Holiday sales increased 5.1% to more than $850 million this year.
That’s according to a Mastercard report.
It’s the highest it has been in the last six years.
That type of growth is important for small businesses.
Staff at locally-owned businesses, like the ones at Washington’s waterfront, said the holiday shopping season is a vital part of their existence.
Some said this year they did not have a lot of last-minute shoppers, but overall, they were busy.
“Christmas is very important to a small business because it will sustain us in January and February when everyone in hibernation mode,” said Little Shoppes co-owner, Rebecca Clark.
Local business owners said they rely on out-of-towners and tourism each holiday season to help drive sales.