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Covent Garden gears up for Christmas rush

New Covent Garden Flower Market in London is gearing up for the annual rush leading up to Christmas. The festive season is traditionally one of the wholesale market’s busiest trade periods, attracting tens of thousands of people to buy from more than 200 businesses under its roof.

Covent Garden gears up for Christmas rush
A woman buys plants on a market stall on December 16, 2013 in London, England. New Covent Garden Flower Market is London's premier wholesale market, stocking the widest range of flowers, plants and foliage in the UK. The run up to Christmas is traditionally one of their busiest trade periods. (Getty Images)
Covent Garden gears up for Christmas rush
Christmas plants for sale on a market stall on December 16, 2013 in London, England. New Covent Garden Flower Market is London's premier wholesale market, stocking the widest range of flowers, plants and foliage in the UK. The run up to Christmas is traditionally one of their busiest trade periods. (Getty Images)
Covent Garden gears up for Christmas rush
A man looks at flowers on a market stall on December 16, 2013 in London, England. New Covent Garden Flower Market is London's premier wholesale market, stocking the widest range of flowers, plants and foliage in the UK. The run up to Christmas is traditionally one of their busiest trade periods. (Getty Images)
Covent Garden gears up for Christmas rush
Women look at flowers on a market stall on December 16, 2013 in London, England. New Covent Garden Flower Market is London's premier wholesale market, stocking the widest range of flowers, plants and foliage in the UK. The run up to Christmas is traditionally one of their busiest trade periods. (Getty Images)
Covent Garden gears up for Christmas rush
Market vendors take a break on a market stall on December 16, 2013 in London, England. New Covent Garden Flower Market is London's premier wholesale market, stocking the widest range of flowers, plants and foliage in the UK. The run up to Christmas is traditionally one of their busiest trade periods. (Getty Images)
Covent Garden gears up for Christmas rush
A Father Christmas statue on a market stall on December 16, 2013 in London, England. New Covent Garden Flower Market is London's premier wholesale market, stocking the widest range of flowers, plants and foliage in the UK. The run up to Christmas is traditionally one of their busiest trade periods. (Getty Images)
Covent Garden gears up for Christmas rush
A general view of New Covent Garden Flower Market on December 16, 2013 in London, England. New Covent Garden Flower Market is London's premier wholesale market, stocking the widest range of flowers, plants and foliage in the UK. The run up to Christmas is traditionally one of their busiest trade periods. (Getty Images)
Covent Garden gears up for Christmas rush
Christmas decorations for sale on market stalls on December 16, 2013 in London, England. New Covent Garden Flower Market is London's premier wholesale market, stocking the widest range of flowers, plants and foliage in the UK. The run up to Christmas is traditionally one of their busiest trade periods. (Getty Images)
Covent Garden gears up for Christmas rush
Christmas plants and decorations for sale on a market stall on December 16, 2013 in London, England. New Covent Garden Flower Market is London's premier wholesale market, stocking the widest range of flowers, plants and foliage in the UK. The run up to Christmas is traditionally one of their busiest trade periods. (Getty Images)
Covent Garden gears up for Christmas rush
A woman looks at a Cyclamen plant on December 16, 2013 in London, England. New Covent Garden Flower Market is London's premier wholesale market, stocking the widest range of flowers, plants and foliage in the UK. The run up to Christmas is traditionally one of their busiest trade periods. (Getty Images)
Covent Garden gears up for Christmas rush
Christmas plants and decorations for sale on a market stall on December 16, 2013 in London, England. New Covent Garden Flower Market is London's premier wholesale market, stocking the widest range of flowers, plants and foliage in the UK. The run up to Christmas is traditionally one of their busiest trade periods. (Getty Images)
Covent Garden gears up for Christmas rush
Poinsettia plants on sale on a market stall on December 16, 2013 in London, England. New Covent Garden Flower Market is London's premier wholesale market, stocking the widest range of flowers, plants and foliage in the UK. The run up to Christmas is traditionally one of their busiest trade periods. (Getty Images)
Covent Garden gears up for Christmas rush
Christmas wreaths for sale on a market stall on December 16, 2013 in London, England. New Covent Garden Flower Market is London's premier wholesale market, stocking the widest range of flowers, plants and foliage in the UK. The run up to Christmas is traditionally one of their busiest trade periods. (Getty Images)
Covent Garden gears up for Christmas rush
Christmas decorations for sale on market stalls on December 16, 2013 in London, England. New Covent Garden Flower Market is London's premier wholesale market, stocking the widest range of flowers, plants and foliage in the UK. The run up to Christmas is traditionally one of their busiest trade periods. (Getty Images)