Shops on Show


The Shops on Show competition has become a fun favourite among the community of Hobsons Bay.  Returning for its fourth consecutive year in 2021, retailers are invited to register their decorated Christmas shop window for the community to vote on.

Shops on Show is designed to encourage Hobsons Bay residents to shop locally and engage with their community at Christmas time. This competition also provides an opportunity for retailers to build rapport with their customers, attract new customers and raise their profile.

Registrations to be a part of Shops on Show are now open. Businesses who participate in the program will be featured on a Shops on Show map that will be circulated to the community in the Hobsons Bay Christmas Gift and Event Guide as well as on social media.  

Businesses are invited to share a photo of their decorated window in November with the shops on show competition launching in December.  Photos of participating businesses will be shared on Council's Facebook and Instagram channels and our community will be encouraged to vote by 'liking' their favourite shop on show.  

Shops on Show timeline: 

  • Register by Wednesday 29 September 
  • Decorate your window by Monday 15 November
  • Participants submit photos of windows by Monday 22 November 
  • Voting opens December 

To register to participate in Shops on Show visit the Christmas Gift and Event Guide webpage.  

More information on the competition dates and prizes will be available shortly.  

Terms and Conditions

Shops on Show 2020 competition ‘Terms and Conditions’

Information on how to enter forms part of the terms of entry.

Entry into the competition is deemed acceptance of these terms and conditions.

1. The Promoter is Hobsons Bay City Council.

2. Entry is open to all residents of Hobsons Bay. However, employees of Hobsons Bay City Council are not eligible to enter. Immediate families of employees are eligible to enter.

3. The competition commences on Friday 11 December at 9am and concludes on Monday 21 December at 6pm (AEST).

4. Entrants may enter via Council’s Facebook photo album post or Instagram post and may enter more than once. Only one prize per winner.

5. To enter, entrants must:

a. Access and log in to their personal Facebook or Instagram account.

b. “Like’ their favourite Hobsons Bay retailer festive season window on the Council’s Facebook or Instagram

6. The photos with the most social media likes, including the pretext by the Promoter will be judged the winner.

7. The winners will be notified by 6pm Wednesday 23 December 2020. The winners will be notified of their prize in writing under their winning post and on the Promoter's social media pages and website.

8. The three businesses with the most combined likes across Council’s Facebook and Instagram pages will each receive a prize of a quarter page advertisement in the Maribyrnong and Hobsons Bay Star Weekly.

9. Voter prizes are as follows:

1st prize: $250 gift voucher to spend at the winner’s nominated business

2nd prize: $200 gift voucher to spend at the winner’s nominated business

3rd prize: $150 gift voucher to spend at the winner’s nominated business

4th prize: $100 gift voucher to spend at the winner’s nominated business

5th prize: $100 gift voucher to spend at the winner’s nominated business

10. Voter Prizes are not redeemable for cash, nor are the prizes transferable or exchangeable. The vouchers will be addressed in the name you provide with your competition entry ("Entry")

11. Once prizes have left the Promoter’s premises, the Promoter takes no responsibility for prizes lost or stolen.

12. The Promoter (Hobsons Bay City Council) reserves the right to verify the validity of entries and to disqualify any entry which, in the opinion of Promoter, includes objectionable or adult content, profanity, potentially insulting, inflammatory or defamatory statements, disqualify any entrant who tampers with the entry process, who submits an entry that is not in accordance with these Terms & Conditions of Entry or who has, in the opinion of Promoter, engaged in conduct in entering the promotion which is fraudulent, misleading, deceptive or generally damaging to the goodwill or reputation of the promotion and/or Promoter. This is a family friendly competition.

13. Entries must be received by 6pm (AEST) on Monday 21 December 2020. The time of entry will be based on the time it's received by the Hobsons Bay City Council Facebook or Instagram page. The Promoter accepts no responsibility for any late, lost or misdirected entries due to technical disruptions, network congestion or for any other reason.

14. Hobsons Bay businesses include all businesses in Altona, Altona Meadows, Altona North, Brooklyn (part), Laverton (part), Newport, Seabrook, Seaholme, Spotswood, South Kingsville, Williamstown and Williamstown North.

16. If the nominated business is not a hospitality or retail operator, or does not offer gift vouchers, the winning voter will have the option to select an alternative Hobsons Bay business at which to redeem their prize. The winning business will receive a $50 gift voucher for a local business.

17. By accepting the prize, the retailer winner agrees to:  Their photo being used across City of Hobsons Bay’s website and social media pages for promotion of this competition, and participate in and co-operate as required with all reasonable media editorial requests relating to the prize, including but not limited to, being interviewed and photographed, throughout the duration of the prize.

18. The Promoter's decision is final and the Promoter will not enter into correspondence regarding the competition result.

Thank you for entering and good luck!