Wingecarribee Shire Council is set to light up the Shire’s largest Christmas tree this Tuesday 1 December in Bowral’s Corbett Plaza in the lead up to the festive season.
“With just four weeks until the jolly man in the red suit arrives we thought we’d get into the spirit of the festive season by displaying a giant Christmas tree in the heart of Bowral,” Wingecarribee Shire Mayor Councillor Larry Whipper said.
The six metre high tree is the result of a collaborative community effort.
“While Council obtained the tree we have numerous local authorities and community groups who have jumped onboard to ensure the project turns into a fabulous success,” Councillor Whipper added.
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 key symbols of the holiday season and we hope ours will help spread the festive cheer throughout the Shire and remind everyone of the true spirit of Christmas,” Mayor Whipper 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 some Christmas carols and members from the Bowral Lions Club will also be serving a free sausage sizzle.
The official lighting of the Southern Highlands community Christmas tree will take place from 7.00pm on Tuesday 1 December in Corbett Plaza, Bowral.