Shopping night success

Dozens of shoppers thronged around the Lions Club Christmas ham wheel at the corner of Comur and Lead streets, the Rotarians sold out of sausage sandwiches, and shopkeepers reported a steady stream of shoppers.

The last-minute rally to bring back the fun of Christmas late-night shopping to Yass has paid off.

While there's no denying the event was not up to the well-organised series of Christmas shopping nights in previous years, local retailers rallied together and made a concerted effort. Shoppers seemed to appreciate it, with the face-painting and scavenger hunt for the little ones organised by Petite and Belle a particular hit.

Buskers played outside Full Circle Serenity and Kidz Blitz.

Meanwhile, Santa (with the help of Bernie Johnson) and his elf (ably assisted by Robyn Rhind) were a welcome sight on the main street.

An 'imposter' on a motorbike also cheered shoppers by riding up and down the main street.

Organiser Pam Staines, of Full Circle Serenity, said she was very happy with how everyone got into the action. She is now brimming with ideas for next Christmas, having realised that it's best to start planning early. 

Pam said she is also looking forward to the main street looking more 'Christmassy' next year with council bringing back the Christmas lights.

Doing a spot of Christmas shopping. Back: Therese Gold and Tania McPherson. Front: Grace (2), Molly (4), Charlotte (6).

Doing a spot of Christmas shopping. Back: Therese Gold and Tania McPherson. Front: Grace (2), Molly (4), Charlotte (6).

Who's that mingling with the shoppers?

Who's that mingling with the shoppers?

Max Douglass (2) and Max Brown (3) high five Santa.

Max Douglass (2) and Max Brown (3) high five Santa.

Again?

Again?

'Down low, too slow.'

'Down low, too slow.'

Daniel and Flynn Kelly-Clarke busking on the main street.

Daniel and Flynn Kelly-Clarke busking on the main street.

Lions president Marlene Wilson gives the wheel a spin.

Lions president Marlene Wilson gives the wheel a spin.

Doreen Garland was a winner in the ham wheel, with Lion Ray Hill.

Doreen Garland was a winner in the ham wheel, with Lion Ray Hill.

Lions Ray Hill and Geoff Hobart.

Lions Ray Hill and Geoff Hobart.

Daniel and Flynn Kelly-Clarke (busking) with Pam Staines, Steph Scanes and Casey Owen from Full Circle Serenity.

Daniel and Flynn Kelly-Clarke (busking) with Pam Staines, Steph Scanes and Casey Owen from Full Circle Serenity.

Santa stops for  chat with a young 'un.

Santa stops for chat with a young 'un.

It was a long chat...

It was a long chat...

Max Brown (3) had more to tell Santa.

Max Brown (3) had more to tell Santa.

Guess who?

Guess who?

Rotarians serving up delcious sausage sandwiches.

Rotarians serving up delcious sausage sandwiches.

Siobhan McGrath busked well into the evening, outside Kidz Blitz.

Siobhan McGrath busked well into the evening, outside Kidz Blitz.