Shoppers filled airside retail outlets and boosted the takings of local artisan producers and retailers who were delighted with the response.
There were Christmas carols from the Big Belfast Choir to get the party started as shoppers headed towards Central Search. Once through to airside, there was no shortage of goodies to fill shopping baskets.
Make-up and cosmetics at Aelia….fashion items at Traveller….locally produced food….a range of alcohol….souvenirs….Christmas novelties…. toiletries and make-up from Superdrug and, if you wanted a break, a delicious cocktail at Fed & Watered or a pick-me-up coffee at Starbucks.
Discounts ranged from 10% to 30% in our outlets which, when you consider that Duty Free is already cheaper than the High Street, meant shoppers were making considerably bigger savings on their Christmas purchases.
The event lasted three and a half hours with numbers exceeding 700.
Airport Commercial Services Manager, Deirdre Graffin, said the evening had been an outstanding success for both shoppers and retailers.
Deirdre added: “Our first evening exceeded expectations, and that was reflected in the amount of business that was generated.
“There was a wonderful, vibrant atmosphere, made all the better by the impressive range of goods that are tax free and discounted.
“Shopping bags were bulging when the crowd made their way back to the car park, hopefully to spread the word that when it comes to Christmas, nobody does it better than Belfast International Airport.”