Posted on 28 October 2017
Here at Barretts we start planning for Christmas as early as February with the Spring Fair at the NEC. It’s important that we visit as many shows as possible to see what’s new – sourcing different products to keep it fresh each year is vital. This year we decided for the first time to attend the biggest Christmas show in Europe - Christmas World in Frankfurt. It was a great experience, we picked up lots of new and exciting products. We found some wonderful wooden German Nativity Pyramids and Light Arches, which fit in really well with our Hygge look - incredibly popular this year.
For our window displays, we wanted to create something really eye-catching and different – so when we saw some beautifully decorated mannequins at one of the shows we knew they would be perfect! Debbie in our linens dept was really excited to be given the task of planning how to decorate them and judging by the comments from our customers, they are a roaring success! We have one with a dusky pink theme (which is very big this year), and one Peacock themed mannequin which Debbie has covered with pine branches for a really Christmassy look.
Another find at the Frankfurt show was the lit Village Scenes which we are showing in a gorgeous snowy forest window. For this window, Colin was given the challenge of building natural stands – and they look fabulous! We even have a snow machine to complete the look!
One of the things we really wanted to do in our front windows this year was to have some movement, so we’ve managed to weave two train sets around the gorgeous displays – it makes all the work worthwhile to see children standing outside shrieking in delight when the train comes into view! Come and see if you can spot the train in our Fairytale window and our Nutcracker window.
If you come to the store after dark, you will see the stunning laser displays at the front and rear of the building - already causing quite a stir. The talking mice make a welcome return, along with a new range of talking snowmen. Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without a North pole display, and we have winter wonderful display with lots of festive furry friends, including a few extra shy ones!
And don't forget there’s the ever popular German Musical Snow Globes, plus all the traditional festive ware to help make your home a Christmas wonderland.
So, a visit to Barretts of Woodbridge is simply a must this for this Christmas!
Jill Barrett at 'Christmas World' in Frankfurt
Christmas Mannequin in ‘Dusky Pink’
The Nutcracker Window
New for 2017 - Christmas Lasers!
Christmas Light Arch
Wooden Christmas Village Scene
A 'Merry Christmas' from Barretts
The North Pole in Barretts
Some shy furry friends
Musical Advent Calendar
Christmas Musical Train
Just one of the 21 German Musical Snow Globes we have this year!