Christmas all year round in Slacks Creek
During the holiday season, the shelves at the Christmas Shack are packed with ornaments, singing Santa figurines, and every type of garland imaginable.
Everything is alive with the spirit of Christmas, from glittering fibre-optic Christmas trees to miniature village displays that churn out a repertoire of festive tunes.
Unlike seasonal stores which disappear as quickly as they set up, the Christmas Shack keeps the magic alive from March to early January, with all that is merry and bright – or covered in glitter.
Store manager Chelsea Ferguson, who has been playing Christmas music in-store since March, is still enamoured with the holiday.
‘My godparents always loved Christmas. I love the decorating, all the colours and the glitter,’ she says.
‘It still feels like Christmas year round and I’ve been here for 6 years now.
‘We get the new product book in April and it’s like Christmas morning when the merchandise arrives, unboxing all the new things.’
Chelsea’s favourites this year include an assortment of crystal ornaments, twig reindeer and a light-up gnome animatronic that sheepishly covers its eyes with a hat.
Once the stock is unboxed, the Christmas Shack team start planning and setting up the store’s quarter acre of elaborate Christmas displays.
Browsing is an experience in itself, as customers traipse through snow-covered Christmas tree forests to an instrumental rendition of ‘Jingle Bells’.
‘People are always blown away when they come in, especially the kids,’ Chelsea says.
This year, outdoor Christmas villages, LED light signs and statement florals are all the rage.
Bauble-wise, candy colours like red, silver and white continue to be popular, along with champagne and berry tones.
It’s also becoming more common to decorate multiple trees for different rooms.
The magic of the Yuletide has been so sought after that a second Christmas Shack is now open in Virginia.
Check out the range on the Christmas Shack website or pop by the store for some holiday cheer (3323 Pacific Hwy, Slacks Creek).