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Lyn Woods trapped inside a bauble outside the Ballina Visitor Information Centre. Photo supplied.

Elves have installed three new immersive scenes around Ballina Shire to celebrate Christmas 2020, with visitors and locals invited to jump into the picture and hashtag the results.

Outside the entrance of Ballina Visitor Information Centre there’s an illustration of a giant bauble with a beach scene and Santa, complete with tinny boat sleigh, led by a pod of dolphins.

‘This immersive image is a bit of fun to get people into the spirit of Christmas,’ said Alicia Wallace, Team Leader Visitor Services. ‘Everyone can have a laugh and send their friends an image of themselves trapped in a bauble on Ballina’s coastline.’

Peter Lowe drops in on surfing Santa at the #LovinLennox immersive scene. Photo David Lowe.

The Ballina bauble Christmas scene is one of three new immersive illustrations across Ballina Shire designed to help people #discoverballina.

There’s also a Surfing Santa on Lennox Head’s main street, near the main bus stop, on the wall of the beach pavilion.

This one has a real surf board so you can hang ten with Santa.

If you tag #LovinLennox you have a chance to win a $300 voucher from Lennox businesses.

Hope Springs Waterfall at BP. Photo David Lowe.

Inside the new Ballina BP Travel Centre, on the western side of town, is the Hope Springs Waterfall, which brings a little bit of rainforest magic to the cash register queue.

Kids can also download and learn about Habitat the Game.

Hashtag it or it didn’t happen

Visitors and locals who share photos of themselves interacting with the Christmas scenes on social media are encouraged to use the hashtags #BallinaImmerseYourself and #discoverballina.

Keep an eye out to see these images reposted on council’s tourism social media accounts.

During the holiday period, as usual, the Ballina Visitor Information Centre is open seven days per week.

Opening hours are Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm and Sunday 10am to 2pm.

For more information, check out discoverballina.com.au.

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