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The Department Store in Wauchope unveils Christmas windows

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in our town centre.

Crowds flocked to the Department Store on Thursday night, November 7, to see the beautifully decorated windows.

It's a tradition with many families, and it puts them in a festive mood for the season of giving. There was live music from Sing Australia, and a letterbox so kids could post their wish list off to the North Pole.

The Wauchope showgirls handed out tasty bites, savoury and sweet, to the crowds and everyone got in the Christmas spirit.

"This is so cool," said Darlene Sonter from King Creek, who brought her children, Estella and Jensen along.

"We have just recently moved here, and it's nice to be able to pop in here, and this is very festive."

Lorraine Wedge has lived in Wauchope for 67 years and she described the window display as beautiful.

"I love that Australian-themed one. It's fabulous," she said.

The Department Store team has been busily working behind the scenes on the lavish window and in-store displays, which traditionally attract crowds from near and far.

"The Christmas displays have become a Wauchope tradition and we have people travelling from as far as the Macleay, Coffs Coast, Manning and Hunter valleys to appreciate them," said manager Judy Standring.

"We pride ourselves on offering a unique shopping experience and I hope people of all ages will love what we've been working on. Each window has a different theme featuring intricate figurines, animated characters and sparkling colour."

Christmas celebrations at all three Hastings Co-op Department Stores - at Wauchope, Port Macquarie and Laurieton - will see the annual Christmas Sales Days on December 6 and 7 and extended trading hours on December 7, 14 and 21.

Wauchope Department Store will also be open from 9am to 1pm on December 22 for last-minute shoppers.

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