The business of Christmas

The business of Christmas
Gabriel Byrne, owner of Fantasy Lights Picture: Conor McCabe

Holiday markets, festive lights, the panto, ice skating, trees and turkeys - Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without them. We talk to the seasonal business owners who work harder than Santa’s elves to keep the season bright

A time for living. A time for believing. A time for spending. This Christmas, the average Irish household will spend €2,654 - that is €870 more than any other month of the year, according to Retail Ireland’s 2017 Christmas Retail Monitor.

The monitor predicts an increase in total sales of more than €100 million, with sales over the Christmas season expected to top €4.5 billion, up from €4.4 billion in 2016.

While a lot of Irish consumers’ increased spending is largely...

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