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Ocean Grove Business Association members and traders are gearing up for the second annual Christmas in the Grove. 162056

By Justin Flynn

THE Terrace will be bustling with activity and closed to all vehicular traffic for the second annual Christmas in the Grove shopping bonanza.
The massive family event will take place on Wednesday 7 December, from 5pm to 8pm, with local businesses spilling out onto the street to entice Christmas shoppers to spend locally.
Ocean Grove Business Association president Ty Simons said Christmas in the Grove would provide local business owners with the chance to showcase their wares.
“The first year we tried it as a test and it was a great success,” he said.
“It’s not just about a street festival – it’s also about shopping locally and keeping people in jobs.”
The Terrace will be sectioned off from 4pm and will be turned into a pedestrian-only thoroughfare.
It’s being billed as the biggest Christmas party the Bellarine has ever seen.
Kids are being encouraged to dress in their best Christmas costumes and will be entertained by activities, craft making, cupcake cooking, a photo booth and a visit from Santa. The Ocean Grove Men’s Shed has been busy building a special chair for Santa to sit in and the Lions Club will also run a sausage sizzle and local cafes will sell food and drink.
“It’s a big Christmas family event and shopping night,” Mr Simons said.
“There’s really no need to go anywhere else to do your Christmas shopping, so why not make it a family event and enjoy a night out?”
It is hoped that Christmas in the Grove will now be a yearly event and will grow in popularity.