Christmas in Warrnambool is one event that hasn't been cancelled by the COVID-19 pandemic this year with organisers planning to hold a revamped Very Liebig Christmas.
A Very Different Christmas will be the 2020 incarnation of the popular community event which saw thousands of people flock to the city centre in 2018 and 2019 for a free street party.
Rather than just one night, A Very Different Christmas will run over three days - November 27 to 29 - with COVID-safe activities and entertainment spaced throughout.
Event organiser Adele Griffin said that as well as being an important time of year socially, the Christmas period was vital to the local business sector.
"Almost every business in Warrnambool has felt the effect of COVID-19 this year, so I'd encourage everyone to shop local and do everything they can to help our local businesses get through this unparalleled period of hardship," she said.
"The first A Very Liebig Christmas event in 2018 was the third biggest trading day of the entire year, so we know just how helpful it's been for local traders in the past.
"While the format has had to change in order to keep everyone safe, we're sure that the spirit of Christmas and the spirit of Warrnambool will still shine through.
"It is more important than ever that we continue to find ways to connect and celebrate."
Children's performers the Mik Maks will kick off the event with a virtual concert with in-store demonstrations, competitions, Christmas window displays, caroling and more activities to also feature.
It wouldn't be a Christmas party without Santa, with the jolly old elf set to make an extra special appearance this year.
"As always Santa's arrival will be highly anticipated," Ms Griffin said.
"We're working with Santa on a very unique plan which will see the whole city have the opportunity to welcome him to Warrnambool."
A Very Different Christmas is supported by Bendigo Bank and the Warrnambool City Council's Get Around Warrnambool initiative.
The full program will be published at www.averydifferentchristmas.com.au closer to the event.
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