Queues of individuals lined the streets exterior outlets on the second weekend after the Welsh firebreak ended.
Folks in Cardiff braved the rain to do Christmas purchasing amid fears Wales might be compelled into one other lockdown.
On Friday, First Minister Mark Drakeford warned folks to behave “sensibly” and take into consideration the dangers they had been taking when requested whether or not folks ought to keep away from Christmas purchasing.
He additionally mentioned there was no assure that Wales would make it to the Christmas interval with out dealing with one other fire-break lockdown, and urged folks to comply with the principles.
However this one of many busiest purchasing weekends of the month, Wales On-line stories.
Many pubs had been additionally mentioned to be absolutely booked.
Talking forward of a pre-booked lunch in Miller & Carter, one group of buyers from Treorchy and Tonypandy mentioned outlets had been busier than anticipated.
Lisa Pearce mentioned: “It is not the identical. There’s too many individuals, it is making me anxious.
“We’ll all have to return to the hospital due to all of the folks right here. We have needed to queue in every place and you’ll’t get to a pub as a result of in all places is absolutely booked.”
Good friend Kirsty Richards added: “I got here final Sunday and it wasn’t like this however as a result of it is a Saturday everyone seems to be off.”
David Williams, 25, was additionally on the town Christmas purchasing. He ventured into town centre final weekend however mentioned it wasn’t the identical because the “mad rush” seen in earlier years.
He mentioned: “It is fairly busy. Folks had been asking me for instructions who had been clearly from England which is a bit regarding. But it surely’s good to see the market stalls busy and folks have been fairly good with masks to be trustworthy.
“It is not the same old Christmas mad rush, there’s one thing good about it.”
Within the Christmas market, Sarah Williams was serving to run her mum’s buddy’s stall EweMoo, promoting quirky sheep and pig foot rests.
She mentioned: “To be trustworthy within the week it has been fairly quiet however with busy moments.
“At present has been actually, actually busy but it surely’s manageable. It is not overwhelming or something like that.
“Everyone seems to be fairly good with masks, persons are popping out the outlets and that is simply one other store however exterior.”
Talking about her resolution to assist with the stall this yr, she added: “I used to be a bit of bit apprehensive as a result of I did not know what to anticipate but it surely’s like final Christmas, it is the brand new regular.”
In Queen Road, teams of individuals had been busy watching buskers and in addition queuing for outlets. Exterior Matalan, one member of employees was seen handing out umbrellas to prospects to assist with the rain.
A bunch from Abercynon mentioned that they had been ready round 10 minutes within the queue for Lush to date.
One girl mentioned: “We have now queued for each store to date. It is Black Friday, numerous locations have began their gross sales already. But it surely’s been okay.”