BUSINESS AS USUAL AT THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS SHOW

Spirit of Christmas Fair returns to Olympia, London to celebrate 20 years as Britain’s leading and largest Christmas shopping event from Monday 2nd to Sunday 8th November 2020. Created to meet visitors festive shopping needs all in one place, the Fair is designed to enable attendees to shop with confidence in a safe, Covid-19 compliant environment and enjoy the Fair.


Once again in 2020 the Spirit of Christmas Fair will offer festive inspiration and shopping as 800 independent boutiques and artisan makers grace the halls of Olympia. From gifts and treats to entertaining ideas, the expertly curated fashion, decorations, homeware, toys and food and drinks brands have all been handpicked for their quality and originality. Visitors will find gifts that are not available on the high street and sure to impress.


New measures and precautions include temperature screening upon arrival, social distancing, hand
sanitisers and protective screens on box offices, which will become the new norm for events. Visitors are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance, enabling Spirit of Christmas Fair to minimise queuing and contact using enhanced technology scanners, as well as visitors making a saving on the ticket price.
Admission time slots will be allocated to provide a safer and more seamless experience.


At the show, visitors will find wider aisles, multiple entrances and specialist social distance marshals to
enable an enjoyable shopping experience with physical distancing. There will be an enhanced cleaning
regime, both during the show and overnight, as well as a dedicated steaming room to disinfect and clean products. The ventilation system at Olympia, that draws in fresh air, will also ensure the air is not recirculated. Food and drink sampling will be managed by food safety officers at the show, and payments will be safer by going contactless.


Catherine Thake, Show Director of Spirit of Christmas Fair says: “2020 will be a year remembered by
historians and we all have our own story to tell about lockdown, but as we slowly and safely return to
normality many of us want to reclaim and enjoy the pleasures of living our lives. This Christmas will be more important to families than ever before, with so many of us forced apart from our loved ones for such a long period of time. As soon as Spirit of Christmas Fair opens its doors at Olympia, this signals the start of the festive season, and this year promises to be a stylish and uplifting Christmas shopping experience in celebration of our 20th anniversary. The Spirit of Christmas Fair is a favourite shopping destination for consumers looking to get ahead early with their Christmas shopping, discover unique gifts and inspiration, and at the same time enjoy a fantastic day out with a loved one or friend. We are huge supporters of small businesses which means so many of the boutique brands we present are exclusively available at the Fair and this year you will also get a warm feeling that you are helping independent, smaller businesses survive the pandemic.”


Ten NEW measures and precautions to expect at the Spirit of Christmas fair:

  1. Covid-19 safe environment, all under one roof
  2. Longer opening hours ensuring you still have plenty of time to shop
  3. Advanced ticket purchase
  4. Staggered admissions and time slot arrivals
  5. Temperature checking on arrival
  6. Social distancing measures and marshals monitoring visitor flow
  7. Wider aisles
  8. Face coverings and sanitation stations
  9. Enhanced cleaning regime
  10. Multiple entrances
    Highlights of Spirit of Christmas Far will include:
    • 800 independent boutiques to shop from
    • Exclusive show offers from our unique collection of boutique brands
    • An array of British, eco-friendly and sustainable brands
    • Enjoy a refreshing glass of Champagne in the stylish Louis Roederer Champagne Bars
    • The Food Hall, a delectable mix of leading artisans, independent producers, Royal Warrant holders
    and Great Taste award-winners
    • Late night shopping Thursday 5 November 9:30am – 9:00pm
    • Enjoy complimentary access to Winter Arts & Antiques Fair
    Tickets
    All visitors should purchase and validate their ticket in advance to minimise queuing and contact on arrival.
    Adult Weekday Tickets: £20.50
    Adult Weekend Tickets: £22.50
    Child Tickets (13-16): From £13.50
    Child Tickets (12 and under): Free Group Tickets: £20.00
    Opening Times
    Monday 2 November: 9:30am – 6:00pm
    Tuesday 3 November: 9:30am – 6:00pm
    Wednesday 4 November: 9:30am – 6:00pm
    Thursday 5 November: 9:30am – 9:00pm
    Friday 6 November: 9:30am – 6:00pm
    Saturday 7 November: 9:30am – 7:00pm
    Sunday 8 November: 10:00am – 5:00pm
    For further information, high res imagery and interview opportunities with Christmas experts and
    exhibitors, please contact fiona.jull@staturepr.com and yasmin.brougham@staturepr.com

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