By Justin Flynn
Ocean Grove came alive with festive cheer for the fourth annual Christmas in the Grove street party.
The Terrace was closed to vehicles for Ocean Grove Business Association’s gala street festival, which showcases local traders and encourages people to shop locally.
Held on the same day as Kingston Village celebrated its official opening, Christmas in the Grove was another resounding success.
“Kingston did have their first opening day the same day, they were unable to change the date, but it didn’t seem to affect the numbers attending Christmas in the Grove,” an OGBA spokesperson said.
“Ocean Grove locals are wonderful at showing their support to our local businesses, they know how to shop local.
“The event was entirely run by volunteers from the Ocean Grove Business Association.”
Earlier in the day, the weather looked it wasn’t going to cooperate with rains and cold conditions for the Kingston Village opening.
But the skies cleared and the sun shone by the time The Terrace was closed off just before 5pm on Wednesday 4 December.
Businesses spilled out onto the street as a festive atmosphere took over with young and old enjoying the food, drink and wares on offer.
“The response from the businesses in The Terrace has been positive,” the OGBA spokesperson said.
“It’s not always a great trading night for all stores but it helps advertise all our family owned, independent businesses.
“The Christmas in the Grove evening reminds locals how wonderful our vibrant shopping strip is.
“Some retailers don’t open but hopefully when they hear what a wonderful evening we had, they may change their minds next year.”
All businesses in Ocean Grove can sign up as a member of OGBA for $110.
“This is a great way for them to show their support and make next year even better,” the spokesperson said.