To herald the start of the festive season Wingecarribee Shire Council is set to light the Shire’s largest Christmas tree on Saturday 26 November in Bowral’s Corbett Plaza.
“With just over a month to go until the big man in the red suit arrives we thought we’d get into the spirit of the festive season by erecting a giant Christmas tree in the heart of Bowral,” Wingecarribee Shire Mayor Councillor Ken Halstead said.
The seven metre high tree is the result of a collaborative community effort.
“While Council obtained the tree we have numerous local authorities and community groups to thank for their support,” the Mayor said. “Their involvement and assistance have ensured this annual event continues to grow from strength to strength.”
Helping to spread the festive fun in erecting the Christmas tree are the volunteers from the Triple Zero (000) emergency services including Fire and Rescue NSW, the State Emergency Service, NSW Police and the Rural Fire Service who will help build and decorate the giant tree.
Other yuletide partners include local contractor David Glen and the Southern Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Industry who have helped fund the hire of a mobile bucket lift to help construct the tree.
“The Christmas tree has long been one of the central symbols of the Yuletide season and we hope ours will help spread the festive cheer throughout the Shire and remind everyone of the true spirit of Christmas,” Mayor Halstead added.
“It’ll also make sure the reindeer can spot the Southern Highlands from high above on Christmas Eve regardless of the weather.”
The Bowral High Singers will be on hand to perform Christmas carols and members from the Bowral Lions Club will be serving a free sausage sizzle at the unveiling.
Santa is also rumoured to be attending with lollies for the children.
The official lighting of the Southern Highlands community Christmas tree will take place from 6.30pm on Saturday 26 November in Corbett Plaza, Bowral.