Consumers who frequently shop for Christmas presents to wrap come February may face a tough decision: Hunker down with Christmas songs and reindeer-infused cocktails or go out and buy more alcohol?
According to an analysis done by Charity Commission UK, there are 38 Christmas markets in England and Wales, and whilst some claim to provide the only chance to buy products made in places like Myanmar, parts of Poland and Iceland, others like East Midlands and Liverpool have the real stars of the show, as only one Christmas market can supply all the liquor needs of the nation, the Daily Mail reported.
“It’s a staggering statistic that only one market, Liverpool’s New Hall Market, meets the demand from consumers,” a spokesman for the Charity Commission UK told the Daily Mail. “All the other markets don’t supply the local demand and potentially you could go to any Christmas market you are at and there’s only one place that can satisfy your needs – so you better find somewhere else that has the same stock.”
This year will be an interesting year for the selection of Christmas products, as some markets such as Guernsey and Isle of Man have closed down, according to the Daily Mail. But considering both are already in the running to be included in a future list of Christmas markets, the auction house’s removal from New Year’s Eve might not be the next biggest development that holiday gifters face this year.
According to New Hall, there are 500 different items in stock, but as of now, only 8 percent of them are liquor products.
New Year’s Eve, however, has three bottles of liquor in stock, and aside from whisky, homemade coffee and a wide variety of Christmas presents, there are half a dozen additional bars that are open on New Year’s Eve, ensuring that stock is in abundance for the winter season.