Springwood gets ready for late night Christmas shopping event

Blue Mountains residents are invited to Springwood on Thursday, December 12 to celebrate the festive season and support local businesses.

The 2019 Springwood Late Night Christmas Shopping evening will be held between 5 and 8.30pm.

Ho ho ho: Santa drops into town to greet the children and wish everyone a Merry Christmas. He is pictured at a previous Springwood Late Night Christmas Shopping.

Ho ho ho: Santa drops into town to greet the children and wish everyone a Merry Christmas. He is pictured at a previous Springwood Late Night Christmas Shopping.

This is the event's 6th year and late night shopping in Springwood has become a popular item in the Blue Mountains calendar and is organised by the Springwood and District Chamber of Commerce with the assistance of the Rotary Club of Springwood and the support of Blue Mountains City Council.

The Springwood Chamber has more than 70 local members who work in retail, services and not-for-profit businesses. The business precinct offers great dining from cafes and restaurants to pubs and clubs, bookshops, hair and beauty salons, clothing and shoe shops, butcher, bakers, gift shops, mechanics, real estate agents, solicitors, vets, medical, general health care and education professionals.

With the event drawing thousands of shoppers to Springwood in previous years, anticipation is building ahead of December 12. Springwood Chamber president Lesley Lewis said it is as much a community celebration as it is a showcase for local businesses.

Buy something on the night from participating stores and receive a raffle ticket to put in a barrel in the centre of town. This will be a chance to win one of several hampers filled with goodies from local businesses.

No Christmas event is complete without the jolly man in red making an appearance. Santa Claus will be visiting Macquarie Road and there will be plenty of opportunities to pose for photos with him.

Nine elves are hiding in Springwood shop windows until December 12 as part of a special Chamber of Commerce promotion. Entry forms are available from CatholicCare Springwood Drop-In Centre in the arcade next to Blooms Pharmacy. Search the shop windows for the Elves and return your entry. Winners will be drawn following the late night shopping night.

There is more Christmas fun for the youngsters at Santa's Grotto in Manners Park next to the Post Office and at Santa's Workshop in Telstra Park with face painting and kid's craft activities.

Talented local singers and buskers will be performing along Macquarie Road in the Town Square and in front of the Presbyterian Church, as well as local school groups and community choirs, to create a cheerful Christmas atmosphere.

Macquarie Road will be buzzing with locals catching up with friends for dinner and drinks to celebrate the Christmas season. Springwood is well served with a number of cafes, restaurants, pubs and the sports club for families and friends to enjoy a festive drink and a delicious meal. With the shops along Macquarie Road holding competitions and special offers it's the perfect time to blitz the Christmas gift list.