Harrogate Christmas & Gift has been delayed until May due to the latest lockdown restrictions.
The show would typically take place each year in January, which meant it was one of few shows able to go ahead in 2020. This year, however, it has not been as fortunate. It usual venue, the Harrogate Convention Centre, is currently being used as a nightingale hospital.
Simon Anslow, Harrogate Christmas & Gift show organiser says: “Ultimately the most important thing is the safety of everyone involved in the show and the majority of the exhibitors signed up are keen to participate in Harrogate Christmas & Gift as and when it is able to happen. The festive and gift industry is quite unique – unlike industries where items are mostly branded and familiar to consumers – with these types of products, buyers really need to see and feel them to get the vibe of whether they will suit their store and customer requirements.
“We are delighted to confirm that we have now secured new dates for the show from Sunday 9 May to Tuesday 11 May 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.”
Simon concludes: “This has been such a difficult year and we hope that everyone has managed to stay safe and enjoy some semblance of celebrations over the Christmas period. We thank all of our exhibitors and visitors for their patience and understanding of the predicament facing not just Harrogate Christmas & Gift, but everyone involved in the exhibition industry and retail sector – and we look forward to welcoming you all back sometime in 2021, when hopefully we can return to our businesses as normal.”