All I want for Christmas – Noosa Civic
This Christmas, Noosa Civic is taking inspiration from Saint Nicholas and meeting the community’s needs through gift giving. Georgia Beard speaks with Marketing Manager Aimee Dodge to find out about the activities and initiatives on offer.
When Christmas arrives at the chaotic conclusion of the year, gift shopping can feel like ticking off a checklist rather than treating our loved ones with something meaningful. This process can often lead to a hoard of trivial, used-once-and-then-abandoned things. Plastic toys pile into boxes, out-of-fashion outfits hide
in wardrobes, and our relationships still aren’t as enduring as they could be.
It’s time to make Christmas less about consumerism and more about connection. This holiday season, Noosa Civic Shopping Centre is gifting the community with long-lasting experiences to bring about positive change for individuals and families.
Their new slate of community initiatives will raise funds for charities, support those in need and delight kids (and furbabies) with some festive fun!
Santa Claus has swept down from the North Pole to take up residence at Noosa Civic and Centre offers families a variety of ways to hang out with the man in the red suit, adding a little magic to the usual shopping run.
Noosa Civic Marketing Manager Aimee Dodge said everyone was welcome to take a photo with Santa until Christmas Eve, 24 December. Sticking to COVID-Safe procedures, photo sessions will be socially distanced within a stunning festive setting.
“We’ve teamed up with beautiful local artist Cass Deller to create special Santa Sacks for little ones this Christmas,” she says. “They’re free with every Santa Photo purchase while stocks last.”
“We will once again offer ‘Santa Paws’ for pets to have their photo taken with Santa; and ‘Sensitive Santa’ will again provide an ideal setting for children with sensory issues to enjoy more time with Santa in a calmer environment with minimal sounds and low lighting.”
Both Santa Paws and Sensitive Santa sessions must be pre-booked.
Kids can also write Letters to Santa and receive a reply from the jolly, white-bearded man. Simply pick up a letter template when you’re next in the Centre, write down all your Christmas wishes and burning questions and pop it into Santa’s mailbox. Make sure to include your reply address then check your mailbox to find a reply all the way from the North Pole!
Noosa Civic is making magic for more than just the kids. The charity gift-wrapping service is returning to bring joy to the local community through a range of non-profit organisations, where all the proceeds will be heading.
“For a gold coin donation, you can have your gifts wrapped from a collection of beautiful wrapping paper sourced from sustainable forests,” Aimee says. “This year, we’re partnering with The Cancer Council, Rotary Noosa Daybreak, KNGO Cambodia, The Australian Red Cross and Katie Rose Cottage Hospice.”
Not only will your gifts be beautifully wrapped but you’ll be helping out some of our amazing community groups!
Aimee said the Community Pantry would continue to be in the Centre for people to donate non-perishable food items for collection by OzHarvest to distribute to those in need.
“We’ve also partnered with local brand Luxey Cup, a product designed to reduce waste in our lovely community with beautiful reusable cups,” Aimee said. “Spend $100 in Centre to receive your free Original Lux valued at $34.95 from Wednesday 1 December until stocks last.”
When you find yourself caught up in the Christmas run, take a moment to create seasonal connections and give more than those throwaway items. Give to make a difference.
Visit noosacivic.com.au for full details on initiatives, activities and giveaways to bring joy back into the festive season.