SHOPPERS got in early to snaffle a bargain, kids just scrounged as many lollies as they could from Santa, and all enjoyed their Christmas in November.
Yesterday Gladstone residents poured into The Observer's Christmas in November, where store holders gathered at the PCYC to display their wares and ideas for Christmas.
For Dermot Fleming it meant Christmas shopping without the elbow-jabbing, anxious shoppers looking for any present they can lay their hands on.
'Women might like it but I'm not a hustler and bustler,' Mr Fleming.
Mr Fleming liked the spacious arrangement of the stalls and he didn't have to visit a supermarket to pick up a couple of original presents.
'You can take your time and not wait 20 minutes at a register,' Mr Fleming said. 'You have a wide variety and it's all well laid out.'
Stallholders such as Bill Roberston Toyota's Erin Mellor had similar comments and said the turnout had been good.
'Having the specialist stores is what makes it,' Ms Mellor said.
"It gives them ideas of gifts to buy.''
Stallholder Leading Edge Electronics put on an audio visual extravanganza displaying the latest in BOSE home theatre technology.
Leading Edge Electronics' Carlo Barletta said every audience viewing was full to overflowing.
Mr Barletta said lots of people had been interested and were planning what to get for Christmas.
Christmas in November volunteer and The Observer's assistant advertising manager Faye McGown said the event had been successful with about 3000 people through the door.
For kids like Eva Cleal however the day centred on just a few things.
'Lollies, fun and exciting,' Eva said.