Wagga Christmas

Wagga Christmas

Make the most of Christmas in the city this festive season!

Here is some Christmas fun to get you started:

  • Admire our merry + bright CBD Christmas flags, stars, lights and projection.
  • Spread some Christmas spirit by supporting local talent at pop-up street gigs in Baylis and Forsyth streets, each Saturday in December before Christmas - discover more below.
  • Unwrap a new Christmas deal with the 12 Days of Wagga Christmas digital advent calendar.
  • See the 2019 Christmas store displays and vote by taking a picture of your favourite display and posting it on Instagram with the hashtag #waggachristmas2019 - discover more below.
  • Discover more festive fun with a list of city Christmas events below.

Pop-up street gigs

See below for a full list of the plug and play pop-up street gigs;

Saturday 7 December

Location 1 - The Commonwealth Bank on the Sturt Mall block

  • 9am - 10am, Tara Jensen
  • 10am - 11am, Tara Jensen
  • 11am - 12pm, Sam Campbell-McCrea
  • 12pm - 1pm, Sam Butt
  • 1pm - 2pm, Sam Campbell-McCrea

Location 2 - The Old Commonwealth Bank on the Marketplace block

  • 9am - 10am, Connor Gregurke
  • 10am - 11am, Connor Gregurke
  • 11am - 12pm, Jaime Esler
  • 12pm - 1pm, Bella Ingram
  • 1pm - 2pm, Bella Ingram

Location 3 - Out the front of the Athletes Foot/Coffee Club near Adairs and The Art Society Shop

  • 9am - 10am, Elliot Campbell-Casey
  • 10am - 11am, Elliot Campbell-Casey
  • 11am - 12pm, Ben Murray
  • 12pm - 1pm, Ben Murray
  • 1pm - 2pm, Sam Butt

Saturday 14 December

Location 1 - The Commonwealth Bank on the Sturt Mall block

  • 9am - 10am, Bella Ingram
  • 10am - 11am, Bella Ingram
  • 11am - 12pm, Sam Campbell-McCrea
  • 12pm - 1pm, Sam Campbell-McCrea
  • 1pm - 2pm, Maddi Popple

Location 2 - The Old Commonwealth Bank on the Marketplace block

  • 9am - 10am, Jaime Esler
  • 10am - 11am, Jaime Esler
  • 11am - 12pm, Ben Murray
  • 12pm - 1pm, Ben Murray
  • 1pm - 2pm, Jack Hawthorne

Location 3 - Out the front of the Athletes Foot/Coffee Club near Adairs and The Art Society Shop

  • 9am - 10am, Elliot Campbell-Casey
  • 10am - 11am, Elliot Campbell-Casey
  • 11am - 12pm, Jack Hawthorne
  • 12pm - 1pm, Sam Butt
  • 1pm - 2pm, Sam Butt

Saturday 21 December

Location 1 - The Commonwealth Bank on the Sturt Mall block

  • 9am - 10am, Sam Campbell-McCrea
  • 10am - 11am, Sam Campbell-McCrea
  • 11am - 12pm, Elliot Campbell-Casey
  • 12pm - 1pm, Elliot Campbell-Casey
  • 1pm - 2pm, Maddi Popple

Location 2 - The Old Commonwealth Bank on the Marketplace block

  • 9am - 10am, Bella Ingram
  • 10am - 11am, Bella Ingram
  • 11am - 12pm, Maddi Popple
  • 12pm - 1pm, Sam Butt
  • 1pm - 2pm, Sam Butt

Location 3 - Out the front of the Athletes Foot/Coffee Club near Adairs and The Art Society Shop

  • 9am - 10am, Connor Gregurke
  • 10am - 11am, Connor Gregurke
  • 11am - 12pm, Ben Murray
  • 12pm - 1pm, Ben Murray
  • 1pm - 2pm, Jaime Esler

Christmas store display competition

Christmas is a special time of year, full of festive songs, distinct foods, shared activities, and long-held traditions. It’s a unique experience for all ages. No business segment helps drive the festive mood of a city more than the retail sector. Whether shopping for friends or family, when people leave their homes, they’re not only looking for the perfect gift, but also a unique experience.

In order to help enhance the shopping experience of the community, Wagga Wagga City Council is inviting local retailers to take part in the 2019 Wagga Christmas store display event. Use lights, decorations, and anything sustainable to decorate your stores and create a unique customer experience for visitors. Show the community your creativity on Instagram and not only will you drive customers to your store, it will also put you in the running for some great prizes.

Download Christmas Store Display Competition Poster

2019 Award Categories

  • Best store and window display - $2500 (best overall display and customer experience)
  • Festive Experience - $1500 (awarded to the store that creates the most festive, interactive experience within their store)
  • People's Choice - $1000 (awarded to the display with the most Instagram likes)

2018 Award Winners:

  • Lilly of the Valley - Best store and window display
  • My Shed - Festive experience award (businesses that not only look appealing, but also create the most festive experience for their customers)
  • Loot Country Wares - People's choice award
  • Wagga Restoration Centre - A Wagga Christmas award (best display with a local theme)

How to participate nominate a business

  • Upload a photo of a store display to Instagram using the hashtag #waggachristmas2019
  • Clearly identify the business name and location in the post
  • Entries for judging will close 18 December 2019 at 5:00 pm
  • People’s choice voting will be open until 20 December 2019 at 12:00 pm - People’s choice voting will be based on the number of unique photos uploaded to Instagram from unique Instagram accounts

See terms and conditions below for full details

Benefits for businesses participating

  • Attract customers to your business and increase sales by enhancing your customer’s experience
  • Winning businesses will be promoted through Wagga Wagga City Council media
  • Local media outlets will be contacted to run news stories
  • Enhanced social media exposure through City of Wagga Wagga channels

Key dates

  • Business entries close: 18 December 2019 (see t&c's below)
  • People’s Choice Award: voting closes 20 December 2019
  • Judging for all other awards: 20 December 2019
  • Winners announced: 21 December 2019

Judging Criteria

Judging will be carried out by a panel consisting of three City representatives. All store displays must be in place by 18 December 2019 at 5:00 pm and people’s choice voting conducted by 20 December 2019 at 12:00 pm.

Based on the photos uploaded to Instagram, a shortlist of individual businesses will be created. The shortlisted store displays will be inspected by the judging panel and the winners will be announced on 21 December 2019.

The store displays will be judged on a range of criteria, including: enhanced customer experience, overall impression and visual impact, creativity and innovation, styling, communicating a theme and clever use of retailer’s products, effort and business collaboration, and street impact

The judging panel’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

For more information please contact Wagga Wagga City Council customer service at 1 300 292 442.

Terms and Conditions

  1. Promoter is Wagga Wagga City Council, 243 Baylis Street, Wagga Wagga, NSW 2650
  2. Employees and Contractors of The Promoter are not eligible to participate.
  3. Open to businesses with physical locations in Wagga Wagga
  4. Businesses are eligible to win only one award
  5. Individual business entrants must upload a photo of the window display to Instagram with the hashtag #WaggaChristmas2019 and clearly identify the business
  6. Business entry close 18 December 2019 at 5:00 pm
  7. By entering this event, businesses are agreeing to have their stores open during the 2019 Christmas period, allow photos to be taken of your displays, and welcome judges and the public to view their store displays
  8. Photographs may be used in Wagga Wagga City Council’s media, promotions and publications
  9. People’s Choice voting is done by customers and by uploading a photo of the business store display to Instagram using the hashtag #WaggaChristmas2019 and clearly identifying the business
  10. People’s choice voting close 20 December 2019 at 12:00 pm
  11. Each Instagram account can only upload one valid photo to be counted for the purpose of the people’s choice
  12. People’s choice voting will be decided by the highest number of valid photos for an individual business uploaded to Instagram using #waggachristmas2019
  13. By entering this event, individuals are agreeing to have their photographs used in Wagga Wagga City Council’s media, promotions and publications
  14. The City of Wagga Wagga reserves the right at any time to disqualify any individual or business who the Council reasonably believes has breached any of the terms and conditions or engaged in unlawful or improper conduct aimed at jeopardising the fair and proper conduct of the event.

What's on

Celebrate all thing Christmas in Wagga Wagga:

27 Nov to 2 Jan - Christmas stars, flags, lights, and projection

30 Nov - MTC xmas party race day

4 + 6 Dec - Storytime in the park

7 Dec - Geo Group + Ron Crouch Transport toy run

8 Dec - River & Wren markets

13 Dec - Wagga RSL Christmas party on the greens

20 + 21 Dec - Light the night Christmas village

21 Dec - Wagga Wagga inter church carols

31 Dec - NYE 2019

For a full list of events this festive season, head to visitwagga.com/whatson

Christmas Lights in Wagga CBD