Camperdown Chronicle

Frankie, Tessa and Amber Narik catch up with Santa in the avenue as part of the Camperdown Christmas Festival over the weekend.

Youngsters called into 20 participating businesses as part of the Christmas Festival treasure hunt.

The Camperdown College cake stall was fully stocked with yummy treats.

Imogen Donlan was thrilled to win a gingerbread house donated by the Loaf and Lounge as part of the treasure hunt.

Milla Raven (left) shows off the unicorn she won courtesy of the Camperdown Business Network with her sister Alexa as part of the treasure hunt.

Santa enlists the help of Corangamite Shire mayor Neil Trotter to draw the winning prize names for the treasure hunt.

Santa and his helpers were a huge hit in the avenue over the weekend with many families taking the opportunity to get free Christmas photos.


Camperdown celebrates Christmas

CAMPERDOWN'S weekend Christmas Festival has been hailed a “massive success”, with locals taking advantage of longer business opening hours, free kids’ entertainment and a popular treasure hunt.

A Camperdown Business Network (CBN) initiative, the festivities included 20 participating businesses and six sponsors.

CBN member Michelle Elijah said it was great to see plenty of locals milling about the streets catching up with each other and getting some Christmas shopping done.

“There was a really great atmosphere, especially Saturday and that lingered through until the afternoon,” she said.

“The treasure hunt was a success once again.  We had about 125 entries and the kids and their parents were having a ball going into the participating stores and finding all the bits and pieces.

“It was awesome fun and the looks on the kids’ faces who went home with the prizes was priceless.”

Treasure hunt winners included Brody Lamber (remote control car from Autopro), Imogen Donlan (gingerbread house from Loaf n Lounge), Archie Rees (unicorn from CBN) and Milla Raven (unicorn from CBN).

Ms Elijah said Santa and his elves were also a popular stop for free photos, while the Lions Club merry-go-round and a jumping castle were also popular. 

“The day well and truly achieved the aim of getting people down the street and shopping locally,” she said.

“People are often surprised at just how much cool stuff is available locally for Christmas.

“And if they didn’t buy something while they were here on the weekend, chances are they’ve picked up a few ideas and will be back in the coming days to pick up a gift or two.

“All the participating shop owners are really happy with how everything went, so we’ll keep building to make the festival even better year after year.”