Christmas is cool in Brisbane’s bayside - The Community Leader and Real Estate New and Views

There’s a jolly kind of energy in the village, in anticipation of a celebration of all things festive.

Tinsel trims glisten in shop fronts while Rotary Santas keep a merry watch from the rooftops.

December is a time to take stock, and consider the year that’s hurtled by, the lessons learned and achievements earned.

Many of us have a packed social calendar in the lead up to Christmas, so we’re lucky to have easy access to a fabulous selection of stores in our neighbourhood, which makes shopping locally a pure joy.

In Manly village, step inside Flowers on Cambridge and take a deep breath – it’s a total delight for the senses.

Ebb & Flow is an emporium overflowing with gorgeous gifts; this small store packs a serious punch! For unique one-off gifts, Manly Harbour Gallery’s got the goods.

Have a chat to Gary at The Local Butcher, he’s got all the inside tips for preparing perfect Christmas fare.

Take a break mid-shop for lunch at The Arsonist or Sea Vibes, grab brunch at Manly Kitchen or a cold pint at the Celtic Corner.

Gift a smile to a stranger, make a donation to a local charity, or volunteer your time.

And while Christmas is a welcome economic boost for our community, it’s also about spreading good cheer, which costs nothing, and after all, that’s what the spirit of Christmas is all about.

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