TICKING THE LIST: Head out this Friday to pick up some great Christmas gifts.
TICKING THE LIST: Head out this Friday to pick up some great Christmas gifts. Gillian McAtamney

Hit the street, shop local and help community

WITH online store giants like Amazon kicking off business in Australia, make a statement this Christmas by shopping locally.

The annual Chamber of Commerce Christmas Promotion serves as a perfect opportunity to do exactly that - and there are great prizes to snatch along the way.

Stanthorpe and Granite Belt Chamber of Commerce events and promotion sub-committee chairman Josh Cavallaro encourages all residents to get out on the street this Friday from 9am to 5pm to support our local businesses.

"We are hoping we can get a lot of people down the street, getting their last-minute Christmas shopping locally and support all the local businesses and all the market stallholders along with Lions and Rotary that will be down the street - as they all play a big part in our community,” Mr Cavallaro said.

"The local community goes a long way of supporting each other. We definitely need to get people down here to support the local businesses, as they support the community quite a lot.”

Mr Cavallaro was pleased to announce JSI Motorcycles had donated a YCF 50cc motorcycle into the draw for this year's Reward the Shopper Program.

Second prize is a Stihl petrol blower.

"Those two prizes are of quite significant value so we appreciate (JSI Motorcycles) putting up those prizes for us this year,” Mr Cavallaro said.

"When it comes to the Reward the Shopper Program, we've got multiple members of the chamber that are participating this year. For each $10 that you spend up to a maximum of $100, you receive a ticket to go into the draw to win one of the prizes.”

Mr Cavallaro thanked the council for relaxing the rules on footpath trade for the day.

"This year, council has provided a relaxation for the businesses in the street for footpath trade, so we're going to have a footpath special where individual businesses can trade out on the footpath,” Mr Cavallaro said.

The farmers' market will be on as well, as it is each Friday, but rather than knocking off at 2pm it will run to about 5pm.

An exciting visit from a special man in red is set to have the children jumping for joy - make sure you are in the main street at 4pm.

Reward the Shopper will be drawn on December 23 at JSI Motorcycles.