Confidence in Christmas 2019 5/2/2019
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 16/1/2019
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 15/1/2019
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 14/1/2019
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 13/1/2019
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 12/1/2019
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! 9/1/2019
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 3/1/2019
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 29/12/2018
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 28/12/2018
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 19/12/2018
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 12/12/2018
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 4/12/2018
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? 21/11/2018
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 8/11/2018
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 29/10/2018
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 17/10/2018
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 16/4/2018
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 25/1/2018
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! 17/1/2018
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 16/1/2018
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 15/1/2018
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 14/1/2018
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.
Exciting start to day one 13/1/2018
Harrogate Christmas & Gift opens its doors at 9am today and visitors to the show are in for a treat as there are more exhibitors in 2018 than there have been for over a decade.
Your tickets are waiting! 11/1/2018
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 9/1/2018
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 3/1/2018
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 28/12/2017
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 20/12/2017
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 14/12/2017
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 7/12/2017
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 29/11/2017
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! 22/11/2017
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 9/11/2017
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 26/10/2017
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' 20/10/2017
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 11/10/2017
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 8/9/2017
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 20/1/2017
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 10/1/2017
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 9/1/2017
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 8/1/2017
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 7/1/2017
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 5/1/2017
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! 3/1/2017
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! 29/12/2016
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 18/12/2016
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 11/12/2016
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 4/12/2016
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 27/11/2016
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 13/11/2016
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 6/11/2016
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 27/10/2016
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 19/10/2016
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 7/10/2016
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 5/9/2016
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 19/1/2016
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! 12/1/2016
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 11/1/2016
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 10/1/2016
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 8/1/2016
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 6/1/2016
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 3/1/2016
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 27/12/2015
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! 23/12/2015
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 21/12/2015
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 13/12/2015
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 6/12/2015
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 29/11/2015
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 22/11/2015
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 15/11/2015
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 8/11/2015
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 13/10/2015
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 2/10/2015
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 21/8/2015
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 10/6/2015
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 1/3/2015
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 2/2/2015
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.