmas, gift, garden, leisure and visitor attraction sectors, the show has grown significantly in recent years and we promise you an action packed few days with plenty to see and do. We can guarantee that you will not only leave with lots of exciting new products to entice your customers in 2016, but will have the chance to make important new industry contacts - as well as the chance to let your hair down and enjoy some fun too.
Make a beeline for the Queen's Suite 06 January 2016
Harrogate Christmas & Gift extends to seven separate halls of the Harrogate International Centre this year with the inclusion of the Queen's Suite for the very first time. This new hall provides the home to 21 exhibitors of which 13 are brand new companies attending the show, including Hometown World Ltd, Nutscene (1922) Ltd, Fountasia International and Westbury Garden Products. A firm favourite - Gardman Ltd (Stand QS20) - is also moving into the Queen's Suite this year - and with all this plus a new catering facility within makes it a firm point of interest for all visitors attending the show.
Countdown to your favourite show 03 January 2016
A very Happy New Year to one and all! We hope that after a well-deserved break you return to your desks feeling refreshed and optimistic for a rewarding and fruitful 2016.
Don't forget to pre-register 27 December 2015
The countdown is now on for welcoming in the New Year and hopefully you have your resolutions in order for 2016! First on your list is to attend Harrogate Christmas & Gift from 10th to 13th January. The show promises to be an absolute bumper event this year with over 20 brand new exhibitors with some stunning new gift ranges.
Wishing you Christmas Cheer! 23 December 2015
It's finally almost here - the day we've all been waiting for. With your Brussels sprouts on boil and the Turkey well and truly basted; The Harrogate Christmas & Gift teams hopes that you can enjoy the chance to put your feet up and enjoy some quality family time.
Season's Greetings 21 December 2015
With just five days until the big day, the majority of the country is either relaxed and ready for the festive celebrations or in panic mode trying to find those last minute gifts. The Harrogate Christmas & Gift team would like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas - this has been a busy month for everyone in the industry and we hope that you all get some well-deserved relaxation with family and friends.
Balancing Christmas stock 13 December 2015
There appears to be two types of personalities when it comes to Christmas - the organised kind which purchased presents and had them wrapped and under the tree in October; and the 'in denial' type (like me) which are hiding their heads in the sand and hoping that the shops will still have some gifts left on their shelves on Christmas Eve.
Santa's elves are out in force 06 December 2015
It's hard to believe that it's less than three weeks until Christmas. Excitement is high across the country with children pleading with their parents to pay that extra special visit to Santa to share their wish lists with him.
Let the festivities begin 29 November 2015
With December on our doorsteps, Christmas festivities are now in full swing with High Streets across the country adorned with lights and shopping malls and garden centres opening their grotto doors.
Each to their own 22 November 2015
Whilst we here in the UK are looking forward to decking our halls with boughs of holly and peeling Brussels sprouts to go with our turkey, our friends around the world have some very different Christmas traditions.
Record number of new exhibitors 15 November 2015
Visitors to Harrogate Christmas & Gift are guaranteed to find exciting new product ranges at the show next year, as not only is it almost fully booked but there are over 30 brand new exhibitors attending in 2016.
Brighten the darkness 08 November 2015
It is incredible how just a few weeks after the clocks went back an hour, the UK is now plunged into darkness by 5pm and we still have a way to go before we reach the shortest day. However, gloomy though the evenings have become, the stores are filled with dazzling displays with lights, tinsel and Christmas trees as well as lots of enticing new gift ideas.
Following fashions 13 October 2015
Consumer magazines and websites across the UK are busily predicting 'must have' products for Christmas 2015 with features covering everything from family gifts to decorating the home for a truly festive feel.
Get set for Christmas 02 October 2015
Whilst the UK has unexpectedly been bathed in sunshine for the last few weeks, it's now officially autumn and we are fast approaching what - for most retailers - is the busiest time of the year. Whilst you are getting out the baubles and tinsel and decking your halls with boughs of holly - don't forget to register for your most important trade show of the year - Harrogate Christmas & Gift which takes place from 10th to 13th January 2016 at the Harrogate International Centre.
Bumper Event on the cards 21 August 2015
With many months to go until Harrogate Christmas & Gift, the organisers advise that the show is almost sold out, with existing exhibitors reserving larger stand spaces and numerous new companies jumping on board.
Business looks brisk for Christmas 10 June 2015
With over seven months until the doors open to Harrogate Christmas & Gift 2016, the show is proving its reputation as the pivotal trade event of the year with two halls of the Harrogate International Centre already sold out and five further Halls fast following suit.
Secure your 2016 stand 01 March 2015
After an outstandingly successful show, exhibitors participating in Harrogate Christmas & Gift 2015 now have first option to secure their stand space for 2016, confirming either the same location or to request a new position.
Garden centre and gift buyers flood to Harrogate 02 February 2015
The 66th Harrogate Christmas & Gift closed its doors on one of its most successful shows ever in January with the majority of exhibitors reporting a first class event.