Santa dis­cov­ers port

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SANTA Claus is com­ing to town ... the Port of Echuca Dis­cov­ery Cen­tre to be more pre­cise.

Fa­ther Christ­mas will be drop­ping into the cen­tre for free pho­tos as part of the cen­tre’s shop­ping bonanza from 4pm on Fri­day where peo­ple will be able to make the most of the cen­tre’s gift shop and mu­seum space.

St Nick aside, the event will in­clude com­pli­men­tary drinks and nib­bles, a Christ­mas ham­per give­away, live en­ter­tain­ment from the Echuca Moama Theatre Com­pany, free face paint­ing and more.

Port of Echuca Dis­cov­ery Cen­tre ex­hibits and op­er­a­tions man­ager Mesh Thom­son said Christ­mas was one of her favourite times of the year.

‘‘And the sum­mer hol­i­day pe­riod is our busiest time of the year,’’ she said.

‘‘So lead­ing into that time we thought we’d put on a fan­tas­tic evening the com­mu­nity can en­joy.’’

She said the cen­tre had been stock­ing the shelves full of great Christ­mas gift ideas.

‘‘Along­side our cur­rent col­lec­tion of prod­ucts, we’ve or­dered in some new Christ­mas-themed stock,’’ Mrs Thom­son said.

‘‘We’ll have toys, sou­venirs, lo­cally-made prod­ucts, mugs and can­dles, jew­ellery and much more. There’ll be some­thing here to suit ev­ery­one.

‘‘We’re also ex­cited to an­nounce there will be dis­counts for lo­cals.’’

The event will run un­til 6.30pm. All lo­cal am­bas­sadors will re­ceive 10 per cent discount on any re­tail pur­chases made on the night.

Lo­cal am­bas­sador­ship is avail­able to all lo­cals who present with ID and proof of res­i­dency.

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