CHRISTMAS is just around the corner and there are a few things in store for those sticking around and visiting this holiday season.
Wagga City Council has teamed up with local businesses and musicians to bring some cheer to the main street as shoppers hunt for their gifts.
It is hoped through initiatives, such as live bands and Christmas business windows, the CBD can become a destination and event to encourage residents to stay home this festive break.
Council's visitor economy coordinator Fiona Hamilton said adding vibrancy will likely increase the time people spend in the city.
"Even though many people go away over the holidays, there are many who come and visit during this time of year," Ms Hamilton said.
"By having Christmas activation, we're encouraging people to stay longer while they're out.
"Lights at the Civic Centre, pedestrian crossings and also the Victory Memorial Garden tree, make it more attractive for residents and visitors and it creates a safer and nicer environment."
This Saturday, December 7, will mark the first of three plug and play pop-up street gigs that will feature local musicians playing in the vicinity of Baylis and Forsyth streets.
"Every Saturday in the lead up to Christmas we'll have buskers playing ... and it activates the main street when Christmas shoppers are out and about," Ms Hamilton said.
Sam Campbell-McCrea, Maddi Popple and Sam Butt are three of 10 artists that will be performing in three locations: at the Commonwealth Bank on the Sturt Mall block, the old CBA at Marketplace and out the front of the Athlete's Foot and Coffee Club.
Wagga Library will be hosting its Storytime in the Park on December 4 and 6 as well as other community events, such as the River and Wren markets, the Wagga RSL Christmas party on the greens and the Wagga inter-church carols.
"There are three bright Christmas stars out the front of the Civic Centre ... and they are programmed to light up and compliment the lights at the pedestrian walkways," Ms Hamilton said.
"There's also the annual Christmas projection on the side of the building that will kick in on Thursday, December 12."
For those looking to cool down over the break, Ms Hamilton said the art gallery has two exhibitions, one on dinosaurs that is perfect for the family and another one that is an interpretation of Oscar Wilde's Nightingale and Rose.
The Christmas window competition is back for another year, encouraging local businesses to get into the Christmas spirit, add vibrancy to the main street, while competing for a cash prize.
The Daily Advertiser previously spoke with Lilly of the Valley owner Narelle Wilson, who has chosen to decorate her front window with lots of pink, grey and silver.
Ms Wilson said the competition was a great way to inspire residents to shop locally.