Festive family fun

Advance Camperdown Incorporated member Lily Currell is hoping locals support this weekend’s inaugural Camperdown Christmas Festival with plenty of family entertainment planned.

The festive season is about to rev up in Camperdown this weekend with visits from Santa, a kids’ treasure hunt, music, stalls and all-day shopping on offer.
The town’s first ever Christmas Festival will be in full swing in the avenue from 9am until 4pm on Saturday and Sunday and locals are invited to join in the fun.
An initiative of Advance Camperdown Incorporated, the festival has the support of 18 businesses which have stocked up a range of new products for Christmas shoppers to choose from.
Organiser Lily Currell said the festival was planned with families in mind.
“We’ve got a great community here and would love to see people out and about enjoying the atmosphere and catching up with one another,” she said.
“Camperdown is also lucky enough to have some really unique shops with some wonderful items on offer that you might not find elsewhere.
“We really invite people to come into the participating businesses for a browse – I think they will be surprised by what they might find.”
Ms Currell said 2018 had been a ‘topsy-turvy’ year for retailers, largely due to the dairy downturn and the St Patrick’s Day fires.
“We’ve come together to organise this festival and give shoppers a chance to choose Camperdown first for their Christmas shopping,” she said.
“The local businesses need local support, we’re here and will be open all weekend.
“Why not make a day of it – enjoy the avenue fun, shop a little and enjoy a meal or coffee and cake at the participating cafes.”
Kids can also join in the fun with a ‘X-mas Marks the Spot’ treasure hunt which has a new bike, courtesy of Benallack’s Sports, up for grabs.
The youngsters simply pick up a treasure map from the Bendigo Bank stall and mark off the listed items, like finding the beehive in HERE and the steak in Betta Home Living.
Once the items on the list are ticked off, the entry forms are placed into a draw at Benallack’s Sports, with a gingerbread house and teddy bear offered as second and third prizes.
A jumping castle and merry-go-round will be operating in the avenue and Santa will be listening to Christmas wishes (between 10am and 12noon and again from 2pm to 4pm on both days) with photos and selfies encouraged.
Camperdown’s Lakes and Craters Band will perform from noon Sunday, while various local individual artists will provide entertainment throughout the weekend.
Ms Currell reminded shoppers the participating businesses all had ‘Shop Local’ stickers in their front windows.
“This is the first time we’ve organised the weekend festival, so we particularly thank all the businesses that have come on board and shown their support,” she said.

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