Christmas celebrations in St Marys will kick off next Friday, December 11, with the lighting of a 20-foot Christmas tree.
The tree will then become a fixture in Coachman’s Park and will enhance the Christmas spirit of the St Marys community until December 28.
St Marys Town Centre Manager, Paulette Adams, encourages the community to come along and join the lighting celebrations from 6.30pm until 9.30pm.
“We held this event for the first time last year and saw a few hundred people on the night, so I’m hoping we have a lot of people come down and enjoy this free family event,” she said.
“The Board and I, along with the business owners, feel that this is a wonderful event to put on for everyone and to give back to such a great community.”
Not only will Santa Claus be visiting, but children can enjoy the Move and Groove Christmas Show, free face painting and ballooning, the Snowflake roller skaters and a jumping castle.
There will be a meet and greet with the Gingerbread Man himself, on stage entertainment, a human snow dome and Michelle’s Plaster Painting will be on site for kids to make their special reindeer food.
The tree lighting marks the beginning of almost two weeks of Christmas festivities for St Marys, with a special visitor almost every day until Christmas, excluding Sundays.
“We will have Santa here from Saturday, December 12 until Thursday, December 24 in Coachman’s Park for free Santa photos from 10am until 2pm, so bring your camera,” Ms Adams said.
Another free family event will be held on Saturday, December 19 from 10am to 2pm with more entertainment for families and children.
“See us continue our annual Christmas festivities with Santa’s arrival, a jumping castle and another chance for the kids to make their very own reindeer food to take home,” she said.
“There will be more Rudolph meet and greets, Kozi and Pinky face painting and ballooning, and so much more.”
The start of the Christmas celebrations will be at Coachman’s Park, on the corner of Charles Hackett Drive and Queen Street, St Marys, next Friday, December 11.
For more information, call 9833 2433.