Belfast’s Christmas market has wrapped up in some style with bumper crowds enjoying the last day of the season.
Thousands of shoppers crammed into the grounds of the City Hall on Sunday and traders were reporting a much-welcome boost in sales.
Mandy Wylie, of mulled wine specialist Papa’s Mineral Company, said business was brisk, despite the unseasonably mild weather.
“The weather hasn’t been kind to us as we always do better when it’s quite cold,” she said.
“I would have liked it to be much colder but business hasn’t been too bad and it’s very busy today.
“Overall it hasn’t been as good as other years. There has been plenty of people about but trade just hasn’t been as strong for some reason.”
Mandy’s mulled wine is made to a unique recipe that she says brings customers back year after year.
They also buy the product, ahead of the annual market, through the company’s website.
“Each maker has their own recipe so even if people have tried mulled wine before there any plenty who will give our’s a try while they’re here.
“We have been coming to the Belfast market for the last 10 or 11 years so we’ll definitely be booking for next year again.
“Even though it’s been a bit quieter this year in general, it’s still busy enough to make it worthwhile,” she added.
Glenn O’Neill of the Chocmotif chocolate greetings cards said he had enjoyed very brisk trading at his prime site close to the City Hall main entrance gates.
“It has been very busy this last week thankfully. We were here last year and it was the same story – a real boost in sales towards the end of the market.”